We spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s our interview with Katie Little, author of Sage and Salt!
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What is your favorite movie?
Katie: The Fifth Element.
4. What is your favorite book?
‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norton Juster is my forever fave.
5. What was the last book you read for pleasure?
‘A Torch Against the Night’ by Sabaa Tahir, which I loved.
6. What are you currently working on?
After a ridiculous amount of time spent on worldbuilding, visual development, and general daydreaming, I’ve finally started learning how to code my own interactive fiction and visual novel games. They’re similar in format to the “choose your path”-style books we all loved as kids, but mine have sliiiiightly more creeping psychological horror than those ones.
7. How did you get involved with Engen?
Here’s the thing about selling at conventions: I’m an exhausted, delirious mess the whole time. Matthew [LeDrew] stopped by my table at a convention last summer and I mentioned the anthology, and then suddenly I blurted out “I have a story I’m going to submit!” Friends, that was a lie. A total, accidental, flat-out lie born from sleep deprivation. I didn’t have a story. I had a grand total of three sentences that I’d sworn would never see the light of day. I realized I had to write a story so that no one would know that I’d talked up something that didn’t exist. I mean, I just admitted it, so now everyone knows. But hey… honesty? Anyway, I wrote the story, and here we are, so it all worked out!
8. What is your favorite Engen Book?
The first Sci-Fi from the Rock anthology. Not only did I love it, it was the first time I’d heard of short genre fiction getting published here in the province, which was really cool.
9. What (professionally) would you most like to accomplish?
I want to be nominated for, and lose, a Hugo Award! If you’ve ever read George R. R. Martin’s blog, you’ll know about his Hugo Losers’ Parties. It just sounds like a fun, bitter time, and that’s right up my alley.
10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
In some parallel universe, there’s a long-running Broadway version of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I play Captain Hammer, and it’s amazing.
11. What profession would you not like to do?
I never learned to drive because I’m too afraid of causing an accident, so I think I’d hate anything where someone’s life depends on me doing my job properly. Pilot, surgeon, soldier… paramedic would be the worst, though. Driving AND lifesaving.
12. What’s Next?
Finishing my last semester of classes before graduation, working on game development, and putting the finishing touches on the zombie/astrology-themed zine I’ll be selling at Sci-Fi on the Rock in April. (Come say hi, everyone!)