Everyone, welcome Kate Kenzie to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.
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“Perhaps the scariest event for a writer is to acquire all the accoutrements we think we need to write peacefully and still hit a mental block. Kate throws us into that possible reality and confronts our fear with an even spookier and thrilling outcome.”
-Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press
[E] Welcome, Kate! We so wish we were able to sit across from you with a cup of tea! We’re eager to know more about you, so tell us: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?
My imagination hops from one idea to another and encompasses all genres and age groups, from picture books to YA to Adult. But, whatever genre I try to write, magic (or at least a hint of the supernatural) tends to slip in, even if it just lingers in the background. As a child, fairies at the bottom of the garden, tales of ghosts lurking in the shadows and waiting to talk to those who will listen, and every aspect of the unexplained all fascinated me; my notebooks of ideas, flash fiction, and characters reflect this. I also love contemporary fiction about relationships facing topical issues, so I enjoy exploring these in my writing, too. If inspiration strikes, I am happy to follow it to see where it leads.
[E] It seems like you have your hand in a little bit of everything. We loved the magical feel of your story and imagine we would love your other work as well if the theme is prevelent. In what way is your submission to Cardigan Press similar and/or different from your usual exploration?
I love ghost stories and have ideas for more, so “The Ghost Writer” is similar to my usual writing. It is set in the fictional village of Mexenby, in Yorkshire, England, where many more stories are based. On the surface, it is a normal rural community, but it has a history full of folklore and witchcraft, which can be tapped into when the story arises. For me, writing is an escape, and there is something comforting about visiting a close-knit community nestled in the countryside where people think they know each other but unexpected things can happen.
[E] You’re so right: that familiarity brings much more alluring thrill to subtly disturbing stories. The whole genre of “sublime” writing is intriguing for that very reason. Wonderful! Well, besides saving the date for the release of Byline Legacies, how can readers best support you at this time?
I am currently writing a novel about a group of women from different backgrounds and ages who bond over adult ballet lessons and cake, while also querying a book about a tea addicted witch facing her past to find happiness and love. Readers can keep up to date by following my blog, Kate Kenzie Writes (where I also share flash fiction and short stories), or catching up with me on Twitter and Instagram, where I chat about writing, books, magic and tea.
[E] Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing your writing world with us! We can’t wait to get to know you more.
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