Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you KT Webb!
I am a big city girl living in small town South Dakota. Although I was born in Michigan, most of my younger years were spent between the suburbs of Chicago. Moving to South Dakota was a big change, and I never would have guessed I’d fall in love and decide to stay. I have been married to my wonderful husband since 2006 and we have two beautiful children ages 7 and 4.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember and always dreamed of becoming a published author. I love to create stories that make readers look at things differently and question reality; which is probably why I tend to write paranormal or fantasy novels.
My romance novellas started as a creative experiment but I quickly discovered that I really enjoy writing them. I will be writing a series of standalone novellas that will have titles based on love songs, but won’t necessarily follow the story told in the song itself.
I firmly believe in the power of redemption, second chances, and that magic surrounds us every day if we know where to look. I’m a goofy and fun-loving person and am often described as snarky, bold and brash.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes. I started writing when I was very young and had always dreamed of becoming a published author.
Why did you choose to write your genre?
YA Supernatural: I’ve always been intrigued by things that seem impossible. I still hold onto the belief that magic might be real somewhere out there.
NA Romance: I attended the North Iowa Book Bash and met a lot of amazing authors and bloggers who all love romance novels. I found myself being a tad judgmental, what’s so special about writing a boring old romance? I started a creative project to put myself in their shoes for a little while. I LOVED IT. There’s something fun and exciting about writing something that most people believe could actually happen.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I once wrote a story about a monkey named Mr. Snifflipunut. He loved to bake and was ready to make some banana bread when he discovered that all of the bananas had been stolen. His archnemesis, Mad Mimi (also a monkey) had stolen them to make her own banana recipes. There was also a human character named Craig. I drew pictures and everything. It was written to keep myself entertained during my Psych 101 class in college. The teacher glared at my friend and I as we giggled about the ridiculous things Mr. Sniffilipunut did to get his bananas back. [If you ever decide to write children’s books, this might need to be explored more.]
What are you currently working on? I am currently finishing the final book in my first series, The New Era Saga. I have a busy end of the year coming up with another novel (YA Romance) and the next novella in my Chicago Love Story collection due to be released by the end of December.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Congrats on the nomination! The Evolved, the first book in The New Era Saga, was inspired by a dream. I dreamt of a young man who could manipulate mechanical objects. He saved a girl from a runaway car as it rolled down a steep hill. That didn’t end up in the story at all, but it fueled my imagination and helped me discover some awesome characters.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I actually just finished writing the first draft of the hardest part. Everything in my series has led up to the Evolved bringing down the bad guys and this book holds that final battle. It holds the piece that will change everything for mankind and it had to be done right.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a ‘reformed pantser’. I have always just sat down and let the story pour out. After going to UtopiaCon, I discovered the beauty that comes with plotting. I now have four books completely outlined and waiting to be written. [As a ‘recovering’ pantser, I’m also discovering this beautiful road to productivity.]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That’s a tough question. They all hold a special place in my heart, but I have really fallen in love with Olivia from Hard Habit to Break. She is smart, awkward, clumsy, snarky and a hopeless romantic. I loved being inside her head.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes to a certain degree. I think writer’s block for me is more like ‘story block’. If I find I can’t go any further on a story for a time then I go work on something else. Sometimes being in another story frees my mind up enough to have an epiphany on the one that had me stuck.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Actually, many of them do. Usually small things, like my love of books and sarcasm. But sometimes there are characters like Nora from The New Era Saga. She and I have a lot in common.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? I’d like to play with Dystopian [Yay!]. I have a few project planned for that, but I haven’t done it yet. I am so intrigued by what the world could be like if… It’s crazy to think about how one thing or a series of things can actually have a major impact on the world around us.
What novel would you read multiple times? The Red Tent by Anita Diamont. It’s not my usual genre choice at all, but I loved this book and have read it multiple times.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Edgar Allen Poe. I’d love to know what was going on in that brain of his!
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I love Capuchin Monkeys.
What is your favorite color? Coral.
What do you do when you’re not writing? Right now, writing is a part-time career. I work full time as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for a technology company.
It was such a pleasure to get to know another Michigan native, KT!
Next week’s featured guest will be apocalyptic fiction author E.E. Isherwood.