Featured Interview With Kate Phyre
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a writer, actor and pet-mom of very demanding kitties, living with a very patient partner. When I’m not writing I’m obsessed with creating mixed medium sculpture from reclaimed industrial materials, gazing at the PNW stars and fascinated by all things mysterious. Also feeding the kitties is my main purpose in life… according to the cats, of course.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I taught myself to read at the age of three. One day while watching my mother read to me the strange black lines on the page suddenly snapped into focus and became words I could understand. It happened all at once and utterly shocked my mother when she discovered me reading to my stuffed animals later that day. She tested me with a book I’d never seen before and turns out I actually did teach myself to read. I was writing stories and poetry by the age of 7 and reading at a college level by age 13.
Books became my escape and refuge when life took a much darker turn and I discovered more of the world than one should at that age but I’ll save the gory details for my memoir.
I like writing fiction because I can be utterly truthful.
I like writing science fiction because I’m fascinated with our potential as a species to create amazing almost impossible things and the license to wrestle with the larger sociological implications of our actions.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My early influences were the classics, English Lit masters like Dickens, Shakespeare and Tolkien. Later the American science fiction authors duked it out with Mark Twain, Longfellow and EE Cummings for space on my overflowing bookshelf. Eclectic is still how my tastes run. Although I love science fiction and write in that genre I read widely in non-fiction, philosophy, political, hard science, biology, astronomy and physics journals – you know, just for fun…
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Faery Tales of the Future is the Brothers Grim on steroids meets ‘Neuromancer’. A collection of all new original short future stories with hope, heart and humor.
• peek inside to meet outlaws with a heart of gold, Heroes on an epic quest, Dragons with unusual taste, whimsical Gods, snarky aliens & more.
• perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Arthur C. Clark, Robert Aspirin, Frank Herbert.
In ArcLight -The fate of an Empire hangs in the balance as Whisky Jack argues with a hallucination or perhaps it’s something far more dangerous.
In The Shogun’s Blade – An ancient AI inhabiting the mind of a teenager experiments with seduction and power.
In Light in the Water – a bitter detective pries into the suspicious death of a top pilot. What he discovers will change everything. If he survives…!
In The Sunday People – clandestine aliens fight to survive a crash landing on Earth. Will they survive with the help of two adventurous teens on the verge of first love or will their mission upend civilization in unexpected ways?
In GodTouched – on a safari like no other three intrepid explorers discover much more than they bargained for! Will they escape unscathed or pay the ultimate price?
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