This week on THE KATY, I am helping celebrate the release of the anthology “Bite Sized Offerings,” which many authors wrote to help pay for a little girl’s medical bills. This coming Saturday (9/5) from 12PM- 10PM CST, is the “Bite Sized Offerings” release party on Facebook! Join the event here! In preparation for this awesome party for such a wonderful cause, I am interviewing several authors from the anthology.
Today’s author for my Bite Sized Interviews is author Veronica Smith! You can find
Veronica on Facebook here.
Thank you for joining me here on THE KATY today, Veronica!
How did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading and grew up with Nancy Drew and such. I started writing my own “detective series” when I was 12 or 13. I started at last 3 or 4 of them but never kept it up. Since then I’ve always wished it kept it up and finally started doing it.
Any people, books, or movies
that inspired you to pursue your dream?
Stephen King was my first experience with horror so naturally I idolized him when I was younger. Then my genre slid over to post-apocalyptic when I read The Stand and Robert McCammon’s Swan Song.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
I’m little of both. My short stories are usually spur of the moment. I’ve written whole stories on my commute home from work and had to type it out quickly when I got home. But my novella was kind of planned out. I type out all the info I want that I think is important at the top of the first page then as I get to that part in the novella I delete it. An unorganized outline if you will.
How did you start writing dystopian?
I’m a closet “wanna be” prepper. I want to have everything prepared but can’t afford it most of it. But imagining what I would do makes for great stories.
What does the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook mean to you?
I’ve discovered so many variations of Dystopian in all the new books that I’ve discovered in that group. I beta read and buy so many that I’ve read a variety. I’ve made a lot of great friends too.
Are you self published?
Working on that right now. My novella, Chalk Outline, is finished and formatted but I have to finished a last round of edits then see how to publish it myself. This is a new step for me.
Why did you choose to go this route?
A lot of my writer friends do both and I’ve seen that they seem happy with what they choose. I want to try it and see if I can do and market it myself.
Can you tell me about any of your recent projects?
I actually have quite a few short stories that are already out there and about to be out there. The ones I have already published are A Very Zombie Christmas (A Zombie Christmas) and a story in Grynn Anthology. Besides Bite Sized Offerings (The Tree House), I have several others that should be published on or around Halloween: Crossroads in the Dark (Fate and Destiny), Twisted Tales Tea Party (Traveling Nightmares), 50 Shades of Slay (Sunday Morning and The Cat Lady), Edge of Darkness (The Lottery Ticket), New Year’s Day (Countdown) this one is slated to come out on January first.
How did you get involved with “Bite Sized Offerings?”
I’ve been friends with Mysti and Lori for a while and when Lori told me her idea I jumped in immediately. It has grown and I’m so honored to be a part of it.
Can you tell us a little bit about your role in the
My story is called The Tree House and it’s about a group of kids surviving the zombie outbreak in their tree house.
What do you see as a future? Are zombies a possibility?
I know everyone says they secretly wish for a zombie apocalypse but not me. I know that if it were to really happen humanity wouldn’t stand a chance. Every day I see the news and the things I hear make me have doubts about our future. It does seem sometimes that our country is going the way of many of the books I read.
Do you have a favorite zombie book, movie, or show?
It’s a toss up on the show – I love both The Walking Dead and Z Nation. Movie would have to be Dawn of the Dead – sorry I love the remake though. Zombie book is easy. Adrian’s Undead Diary by Chris Philbrook. His series really got me into the zombie genre to start with.
Thanks again for the awesome interview for a great cause! Join me tomorrow for another great bite-sized interview!