Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Kathryn Guarino

 I met Katie Guarino through our mutual friends from St. Rose when Shelby invited me to J.K. Rowling's book signing a year ago.  We kept in touch and discovered we have quite a few things in common, including a love of writing and many favorite children's books.  I really hope she does start her one-stop-shop for book reviews soon, because I know I'd add it to my Feedly right away!

Who are you? Kathryn Guarino

Where can you be found online?  Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work?  If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation?  As of yet, I don't have a blog. I'm toying with the idea of starting a one-stop-shop for book reviews and recommendations of historical fiction. There have been some brilliant (and not-so-brilliant) additions to the genre recently. I love the idea of having a community where we can all talk about our favorite authors and why we find their work so compelling, be it their depth of research or their good old-fashioned storytelling.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging?  When did it happen? I actually have a story for this! I've enjoyed writing since I was little, but a long time ago I decided to focus more of my artistic concentration on music. After I graduated college, I had a few frustrating years trying to bang at the gates of my chosen industry with very little success. Last summer, I decided to take a break from the whole process. On a four hour flight west I began reading a history of the British Isles, and I paused over the section about the Boudican Rebellion of 60-61AD. I'd remembered studying this event in college, and I'd always thought it'd make a great novel. I started going over the story from different angles in my head, to see if anything struck me as interesting. I ended up spending the rest of the trip over writing my first outline for the book. Not a bad way to get through a flight.

Why do you write?  I write because I have stories buzzing around in my head, and I want to see how they end.

Your writing inspires me.  Who inspires you?  
 In terms of other authors? The writers who inspired me growing up were Madeleine L'Engle, Tamora Pierce, Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling. Neil Gaiman is just brilliant. I'd like to write like him when I grow up. George RR Martin helps me check myself. Anytime I start to feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle too many viewpoint characters, I glance over at the ASOIAF series and I feel better about my life. In terms of inspirational people in general? I was blessed with two intelligent, good-hearted parents. My mom and the memory of my dad inspire me every day.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Oh God, it's Sophie's Choice, isn't it? Honestly, if I had an all-expenses paid trip right at this moment, I'd use it to travel Europe. I'd love to go North and see the Aurora Borealis, see the canals in Amsterdam, taste chocolate in Belgium, explore Romania, stand open-mouth at the beauty of Dubrovnik, and connect to my roots in Greece and Italy. I can't think of anything more I'd like to be doing.

What is your favorite place on earth? Right now, I'd have to say New York City at Christmas. There's an energy and music that emanates from the city this time of year. You can't help but love it. 
Anything else you'd like us to know? I'm fairly new to the writing scene and learning more and more every day. I want to thank Kristin to sending me this survey. I admire and respect her writing, and I can't wait to hear more from her in the future! Hopefully I'll have a few more things to plug the next time one of these rolls around.

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