Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Interview with Katherine Amt Hanna Author of "Breakdown"

Today on The Perch, I'm interviewing Katherine Amt Hanna who just released her novel "Breakdown". Here is the blurb....

Six years after a pandemic devastates the human population and unstoppable computer viruses have destroyed much of the world's technology, Chris Price finally makes it from New York to Britain to reunite with his brother. But the horrors he has witnessed and unresolved grief over his dead wife and baby have changed him. Can he let go of his past, unlock his heart, and learn to find love again?

Katy, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Before I started doing more writing, I ran my own business full-time, making medieval and biblical costumes. I've let that slide a bit while I finished my book. I work out of my converted garage. I've got two great boys in school and a very understanding and supportive husband who's really hoping this is a best-seller. Oh, and I have three pet toads.

What kind of books do you like to read? 
Book about people. Real people, with real problems.

Who are your favorite authors? 
Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Connie Willis, John Wyndham, just to name a few.

What gave you the idea to write Breakdown? 

Two things. One was an incredibly vivid dream I had many years ago. Just a man walking with his son through a city I recognized (Bath, England). But it was clear that things had changed. The people around them were disheveled and ragged, the buildings were boarded up. That gave me the post-apocalyptic setting. The second was a complicated friendship I'd had, then lost, then mended. I knew how such a thing could eat away at someone inside, so I decided to use that.

What research did you do for the book? 

I read about past pandemics and what experts expect will happen after the next one. I read about what happened after Hurricane Katrina. And I did a bit of reading about psychology and dreams.

Why did you decide to write Breakdown in a non-linear way? 

I liked the idea of having Chris viewed through the eyes of another character as the reader's first introduction to him, and I wanted to set the scene and establish a conflict early on. It made sense, then, to flashback and show the reader what led up to the tensions in the first few chapters. I think it gives the book more suspense.

What made you decide to Indie publish?

I simply have no patience. The thought of the incredibly drawn-out process to find an agent or publisher (if you can manage it) and then the years-long publishing process made me stop writing the thing altogether for more than a year. When Kindle publishing took off, I saw my solution. I set my goal, finished the book, and put it out there.

What sort of writing routine/methods do you use?

I'm no good at routine. I have to be inspired. I can't write every day. I'm not prolific, usually. Sometimes a vivid dream will inspire me and I'll have a very productive week or two.

What kind of readers will enjoy your book? 

I think my main target audience is women, but I've had several men enjoy the book. It's not light reading, but it has some lighter moments.

Does your book have a theme? If so what is it? 

I guess you could say the book is about lost love and friendship, mending relationships, and not giving up.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book? 

Um, that it was a good story and well worth the time?

Thanks for taking the time for the interview. 

Readers, get your copy of "Breakdown" Here: Breakdown.


Michael Offutt said...

I'll have to check in on this book. My TBR pile is quite high and I sift through them slowly. Eeep

CherylAnne Ham said...

I already have my copy. :) Can't wait to read it. Great interview.

Jingle said...

this is cool.