An Interview with Author Kathie Giorgio

If You Tame Me by [Giorgio, Kathie]

1. Please tell us about your work.

That's a tough question because it's so general. I've been writing for a long time - I'm 59 years old and I published for the first time when I was 15. My latest book, If You Tame Me, due out on 9/26/19, is my tenth book. A student tonight was asking me what she should do for her next project. She kept coming up with some great ideas, but I felt like she was getting these ideas from the outside world, trying to pin down what would sell, what people want to read. So I asked her to answer just one question: What do you want to say? My work is to tell a story that says what I want to say, no matter if I'm trying to say it in a short story, a novel, an essay, or a poem. I write every weekday afternoon but Wednesday, whether I want to or not. I write whatever comes to mind, and then I follow it. I treat writing as a "real job", though many don't think it is. I take the weekends and holidays off.

2. What are you reading now?

I'm currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert's City of Girls.

3. What is your next work in progress? 

I'm currently working on a novel that shows the wide-reaching ripples of having an affair. The first chapter started with the couple having the affair, and then each subsequent chapter takes a character from the previous chapter and shows how the effect just keeps spreading outward, like the ripples on a pond. It's taking me some pretty unexpected places.

4. What is your message for other writers? 

Love the language. Enjoy yourself. And never ever quit.

5. Where can we learn more about your work?

You can find me at www.kathiegiorgio.org, and you can find my studio at www.allwritersworkshop.com

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