The lovely Kaitlin Hillerich took time away from her busy student life to share about who she is as a blogger and writer, as part of my ongoing Interview Series with the writing community. She’s a fabulously energetic gal who writes, edits and reviews – so prepare to delve into her mind to see what makes her tick!
Let’s get started! Where are you from? Do you still live there?
Born and raised in Kentucky!
When did you realize you ‘had’ to write? Was there something specific that happened to you?
I was always writing stories as a little kid, but the realization that I “had” to write didn’t hit me until I was 14. That was when I wrote my first full-length fantasy novel and realized if I didn’t keep writing stories for the rest of my life I would be miserable.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Do you write in the same genre?
I’ve always been in love with the Fantasy genre even before I understood what it was. Not only did I enjoy those books more, but for some reason I connected with them better.
When I was younger I was incapable of writing a “normal” story–my stories always had talking animals or magic objects. I just love to write fantasy, and it comes naturally to me. I’ve tried writing a few “normal” short stories lately and they turned out alright, but they don’t stir me the same way fantasy does.
When somebody reads your work (current or future), what do you want them to say/feel?
I really hope that readers will connect with my characters and be able to understand themselves and the world better after reading their story. I hope my work will stir them emotionally in some way.
What’s a genre or type of book that you’d really like to write one day?
I’d really like to try Historical Fiction! I’m a huge history nerd and there’s so many interesting stories that can be found in history. I’m also interested in genre crossovers. I love with book Fateful by Claudia Gray, which is a Historical Fantasy. It has werewolves on the Titanic. Can it get any better than that? Probably not.
A decade from now, where do you see yourself?
That’s a tricky one!
If you had asked me this two years ago, I would’ve said living in Kentucky working as a teacher and writing on the side (hopefully published by then!). But in the last year after studying abroad in Ireland, my life and plans have changed drastically.
I quit the teaching program (I was completely miserable!) to follow my heart and become a Creative Writing major. Now I’m interested in working in publishing, and of course still trying to get my own work published. But I don’t know if I want to stay in Kentucky forever anymore. I’m thinking of moving to London or NYC, or even living somewhere in the UK for a year…or more. And I want to travel. A LOT.
So ten years from now, who knows where I’ll be? I don’t know, and it’s kind of exciting. My life has become an adventure. But wherever I’ll be, one thing I know for sure is that I’ll be writing!
If you could have a dinner party with three fictional characters, who would you invite?
Just three? Are you trying to torture me?
Hmmm okay let’s see…I’m just going to limit myself to books here because if I expand ‘fictional character’ to include movies/TV I’ll never be able to make a decision. So.
Hermione Granger, Cress from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and Jace from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
Although, Jace would probably be rude and spoil the party. But I would love to have some sarcastic, witty banter with him. And Hermione and Cress would basically be my besties.
You can choose one fictional world to live in for the rest of your life. Where do you go?
I’m torn between Narnia and Hogwarts….
How could you ask me to make this decision?
If you could erase one book from your memory, what would it be, and why?
Okay, I’m sorry Brett because I know you like this one, but The Maze Runner. It’s one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time.
Why? Let me see…
-Flat, undeveloped characters and an annoying MC.
-The author was really repetitive, and I felt like he thought everything had to be explained to the reader so we would “get it.”
-The author constantly tells the reader every little thing Thomas is feeling. Not enough SHOWING.
-The first 100 or so pages of the book was just obnoxious bickering amongst the characters–Thomas demanding answers about something from x character who refuses to tell him anything for ambiguous reasons, saying he’ll get it eventually. Then Thomas gets angry and muses over how no one will tell him anything. This cycle repeats over and over. Was this supposed to create suspense? Because it didn’t work.
-The dialogue. All of the obnoxious made-up slang made me want to smack my head against a wall–shank, shuck, klunk, etc.
-I was disappointed by the way the plot played out, and I felt like the characters figured things out too quickly and easily.
Can I delete it from my memory now?
What’s your favourite book/series of all-time?
Just one? You really do enjoy torturing me, don’t you? 😉
Okay, I’m going to have to say Harry Potter. I grew up with that series and it’s very dear to me. It was also the series that helped me realize what Fantasy was exactly and that it was what I wanted to write. And Hermione Granger is my spirit animal.
And finally, where can people find you on the internet?
Le Twitter: https://twitter.com/ink_and_quills
Le blog: http://inkandquills.com/
Thanks Kaitlin for stopping by and answering all of my tricky questions – I didn’t mean to torture you, but I do like asking tough things! You should all go have a look at her fabulous website, including my guest post on how to Write from a Guy’s POV.
That’s all for now! Feel free to comment below, and if you would like to be interviewed, please drop me a line on Twitter (@BrettMichaelOrr).