As I mention in this post from a year ago, I like change. But instead of only changing my blog’s theme to something new, I am moving the entire thing. That’s right! Even a new web address.

I am so thankful for the people and groups who helped get me to the point where I feel I could invest in an actual hosted website. It’s not a lot of money, but I’ve had my own hosted site before and it wasn’t worth it. NOW, it is. So thank YOU for reading, supporting me and all the things I talk about.

I do not want to lose anyone in the transfer. SO, to make sure we stay connected please ‘like’ my Facebook page. I am pretty sure that all my subscribers will automatically moved over, but I am not so sure about those who only follow me on WordPress. If anyone has any tips for me, feel free to share.

Another reason to stay tuned is that I am going to have a HUGE giveaway on my new website. There will be geeky prizes, books, and some magical beans that will help you stay awake to enjoy your prizes.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the changes. I made a new logo for THE KATY! I hope you like it. 😀


Stay tuned. The next time I post will be on the new website. 


An interesting meeting

A short story for your Friday enjoyment.

I am not a fan of meetings, so I made this one a little more interesting.


The meeting was dragging on as usual. I found my eyes wandering to the window instead of on Ken’s red face where they were supposed to be. What would it be like to break open the window and just jump. Hope for the best that the snow would break my fall. Run. Freedom. Snapping fingers bring me back from my musings and I look at my notes instead while chancing a quick glance upwards.
Ken is staring at me. Waiting. His suit about to pop a button.
I hide a smirk and flip my yellow notepad to the next page.
Ken shakes his head, jowls wiggling at the effort. He continues rambling about numbers and clients.

I turn my attention to the glass door of the meeting room. I can see a set of bathroom doors from where I sit. Men’s and Women’s rooms. A younger woman, maybe an intern, walks into the women’s room while holding her head. I hope she’s ok. Hopefully she only has a headache, a common occurrence around the office lately. Several employees had left for the day earlier in the morning, complaining of migraines. A few more the day before as well.

Ken is still blathering on, so I pretend to pay attention while waiting for the woman to come out of the bathroom. I sort of feel like a creeper, but I am genuinely concerned about her. She looked sick.

A few minutes later the bathroom door opens shakily and the woman steps out. Something about her gait sends up red flags. Something is wrong with her. She stumbles over her own feet, hitting her head on a chair in the waiting area. One of her high heels flies a few feet away from where she fell.

“Um…Craig? Do you have something to say?” Ken asked, annoyed.
I realize that I’m standing.
“Sorry. That woman out there hit her head on a chair…” I trail off as the woman gets to her feet. Her head looks crooked on her neck. Blood dribbles out of a gash on her head where she smashed it on the chair. She stumbles towards the secretary who had rushed over to help her. The injured woman grabs the secretary and bites her on the neck while she screams.

By now, all the people in the meeting are standing. Some are gasping. Some screaming.

My breath comes in quicker and quicker gasps, like a panic attack. I lean against the glass to gain some composure and stare at the snow again. Wishing I could break the glass.

But I feel a headache coming on.

on the days we lose

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I lost today. I gathered my courage and new writer skills and wrote a short story. I submitted this 5000 word piece of myself to a (free) short story competition.

After reading thousands (into the double digits) of short stories, the contest judges contacted the winners yesterday…and I wasn’t one of them.

Of course, I knew there wasn’t much of a chance that I could win under such overwhelming odds. But the rock in the pit of my stomach tells me that my heart did hope more than I thought it did.

This is only the first contest. The first submission. The first of many firsts.

Did you lose today? Something big? Something small that still mattered to you?

I hope your Monday went well. But if it didn’t, know that you aren’t alone. Know that there are others out there that also lost. Or have in the past. Or will in the future.

Your win is coming. Maybe mine too!

Keep at it.

I think about all of the authors that were rejected over and over before getting their chance. Not saying I’m guaranteed to win like those authors, but I’ll keep trying.

Writing is sharing a piece of ourselves with others, but I do it for me as well.
Because I love it.

I hope you get your win today!


Luke and I finally got to see Deadpool this past Tuesday. We wanted to see it the previous week, but I was struck with the flu. It was worth the wait! Plus, I got my LootCrate subscription in the mail, so I had a sweet Deadpool shirt to wear to the movie.

12719270_10205304473363589_3251194564084322386_o.jpgIt. Was. Great! The trailers and hype were all worth it. And I was actually surprised, because I thought the nudity and gore were going to be much* worse than they were. Pleasantly surprised. I don’t usually watch overly gory or violent movies, but Deadpool’s humor kept it lighter than it would’ve been in a different film with the same amount of action.

