A Whole Lot of People

5 Apr

“Writers aren’t exactly people…they’re a whole lot of people trying to be one person.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Of course this is more about the characters. God knows my particular method of writing is to let whatever character is in charge of that story run roughshod over my psyche. I got all used up by Sebastian just a few weeks ago, and my friends, it sucked. I tanked the poor guy’s life (well, he did, cuz he’s kind of a dummy) and then felt briefly like I’d tanked my own. Waaaaa method acting!

But today I’m just talking about me. Katey. (Yes, I do know the difference. Most of the time.) I’ve just signed a contract that made yet another personality of mine a real entity. So let’s take a tally:

1. KV Taylor. Writes dark fiction, edits for Morrigan Books. Creepy chick, into historical, the supernatural, and psychological horror, usually with a fantasy injection. Faeries, vampires, demons, clockwork, violence, madness, blood. That about says it all.

2. Magdala Twistleton. Late 19th century married lady, likes sensational fiction. No lie, when I read for RPP and I’m wondering if something fits, I genuinely have the thought, “Would Magdala get excited about this?” Seriously. I’m not kidding. I do this.

3. Katey Hawthorne. You know how you’re supposed to construct your porn star name by using the name of your first pet and the name of the street you grew up on? Well, I thought Tiger Hawthorne was overkill, frankly (not as awesome as my best friend’s, which would’ve been Muffy Hiddenwood, but still pretty bad). Anyhow, I can still use my same blogger account if I stick with, you know. Katey. Also, it’s my name.

So when I did my annual “Thanks Rock Stars” post(s) in Jan, part 2 mentioned that during a really crap couple of months for the Taylor Family, I couldn’t handle writing anything dark. And yet, not writing is never an option, so I rose to a challenge I’d thrown down earlier in the year and wrote a handful of UF romance novels. (Occasionally explosions–lots of fire and stuff, but I can’t help myself.) Wellllll by some miracle I’ve managed to place the first of them with a really cool romance e-publisher.

Yeah, I know. Bit stunned, myself.

When I get the contract back signed by said publisher I will of course make mention of more detail. (They’re amazing–I know this is for real. Just, you know how it is. One gets a contract, one thinks, “This can’t be for real…”) And then I will remove such romantic ramblings to a blog I’ve created just for Ms. Hawthorne’s superpowered romance adventures and leave a link to her over in the sidebar. So never fear, you won’t be inundated with queer erotic romance–

Oh, except the queer erotic romance that constantly peoples my dark fiction. You’re still stuck with that.

(Hey I left my actual legal name off that list! Oh god, we should start a pool on how long it’ll take before I go batshit insane, shouldn’t we?)

Now playing: Kaiser Chiefs – Learnt My Lesson Well
via FoxyTunes

42 Responses to “A Whole Lot of People”

  1. Anthony J. Rapino April 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Woo! Congrats!

    I know what you mean about contracts. I refused to post about my own until it was signed, and even now I still occasionally think it will all fall through. I guess i won’t be satisfied until the book is in hand.

    Congrats again! Such great news, be sure to keep us posted.

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      Thanks, Tony! I have to say, sometimes it’s a relief to have a happy ending. (And that’s not a spoiler, because to qualify as a romance novel, you actually HAVE to make it Happily Ever After… or Happy For Now. For real.)

      I’m with you, I won’t be satisfied til I see it. There’s always that crushing fear that this is a good dream.

  2. Mary April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Congrats, lady! So proud of you!

    My first dog was named Rowdy. More overkill, I think ;)

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

      HAHA Rowdy, that’s almost as good as Muffy–decidedly better than Tiger!

      Thanks, Mary <3

      • Mark Deniz April 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

        Oh yea gods, I would be Zeta Cleaver! Then again…I think that’s growing on me…

        • Katey April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

          … that’s awesome.

        • Mary April 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

          That’s some dark pr0n :)

      • Mary April 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

        That’s Miss Rowdy Finsbury to you! ;)

  3. Cate Gardner April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Bloody fantastic news. Woot! Woot! Drink pink champagne, eat chocolate (wait, sorry that’s just my normal daily routine at the end there) etc etc :D

    I shall now do the Snoopy dance in your honour.

