Woman Versus Herself

Kathryn Mattingly Author Interview

Katya follows an artist living an unfulfilled life who gets a chance to experience what an alternate life path could have been and find a way to true happiness. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

This plot came to me as a ‘What if?’ and from there I kept adding on to the intriguing concept by adding characters, settings, and secondary plots. At some point the story takes on a life of its own. This is honestly how all my plots have come to me. A ‘What if?’ enters my head and I nurture it until one day it is a full-blown plot that I simply cannot restrain myself from writing.

Katya experiences an eye-open period of self-discovery in the dream world. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Katya needed to change her passive-aggressive behavior. She needed to want something badly enough to fight for it, to envision the possibilities she had convinced herself no longer existed. She needed to conceptualize what might have been, and what might still be, so that she could find the courage to fight her complacency.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The most basic theme of this novel is woman versus herself, which includes self-examination and believing one can accomplish whatever one sets one’s mind to, not settling for mediocrity but instead choosing to change one’s life path when it goes sideways. We can all be inspired by those who have altered their fate through determination and courageous (albeit risky) decision making.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Finley’s Song is the title of my next novel. It is about a woman who must find a way out of her grief and guilt caused by the unfortunate and untimely demise of her husband. It will take place in Vail, Colorado and Paris, France. I write about places I have lived or traveled, and I enjoy creating characters that invoke my own sympathies. For example, one of the two main voices in the book will be her adolescent son who will suffer greatly from his mother’s psychological and emotional unraveling. It is my hope this novel would be completed and available by fall of 2024.

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Katya creates etchings and silkscreens from sketches drawn above a vineyard, when not busy as a micro farmer growing produce behind her Napa home. Both are a distraction from her unhappy marriage. A series of unpredictable events turn her world upside down, landing her in a coma. While unconscious Katya lives in an alternate state, which depicts her ideal life. If she can solve the meaning of her ‘dream world’ it might reveal the answers to everything that matters.

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Posted on January 20, 2023, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I love your premise….and the way it develops with your main character.


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