Deadpool is the anti-hero I’ve been dreaming of (and more)! I need to get my hands on the comics now, so I can read more about his adventures as I wait for another movie to happen.

Ryan Renolds. He really IS Deadpool. And the other actors and actresses in the film did an amazing job as well. I was sucked into the plot and acting so much that I forgot that I was watching a movie at all. Plus, when you throw X-men into the mix…I’m game.

I’m not sure when we will have time for another date night, but I hope it’s soon.

*Deadpool is not for anyone who is remotely offended by vulgar language, nudity, intense fighting, or gore. I’ve had several people tell me this offends them. My response is DO NOT see the movie then. I will still go see it…again! Just because you are offended doesn’t mean I shouldn’t see it. The studio (and Deadpool himself) made it crystal clear what the movie was about. Go see Captain America or something if you want a “family friendly” superhero movie. Those movies are awesome too! But this one is rated R for a reason.

Interview: Author Christina Benjamin

christinaheadshot03.15_Edited_WEBAuthor Bio: Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult fantasy series The Geneva Project. Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over.  She paints a vivid world full, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship. Benjamin resides in Florida. She’s dedicated to giving back to the writing community. She speaks at schools to inspire creativity in young writers and has created, a site to promote fellow YA authors.



Her first book is PERMAFREE!

Truth Overview

Trapped on a flood ravaged island full of orphans, natives and wealthy citizens of the prosperous city Lux, a

young girl named Geneva finds herself enslaved at an orphanage with no future and a past she can’t

remember. That all changes when she meets someone who promises her that there’s more in store for her

than she ever could have imagined.

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How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I used to read on my lunch break every day at work and one year I finished the last books in Twilight, Harry Potter and Hunger Games. I had a mega book hangover and I got the idea that if I wrote my own books I wouldn’t be sad about them ending because those characters and worlds would be mine and I could revisit them and continue them any time I liked. So that’s really what gave me the spark. I started using my lunch breaks to write instead of read and that’s how my first book, The Geneva Project – Truth, was born.

Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?

I’m a hybrid. My series The Geneva Project, is published through my own publishing company, so I consider it indie. I love the total involvement and creative control of publishing your own work. It’s helped me learn so much about the publishing industry and myself as a writer. I’ve definitely seen my writing evolve because of it. It also allows me to have a close connection to my amazing readers. And I’ve decided to expand my publishing company and will be published books for others writers this year. I really want to focus on helping young writers break into the publishing world. I also have a few anthologies out and they have been published by other publishing companies. I love the ease of it and the different distribution options. I think a mix of both types of publishing works best for me.


Are you a plotter or a panster?

Unfortunately I’m a total pantser! I wish I cold plot. I tried it with my 3rd book in The Geneva Project but ended up ripping everything up and starting over. Being that I’m writing a series I kind of have an idea of where I’d like the stories to go, but the fun for me is letting my characters lead me. They’re often full of surprising twists. The cool thing about being a pantser is that I get to discover the story as I write it, so it’s sort of like reading in that aspect, and that’s why I fell in love with books to begin with – the limitless possibilities.

What draws you to writing in the dystopian genre?

I’d say I’m more drawn toward Fantasy than anything else. When I wrote The Geneva Project I wasn’t intending for it to be dystopian, but the readers dubbed it that, and I think that’s awesome. I purposely left the time period vague and left out details that would date it like weapons, electricity, contemporary history. I love to leave as much interpretation to the readers as possible, while still building a visible world. To me, that’s what’s fascinating about books – two different readers can view the same book so differently. I love fantasy because I love to escape into a world where magic exists. I think dystopian mixes well with fantasy because when things are at that point of total rebuild, perhaps other worldly things such as magic could find a way in. And I can totally see how The Geneva Project is very dystopian, because the world the characters live in has been decimated my a mystical event and the inhabitants of this island have lost everything, having to rebuild from scratch while they hope for some sort of salvation that will bring them back to a better way of life.

What does the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook mean to you?

I love BOD! I met ER Arroyo and a bunch of the other awesome BOD authors at Utopia Con last year. They are such a close knit group and still so inviting and welcoming. I love the community that BOD offers authors and readers. It’s so great to connect over the things we love and have that wonderful support system. Plus, man they have some fun events and incredible authors and fans!

Where did you find inspiration for your series, “The Geneva Project?”

