Today I have Kat Micari, author of the book Penumbra, here to answer a few questions about writing.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
For me, the hardest part is actually finding the time to sit down and do it! I juggle WAY too many creative endeavors, on top of being the mother of a two and ½ year old. Sometimes just showing up to the page is hard. But once I talk myself into it, the actual writing is wonderful.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
Feeling myself sink into the story. I love daydreaming scenes, worrying about characters and dialogue, trying to figure out how the characters would react in the situations I throw them in. I love that feeling of looking up from writing (or, for that matter, painting or creating in other ways) and feeling like I’ve been through some kind of time portal.
How long did it take to write your book?
Not including the short story that Penumbra grew from and which was written over a decade ago, the progress of this novella was 15 months in the making. Although I had thought about the story for a few months previous, I began New Year’s Day 2012 really writing and outlining, and I first published in mid-April 2013. It took longer than I would have liked, but I was working full-time and with my baby in the evening, again doing other creative jobs that actually paid some money, all while getting very limited sleep due to the baby. Also, I wanted to put out a really quality story, so the editing process was quite involved.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
I hope that readers find Beauty a different sort of heroine than most you find in young adult stories. I want them to realize how important it is to figure out who they are and to be responsible for their own paths in lives before they entwine themselves with others. The love stories in many novels involving teenagers are just creepy and stalkerish, so I wanted to stay away from that. I had wondered if Beauty and Rags would develop a relationship beyond deep friendship, but they didn’t in this story. Maybe in the future, if I re-visit this world, they will, but Beauty still has to figure some things out for herself and heal first.
Penumbra by Kat Micari
Published by Self published on Apr 10, 2013
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Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.
Forced from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.
This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.