Not only did Book Mark Belles, get to host a Cover Reveal for Downburstalong with a special excerpt release we also got to have this awesome author spotlight interview with Katie Robison, hope you all enjoy it as much as we did she is a funny lady.
BMB: 1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, and idea)?
KR: A girl is mistaken for someone else and is forced to assume that person’s identity in order to survive. The fantasy element of the novel was inspired by my reading various mythologies from native cultures (American Indian, Polynesian, etc.).
BMB: 2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
KR: I’ve always loved YA fiction and magic realism is a particularly exciting and challenging subgenre. Creating a plausible storyline was half the fun.
BMB: 3. What kind of research did you do for this book?
KR: I was researching constantly. Since the story is set in our world, I had to get my facts right about everything. A few topics I researched in-depth included geography, weather, native cultures, languages, and especially the wind.
BMB: 4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
KR: I write in my office at home. When I’m on a roll, I can write all day, sometimes twelve + hours. I usually don’t have a daily goal; instead I set weekly goals. That allows me to have a little more flexibility.
BMB: 5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
KR: Having to stop and do other things
BMB: 6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
KR: Getting to do what I love
BMB: 7. What are you working on now?
KR: The sequel to Downburst
BMB: 8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
KR: Read a lot and write a lot. First attempts are always terrible so don’t give up. Just keep writing and revise like crazy.
BMB: 9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
KR: There are too many to name, but Edith Wharton and Alexandre Dumas are near the top. Right now I’m reading Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis for my book club.
BMB: 10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
KR: I’m not sure there’s a question I’ve always wanted to be asked, but a fun one would be, “If you could be a character in your book, which would you be?” My answer: Not Kit; I don’t think I could handle everything she goes through. Maybe Lila. She’s got some mad skills, and she’s always chipper.
Random Q & A fun with Book Mark Belles
BMB: 1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
KR: Hmmm …. Maybe Roller Coaster Off-Track. (I really have been on a roller coaster that’s fallen off its track.)
BMB: 2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe DOWNBURST in 140 characters or less?
KR: Go! A fast-paced fantasy thriller that builds on Native American myths, utilizes meteorological phenomena, and hurls the reader from one surprise to another.
BMB: 3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?
KR: A thesaurus, the Internet, snacks, good music, and something to prop my feet up
BMB: 4. Sweet or Sour?
BMB: 5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?
KR: I’m pretty happy being who I am, but if I had to be someone else, I’d choose to be the Princess of Monaco—then I could live on the French Riviera!
BMB: 6. What would your superhero name be and what special powers would you have?
KR: Super Mega Ultra Lightning Babe (without a mild-mannered alter ego)