Alma Katsu

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: January 07, 2014

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Interview

Current Release: The Descent

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Would you go to the ends of world for the one you love? Epic supernatural love story The Taker Trilogy comes to a surprising conclusion in The Descent.

What are you working on?

I'm trying to choose between two ideas for my next project: either a historical set in Georgian times or a supernatural historical set around the time of the Salem witch trials. Which do you prefer?

Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?

First of all, my editor at Gallery Tricia Boczkowski. She is a very hands-on editor, so I never feel alone in the process. There is a great team at Gallery and Simon&Schuster who have been very supportive: from Wendy Sheanin, Stuart Smith, Michele Martin, my publicist Mary McCue, Ellen Chan and of course Tricia's assistant Elana Cohen, I could not do it without any of them. Also, I have great friends who offer support all along the way: the folks at One More Page bookstore in Arlington VA (a must-see if you're in the area); fellow authors Allison Leotta, Kathleen McCleary and MJ Rose...This list could go on and on.

Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?

Probably the funniest moment (and one for which I am so grateful) was at a panel at RT Booklovers Con in 2013. When it was Kerrylyn Spark's turn to introduce herself, she turned to me and said, "I'm reading your book The Taker right now and I'm loving it. It was my son who got me to read the book. His name is JONATHAN." It's pretty funny, you see, because one of the main characters' name is Jonathan. He is gorgeous, "as brilliant as the sun" but not nice. I thought it was funny that a guy would get sucked into a story because a character had his same name--especially when it's not the most upstanding character. It proves her son has a great sense of humor.

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

Play a quick hand of solitaire--it satisfies the itch to delay yet is over pretty quickly. Okay, maybe two hands.

Thank you so much for the chance to chat! If you haven't read The Taker books yet, I hope you give them a try.

Alma Katsu