This week we’ll get to meet a fellow Authors’ Tale member! Katie and I swapped stories during Zombie Pirate Writing Week for the novelette anthology And Man Grew Proud and she was super helpful in helping bump my story up another notch.
Hi, what’s your name and where are you from?
Katie Jordan. I hail from the beautiful state of Oregon.
When did you start writing and what got you interested in seeking publication of your work?
I began writing stories and short books when I was just old enough to write. In kindergarten I decided I wanted to be an author when I grew up, but later shelved the idea, thinking it an insurmountable challenge. My passion for writing reignited a few years ago. This past year I submitted to several anthologies in hopes of getting published.
What’s the name of your novelette and what’s the story about?
“The Weight of the Sand” is about strong willed Juliet, who lives on an old army base in the post apocalyptic world. She passes the time by helping kill off raiders. But when a child approaches the complex she must choose between doing what is expected or leaving her home forever.
Writing such a work in just 7 days from scratch must have been difficult, run us through that week, how did you find it? What came easily and what was a challenge?
As a stay-at-home mombie, I was limited on time. I worked on my novelette most evenings after my kids were asleep. A member of Authors’ Tale offered to read through my story. He provided excellent feedback on my opening scene which involves guns, a topic I know nothing about. My biggest challenge was writing the ending while running out of time on the evening of the seventh day.
Tell us a little bit about the main characters in your novelette?
Weak female characters are common, so I decided to make my MC fierce. Juliette’s behavior can be borderline reckless. A strong woman in a man’s world, she’s willing to stand up for herself and take risks.
Did you draw upon your own experiences for this story? Were you inspired by real people or events in your life?
Juliette has a little bit of sass that I can relate to. The location is based on my perception of where people would be safe in a post apocalyptic word.
Is this the longest work you’ve had published? Tell us a bit about your writing career highlights.
This is the longest work I’ve had published. This is the second anthology I’ve ever submitted to. The story I submitted before this one, “The Mouse of the Sea,” was accepted to Authors’ Tale’s anthology MAGIC WE’VE FORGOTTEN, and will be published in the spring.
What motivates you to succeed as a writer?
Improving, taking on new challenges, and hearing someone say they really enjoy one of my stories, are all huge motivators for me.
Besides writing, what do you enjoy doing with your time?
I enjoy wearing pajamas all day, sneaking bits of chocolate out of the pantry, watching my kids play together and retell princess stories, and any opportunity I can get to poke fun at my husband, Brad. (Look husband, material for next years Christmas letter!)
Thanks for your time. If readers would like to find out more about you or read your work where can they find you on social media or elsewhere on the internet?
Excellent question! I am in the process of setting up my Amazon author’s page and also just created a Facebook author’s page. My initial goal was to hunt down two followers. I found them! I’d love more.