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WRITERS CHAT! An interview with Katarina Betterton

HELLO FRIENDS! I have a special interview to share with you today. Katti is an aspiring writer, a wonderful friend, and was a mouse, once upon a time.

Read below to hear more about her writing inspiration and why dystopian might just be the thing to write about today.

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1. What is the first thing you remember writing?

I started a ton of short stories in elementary and middle school, but the first novel I remember writing was a fantasy-inspired MG novel reminiscent of THE CLIQUE series where a group of rich friends gets whisked away into a magical world during the biggest birthday party of the year.
2. What is your favorite thing to write about?
I love writing dystopian fiction. I think it’s so interesting  create worlds that are an exaggerated version of our own, based on how the world is making decisions right now. The human psyche is also so fascinating to me. There are so many parts of the human experience that you can delve into in a book and play with, especially writing first person.
3. Tell one of your writing goals.
I think my biggest (and most cliche) goal right now is getting published. I’m about to query my first novel and hope I can share my world and characters with more than just my very kind critique partners and very patient family members.
I have a few crazy goals that I’ll share, too. One is to get unsolicited fan art from a reader, and another is for someone to get a significant number from my book tattooed on themselves (I’ll also be getting it tattooed on myself some time soon).
4. Have any particular writers inspired you?
Jay Kristoff is my biggest inspiration. His novel LIFEL1K3 got me back into reading and motivates me to write intricate plots and relationships. The way he describes his worlds, creates characters, and structures the story to surprise you beyond anything you could guess at the very end is the goal to which I will always aspire. I AM OBSESSED JUST A TAD BUT I’M FINE. IT’S FINE.
5. Tell us your favorite character you’ve created.
As much as I love my current WIP’s leading lady (that I will unashamedly admit I’ve based a bit on myself), I love one of the antagonists I’ve written named Cyln (pronounced “Kill-n”). He’s someone you love to hate; you feel bad for him sometimes, but you also root for him to die. He’s been a great vehicle for me to show the dichotomy of good and evil, and how all of us have a choice between right and wrong, but circumstances sometimes force our hands to make decisions we don’t like.
6. Do you have any writing advice to give us?
I have two! One has been said by probably every writer ever, but I love to say it nonetheless. Write. Just write. Keep writing. Even if you’re not working on the same story every day; even if it’s just journaling or a stream of consciousness – keep writing. The world needs your words. My biggest regret in life is giving up on writing for five, nearly six years.
My second piece of advice is to make writing friends. Even if you read your work 100 times over, other eyes will catch mistakes yours don’t. The beauty of books is that everyone experiences a story differently when they read. Every writing friend I’ve made has not only helped me become a better writer, but made my story richer, fuller, and more diverse.
7. What’s the last book you read?
The last book I completed was ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I’m currently reading GEMINA, AURORA RISING, and CARAVAL. I love them all so much that I can’t decide on which one to focus on, which is probably why I’m only 20 pages into each. Don’t tell my TBR that I’m reading three at a time, or they’ll all want a turn.

 

THANK YOU so much for joining us, Katti! Everyone wish her well with her writing journey. We’re here to cheer her on!

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