In this interview, Kathy provides insights on her writing process and what inspires her.
What inspired you to write A Shifting of Stars?
I love writing YA fantasy, and I’d had some ideas that I’d wanted to include in a story for a while. So I guess it started with just that—a few initial ideas—and they gradually grew into a fully formed plot after lots of working/reworking.
Who was your favourite character to write and why?
Meadow was my favourite character. She underestimates herself—and a lot of people in her life underestimate her as well—but she is stronger than she knows. Since she lost her mother the previous year, her personality is quite different to what it usually is because she’s navigating and coming to terms with how her life is now. It was challenging to weave her grief through everything that was happening in the plot, especially since what she’d gone through shaped a lot of her reactions in the story. However, it also made her really interesting to write about!
Which other novels and authors influence you?
I’m a huge fan of Carrie Ryan’s work. Her writing is amazing.
If you had to read one book for the rest of your life, which book would it be and why?
It would probably be “The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne because it’s funny, heart-warming and can never be read too many times!
What is your research process like when writing?
It depends what I’m writing about. I’ve written books before where I’ve had to research things like sailing, outdoor cooking and archery. I will sometimes go to specific places like the beach or the bush to get a feel for the environment in order to write about it later. And I spend a lot of time walking in circles trying to come up with the perfect word for whatever sentence I happen to be writing.
What advice would you have for inspiring authors?
Go at your own pace and write what you love to read.
Thank you Kathy for answering my questions. A Shifting of Stars is available now.
Below you can find the schedule for the rest of the stops on the Blog Tour:
July 07 (Sunday)
- Blog tour launch (from Shut up, Shealea)
- Review & excerpt from Becky’s Book Blog
- Review from Bemused Bibliophile
- Review from Book Reviews from Canada
- Review & excerpt from Polish & Paperbacks
- Review from SepiaReads
July 08 (Monday)
- Review & favorite quotes from A Book Devourer
- Review, aesthetics/moodboard, & favorite quotes from The Book Piles
- Review, author interview, & excerpt from The Inked In Book Blog
- Review, author interview, & favorite quotes from Luchia Houghton Blog
- Review & favorite quotes from Tempest of Books
July 09 (Tuesday)
- Author interview (from Shut up, Shealea)
- Review & favorite quotes from bewitchingwords
- Review & author interview from The Infernal Fangirl’s Heaven
- Review & creative photos from Lost in Fiction
- Review & favorite quotes from Provocatrix
- Review, author interview, & own playlist from Sage Shelves
July 10 (Wednesday)
- Review & creative feature post from A Bronx Latina Reads
- Review & creative feature post from Annotated Paperbacks
- Review from Lori’s Bookshelf Reads
- Review, creative feature post, & own quote graphics from Sakhile Whispers
- Review, creative feature post, creative photos, & favorite quotes from Starlight Reads
July 11 (Thursday)
- Creative post (from Shut up, Shealea)
- Review, author interview, creative photos, & own quote graphics from Belle’s Archive
- Review, aesthetics/moodboard, creative feature post, & creative photos from The Bookish Mrs. Harding
- Review, creative photos, & own quote graphics from BookishOwl Reviews
- Review, creative feature post, & favorite quotes from Oro Plata Myta
- Review, creative feature post, creative photos, & favorite quotes from Your Words My Ink
July 12 (Friday)
- Review, aethetics/moodboard, creative feature post, creative photos, & own art from & she Reads
- Review, aesthetics/moodboard, own quote graphics, & own playlist from A Few Chapters ‘til Love
- Review, excerpt, & own quote graphics from Bookish Kimberly
- Review, creative feature post, own quote graphics, & own playlist from Celuna Maria
- Review, favorite quotes, & own art from Read at Night
July 13 (Saturday)
- #CBTTC Twitter chat hosted by @CaffeineTours
- 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- 9:00 PM Philippine Time