2K18 Member Spotlight: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
BOOK TITLE: THE DIMINISHED
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2018
About THE DIMINISHED
In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole...yet some face the world alone.
A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him.
When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace.
As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures--one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson grew up with her nose in a book outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be followed by its sequel in 2019.
When she's not staring off into space and trying to untangle some particularly troublesome plot point, she can be found in her kitchen, perfecting the art of the macaron; or at the barn, where she rides and trains dressage horses; or with her husband, spoiling their sweet rescue dogs.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?
I’ve always been fascinated with sibling relationships, especially twins, and when my grandfather passed away, I was struck by the extreme effects of grief on my own psyche. My husband suggested I write something about twins, and Vi sprang, fully formed, into my head.
BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Treat it like a job. Recognize that writing is work, and make time to do that work. Study the industry, and learn everything you can about how a book gets made. Knowing a lot about what you're walking into in pursuing writing as a career will do nothing but help you in the long run. A hefty dose of perseverance and stubbornness doesn't hurt!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FURRY WRITING SIDEKICK.
I have two dogs: a 14-year-old rescue mutt named Jackson (so that I can sing him the Johnny and June Carter Cash song every day), and a rescue greyhound named Mega Valhalla (nicknamed Lala because he's such a goof). They largely ignore one another except when vying for my and my husband's attention. I dream of the day I can move to my inevitable farmhouse and start a menagerie.
WHAT DOES FEARLESS MEAN TO YOU?
There can be a lot of trepidation that comes with publishing a book. You’re putting a piece of your heart, something you’ve worked on for years, out into the world knowing it will be loved and hated and lauded and panned. For me, the act of letting go is a kind of fearlessness. It’s an act of acceptance and hope.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEEN?
Teenaged Kaitlyn really wanted to be a rebel, but she also wanted to get good grades and do ALL THE THINGS. I danced in my high school company (ballet and modern), acted in and did lighting for my school's musicals and plays, founded an Amnesty International chapter at my high school, went to all the ska concerts, and wrote for the literary journal. I haven't really slowed down much since.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
I’m not overly fond of cave crickets or lizards (their movements are too unpredictable!), but I wouldn’t say I’m totally afraid of them. The one thing I’m truly afraid of is hate. Hatred can be so all-consuming. It rids people of their empathy, and that, to me, is about the scariest thing imaginable.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FEAR IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
Research! If I ever find myself feeling fear as I’m writing, I try to locate the source of that fear and do more research. Invariably, I’m afraid because I feel like I don’t know enough about what I’m writing!