Katie Cord is a publisher, writer, and nurse. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her three rambunctious dogs and part time Bengal cat. In her free time, she likes to binge watch television series and spend time with her boyfriend, Timothy W. Long. Her first collection of short stories, He Left Her at the Altar, She Left Him to the Zombies is available on Amazon. Her next book, Maxine will be out Fall 2015. You can find other short stories by her in GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries from When the Dead Books and Genus Loci from Ragnarok Publications.
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What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days or things that go bump in the night?
I’m currently in a graduate program studying communications, work full time as a nurse, helping others publish their work, and when all that is not going on, I cuddle up on my couch with Timothy W. Long. We love to power watch Netflix and talk about writing.
Tell me about your latest book, something unusual if possible.
MAXINE builds up as though it is a standard supernatural love triangle where the homely girl gets fawned over. That simply isn’t true. I think the ending of the book is a smack in the face to the typical YA love novel. The reviews seem to agree.
Maxine Blurb & Cover
"Penn, I don't know what you're doing, but seriously, you are making me sick with how much better you look than me!" Karlene Indiana said as she brushed her long, mousy brown hair.
What are you working on next and when can we expect it?
We are releasing three books from Evil Girlfriend Media this year, Rachel by Dobromir Harrison, Women In Practical Armor edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy, and Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz. I’m working on Mad Maxine, but at the earliest it won’t be out until late 2017.
What makes you want to write about dystopia/the apocalypse and/or horror?
I’ve been reading dystopian, horror, apocalyptic, and science fiction since at the least fourth grade. In a weird way, it relieves anxiety for me. It is the exploration of the what ifs and sometimes makes reality a little more bearable. I find that sitting down and working out fears through horrible scenarios is one of the best stress relievers.
Are you a prepper with an apocalypse plan in place, or are you just going to wing it?
Well, I do know how to use a gun, I can grow my own food if I need to, and I have a solid foundation of medical/nursing knowledge. I also know how to filter water, start a fire, and am pretty good in a crisis. If you are asking if I have huge storage of food in my garage or a bunker. No. That would require me to clean out the garage. Who has time for that nonsense?
What’s your apocalypse/horror song?
Ack! I have so many. Depends on my mood. One of my favourites, Richard Cheese covering Down with the Sickness by Disturbed.
When writing do you outline or fly by the seat of your pants!?
In short stories, fly by the seat of my pants, fingers flying with keys popping off the keyboard. However, when writing Maxine, I had to outline, outline some more, then edit the outline. It takes a lot of discipline for me to write a full-length novel. I love writing short stories the best.
What was the last book you read, and what is the next one lined up?
I just finished reading Tim’s book, The Front. I’m a beta reader on his next one Impact Earth: Symbiosis. I’m re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. These are the current books on my Kindle that I’m reading little by little: The Wild Diet by Abel James, Jenny Undead by J.L. Murray, Shifting Borders by Jessie Kwak, and Justice Calling by Annie Bellet.
If you could collaborate with any other indie author, who would it be?
Oh gosh, there are several people that I’d love to collaborate with! First as a publisher, I would love to co-project something with Ragnarok Publications, Raw Dog Screaming Press, or Eraserhead Press. I would love write with Jennifer Brozek, Tonia Brown, Annie Walls, Chris Mars, Rena Mason, Christoph Paul, and I’m always game to write more with my sweetheart, Timothy W. Long.
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