|(Not a photorealistic representation of Kat)|
Third Person Press: Where did you grow up? Do you think your childhood influenced you to be a writer?
Katrina Nicholson: I grew up here in Sydney. My parents fed me a steady diet of books and wacky invented games. If that's not encouraging for a young writer, I don't know what is.
TPP: Who were your three favorite writers when you were young? Who are three favorites now?
KN: The following are AMONG my favorite authors. I have a lot.
Because the princess calling the prince a bum is still the best ending to a fairy tale ever.
Because girls who want a pony have obviously never heard of dragons.
Because if you think Calvin and Hobbes is over a 9-year-old's head, you didn't know me when I was 9.
Because spaceships + archaeology = you just blew my mind.
Because oh dear, have the werewolves misplaced their clothing AGAIN?
Because I want to BE her, dammit.
TPP: What are you most likely to be doing when you're not writing?
KN: Working (girl's gotta eat) or reading through the massive pile of library books that have followed me home (occupational hazard).
TPP: Do you have any writing habits or rituals?
KN: Outlines. WRITE ALL THE OUTLINES. My first draft ritual involves not pushing past the point where I know exactly what's going to happen. I go for walks to watch head movies and work out what I'll write the next day. Rewriting, however... I make a list of things that need fixing and plow through it. My ritual involves not being interrupted by things like phones, food, and bedtime.
TPP: What's your favorite beverage while writing?
TPP: While not writing?
KN: Candy. My brain is fueled by candy.
TPP: If you were a superhero, what would your name and power/ability be? Or would you be a supervillain instead?
KN: I'd have teleportation powers and no dorky superhero name because I'd be so sneaky that no one would ever see me to call me anything.
TPP: What are you working on now? What's your next writing project?
KN: I'm not writing anything now because I just got a new job. The last thing I did was a YA short story about a Vodou mage in an alternate history Haiti. As for the next thing... I'm not sure. Possibly a romantic comedy screenplay involving bomb sniffing seals.
TPP: Bonus: Is there a question you've always wanted to answer as a writer? Pose it and then write your answer. :)
KN: I'd be very surprised if no one saw this coming...
Q: May we pay you buckets of money to publish your novel and turn it into the next Hunger Games?
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