Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Flashpoint Interview: Katrina Nicholson

Katrina Nicholson drops by the blog today to answer our interview questions. Katrina's story in Flashpoint is "Hair Trigger." For those of you who read Kat's story in Unearthed, "One Word," you'll recognize some of the characters in this story.

(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.


Robert Munsch
Because the princess calling the prince a bum is still the best ending to a fairy tale ever.

Anne McCaffrey
Because girls who want a pony have obviously never heard of dragons.

Bill Waterson
Because if you think Calvin and Hobbes is over a 9-year-old's head, you didn't know me when I was 9.


Jack McDevitt
Because spaceships + archaeology = you just blew my mind.

Kelley Armstrong
Because oh dear, have the werewolves misplaced their clothing AGAIN?

J.K. Rowling
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?
KN: Candy.

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?

A: Yes, you may.

Thanks, Katrina!

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