Jen: Today we welcome Katrina Hart to Romancing the Book. Katrina, will you share a short bio with us?
Katrina: My name is Katrina Hart but I was always called Katie. I live in the East of England with my family and Holly, Smokey my two cats as well as Jessie our dog, they are a nutty bunch but I love them all the same. I have always had a passion for reading. I could easily spend a whole lifetime engrossed in a good book. In my twenties I joined an online writing class, where I fell in love with writing my own stories. Since I started writing I have discovered a new love for quotes, a quote that really inspired was from Toni Morrison. Toni said “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I came across this quote whilst I was studying, this is one of the many things that inspired me to begin my first novel.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Katrina: My novel Finding Destiny follows Alex after his little sister’s pony goes missing and he goes off to find her. Little does he know that she would lead him to a strange gypsy camp in the middle of a forest. Where he later finds himself transported into 2038 into a world inhabited with humans and robots. He soon learns he has to protect his family from the half-breeds before it’s too late and they are lost from him forever. The idea came from a short story I wrote for an online course and just went from there into the novel it is today.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Katrina: After my book was released my family had a cake made with my front cover of my book on the front. They all took turns in reading a page or two from my new novel. I find the best way to celebrate sales or finishing a first draft is to be writing another novel, as there’s nothing like being stuck in a writing bubble for a good while.
Jen: Do you have a favourite character or one you most identify with?
Katrina: I don’t have favorites, however I did find I identify a lot with Missy Talk A Lot while writing my novel.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Katrina: One day I would really love to try writing historical romance because I love reading about times long ago. I would probably stay away from writing travel books because as much as I love reading about other places I’m not much of a traveler myself.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantster?
Katrina: I’m very much a pantster, because I love nothing more than to follow a story from start to finish without knowing what will happen. I like being as surprised as my characters when something unexpected happens in their lives.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Katrina: I’m working on polishing my second novel The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing. And writing some short stories at the moment. I’ve also got a third first draft hiding away in my bookcase.