Today, I'd like to welcome Kathleen Peacock.
A bit about Kathleen (as found on her website): Kathleen Peacock spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college, but tripped over them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles.
Hemlock, your debut novel, will be released on May 8 by Katherine Tegen Books. Give three reasons why everyone should read it.
Murder. Mayhem. Kissing.
Hemlock is an urban fantasy. Is there another genre you’d love to try your hand at someday? Is there a genre you could never see yourself writing?
There are a few genres I’d love to try. At the top of the list (at least currently) are magical realism and YA contemp. I’d also love to try writing a screenplay someday. “Never” has a way of biting me in the behind, but I can’t see myself writing sci-fi. I’d love to – I’ve been a fan for most of my life—but I’m not sure my mind turns in quite the right way to actually write it.
What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser or a planner?
I like to call myself a reformed pantser. I love the freedom and surprises that come from writing without an outline, but I tend to get lost and sometimes get so caught up in characters talking to each other and being snarky that I forget most stories need beginnings, middles, and ends.
Describe your writing space.
I write in my home office. It’s got a desk, several dry erase boards, and piles of books (and, quite often, laundry). A few action figures hang out on the desk: Enid from Ghost World, Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, Sirius from Harry Potter, and Edward Scissorhands. The only things I absolutely need are headphones and hair elastics (for some reason, I can’t write unless my hair is tied back).
I know Hemlock is the beginning of a planned trilogy. Can you give a hint of what to expect in the sequel?More on the camps, more action, and more werewolf angst.
What’s the best thing about living in New Brunswick?
The coastlines – especially along the Bay of Fundy and the Bay of Chaleur.
You go on a cross-country trip across Canada. What is the one place you have to visit?
Calgary so I can hang out with my kid sister.
What's your favourite book by a Canadian author and why?
Oh, gads. Just one? This seriously changes every few weeks. Can I pick one YA and one adult? Please? Please?
Young Adult: Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers because - like all of her books - it grabs you and shakes you about. If I could, I’d stamp “National Treasure” on her forehead. I suspect, however, that she’d object to that.
Adult: The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews because the voice and writing style is just amazing. I don’t think it got quite the attention A Complicated Kindness received which, imo, is a shame because it’s an incredible book.
A huge thank you to Kathleen for taking the time to answer my questions!
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