Name Katie Harper
Where are you from The Western United States. I’ve moved A LOT.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I started writing when two people showed up in my head and wouldn’t leave until I told their story. They had a party. Invited a few friends over. Now I spend my days doing the bidding of imaginary people. I live in a city made for sin on the edge of a desert with my daughter, no pets, and enough lemon bundt cake to feed a refuge camp.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news? I just finished editing my first novel, Never Say Just, and hope to have a release date soon. That is if my publisher can forgive me for once touching the naked body of Mathew McConaughey.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? My husband passed away five years ago. I did not handle it well. I started writing as a way to memorialize him. It turned out to be better than two years of therapy and a few cases of Jack Daniels. Cheaper too.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer? I didn’t take writing seriously for a while. I considered myself a writer when someone contacted me on Facebook and said, “Holy Sh** your funny! Will you help me add humor to my manuscript?” It was then that I thought people might want to read what I had to say.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book? The first book I ever wrote was based on my husband’s experiences in Russia. It was about two spies (my husband was not a spy), a man and a woman. They were as opposite as humanly possible. Some of my early readers were bummed that they didn’t fall in love. I couldn’t see them falling in love so I took the characters out of that story and put them in one where I could see them falling in love.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Yeah, inappropriate.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title? You know when you walk into a room and someone is already in there and you startle them. What do you say? You always say, “It’s just me.” You should never say it’s ‘just’ me. It’s never ‘just’ you. It’s YOU. Everyone has worth.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Not really. If people laugh, they get it. Just kidding, the underlying message is that you can overcome anything.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? The heroine, Hell Kat, is basically me. She has all my neurotic tendencies and hang ups. She also has a few of my strengths. I was never a mercenary/assassin, but some of our histories are similar.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Oh yeah, a lot of Hell Kat’s experiences are based on my own. I’ll leave it up to you to guess which ones.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. She writes tough heroes with a sense of humor. They don’t stew over their lot in life. They’ve accepted what they have to do and move on. She also writes badass heroines and I’m all about badass females.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I have a real life mentor. His name is Benjamin Russell. He’s brilliant. Everything he commits to digital memory is genius. He gets me and all my crazy. Love, love, love him.
Fiona: What book are you reading now? HA! I don’t read anymore. I’m too busy. One of the days I’ll get to Envy by JR Ward.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Yup, the last book I read was The Demon Side by Heaven Leigh Eldeen. She’s brilliant. Angels with metal wings that drip acid. That is all I’m going to say. She’s genius and there will be two more books! *Doing my giddy dance*
Fiona: What are your current projects? OK….I am proofing the second book in the Rat Bastards series, writing the second, and I’ve been asked to write two movie scripts. And at some point I’m going to take thirty seconds to pee.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Benjamin freaking Russell! Are you kidding me! This man helped me through writing issues, personal issues, smacked me in the back of the head when I was being stupid, and made me a better writer. I owe him my first born child.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? It kind of already is. I don’t have a day job. I write.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Hhhhhmmmm…..Maybe I wouldn’t make the heroine so obviously me. But in the end I think that gave her depth. So no, I probably wouldn’t.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yes. Three years ago I died. I was dead for ten minutes. When I woke up in the ICU three days later I felt compelled to write. I’ve been writing ever since.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us? Which one? The second book is about a Force Recon Marine who saves an Afghanie woman from becoming the victim of an honor killing. The third is about a no nonsense hairdresser who falls in love with a Navy Corpsman. The movie script is about the first year of marriage and how it sucks.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Love. I can’t write love. I’m not a touchy feely person. I have a very difficult time writing the more gooey emotions and the more explicit scenes. I want to rush through all that crap to get to a fight.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? JR Ward. She’s funny, tough, and she doesn’t apologize for it.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? No. My books are set in New Orleans. I’ve been there, but I do most of my travel online.
Fiona: Who designed the covers? Tara at Fantasia Frog Designs
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book? Self editing. Everything I write is brilliant so it was difficult to cut any of my genius. HA! I’m kidding. The hardest part is not getting bogged down with the I sucks.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned a lot personally and professionally. I learned that you really need to have an idea where your story is going or the characters might run off with it and before you know it your on Jupiter worshiping the God of Legos.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers? WRITE! Pianists don’t sit down at the keyboard and pound out Mozart on their first try. You shouldn’t expect to be JD Salinger right out of the gate. Also, the people who tell you where you suck are your best friends. If everyone tells you your brilliant you will never improve. And you might start to believe it and that’s the most dangerous sin of all.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Yeah….I’m not the next F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have no desire to be taken that seriously. If you chuckle a lot and laugh out loud a couple times then I’ve achieved my goal.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? At Disneyland they have this candy shop. Everyday there’s a candy chef inside making candy. I would want to be the candy maker at the Candy Palace on Main Street USA at Disneyland.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? Yes I do. http://katieharperwrites.blogspot.com/