One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Although we continue to run behind in our posting schedule, today is K.P. Hornsby. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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K. P. Hornsby, freelance author and researcher, has spent her life in the Pacific Northwest. Raised in a household that enjoyed everything from documentaries to science fiction to courtroom dramas, she dreamed of becoming an archaeologist, an astronaut, and a lawyer. The only way to reconcile those ambitions was to become a storyteller. She has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in History, and enjoys biking outdoors in the summer, and studying martial arts and pilates in the winter. She has written for regional newspapers and trade magazines, but her short story in Trust & Treachery will be her first fiction publication. She’s happy to have new fans and friends, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
I’m attending the Potlatch convention for the first time at the end of February and was chosen to serve on one discussion panel and to moderate another.
What inspired you to write this story?
One of my childhood doctors said I might lose my hearing in adulthood. This turned out not to be true, but the notion haunted me throughout my growing-up years.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
Dick Francis, Neil Gaiman, and Pamela Dean through their books. Michaela Roessner through her teaching at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
What are you reading now?
“A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and “The All-Pro” by Scott Sigler
What are your current projects?
I’m working on a series of science fiction novels, and posting a novella chapter-by-chapter to my website.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read from a lot of different genres, mixing things up will help generate more story ideas for your own work.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you like my work, I always have a novella-in-progress going on at my website: www.kapehorn.com
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“What else is history for if not to remind us about our better dreams?” by Thomas Paine. We hear the adage about being doomed to repeat the past if we don’t remember it, as if History were a bad thing. I like to see History in a more positive light.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Learning to be just a little more patient with everyone (including myself).
What inspires you to write and why?
Authors whose books have helped me put my own life into perspective. Fiction can teach us a lot about being human.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That I’ve grown so much as a writer that some of my older work probably can’t be revised into something spectacular. I agree, but it feels like losing an old friend.
What has been the best compliment?
During my thesis defense, a professor in my department said my writing was elegant. It made me so happy I nearly burst into tears right there.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I have a brown belt in Kendo.