February's Hot Writer: Kat Conway
My genre: Non-fiction narrative essays, sci-fi/fantasy, short poetry and the occasional erotica.
My literary influences: In a perfect world, I'd write like Dorothy Parker and Meg Cabot had a super queer baby, then invited Margaret Atwood, Melina Marchetta and Toni Morrison to be fairy godparents. Also at the party: Donna Tartt, James Baldwin, Terry Pratchett, Naomi Novik, Anais Nin, Erika Moen, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Tamora Pierce and Li-Young Lee.
My favorite literary quote: I want to tuck this bit of "Great Things Have Happened" by Alden Nowlan into my shirt pocket and wear it near my heart forever: "... It was like the feeling / you get sometimes in a country you’ve never visited / before, when the bread doesn’t taste quite the same, / the butter is a small adventure, and they put / paprika on the table instead of pepper, / except that there was nobody in this country / except the three of us, half-tipsy with the wonder / of being alive, and wholly enveloped in love."
My favorite book of all time: "Good Omens," by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, forever and always.
I’m currently reading: "Saga" by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
My guilty pleasure book: I have read "Sabriel" by Garth Nix (and then stomped around the house pretending to be a necromancer) so many times that it is in serious danger of disintegrating. See also: "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver and "Watership Down" by Richard Adams.
I can’t write without: a deadline and/or The Mountain Goats' entire discography.
Worst line I ever wrote: Oh jeez, so many. Most recently, probably "The kid looks so taken aback by the suggestion that Jeff uses the opportunity to snatch the book back, flipping through it with one hand and holding the kid’s wildly flailing arms off with the other. Somewhere, in the back of his skull, a little voice is smirking at him and sing-songing. Friends, friends, friends, three days and you’re practically almost friends. The kid flails." This is from my never-published queer YA werewolf romance novel, also featuring an all-boys' private school and a Battle of the Bands competition. Note the repetition of the word "flail," which is how I signify teenage attraction.
Brief Bio: Kate Conway is the Queer Studies Editor at xoJane.com, where she is also known to write about brunch, dragons, Jonathan Toews and liminality. Her work has also appeared on Jezebel and in BUST Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter at @katchatters.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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