Katherine Silva is a MidCoast Maine author of dark fiction, connoisseur of coffee, and victim of crazy cat shenanigans. In 2010, she published her first book Vox: Book 1 of The Monstrum Chronicles, a supernatural horror series. She followed it up in October of 2012 with her second book, Aequitas. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and the New England Horror Writers Association. Currently, she resides in Rockland, Maine working on the rest of the books in “The Monstrum Chronicles” as well as other projects. More information about Katherine and her books can be found at www.voxthebook.com.
What inspires you to write?
My main inspiration is music. No matter what I’m listening to, I can see a scene happening behind it, each individual instrument acting like a character and adding to a part of the story. I write because it has always been my one true passion. I write to give my characters adventures that I haven’t had the opportunity to take yet,. I’ll be looking through photos of exotic places and say, “This place looks pretty amazing. Let’s research it and send the characters in the next book there!” I write to be able to slip into different people’s heads and give them a voice. I write to impact people, to make them laugh or cry, to stir emotions. Those wants are my inspirations.
Tell us about your writing process.
I try to write whenever I can. I will have several projects that I’ll try and work on at a time but ultimately, one will have to go on the front burner for more focus. I tend to figure out the endings of my stories first and then work on how the characters get from point A to point B. I’ll outline as I go along, sometimes figuring out several chapters in sequence or one at a time. I’ll also usually spend a lot of time doing research on any places or historical events before writing about them. Characters are one of the things that I leave purely to spur-of-the-moment creativity. They are the ones leading me along and characters personalities and attitudes are usually pretty clear when I start a piece.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am always listening to my characters. Because I prefer to write books that are character-driven vs. plot driven, the plot has a way of changing over the course of writing the book. Usually the protagonist(s) of a piece are the first things that are completely whole and that will launch a book idea if they are strong enough. Some characters stay with me for years and prompt me to take them on more adventures.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write whenever you can. I know a lot of people who try to schedule time into their busy lives to sit down and write. I can’t do that. I have to force myself to ignore some things in order to get any work on a novel done. Otherwise, a project will just sit there. If you have a moment waiting for an appointment, on the bus or in a taxi going to work, on your lunch break… etc. Always carry a little notebook and a pen with you and jot down ideas.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my books because I wanted to have control over them. A lot of larger publishing companies will change things to suit their desires and what they think the market will devour. It saddens me. I want my vision in its entirety to be viewed the way that I meant it to be viewed. Granted, it’s a lot more work doing all of the editing, marketing, and promotion yourself. But that is necessary experience to have also. I’ve learned much more self-publishing my works than I would have if I’d gone through a traditional publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I know that self-publishing is going to become more and more popular. There will probably be more avenues for new writers to take that will make it easier for them to self-publish their pieces but also gain recognition through online exposure. I only hope that brick and mortar bookstores can make a return as they are desperately needed in our culture.
What genres do you write?
Action & Adventure, Horror, Paranormal, Thriller, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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