Even though Kate Policani wasn’t born in Seattle, Washington, she’s a native at heart. She should have been born here, but some bizarre mistake started her out in the Midwest. That error was rectified, though, and she’s spent more than twenty years in the rainy, gloomy, chilly land where she belongs, loving every minute of it. The long dark days and unwelcoming weather make for the perfect environment to stay inside and write.
A mom of three and therefore a coffee addict, she writes her books over a hot mocha in the rainy season (Fall-Winter-Spring) and an iced mocha during the six weeks of summer. That is, she writes when she isn’t shuttling her progeny to school or youth group or playdates. In a pinch, she writes while she waits to pick the kids up from school, and sometimes even in the middle of the night when the ideas wake her.
Kate has found her footing with her writing and is no longer interested in just writing a few books. The list of ideas is long, so she’ll be cranking out the Sci-fi and Fantasy (and maybe some others) for the long haul.
Today, I am pleased to sit down and talk with Kate Policani, the vibrant and talented author of “Don’t Judge a Book by its Magic.” Please welcome her to Readful Things Blog:) You can find Kate’s blog at: http://katepolicani.com/
The book trailer: http://youtu.be/Ih7yjpv-_bQ
Tell us all a bit about your background and how you got started writing.
I have always written as an outlet, ever since I could write. I escape the stress of life and calm myself by exploring story. I also drew, painted, sewed, and other forms of expression. As my family grew, I had less and less time for the messier arts, but writing still happened. Before 2009, I never considered publishing anything. I was busy with kids and life, but I still wrote. One afternoon my dear aunt pointed out to me that I should finish something and think about publishing. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me. I chose and finished my first book, The Disenchanted Pet, right away.
It was with that aunt that I co-wrote the Amputeddy series. This series is very special to me because she has since passed away due to cancer. The Amputeddy books have been my only children’s books so far.
Did you spend much time considering what age group you would write for before you began your book?
I just write. It’s very organic for me. I write what I enjoy. Right now, I prefer writing about the time of a person’s life after High School, so most of my writing focuses on that era. Usually this determines the age group of my readers. My aim is to appeal to all sorts of people, so I try to make my work fun and entertaining for anyone who wants to read, but contain some depth too.
Can you see yourself writing any other genres/styles in the future?
Absolutely. I love to experiment with my writing. I have just finished a YA Science Fiction Novelette, which is with my Beta readers right now. If something that interests me fits better in other genres or age groups, I will write it. I guess I have the indie mentality where I feel free to write what I like.
What has been the most difficult part of the writing/publishing experience thus far?
The hardest thing has definitely been promotion. There are so many books out there and it is hard to pull oneself out of the sea so readers can see the book. A lot of tactics don’t work at all. So much time can be wasted promoting in the wrong way or on the wrong platform. It’s easy to spend way too much money promoting in ways that don’t get sales. I’m a positive thinker and persistent too so I keep at it. I really want to make my writing career into something and I’m really excited about doing it my own way.
What message do you hope that your books convey if any?
I want my books to counteract the misinformation in society while reinforcing the truth (as I see it) and good things. I write a lot about problems that I struggle with and ideals that challenge me. I like to shake myself up. If I can get myself worked up over my own story, I figure I can pass that feeling on to my readers.
If you could claim any literary work in the world as your own, what would it be and why?
I would really only want to claim my own. Writing is an expression of the individual and I really wouldn’t want to be anyone but me. I also really love to read and appreciate others’ talents. I see reading someone’s book as a privileged peek inside their head. If you gave me and another writer a synopsis of the same story and told us to write the book, we’d both come up with a very different result. That is one of the beauties of literature.
There have been a lot of books about teens/kids with magical powers, how did you make your characters stand out from the crowd?
I put a lot of Seattle into this book. I really love this city and I think that Seattle flavor helps the book gain a different perspective. I also used a lot of actual science (possibly terribly misinterpreted) that I learned through my husband’s adoration of physics. The main difference between Colleen’s experience in The Convergence and other books is that her new experiences challenge her belief in her world and her morality. She has to reconcile her new abilities with her beliefs about them.
Can you tell us a bit about what else you are working on?
A science fiction novelette called Horarium is with my beta readers and will be an editing certification project for my good friend Nadia Riell. I will release it at the beginning of the summer. I’m debating whether or not I will make it free, or if I will put it on Kindle Select right away and see how that goes.
I am currently writing the second book for The Convergence series, Sorcery Loves Company. I hope to finish the story by the end of the summer.
A second book in the ShaZha World is also in the works, to be finished after Sorcery Loves Company. I have probably a hundred other ideas on my hard drive and 5 in the hopper for future development. I’m good with the ideas, it’s finishing them that is my big challenge.
Where can we find you (links etc)
My Examiner column: http://www.examiner.com/writing-179-in-seattle/katherine-policani
Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/katepolicani
Any final thoughts?
I would love to invite everyone to my other website, http://discoverauthors.wordpress.com . It is a great place to find all kinds of books direct from the authors. We feature a free book listing and giveaways too. The site is a free collaborative book tour for authors, where we all share our books in a quick and easy format. I’m always looking for more great authors to feature.
Here are some Places where you can find Kate’s work:
Buy on Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/3910971
Buy for Kindle
Buy on Smashwords
Buy at Barnes & Noble
Buy on Kobo
You can see my review of Kate’s book HERE