- a dog mom, horsewoman, passionate physical therapist assistant, and, at long last, a published fantasy author!
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
KT Wilder is the author of the Legend of the Starbreather series. She has been writing and creating since as far back as she can remember. Fantasy and the paranormal have interested her since the beginning. Writing has always been an escape, a way to process life and better understand myself. Her soul, her ideas, her experiences, and her own struggles are reflected in her work. Writing has saved her life in many ways.
She lives in central Texas with her wife, four dogs, a bearded dragon and two horses. If she’s not writing, she’s either playing with the horses or working as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Wilder loves tea, poetry, indie-folk music, and thunderstorms.
KT, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what our readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
I like to think it would be a dragon, but I’ve had horses for 15 years and there is nothing like them. Both of my boys are giant marshmallow puppy dogs and I can’t see my life without them. Between Worlds is actually dedicated to Delaney, a horse I’ve had for 13 years. He’s the one in my author photo. He was a competition horse in his youth – we did a lot of jumping competitions – but he’s retired now. We just go on long walk through the woods nowadays, but I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Not even a dragon.
*Gasps* Horses before a dragon or a hawk? I’m sensing a fan of fantasy books — who doesn’t care if there’s magic in the story.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
Writing for me started when I was a kid. My mom would make up on the spot at bedtime with silly characters that I came up with. My love for storytelling grew from there. Very rarely do I write anything without a magical or romantic element to it. Fantasy is definitely my niche.
I have also been known to play with fanfiction but I’ve only ever fully completed one full story. I also really like slice of life stories, things that aren’t super plot heavy because sometimes I just need some peace – and writing out mundane little tales brings that peace.
I totally understand. Fantasy is my bread and butter. Which means a lot more if you know how much I love bread. Hashtag: Carbivore Life.
What do you like to read?
I love fantasy. Modern fantasy has steadily become one of my favorite things to read, and surprisingly write! Novels like Crescent City by Sarah J Maas and A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan are my current favorites. I like seeing supernatural things as a natural part of a society beyond medieval settings. I also have a habit of collecting verse novels and poetry. Verse novels aren’t as easy to come by, but Lisa Schroeder never disappoints and Nikita Gill just recently released The Girl and The Goddess which I am very excited about.
I see some very familiar names on your list, but an author or two to add to my list!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
Write for the reader.
Writing has to be shared.
I know, you asked for one, but I will fight over these.
My best friend and I collaborated a 250K word fanfiction that started with a silly idea. I printed and bound 2 copies for us. We painted artwork for it. We made playlists. We had bonus chapters of pure fluff that we thrived writing. No other human being has ever read it. The two of us bled into this work, we cried and laughed our way through it. We cried more when we edited it because it was huge and we did it over texting and google docs from two completely different states. It’s an extremely personal piece of work that hit hard when we created it. Its beautiful.
And I have no plans of ever sharing it with anyone else. It wasn’t meant to be shared, it was meant to be a form of meditation and healing. It allowed me, and my friend, to practice new writing tools and learn about our own styles. I grew so much as a writer during the endless months of collaborating this project. It was written during a painful transition in my life. And it will stay where it is, safely on a shelf in my office to be opened only by me when I forget who I am.
Definitely! Creation isn’t always a thing done for public consumption and critique. Too often, we’re pushed to make our passions a side-hustle, instead of an act to fulfill ourselves.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
Write what you want to read.
I am fully convinced that this is the key to a good first draft. Writing out what I want to read is how I lay down the framework for the whole story. It’s how I keep myself motivated to finish. I think it’s too easy for authors to get caught up in focusing on the reader. While it is definitely important, it’s not for the first draft. The first draft’s sole purpose to exist. Everything else comes after.
Are you in my head? This is one-hundred percent my approach. Besides! My alpha-reader is my twin sister, so I know I’m not the only one who wants to read my stories. *winks*
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Between Worlds took me ten years to write. It’s the story of a dying race a decade after a devastating virus took almost everything from them.
Between Worlds: Legend of the Starbreather Book 1
Faelyn and her mythical partner Celestin are rangers, travelling across the world on an endless mission of looking for trouble and being prepared to stop it. Things start to get messy when Faelyn runs across Warren, an important person from her past that should be dead. She has no choice but to hide him away and try to figure out what his sudden reappearance means. Keeping him safe while also uncovering the mystery of his survival pushes her to her limits.
Slowly, the seams of the world begin tearing away with every new thing she learns and remembers. Faelyn finds herself lodged between her duty to who she is supposed to be and chasing everything she’s ever wanted. All the while, the world is dissolving beneath her feet. Nothing is as it seems, but the answers are hidden between the lines of the old stories. It’s a race to decipher them before everything turns to ash – it all starts with a vision.
A planned two book story arch, book 2’s release is not yet scheduled.
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