Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here on Castles & Guns! My name is Kathryn Koller and I am first a foremost a reader just like most of you. But my day job is editing books, and I am so grateful to work in editing for the genre I love! I am also a writer working on my first novel, so basically I live and breathe books all day everyday!
Since you will be hearing from me every other Saturday I thought I would take this time to introduce myself to you all. I have pretty much lived all over the country, from NYC, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and a few more in between. But at the end of the day I am a Texas girl through and through. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading, I used to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. My older sister used to read me Shakespeare as bedtime stories. So when it came time for me to go to college I majored in Literature.
I don’t know how I managed to never read a fantasy book growing up but I did! I don’t remember who introduced me to Urban Fantasy but I do know I feel in love with the genre in my sophomore year in college. I loved it more than any other genre of books I had read before and after graduation I decided I wanted to spend my life as immersed in the genre as I could be.
So now I work with several small presses as an editor, and it is probably the most fulfilling job I have ever had. I love working with authors to make their visions make it to the masses. I am lucky enough to work with one of the other writers here on this site, Kinley Baker, and I love her work not just as a reader but I love being her editor. And if you haven’t read her books yet, you totally should. I think the hardest part of my job is not being able to tell everyone I know about the books I get to read until they come out, because when I read a book I fall in love with I want to tell the world, and then I realize, it’s not out yet!
As I mentioned I don’t just edit, I write too, and I also write in the urban fantasy genre. I chose to write urban fantasy because I believe they have some of the greatest heroines and not because they are strong women, but because they are flawed women too. No one is perfect and I think urban fantasy is one of those genres were the average reader can find something in any one of the characters that they can identify with. The heroines are people you would want to bump into in the street and you could actually have a conversation with. Plus who doesn’t love the idea of some kind of magical world existing in the world we live in?
I can’t wait to get to talk to you guys and get to explore the world of urban fantasy, writing, and editing with you during my time here! Thank you so much for having me, I'll be back on the 21st with another post!