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)

Picture of Katherine Amt HannaAuthor: Katherine Amt Hanna

TNBT: What is the title of your book? 

Breakdown http://www.amazon.com/Breakdown-ebook/dp/B007I7JLQW/

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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