Katherine Amt Hanna – “Next Big Thing” Interview
Many thanks to Irving Belateche (“The Next Big Thing” Interview Series is an expanding blog project of author interviews that spans the world)
TNBT: What is the title of your book?
TNBT: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A man seaches for lost friendship and love in a post-pandemic, post-technological-breakdown society.
TNBT: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had a vivid dream one night of a man and a boy in a city clearly ravaged by some sort of societal breakdown. That dream stayed with me, and for months I pondered who he might be and what had happened to him and those around him. I just kept fleshing out the backstory, and I found I had a novel.
TNBT: What genre does your book fall under?
It’s hard to place. It’s post-apocalyptic, but doesn’t have the heavy action and guns that some of them do. It’s got a love story, but it’s definitely not a romance novel. It’s more of a psychological study of the characters, with the post-apoc as the setting.
TNBT: What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I think I’d want new-and-unknowns.
TNBT: How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Years. Long, frustrating years. Probably eight all told. I spent a lot of that time learning the craft while writing. I’m faster now. Although I wouldn’t call myself prolific in any way.
TNBT: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The underlying theme of lost friendship was inspired by my own life–a friendship that ended. I was never able to let go and come to grips with that. After 20 years I reached out and mended the rift. There’s some of that in this book.
TNBT: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
No zombies. If you’re tired of zombies, you won’t find them here.
TNBT: Where people can learn more about you?
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