    • Anthony J. Rapino April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      Snoopy Dance! :-)

      • Katey April 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

        Yeah, I can hear Schroeder playing in my head, too!

        (Or I’m already insane. Even odds.)

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

      My friend and I were just discussing how the sale of a romance novel (well, it’s more of a novella, but still) means it’s time for inexpensive champagne. I should’ve got some pink, dammit! (I did down one of those mini bottles of Asti yesterday, not gonna lie.)

      And now, CHOCOLATE! Thanks, Cate <3

    • Mary April 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      I’ve never had pink champagne!

  4. Aaron Polson April 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Awesome! I need more personalities.

    Hmmm…Happy Webster.

    Yes, I had a dog named Happy. Don’t know if that one’s going to work.

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      HAHAHA, actually, dude, that might win the whole lot. Happy Webster–who could resist that movie?

      Personalities are pretty fun, I have to admit. Some people can just get away with shit that others can’t. :D

      Thanks, Aaron!

  5. Barry Napier April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Hoorah! Major congrats!

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Thanks, Barry. Should be fun!

  6. Mike Stone April 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Hearty congrats to Ms Hawthorne!

    As for Tiger Hawthorne and Muffy Hiddenwood…*snorts*

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      I’ve also heard that you should use your mother’s maiden name and the street you grew up on, but that’s not half as much fun, is it?

      Thanks, Mike!

  7. Jeremy D Brooks April 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm #


    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

      Thanks. Random, but true!

  8. Kalen O'Donnell April 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Hee, can’t tell you how happy that gay superpowered boys in lurv has a home! Can’t wait to read it!

    Between you, Cory and me, and agent nibbles, agent signings and book releases, its like the year of PB! Just think, what was it….eight years ago or so that it was Bobby and Alex in the boat house…I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN! – Oh, good, but random times. And just look at you now!

    PS – Going by your naming conventions, my first pen name would be Flame Scenic South. But maybe I should save that for my stage name instead.

    • Katey April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

      If only gay superpowered girls in love sold as readily, I’d be in heaven!(Hey, foot in the door, right? Step one!)

      Oh god, Bobby and Alex in the boat house… those were the best times. Look at US now, all… doing stuff. Man throw in Cory as Amara and… look at ALL OF US.

      Flame Scenic South. Oh god, you missed out, Kalen. You really did. That’s awesome.

      • Kalen O'Donnell April 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

        Isn’t it just!?

        And yeah, we grew up so fast! LOL. And actually we can throw Sue and her Wanda in there as well….after all, didn’t she technically sell a short story before any of us? Well no, not before you probably, but definitely before me.

        LMAO. Oh god, Bobby and Wanda. WTF were we thinking?

        • Katey April 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

          No, I think Sue was first–and sometimes she does lurk around the blogs. IF YOU SEE THIS, HI SUE!

          Wanda and Bobby! Oh my god, I’d almost forgotten! I don’t know, but I reckon Bobby could use a good ass kicking. Works for me.

          (Reenie and I still discuss Alex and Rahne regularly. Good times. And you know… I miss Pietro. I really, really do.)

          • Kalen O'Donnell April 6, 2011 at 2:07 am #

            I know Sue does! She popped in to reply to my very first blog post, and then vanished into the night! Oh Suuuuuuuue. The girl playing Mystique in the new X-Men movie is also playing Katniss in the Hunger Games movie….care to comment on that?

            And uh, related tangent, since the new X-Men movie is officially in the same continuity as the others…apparently now in movieverse, Scott and Alex have a very different familial relationship. Not totally sure how I feel about that, even though I’m hardly a purist, but hey, its Matthew Vaughn. I have a hella lot more faith in him than Singer, blech.

            And aww, how is Reenie? I haven’t talked to her in forever!

          • Katey April 6, 2011 at 11:14 am #

            OMG it won’t let me reply to you–our thread has gone on too long! Ha!

