Behind The Pen: with Kat Richardson

I love interviews.  But I find the artists behind the stories equaling intriguing, and I think they deserve as much limelight as their characters. So here instead of a list of questions about the story, the plot, and the characters I ask authors the same 11 questions about themselves and hopefully get a glimpse behind the pen...

If you've been visiting this blog for a little while, you're aware that I have recently discovered and become utterly entranced by the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson.  I've come to include the series, the characters, and the author among my all-time favorites. The latest release, Labyrinth, is the 5th in the series and is available anywhere awesome books might be sold.  If this series is new to you, I implore you to give it a shot.  For my review on Greywalker go here and for Poltergeist go here. Or for more information please visit her website... because it would be embarrassing to gush any further. 
Without further ado, I give you Kat Richardson.

Q1: What is the last book you read?
WAKING NIGHTMARES by Christopher Golden. It was a pre-publication manuscript so I was reading to give a blurb. It was wicked good: terrifying and disgusting and horrible and utterly compelling and I loved it! But if you mean a published book, that would be CHANGELESS by Gail Carriger, which I didn’t like as much as the first one in her Parasol Protectorate series. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely the “bridge” book of a trilogy or more.

Q2: If you were stuck on a desert island, what book would you like to have with you?
THE COMPLETE ANNOTATED SHAKESPEARE. If you can’t find enough intrique, comedy, horror, mystery, romance, and general good storytelling in there, you’re doomed anyway.

Q3: What is your favorite swear word?
Fuck. It’s the world’s most versatile word.

Q4: What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Bicyclists. Well, no, really it’s thoughtless, self-entitled, rude, fucking idiots in general.

Q5: What quality do you most like in a man?
Humane intelligence and...

Q6: What quality do you most like in a woman?
... Joyful generousity of spirit.

Q7: What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
Oo, I don’t know if I’d rather be a theoretical physicist or a magician’s assistant.... Maybe I could be a train-robber at Knott’s Berry Farm....

Q8: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I don’t know: I haven’t been everywhere. Yet. But I’m going to work on it and I’ll get back to you when I’ve got a better sample....

Q9: What inspires you?
Deadlines. And crazy bits of history, news articles, silly conversations, reading, walking, and going interesting places with fun people. Or even uninteresting places with fun people.

Q10: If you could be one person (dead or alive) for a day who would you be?
Hmm.... Depends on the day. I mean, I don’t want to be Marie Antoinette the day they carted her off to the Marias or something like that. Sometimes I think it would be fun to be Johnny Depp....

Q11: Mac or PC?
So far, Mac or Linux. Currently I use a Mac laptop but the previous computer was an Ubuntu Linux machine, and before that an Amiga, and before that a pre-windows PC after my beloved Commodore 64 died a sad death.


  1. Love these questions (and yay for another Mac user!). And I have to agree overall with her pet peeve, I have little patience for the self-entitled and rude as well. I haven't read this series but I'll definitely be looking into it, thanks for the recommendation.

  2. WOO HOO! Another Mac user, hell yeah!
    Also, I am a cyclist, and I PROMISE you the rude asshole cyclists drive us insane, too, and made us pissed!
    I just started the Greywalker series and can't wait to make it through them all! Great interview :D

  3. Jenny: Thanks. I love the series so far. I hope you do read it. :)

    Pam: Yay! you started the series. I'm excited to hear your thoughts on Harper

    Colette: Thanks! :)

  4. I can't wait to get into the series and love the interview :)

  5. Bicyclists. Well, no, really it’s thoughtless, self-entitled, rude, fucking idiots in general.


    I've been keeping up with the series for a while now. Love it! Can't wait for the next one Downpour!!!

  6. I really enjoy your 'behind the pen' feature. It's so much fun! And isn't this the second author whose favorite curse word is f-ck?! lol Great job Jess!

  7. Robyn: It's such a smart cast of characters...and the writing? Forgetaboutit

    Sharon: Love snorts! I'm desperately trying to catch up in time for Downpour.

    Julie: Well, it is the only word in the English Language that can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, a pronoun...need I go on ?! ;)

  8. @ Julie, just about every PNR/UF author who has been asked this question has given the same answer .