Rozhanitse the Beautiful, fiction, Issue 35, June 1, 2016
Birthday? February 27
When did you start writing? I started composing poems before I could actually read. My mom taught me to write them down so I’d quit asking her to transcribe them for me when she was in the bathroom.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication credit was a short story in a Dr. Who fanzine. My first professional publication was in 1999, with the now-defunct Dreams Unlimited. The book was Time and Time Again, a time travel romance that’s still available under my real name, Katriena Knights.
What themes do you like to write about? I’m very drawn to mythological themes—ideas that feel universal—and the idea that we have the ability to heal ourselves and each other.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Roger Zelazny—I love his work because he doesn’t spoon-feed the reader, and his language is magical. Neil Gaiman—the way he weaves myth and universal stories into his work makes everything feel like it’s a million years old but fresh and new at the same time. Diana Gabaldon—A lyrical wordsmith with the ability to make her stories feel real and immediate.
How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I could only aspire to be this good, but I find myself revisiting similar themes—layered worlds, the healing power of love and human connection, and the universal truth of myth.
Katriena Knights, who writes fantasy and science fiction as KC Myers, wrote her first poem when she was three years old and had to dictate it to her mother under the bathroom door (her timing has never been very good). Now she’s a multi-published author, scribbling stories in a variety of genres. She grew up in a miniscule town in Illinois and now lives in a miniscule town in Colorado with her children and a variety of animals. Visit her at www.Katrienaknights.com.