Mostly my wild imagination and vivid dreams! I dream about conversations my characters have and then have to get up and write them down. But I do take things from my every day life too. I let my environment influence me a lot. I grew up riding horses and hiking in the woods of Pennsylvania so I know that seeps into my writing. Living if Florida helps me with the geography of the island and the beaches. I even visited a rainforest recently to make sure I was describing them accurately in the books. I get a lot of inspiration from music too. Sometimes I’ll be listening to a song and have to pull over because it totally sparked an idea for a book!

Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?

No. I get asked that a lot because Geneva, the main character and I are both short, pale and have blue eyes and blonde hair (though mine is dyed). But I actually try not to flavor my characters with traits of people I know. I want them to exist on their own and have their own voice, their own story and be able to take control of the plot and surprise me and the readers along the way. I start them out as teens and it’s been really fun to watch them grow into young adults in the 4th and final book that I’m currently writing. I’m proud of them. I do, however, use my animals shamelessly in my writing! I have two cats and a dog and they always attack me while I’m writing so I got this idea early on that they were trying to tell me they wanted to be in the story. So I created mythical characters to represent them and use anagrams to hide their names. For example, Niv, the marmouse in the story is based on my dog Vin. He’s a fan favorite and I had a blast using his comical features and personality as I wrote Niv.

Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?

Not really. I’m pretty open minded. Even if I’m not particularly into a genre, movie, etc it’s fun to see what other people dream up. I love YA! Anything paranormal, fantasy, magic, etc. I can’t get enough of the unlimited possibilities that are present in that genre. YA characters are at the precipice of their life. It’s so cool to see what they make of it. Pretty much anything on the CW is my jam! And I’m a die hard Survivor fan.


Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?

Do it! Don’t make excuses like you’re not good enough or you’ll do it when you have more time. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you have that passion in you or a story that’s dying to be told. Sit down and write it. You never know where it will take you. I started writing because I was tired of missing books that would always come to an end. I never dreamed I would publish them. But I took a chance and I’m so glad I did. My books have literally taken me all over the world. I quit my job and write full time and travel to school to help inspire other young writers. I can’t imagine where I would be if I let the little voices that said “you’re not good enough,” keep me down. Life is short, tomorrow isn’t promised. Fill your life with what makes your soul happy today. For me, that’s writing.

Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?

OMG so many! I’m hoping to publish 9 titles this year! My 4th and final book in The Geneva Project series is due this summer, along with two more prequels for the series. Then I have two anthologies coming out, Debut Collective – Acts of Bravery and Utopia Revolutions. I’m co-authoring and illustrating a children’s book, Auntie LEA’s Nighttime Nonsense due out at the end of the year that will help raise money for foster families. Then I have three non-fictions coming out as well. Plus, my audiobook for Truth is coming out this year! So excited for that! I got to work with the incredibly talented Beth Crowley for the soundtrack and the actors, Whitney Morse and Jason Goedken are doing an incredible job of bringing my characters to life.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve met so many incredible authors during my time in this YA world. So many of them have helped and inspired me. I’m always looking for ways to give back, so this year I launched Page Burners! It’s a place where readers can find new YA books to read by some amazing authors they may not have met yet. I feature 2 YA books each week and giveaway a monthly mystery box full of books and awesome bookish swag. If you’re a YA reader make sure you sign up for the mailing list. If you’re an author and want to be featured please check us out and fill out our author form. If you’re a blogger and want to review books we’re featuring, we love sharing guest reviews. Check out Page Burners!

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I’d love to let your readers know that they can all download a free copy of my first book, The Geneva Project – Truth. It’s available on Amazon, B&N, iTunes and Kobo for free!

Thank you for visiting me on THE KATY today, Christina!

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Review: Halfway Bitten by Terry Maggert

Synopsis: The circus came to Halfway, and they brought the weird.

When clowns, vampires, and corpses start piling up in town, Carlie has to break away from her boyfriend, Wulfric, to bring her witchy skills to the table- or grill, as the case may be.
When the body of a young woman washes up in the lake, it unleashes a spiral of mystery that will bring Carlie, Gran, and Wulfric into a storm of magical warfare. Spells will fly. Curses will rain. Amidst it all, Carlie will make waffles, protect her town, and find out if a man from the distant past can join her in happy ever after.
With love and honor at stake, Carlie has no peer.

25622365Review: Joining Carlie on her adventures is one of the most fun things I have done with my time this year. Witches, mystery, intrigue, ghosts, and vampires (and not the sparkly type that turned me off of them for awhile). And waffles. I really want to visit Carlie and have waffles.

Carlie receives a terrifying message through the mail slot in her door. Knowing all she can do is wait for something bad to happen, she hangs onto all she holds dear as more pieces fall into place.

There were SO many things in this book. But Terry makes it work beautifully. I can definitely see why Halfway is such a tourist spot, even if mortals don’t usually know what lurks in the shadows.

