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Author Interview: Kate A. Boorman

Vintage microphone isolated on whiteKate Boorman and I met at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference a few years go, and she’s been a member of my tribe ever since. Hers is one of the first faces I look for (and it’s easy to spot, way up there above the crowd), and not just to shop for books with, or go for drinks in the hotel bar with. (Lavender gimlets? Why, thank you!) She’s is smart, funny, and all-around good company. And she writes good books!

Kate Boorman, prairie girl and YA author

Kate Boorman, prairie girl and YA author

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Kate A. Boorman is a writer from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal and grew up in the small town of Rimbey, where the winters are long and the spring thaw is a highly-anticipated event. Kate has a MA in Dramatic Critical Theory and a resumé full of an assortment of jobs. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family, and spends her free time sitting under starry skies with her friends and scheming up travel to faraway lands. The WINTERKILL trilogy is her young adult debut series.

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Author Interview: Kam Oi Lee

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Kam Oi Lee is one of my oldest writing friends. We met in a writing community on LiveJournal in 2004, and did our first Nanowrimo together in October that year. Along with several others (including Jess Faraday), we formed our own writing and critique group, which has been going since January 2005. Kammy was the first to volunteer her novel for group critique, which gives you some idea how fearless she is. We all learned a lot from that first exercise, and I’ll always be grateful to her for going first. These days when I get to read her work, either in early draft or published form, I treat it like an occasion. There’s usually a cup of tea involved.

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Kam Oi Lee at an art exhibit in NYC

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KAM OI LEE, human being from Earth, is also a musician, athlete, writer, spaceship dweller, and dystopian underdog. Born in Washington, DC, she spent her childhood in Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan. When her father retired from the U.S. Foreign Service, the family returned to his home state of Hawaii, where she completed high school. Since then, she’s lived in Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin. She now resides in Chicago with her spouse and two cats.

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