Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Katie Hamstead, author of recently released space-opera fairytale retelling, Myths of Mish, which hit Amazon on March 28, 2017!
In the comments, please join us in asking Katie Hamstead anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, and life in Arizona. Or you know, just throw something completely random at her to keep her on her toes!
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I am Katie, wife, mother, and elementary school worker. Right now I live in Arizona, but I’ll always call Australia home!
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
Myths of Mish is the second book in the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles. Hansel was the first character that came t me for this story, and kept a strong voice throughout, but Minna stepped up and took center stage. I initially wanted to write it in Hansel’s 1st person perspective, but it didn’t feel right. Minna on the other hand felt like the natural leader and narrator.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Singing. I really enjoy singing. Writing, of course, chilling with the family, and when it’s not burn-your-flesh-off-hot here, I enjoy getting out and about and exploring new things.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Ice cream. Just ice cream. Always.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
Description. My first drafts almost always look like scripts with tons of dialogue and not much detail. It takes me a while to insert description, and even a few nudges from my editors too.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
So, I’m an anime nerd, so I’m rewatching Sword Art Online. I’m also watching Iron Fist, and dying for Season 4 of The 100 to hit Netflix.
What movie do you quote the most?
Mean Girls, because I’m from that generation.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
I collect teddy bears. My husband hates it ha ha! My favorite one is Edgar. He’s about a foot tall, super soft, with a sort of brindle coat. He’s traveled all over with me, and was my companion as an exchange student—I got him as a birthday present for my 18th right before I left.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Anything with sweet, HEA romance.
What do you like to do on vacation?
I love doing family camping trips. I’d love to travel a whole lot more, but there are certain restraints with kids.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
I know it’s dead, but Dystopian.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
Ahh… I have a massive wad of key chains for three keys.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Champ. Because he’s a Champion. Booyah.
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Sushi. Everyone needs to try some at some point, and not the cheap, buffet stuff, the good stuff, from a sushi place.
About Myths of Mish
Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he’s about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.
Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel’s quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she’s discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.
The problem is, Hansel’s paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they’re all being hunted.
The next installment awaits...Author Spotlight Question and Answer: Bob Defendi