Welcome back, my most patient readers. Today, in anticipation of the release of Secrets in Our Cities (the urban fantasy anthology with which I’ve tantalized you previously), I have fellow author Kristy Perkins here to answer some questions. Her story “No One Delivers to the Sewers” is a fun read featuring a witty dragon.
Anyhow, let’s get started on this interview.
Delusions of Sanity: So, Kristy, what got you started in writing fiction?
Kristy: Honestly, I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. Benefit of being homeschooled was I could actually ask my mom to add writing assignments to my workload! Of course, being me, I didn’t realize I was focusing on it so much until high school, when someone pointed out how much time I spent writing. And I’ve always been drawn to stories, so there was no way I was focusing my efforts on nonfiction.
I have no idea what got me started. When I started answering this question I was going to point to that moment in high school when it all became clear, but I tried writing my first book when I was twelve, and I was maybe seven when I turned my writing assignments into stories. The desire to tell tales goes back as long as I can remember, and writing them down came with it.
Delusions of Sanity: What do you like most about writing urban fantasy?
Kristy: I get to use the crazy creatures and the magic, but the modern era means I can use elements of my life and what I know alongside it. I have no idea how to exist in medieval times, magical or not, but I know how to order takeout or how frustrating it is when you hit the wrong button on your phone. It’s easier to fill in the details of the story, because I can rely more on what I already know instead of having to look up Greco-Roman architecture or something like that.
Delusions of Sanity: How did you come up with inspiration for your short story in the JL 6 anthology?
Kristy: The concept was sewer alligator legends, plus the obsessive desire to see dragons in a modern setting. I tried writing a vampire story, but dragons are my favorite so they won.
For the other half of the concept, try doing a search on “urban fantasy dragons.” You get a million dragon shifter romances. Not my favorite. I was a lot more curious about how these giant lizards could blend into a modern era without the ability to change into a human. From there, it seemed natural that a smaller one could piggy-back on the legends of other large reptiles and live in the sewer.
The food delivery plot came from my trips to some amazing local shops and restaurants, combined with my inability to order food over the phone without something getting screwed up.
Delusions of Sanity: If you could have coffee with any character in your story, with whom would it be, and what would you discuss? (That’s a trick because I actually asked two questions. Muahahaha!)
I would have coffee with Henry Wallace, the baker/dragon hunter who gets to be the only named human in my story. First of all, I think he could probably use someone buying him a coffee. Poor guy is totally broke. And second, I have so many questions for him. Like, what got him started following the steps of the Alchemy Knights? Why did he want to start a bakery? I want to know more about his backstory!
Delusions of Sanity: And, because I’m curious, what’s your favorite hobby or something you enjoy besides writing?
Kristy: Knitting! I love all different kinds of handicrafts, but knitting is my favorite. Particularly lace knitting. You have to use charts to figure them out, and it’s deliciously complicated. The designs don’t always make sense at first, but I love watching it unfold the further you get through the pattern. It’s a weird twisty mess, and then two rows later you’ve got a twisting vine and some leaves. Colorwork is also great, but there’s a higher chance of ending up with a pile of tangled yarn so lace is better. Plus, I’m good enough that I can do it while I watch TV, thus combining two of my favorite things.
Best project: beaded silk lace shawl. Took me two months, and I’ve worn it once, but it was totally worth it. Also a pair of blue cashmere opera gloves. Those I’m too afraid to use, but still no regrets. There’s another shawl called the “Ghost Orchid” that I want to make. It’s got five charts! And I’ve got this gorgeous lavender silk yarn that will be perfect for it.
Sorry. That got technical. But you did ask for my favorite!
Delusions of Sanity: Knitting? Very cool. I wish I had a useful hobby like that. Well, that wraps up the questions that I have. Thank you, Kristy, for dropping by and indulging my curiosity. Your story was a lot of fun, and I think readers will like your clever twist on dragons.
And thanks to all of my readers. Don’t forget that the anthology comes out on October 31st (yep, some wonderful paranormal goodness just in time for Halloween) and will be available on Amazon. Check out Kristy’s story along with many other exciting works.
This blog post is part of the Secrets in Our Cities Scavenger Hunt. You can participate by visiting all of the participating blogs, a list of which can be found in the introduction post on the Just-Us League’s website.
Once you’ve gathered all of the clues, figure out the secret line and submit it. One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Secrets in Our Cities, and three lucky winners will receive ebook copies.
The Scavenger Hunt will be open until midnight EST on November 5th, 2018. The winners will be announced on the Just-Us League’s blog on November 7th, 2018. Your information will only be used to contact you if you win a prize.