Katharine Coldiron’s work has appeared in Ms., the Washington Post, the Manifest-Station, horoscope.com, Bitch, BUST, and many other places. Find her at kcoldiron.com or on Twitter @ferrifrigida.
What inspires you to write?
Communication. I want to put the inside of my head on the page for people to explore. In any piece of writing, I'm trying to say something to the reader, whether that something is a story I have to tell or an idea I have to share.
Tell us about your writing process.
It depends on the project. For fiction, I tend to outline one chapter in advance and take a lot of notes. I even have a separate notebook where I write all that down. For essays, I'm a little bit more intuitive, and tend to write what seems to work next on the page and then cut it up for editing later (sometimes literally). But no matter what, I'm always turning the ideas over in my head for months before I actually write. Then the writing is relatively quick, all in a big burst.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Some of my characters talk to me! If I really need to understand a character, I try to imagine what her voice sounds like, whether it's high or low, nasal or rich, accented or not. Sometimes this involves speaking dialogue out loud.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Tana French's thrillers – they are addictive, read-straight-through books, no breaks allowed. I was really compelled by Chelsea Cain's "Heart" series, about a female serial killer and the male detective who chases her. The best books I read recently were Laurie J. Marks's Elemental Logic series. Also, I absolutely adored G. Willow Wilson's The Bird King.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The Wild Rose Press was the last place I submitted "After Gardens" before I was going to put it away for good. Luckily for me, they accepted it!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think book publishing is changing dramatically right now, but that doesn't mean anyone has to be left behind, or anything has to be lost. We have to figure out our own flexibility, and see the publishing landscape for what it really is instead of wishing it were how it used to be.
What genres do you write?
women's fiction, urban fantasy, literary fiction, experimental, hybrid nonfiction, creative nonfiction
What formats are your books in?
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