An awesome cast of characters. Beautiful cover. Visit Halfway today!

Read my review of “Halfway Dead” (book one) here.

Buy “Halfway Bitten” on Amazon.

Review: Suspended by Sarah Noffke

Synopsis: When a stranger joins the cast of Vagabond Circus—a circus that is run by Dream Travelers and features real magic—mysterious events start happening. The once orderly grounds of the circus become riddled with hidden threats. And the ringmaster realizes not only are his circus and its magic at risk, but also his very life.
Vagabond Circus caters to the skeptics. Without skeptics, it would close its doors. This is because Vagabond Circus runs for two reasons and only two reasons: first and foremost to provide the lost and lonely Dream Travelers a place to be illustrious. And secondly, to show the nonbelievers that there’s still magic in the world. If they believe, then they care, and if they care, then they don’t destroy. They stop the small abuse that day-by-day breaks down humanity’s spirit. If Vagabond Circus makes one skeptic believe in magic, then they halt the cycle, just a little bit. They allow a little more love into this world. That’s Dr. Dave Raydon’s mission. And that’s why this ringmaster recruits. That’s why he directs. That’s why he puts on a show that makes people question their beliefs. He wants the world to believe in magic once again.

28143836Review: Sarah Noffke has done it again. The Dream Traveler’s world has expanded into the lives of an amazing circus act that strives to bring magic back into peoples’ lives. The story surrounding the characters was mysterious, interesting, and dangerous, leaving me holding my breath before I turned the page. Each character was believable and endearing in their own way. I loved guessing what their dream traveler were going to be. It’s always a fun surprise when they reveal what gifts they have! I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

And that cover is amazing! The colors and figures definitely capture the essence of “Suspended”

Buy “Suspended: The Vagabond Circus book 1” on Amazon!


I’m watching “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” right now. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s about a man who works in an office for TIME magazine. He loses the negative from an important photo and needs to find the photographer who took it.

He leaves his daydreams behind and makes them a reality.

I’ve watched it before, but Walter Mitty is exactly who I needed to speak to me right now. What are my dreams? When will they come true?

The real question is: When am I going to stop dreaming and make it happen?

What about you? Are you dreaming? Or living?


Interview: Author Kyle Perkins

Please welcome Author Kyle Perkins to THE KATY today!

kyleperkinsHey thanks for having me! A little bit about myself. I was born in the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as Xenia, Ohio. I moved to Florida when I was twelve years old and have spent most of my life here. I have traveled a lot in my adult life, but now I have settled down quite a bit to focus on my writing. When I’m not writing, I’m typically gaming or becoming one with the internet. PS: Becoming one with the internet actually means just watching funny cat videos on Youtube.


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How did you decide to become an author?

Funny story actually. I never intended on becoming an author. Never even considered it until a couple years ago. I started a few online communities for text based roleplaying and a lot of people told me that I should probably write a book. I quickly realized just how much I loved writing, and took them up on it.

Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?

I’m self-published, the reason being was the fact that publishers weren’t kicking down my door to get my attention, so I decided that maybe I could get theirs.

Are you a plotter or a panster?

Definitely a panster. Most of my ideas either come as fever dreams, or random thoughts in the bathtub. Seriously. My idea for this book for instance came to me during a bath.


What draws you to writing in the Science Fiction genre?

I love the endless possibilities that go hand in hand with the genre. I love the idea of alternate time lines, far off worlds, alien races, advanced technology, and the unlimited potential for story telling that comes with it. I just love that it pushes you, you have to actually wrap your mind around concepts and ideals that are so alien to us. Then somehow figure out how your characters would behave in these scenarios. I love the challenge.

Where did you find inspiration for your debut novel, “Reddened Wasteland?”

I was sitting in the bath tub wondering about space colonization, as every normal person does, and the idea just came to me. I started thinking about the interactions people would have on Mars, how a government might look once Earth was gone, even what implications such a bottleneck on the human race would cause. Then I decided I should probably dry off and grab a pen.

Do you think we’ll eventually colonize Mars?

Absolutely. They are already planning a mission there in 2026. I believe that one day we will not only harvest the energy from our planet and utilize it to its maximum capacity, but also the energy of our Sun.

Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?

There is definitely a bit of myself in each of the main protagonists. I would say that my general attitude towards things reminds me of Alerik, but my outward personality is more that of Thorin. The rest of the characters I have pulled from people in my life, and personalities I have come across.

Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?

Interestingly enough, I mainly read non-fiction, though there isn’t really anything I wouldn’t give a shot.

Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?

My main advice to aspiring writers would be to just keep going. So many people are perpetually doing projects and constantly switching gears. You may have loads of talent, but no one is able to see it if you don’t finish something. My mind constantly wandered to other projects all the time, but I forced myself back to this book and I’m glad I did. The feeling you get from creating something that will last forever is unrivaled.

Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Right now I am working on the second book in the Reddened Wasteland Series, and a Fantasy/Erotica book with another author named Samantha Harrington.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Think that’s it!

Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today, Kyle!

Interview: Author Caroline Gill

Please welcome Author Caroline Gill to THE KATY today!

author's faceHey, Katy, thanks for having me here. A little about myself: I grew up in Coronado, California for the better part of my childhood, surrounded by the ocean on one side and the San Diego Bay on the other. Half of the peninsula is a navy base, so the military has always been around me. As a Navy kid, I felt like I was a part of something bigger. I spent most of middle school reading a book at the beach. And most of high school, reading a book while walking all over the small island. I graduated from UCLA and then from NIU. I live in the redwoods of northern California with my husband, five kids and two tortoises. My days are full.

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How did you decide to become an author?

I lived in the library after school, spending summers racing through children’s books which led into fantasy novels. I inhaled Anne McCaffery, Robin Hobb, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury. I’ve fallen in love and traveled the world over and over, reading thousands of lives in fantasy and science fiction. I wrote at first in my journals, and then nine years ago, I had a vivid dream. Waking, i wrote for two hours outlining my first novel.

Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?

Certainly, Tolkien, Rowling, CS Lewis inspired me to explore new worlds. So did movies like the Lottery, the Sound of Music, the Hunger Games, and True Grit.

Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?

I am a big believer in quality. The Internet, Apple and Amazon have changed the way we read, and the amount of writers who can now reach an audience. I published indie because we can.

Are you a plotter or a panster?

I generally write a character’s opening based on a dream or a vivid image and then plot the rest of the main points and character intersects.

What draws you to writing in the Dystopian genre?

The chaos of the world around us. I think we all see it, the way our lives are interwoven, the way it could all fall apart. That is part of the fascination, “What would I do…?”

What does the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook mean to you?

Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group has been hands down the most supportive and wonderful group of readers and authors. Through my participation in the anthology Prep For Doom, I met so many talented, wise, and generous people. Those authors were the first I really was able to share my writings with, the first to answer questions when publishing confused me, and the first to be my friends.

How did the idea of flies come to you for your debut novel, “Flying Away?”

I was rocking a child to sleep. It was a beautiful afternoon, no sounds anywhere except right above me in the air: a fly hoovered. And he did not stop. Instead of landing and grooming, he flew in the air above me in some kind of invisible pattern. I wondered what the insect could possibly be doing. And then I realized. Hidden Magic.

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Your cover is beautiful! You created it yourself, correct? Are you traditionally an artist as well as an author?

Thank you, so much.Yes, I did create it, drawing each element and composing them together. I am self-taught using photoshop and a wacom tablet. I use each layer of photoshop the same way a traditional printer does. I have always loved drawing women and I feel really lucky that Iolani turned out so perfectly.

Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?

There is a great deal of myself as a child in Lani, a sense of stubborness, a brutal honesty. For sure the characters I have in Flying Away are parts of people I know. Many in fact, I have met in the online world. Sometimes a few interactions in text or chat really distills a personality. One character, Ginny, is based on a friend of mine who is currently fighting cancer. She was in the middle of chemo when I wrote her character into the story. Goodness should be remembered.

Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?

I can’t watch horror. Suspense? Yes. Thrillers? Yes. But not horror. The images, corny though they are, stay in my dreams like black ink on a white sheet.


Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?

Write. Revise. Share. Edit. Cry. Revise. Publish.

Write every day, even a few sentences. Those are yours. No one can take that from you.Even if my kids have made a fort in the front room and spilled popcorn everywhere, I still have my words, safely tucked away. My own personal pile of ideas and characters that I treasure. Little by little, you can move a mountain.

I made the mistake of publishing a novel in 2012 without hiring an editor. And I had to take it down. You need outside eyes on your baby. Trust someone to help you make your words shine.

Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Flying Blind, book two of Malcolm and Lani’s story, is in edits and Flying Free, the final book is finished and is on its way. I am madly working on their covers and preparing for a wild year.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am incredibly grateful Katy, to you for your support and listening ear. You always go above and beyond to help others and it makes a difference. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and for all you have done over the last year.

Thanks for joining me today, Caroline! I enjoyed interviewing you and wish you the best as you continue your journey as an author.