Katie Licavoli is an aspiring writer who split her time growing up between the DFW metroplex and a small town in the “thumb” of Michigan. She has since lived in various states. I guess you could call her a bit of a vagabond.
When not typing away on her latest writing projects she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, practicing improving her yoga moves, or diving into her latest read (… preferably alongside a good cup of tea.)
Katie currently works as a part-time librarian, part-time freelance writer in Kansas with her husband and 20-pound orange rescue cat named M.G. She has a small collection of published short fiction and creative nonfiction, and in April 2019 she released her debut New Adult Novelette Vengeful Hearts with BTGN out of Washington.
What inspires you to write?
I think it’s the same thing that inspires anybody to do the things they love. The things they're passionate about. The things they get excited about in the morning. For me, writing is one of the few things in the world I can get so caught up in that I completely lose track of time. Like now for instance… I’m sitting here writing this and its almost midnight! I really need to go to bed. So, I guess what I’m saying is that it’s a mix of all of those things that draws me to writing.
I'm not sure there's one thing specifically, but what I can tell you is that it's not the money. If it were… I'd definitely be in the wrong profession.
Tell us about your writing process.
I've never been one for outlines. Heck, I've never really been one to plan out anything in my life. I guess my writing process is the same way. Sometimes when I'm out and about I'll have a sudden idea hit me. Maybe it was something I saw that day, maybe something resonated with me, but sometimes it's just a random thought completely out of the blue. When that happens, I write a small note to myself on my phone trying to capture a piece of that moment. Then, later, I sit at my computer and pull up that note on my phone and try to run with it. If it's a good day, then the story comes out. If it’s a bad day, I scribble some words anyway (… even if they stink, that’s okay) and then try again tomorrow.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn't say I so much talk to my characters, but I definitely get inside their head. Which sometimes can be a little scary.
Who are your favorite authors?
When I was a kid, I really got involved in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. My friends and I even used to create our own "Narnia" world in the woods out back my grandparent's house. Letting my imagination run free like that was the most wonderful feeling growing up, and I think that’s maybe even what helped push me toward a more creative profession. I loved the world he created and the adventures the characters would go on. When I opened those books and read those stories, I felt like anything was possible. It was like I was right there alongside the characters losing myself in a different world for a while.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I guess you could say I'm a bit old-fashioned in some things, and I wanted the whole romantic experience of sending in my manuscript to a publisher and being able to feel the pang of rejection like so many authors before me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The world of publishing is exploding right now. There are so many ways today for readers to come across great books, articles, stories or information on really anything. In the book publishing world, we’ve all seen how it’s no longer just the major publishing houses that are putting out books or book series that hit the best sellers list or that hordes of readers devour. Maybe it’s because finding new books is so accessible nowadays. But I also think even with all the new technological advances in the publishing industry, good old print books are not going to fade away as many have feared. I know for me I still enjoy picking up a book at the library or browsing shelves at bookstores. I stare at a screen enough most days, so when I’m reading for enjoyment, I really don’t want to have to stare at another. I believe there are enough people out there that feel the same way to make it a market.
What genres do you write?
New Adult, Literary Fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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