Katherine D. Graham is a fantasy author, developmental editor, and Reedsy Reviewer. Her debut Epic Fantasy novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate (July 2021), is a 5-star Indie Reader Approved novel and one of five fantasy finalists in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Vow That Twisted Fate is the name of my latest book (and debut epic fantasy novel). I actually had a dream about what turned out to be one of the key chapters in the middle of the book, and couldn’t get the story out of my mind after that.
Q2: What are five words that describe your writing process?
Dreaming, writing, waiting, and revising.
Q3: What authors, or books have influenced you?
This is a really hard question to answer, because so many authors have inspired me on this journey. While I will always be a Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fan, it was Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (author of Hawksong) who helped me realize as a teenager that women can be writers, that young women can be writers, and that there are amazing epic fantasy stories about female main characters (but there’s always room for more).
Q4: What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
Ideally a cat (I have three). Other than that, I’m pretty laid-back and can focus pretty easily in different settings, which I attribute to growing up in a small house as one of ten kids.
Q5. What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?
As a developmental editor for my day-job, my personal opinion based on what I’ve seen is that a relatable/believable main character with defined before-and-after growth, a plot arc showing conflict and a satisfying resolution (sad or happy are both fine), and immersive world-building are the key elements of ‘good writing’.
Q6: What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be teachable/kind to yourself. In other words, understand that this is a craft, and to improve you must accept constructive criticism while still showing yourself the same kindness you show others.
Q7: What is your favourite genre to read?
I enjoy Fantasy and Sci-Fi (all target ages and sub-genres except erotica).
Q8: What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
Because I’m a pantser (I don’t outline until the book is fully written, and even then it’s only to check for plot holes), they both sort-of come together. I guess aspects of the plot are what pique my interest first, though.
Q9: What are you working on now?
My next novella, Down Falls The King, comes out in December 2021, and the first novel in a Portal/Adventure Paranormal Fantasy duology called “Starfire Express” is in the drafting stages for release in spring 2022.
Q10: What are you currently reading?
I am currently finishing The Princess Knight by C.H. Smith, and Heavy Is The Head by Katrina N. Lewis, both of whom are amazing indie authors.
Check out the blurb for The Vow that Twisted Fate below:
A world without evil is all Queen Arlena has ever known. But when an ominous pentagram appears in the sky, her innocent days of blissful court life, playing politics with other races, and daydreaming of marrying the stoic elven prince Talen come to an abrupt end.
When an eerily familiar phantasm warns her of the imminent collision of a parallel world ruled by an ancient sorceress, Arlena must confront the true nature of not only her own world, but her very existence.
Calling a company of legendary dwarven warriors forward into her time, Arlena and her allies must brave a world they are completely unprepared for in order to save their own.
Will the naïve Queen and her companions be able to stop the invasion without being forever changed in the process?
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