Hi, Katie! How long have you been writing?
Katie: It sounds cliché, but I’ve been writing stories since I was about 7 years old. I can actually quote my first “story” by heart still! Professionally, though, I’ve been writing for six years. My first published piece was thirteen years ago.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
Katie: It wasn’t on purpose! I had written a few romance manuscripts that were really terrible (I know that now; I did not know it then). But nothing clicked for me. That was back thirteen years ago. Fast forward five or six years, and a friend recommended a book to me. It was a young adult sci-fi novel (I had never read young adult before, and certainly never sci-fi!). I fell in love with the genre. I still love romance, but I had found a genre that really clicked in my head. Now I focus on young adult sci-fi and fantasy, but I also write inspiration romance for adults (nothing published in that area yet, but I’m working on it!).
What are some of the references you used while researching your book?
Katie: My book, Shadowed Eden, is set in the desert in Iraq. There was some geographic research I had to do, but also Biblical research about the history of that area. The book is a Christian YA fantasy/supernatural novel.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Katie: I loved the mystery and intrigue that went into it. It was really fun to write!
What do your plans for future projects include?
Katie: Right now I’m working on a couple things: another YA fantasy series as well as that inspirational romance I mentioned earlier.
Thanks, Katie, for taking time to join us!
Katie is happy to offer a giveaway of Shadowed Eden, a PDF copy, to be chosen among those who leave a blog comment.
High school senior Avery Miles is ready to spread her wings and
prove her worth on a mission trip to Iraq, but when their entourage gets blown off course in a dust storm in the desert, the group finds themselves lost in an inexplicable garden oasis. Along with the luscious fruits and crystal springs, Avery and her friends find poisonous snakes, deadly sink holes, and a group of natives that are almost unearthly—but that’s not their biggest problem.
No matter which way they trek, they can’t seem to leave. Avery steps up and takes charge to keep the group safe, but it isn’t long before she begins suspecting things aren’t as they seem. She isn’t the only one seeing the mysterious boy named Rae, and after following her father’s path in the jungle she’s pretty sure he’s sabotaging her rescue efforts. Gathering her courage, Avery must decide what’s most important to her—finally winning her father’s approval, or getting out of the jungle for good.
KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes young adult speculative fiction, including her YA supernatural novel, Shadowed Eden, as well as The Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.