I’m a sucker for a quirky romcom read with a scrappy heroine! Canada’s own Katia Rose is delivering just that with her debut novel, Latte Girl. Her words dropped TODAY (grab it here – it’s also FREE on Kindle Unlimited!) and we’re celebrating her on the blog today! Read on as Katia talks about celebrating the little things, how Dickens influenced her writing, and how backpacking traipsed her into the world of indie romance!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
First thing to know about me: I don’t really like talking about myself, ha ha. That’s probably why I became a writer – so I could speak through other people instead. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but I’m quite new to the romance game and am loving how supportive and involved the community is. I’ve met some amazing people so far, and am really excited for everything that lies ahead.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I love those moments when you’re so engrossed in your work that you don’t even have a sense of self anymore. All that exists is your fingers on the keyboard and the words appearing on the page. I love the rush of getting caught up in a story, of literally not being able to do anything but sit down and write.
Tell us about your debut project.
I’ve just published my first novel – a romantic comedy called Latte Girl. It is the story of a barista working a dead end job in her city’s depressing business sector. She finds her monotonous life taking a turn for the unexpected when she (quite literally) runs into the heir to the security company next door. It’s been an amazing experience so far and I’m beyond thrilled to now be a part of the indie romance community as both a reader and a writer.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m one of those people who have always written. I remember making up stories in my head before I even had the ability to write them down. One of my earliest recorded works is a detective story about a brother and sister that I wrote and illustrated in gel pen when I was six years old. I went to an arts high school to study creative writing, and then began pursuing it in university, but I ended up leaving school to travel.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
I’ll admit I never had much of an interest in romance and made the mistake of not holding the genre in very high regard. That all changed when a very long trip with a very small backpack forced me into buying a Kindle so I could still have access to books. I stumbled upon the world of indie romance, and found that it contains amazingly strong and unique heroines created by equally strong and unique women. I knew it was a world I wanted to be a part of.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
Hmm…it’s hard to pick, as I have a very different approach when writing general fiction or poetry as opposed to romance, but if I had to choose a book that serves as an overall influence for everything I write, I would go with A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews. Sometimes, when I’m feeling uninspired, I’ll just get it off my shelf and flip to a random page, and it always gets me in the mood to write and challenged myself to make my work the best it can be.
~’I love the rush of getting caught up in a story…’~
Share a piece of your work that showcases our writing style best.
This is one of my favourite passages from ‘Latte Girl’:
“I spend as much time imagining those calm after the storm moments as I do the actual storm, but that’s always been one of my favourite parts of sex: the after. The goose bumps raised by cool air hitting skin slick with sweat. The stillness of limbs tangled and heavy with happiness. The feel of fingertips tracing trails across two bodies that were just one and aren’t quite ready to break apart yet.”
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Isolate yourself from distractions. I turn my internet off at night and, when I get up in the morning, I tell myself I won’t turn it on again until I’ve got 2000 words down. I write at other times of the day too, but I’m never as focused and my writing is never as good as that first morning session, before I let the rest of my life creep up on me. If you dedicate a time to ONLY writing, it’s much easier to get in the zone.
- Write for yourself. While I think it’s perfectly fine, and important, to be aware of your audience and excited for people to read your work, when it comes to deciding what you will write and how you will write it, your focus should be on what you yourself enjoy. If the joy in writing purely for yourself isn’t enough to get you to do it, nothing else will be able to sustain you down that long road to a finished draft.
- Celebrate the little things. While you probably should not be rewarding yourself with a half hour break for every fifty words, I think it’s important to acknowledge your own accomplishments and progress. So many people say they want to write a book and then never do, so any steps you make in writing yours puts you ahead of the game. Finishing your outline, completing your first chapter, and typing ‘The End’ on that probably-really-awful-but-finally-finished first draft are all special moments you deserve to congratulate yourself for.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
I would definitely pick Charles Dickens. I love how atmospheric his writing is, and how easily he can give such clear insight on even the most minor characters in just a few sentences. He had such a deep understanding of human nature, and as a romance writer, conveying my characters’ emotions in a compelling way is very important.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if this is a normal thing for writers or not, but I always find myself getting into really weird positions when I write. I’ll be sitting with one leg over the edge of my chair and one on top of my desk while bending at a weird angle to reach my keyboard thinking “How did this even happen?”
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
MELANIE HARLOW. Not only do I adore her books, but I think her entire outlook on her career is very inspiring. I actually discovered her when I was in the ‘researching how to be an indie author’ phase and I still find myself referring back to the articles of author advice she’s written.
If you haven’t read ‘Some Sort of Crazy’ then get on it! Miles Haas will give you some serious *feelings*.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
I’m working on my second novel, an enemies-to-lovers romance called ‘Thigh Highs’ and I’m aiming for an October release. It’s been super busy, trying to write while also get everything prepared for the release of ‘Latte Girl,’ but I’m really enjoying the story so far and can’t wait to have it ready for publication.
Thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Website & Blog: www.katiarose.com