            Reenie just commented on my IJ Superhero Science post about electric fish. And Platypi. <3 Reenie.

            I don’t know, I still can’t get over X-Men First Class not being about, oh, I don’t know, THE FIRST CLASS.

            That said, I’ll be there opening day, of course.

  9. Anita April 6, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    A huge congrats, Katey!! WOW. (taking a moment here to growl at the blog once again for making me fill out all of my pertinent info) See, you really rate. I wouldn’t go through that for just anybody. I’m so excited for you! Please do let us know the who, what, when, and where’s when you can. I want to read your books!

    P.S. I like Muffy Hiddenwood. I really, really do. ;-)

    • Katey April 6, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      Hmm maybe since this site isn’t hosted on wordpress, your security won’t let you take cookies from it? I’ll ask around and see if anyone else is having this problem. This is not okay!

      But thank you very much! And yes. Muffy Hiddenwood. I laughed so hard when she said that, I almost cried.

  10. Meghan April 6, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Enormous congrats! You are ROCKING 2011! Long may it continue!!

    “Writers aren’t exactly people…they’re a whole lot of people trying to be one person.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
    You always find the coolest quotes. Straight up.

    Also, apparently I would be Brandy Yorktown. Meh… though I’d buy Brandy as a stripper name. Still, better than the people who grow up on number streets.

    • Katey April 6, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      Because F. Scott Fitzgerald is THE MAN. I saw someone tweet that quote sometime last week and then went digging through Fitzgerald quotes. It was funny how many of them were actually ones I’d written down myself in a notebook while reading him. (Yeah, I still do that. I admit it.)

      Brandy Yorktown–yeah more of a stripper name. But I like it!

  11. Natalie L. Sin April 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Three names sounds sensible to me : )

    • Katey April 7, 2011 at 12:31 am #

      Totally doable. I mean, it’s the magic number, right?

  12. Alan W. Davidson April 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Muffy Hiddenwood. Let me think…my pornstar name would be Tuesday Judah. Very biblical, I must say. Your ‘method writing’ must really be working out for you, what with the upcoming romance story publication. Great news, congrats!

    • Katey April 7, 2011 at 12:32 am #

      Oh wow. Tuesday Judah. See, no one could pass that movie up. NO ONE.

      Yeah, let’s hope the method writing madness is worth it. Ha! Thanks, Alan :D

  13. Danielle Ferries April 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Fantastic news! Congrats!

    Toby Raelene. Unexciting and just not cool. :)

    • Katey April 7, 2011 at 12:33 am #

      I kinda like it–like Megh’s “Brandy Yorktown”, it might make a better stripper name than a porn star name. I’m down with that.

      Thanks, Danielle!

  14. Sue April 8, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Yes, I’m all lurky – and sometimes I even remember to post! Congratulations, Katey! I’m so incredibly impressed and proud!

    Kalen, I have No Idea what we were thinking – but hey, ice sliding across the bay was awesome, so whatever, right? I’ve gotta admit I miss Wanda sometimes – and Pietro, the two of them were Always awesome! As for my writing, that Infinity Swords anthology I sold to a few millions years ago (ok three, whatever) may actually be getting published as an e-book, here’s hoping!

    Katey, I need to talk to your alter-ego of Magdala Twistleton one of these days and throw some ideas at you – email me when you get a chance?

    And Kalen (See, I’m alternating!)you don’t Want to hear my opinion of the casting of Katniss. You really, Really don’t. ;)

    • Katey April 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      You should be proud, but of yourself! Bears a striking similarity to what you taught my how to write properly, doesn’t it? ;)

      OMG I LOVED that Infinity Swords story. It was full on badass. I really, really hope I can buy that soon. <3

      Right, email incoming!

      • Sue April 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

        Oh please, you already knew how to write decently. All I did is try to convince you of it!

  15. Sue April 8, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Oh, and my pornstar name would be Misty Kimberly. Which actually isn’t half bad. ;)

    • Katey April 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      I like that. Ohhhh yes. Very much.

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