Author Interview with Katherine E. Soto
- What is the first book that made you cry?
Oh wow, the first one? Probably one from the Little House on the Prairie series.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook and my day job. Sigh…
- Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am blessed to know so many writer friends. Chris Bannor has been my writing partner from when I restarted this writing gig two years ago. She’s great to talk through writing issues with. And I have to give a shout out to the other Semi-Sages from my Podcast, Semi-Sages of the Pages. Their friendship and attention to detail has made a huge difference in my writing.
- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t stop writing. You need it for your sanity and I’m not kidding. You will save yourself so much pain if you don’t stop writing.
- How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Ummm…it’s made it harder to find the time to write because marketing takes up so much of my time.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?
Writer’s Crutch, a San Diego based marketing class by writers for writers. From that I not only learned so much about writing, but was able to connect with other writers and have made some wonderful friends.
- As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? This one is a hard one. I’ve always been very drawn toward hummingbirds and their symbol of hope.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Too many. I also have a long list of ideas. I have a paranormal romance based in Sacramento currently with beta readers, and I have the sequel for Warehouse Dreams that is a really, really, really rough draft. I’ve been collecting stories from around Temecula for a true ghost story book and I’m considering writing one based in Sacramento too.
- Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction? Nothing comes to mind. I love fiction because there are no ‘rules’. There’s guidelines and expectations from readers, but you can write whatever you want.
- How do you select the names of your characters? I’m terrible about this. I just use place holders (Miguel, Jon, Julio, Jane, Liz), for early drafts, and then I’ll spend 20 seconds on a google search until something feels right. My beta readers know to double check to make sure I caught all the name changes. Sometimes I’ll use people’s names that mean something to me. For example, Eeva is a shout-out to my son who loved Wall-e, Fluffy is a shout-out to my other son’s cat. Miriam is the name of my great-aunt. But I truly spend almost no time on this.
- What is your favorite childhood book? I have so many! Little Women for one and Ozma of Oz for another. I actually loved all the Oz books. I loved the Secret Garden and read every single one of the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy, Drew and the Hardy Boys books I could find.
Kendle’s job is on the line every time she rescues a Wild teen. But Wilds, with their uncontrolled psychic abilities, need her help. They need the chronically underfunded Warehouse, the only school available for Wilds. But accepting a teen with potentially dangerous abilities puts her at odds with her boss; refusing means the teen faces life institutionalized, sedated, and under restraint.
Stephen, the new telepathy teacher, is a Bred. His wealthy parents paid for his perfect genetic code. He’s not used to the Warehouse’s long hours, to students who float beds through walls during nightmares, or send fishbowls through windows—not to mention the food sucks. The only bright spot is the fascinating Wild teacher in the next room who plays amazing cello or guitar music late at night.
Kendle doesn’t think Stephen belongs at the Warehouse, but when he helps save her and her students from a violent mob, she wonders if she was wrong…and if a Bred like Stephen might
fall for a Wild like her. But Kendle has little time for romance. As society ramps up its hatred of Wilds and the Warehouse’s resources stretch desperately thin, Kendle must find a way to keep the director from expelling the most gifted students as dangers to the school.
Theresa Halvorsen has never met a profanity she hasn’t enjoyed. She’s generally overly caffeinated and at times, wine soaked. She’s the author of both nonfiction and speculative fiction works and wonders what sleep is. When she’s not writing or podcasting at Semi-Sages of the Pages she’s commuting through San Diego traffic to her healthcare position. In whatever free time is left, Theresa enjoys board games, geeky conventions, and reading. She loves meeting and assisting other writers, and being a Beta reader is a particular joy. Her life goal is to give “Oh-My-Gosh-This-Book-Is-So-Good” happiness to her readers. She lives in Temecula with her amazing and supportive husband, on occasion, her college age twins and the pets they’d promised to care for. Find her at www.theresaHauthor.com and on Twitter and Facebook.
Her book Warehouse Dreams is Available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Warehouse-Dreams-Theresa-Halvorsen-ebook/dp/B08CD14SY9
Review by Katherine E. Soto
Warehouse Dreams is the story of a woman involved with a school for students who have Wild telepathic abilities. Kendle is an assistant to the administrator of the school. She had been a student at the school. The administrator found her as a teenager in bad straits in Las Vegas trying to survive by stealing on the streets.
A hunky young teacher named Stephen moves into the school to teach telepathic control to the students in his classes. At first, he hates it there, but soon a relationship begins to blossom between Kendle and him. Dreams figure prominently in their relationship. The relationship is on and off while Kendle goes through adventures with the students in the school. She is attempting to manage unusual talents who are enrolled.
This book is an adventure in itself, as well as a psuedo-romance. It takes the reader from one emotion to another as things happen quickly to Kendle and the students in the school. I rooted for her all the way despite her background and the way she coped with things. I hope if the world happens to have changes within the human genome, we would rise to the occasion, not sink into the oblivion of wanting to change or get rid of those different from the norm.
Read Warehouse Dreams if you want to read about likable characters with flaws, and have an adventure that will keep you reading.