About Katie Zaber
Katie Zaber is originally from Southern New Jersey. Her childhood home is just minutes from the Long Beach Island Bridge. When not writing, Katie can be found at wineries, sun bathing at the beach, going for hikes, screaming at Six Flags, reading, or in her favorite place, her kitchen, baking desserts, breads, and making wine. She currently lives in Morris County, New Jersey with her boyfriend. Please see below for more on Katie Zaber as she answers interview questions.
Author Bio Interview Questions:
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Waretown—pronounced where-town, New Jersey. The name is a perfect description of the town. My childhood house is blocks away from a lagoon and is a quick walk to Barnegat Bay and surrounded by the Pine Barrens, home to the New Jersey Devil. There were tons of woods and swamps to explore. My imagination went wild in the woods by the bay and I went on many adventures within my small community. It’s those childhood memories that continue to inspire my writing, revisiting those distant imaginary lands not too far from my childhood home.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love baking delicious desserts and breads, almost as much as I love to eat them. I spend hours in the kitchen, blasting music, sipping sweet wine, with flour up to my elbows. When not in the kitchen, I’m reading a book or trying to find something to find on TV. If the weather is nice, I’m visiting my hometown and going to the beach or heading to Six Flags Great Adventure to scream for the afternoon.
Describe your desk.
I sit in front of a walnut stained secretary desk with a hutch holding an array of keepsakes. Albums, picture frames, my Snoopy collection, souvenirs, and nostalgic knickknacks line the shelves of the hutch.
My work space is a wonderland of post-it notes in three different colors: pink, neon-yellow, and green. On the right corner of my desk, shoved between the monitor and notary stamp is a yellow, mini-spiral notebook that contains book outlines, plots, and ideas. The notebook is separated by little sticker tabs. The tabs not in use are floating on the surface of pamphlets and lists of login information to accounts I hardly visit.
A leather bounded diary with nautical embellishments, complete with anchor bookmark, holds random thoughts and sketches. A mechanical pen can be spotted, hiding between the yellow notebook and leather diary. Its extra parts—erasers & extra graphite are strewn about the entire desk.
Between post-it notes there are three hacky sacks. There’s also a rectangular, leather box with a brass kaleidoscope made to look like it was used on a whimsical pirate ship.
It’s a happy mess.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love books that take me to a different world or way of thinking. So I mainly go for authors in that realm: J.R.R. Tolkien, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher, Karen Marie Moning, John Conroe, Laini Taylor, Margret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, George R.R. Martin, Jennifer Estep, Naomi Novik… just to name a few.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote, was after I had read the elementary school book, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. I wanted a sequel to the book and was mad that there wasn’t one. So I got a bunch of paper and started to write. I think I wrote around 50-60 pages before I started a different project and forgot about it. Years later, when I told my mom that I had finished writing Ashes and Blood, she said I still have your first book. I told her one day I would finish it, just for her.
“I really loved this Adult portal fantasy, it was a lot of fun to read and definitely hooked me, so much so that I’ve already started book 2!”
– Author Lorin Petrazilka
“This book was an absolute blast to read! Evie’s journey was exciting from the minute she stepped onto the page. Zaber does an incredible job of making you feel absolutely everything. Seriously, one moment I was dying laughing and the next I was absolutely heartbroken. I’ve never before experienced every emotion on the spectrum as fully as I did in DNA. I am so excited that I got to be an ARC reader for Zaber and I am already desperately waiting for the next book in this series!”
– Author Laura Winter
“Wow I can’t believe how adventurous this books starts out. Right away you are thrown into a world not unlike our own but 100% different. It’s captivating and well written. Give it a try it’s good”
– Lori Rafferty
“I find the synopsis for this book does not do it justice – the storyline is a complicated maze of heres and theres, whats and whys, betrayals and secrets. There is an ever-changing narrative that happens in such a fluid way – it’s hard to explain but thoroughly enjoyable – there is just so much more to the story then the synopsis leads you to believe. The author does an absolutely exquisite job of painting the picture of another world. Her descriptive writing style truly allows the reader to feel as though they are right there in the story with the characters. While this book does not end on a cliffhanger per-say, it does end on a note that leaves you yearning for more.”
– Nicole Fall
“I almost cried when I found out I have to wait to see what happens next. Couldn’t put the book down. Amazing story in amazing worlds!!”
“I started this book, not knowing if I would like it. But it totally surprised me. I loved every minute of it and couldn’t put it down! 5* – If you’re looking for a new read, this is one to add to your list! I hope there is a next book as I felt like we needed more.”
– Jordan Gist