Interview with the rather glorious Kate Coe

Whoop! Very excited to have this interview with Kate Coe on my blog. She is an incredible writer, a patient editor and all round thoroughly wonderful person.

Kate is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction and fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series, a wide variety of short stories, and blogs at In real life she’s a librarian, lives with an engineer and lazy cat, and fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.

If you want to find out more about her, here’s the deets:

All questions were created by Grim and Bold, our feline overlords:

So, this story you’ve written. What’s it about? Why should I interrupt my nap-time to read it?

First, it’s a novella, so you don’t have to interrupt your nap-time for long! (Although there are also others in the same universe, so you could stay awake if you wanted to). It’s about a desert runner who really doesn’t like people much, but when a group of engineers trying to install a new electricity line go missing, their boss wants to find out what’s happened…and enlists Moel, along with others, to find out.

Where do you get inspiration? Where did the ideas for your latest novel come from?

My latest novel was actually inspired by a medieval square in Bologna, a guitar-player, and a random thought about the Pied Piper of Hamelin…and the latest GreenSky novella was inspired by the telegraph lines and their spread across the world, and how that would work if you throw two antagonistic countries into the mix.

Who’s your favourite imaginary friend? Is there anyone you don’t like?

In the GreenSky series, my favourite is Toru; he’s an engineer and a Lord, and he’s spoiled, wilful, and takes over every scene he’s in. He’s also adorable, so I have to forgive him. From one of my other series, I both adore and hate the relationship between Ghost and Luk; they’re ex-partners, and they continuously snipe at each other. It’s thoroughly amusing but it does tend to stall the plot in snarky banter!

What are your plans to conquer the world?

I could tell you, but then you’d just steal my ideas.

What research rabbit-holes have you been down while writing? What was the most interesting, or the most tedious?

Artifical sweeteners were probably the most intense, and stone circles in Yorkshire was the most interesting – I got into stone carvings, Neolithic settlements and Tarot meanings…

How often do you provide a cat sleeping spot- I mean, write? Do you have a comfy chair and a routine, or do you freelance cat-nap style?

I freelance! I can usually be found on a sofa, but the position and specific sofa vary.

When you’re not writing, what do you spend your time doing? Besides looking at cat pictures on the internet, obviously.

I am an editor, typesetter, book-reader and if I get a free moment, I’m trying to catch up on Avatar: The Last Airbender and eat my bodyweight in dim sum. Small goals.

Is there anything you’ve read/seen recently that would be worthy of my attention?

I am adoring Cassandra Khaw’s Food Of The Gods, Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time, The Underwater Ballroom anthology, Anachronism by Jennifer Lee Rossman, and from recent films, I really liked Black Panther. I think all of those books would be suitable for sleeping on, so you should approve.

If you kindly brought your human a present, and they scream and tell you that they don’t like dead mice – that’s just rude, isn’t it?

I’d much rather have a dead mouse than a live one, if only because I don’t appreciate the exercise, so it is rather rude to reject a dead one.

Cats. Fabulous, or completely fabulous?

Very fabulous. Miniature panthers are my favourite too!

What’s your second-favourite food? Because obviously you are a human of taste and discretion, and therefore your favourite is tuna.

I’m rather fond of pizza, and I love char sui buns.

Bold’s bow tie: excellently stylish, or rather dashing?

Excellently dashing, although I’m sure polka dots would suit very well too?

On a scale of ‘excellent’ to ‘needs more practise’, how good are you at giving ear scritches?

My miniature tyrant assures me that I am suitable.

By the way, I left you a present behind the chair. I hope you like hairballs.

I’d rather have a hairball than a live bird, so it’s appreciated.

Kate’s latest work of genius:

Due out 4th May

Moel is a runner, a desert inhabitant who makes her living carrying messages across the sun-baked plains, content in her silence. But when a group of engineers from Meton are caught in a rockslide, politics abruptly brings Moel into the world again, and she meets others who have been pulled back to their pasts by Ziricon’s desire to gain the power of spark without the costs.