I write YA speculative fiction about badass gay girls, underdogs and mental health. I live in Devon, UK, have a secret alter ego who works as a mental health nurse, and may have been a mermaid in a former life. My debut novel BLACKOUT is out now.
A little bit more about Kit; I started writing stories when I was tiny. While early works tended to be heavy on the My Little Ponies, I soon fell in love with speculative fiction and haven't looked back since. I've always had a soft spot for difficult, unlikeable heroines and am passionate about writing the representation I needed as a teenager and still want now. Perhaps not surprisingly given my day job, mental health representation always finds its way into my work as well, and I strive to make it the best I possibly can. I'm very aware of the human experience behind all the badassery in my books, so while they're full of ass kicking, they're also full of emotion.
Kit Mallory identifies as a Cis Lesbian and prefers the pronouns She/Her.
I got to sit down with Kit for an interview, how exciting! Take a look!
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
Not so far. I think it's inevitable that I draw on some of my own experiences for my protagonists but so far I haven't written anything other than sexuality that's close enough to my own experience to claim it as own voices.
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
Hands down - the amazing cover for BLACKOUT, which was designed by Rachel Lawston. [The Cover is amazing, you can see more of Rachel's work here]
3. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
I don't know that I've ever thought about it in those terms, but I do think this quote (which I got from a very wise friend, who in turn got it from the poet Rumi) speaks for itself, so I'm just going to leave it here:
"Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."
4. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
I have a terrible habit of checking my reviews...other than that, not so far (and I think it's best for my anxiety levels that I don't start!)
5. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
I write YA so my protagonists are teenagers - maybe I'm drawn to writing about a time of life when I was working hard at figuring myself out.
6. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
An obvious choice for a book geek, perhaps, but I'd definitely invite Hermione to the Yule Ball... I'm pretty sure I'm a Ravenclaw through and through, and I think Harry and I would be okay terms but that he might be a bit too cool for me. [Don't fool yourself, Kit. You're soooo much cooler than Potter!]
7. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
I would assume I was dreaming and/or that I'd somehow fallen through into an alternate universe. Honestly, I would either burst into tears or choke on my tongue (fun fact: I met Terry Pratchett, one of my absolute heroes, at a book signing when I was 15 or so and was so terrified I could barely get a word out. He was very nice, though!)
8. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
Early '00s emo is my jam! If we're talking air guitar and awkward emo dancing, you can't beat any song off Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World. [Oh Jimmy Eat World!]
9. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
At the moment I'm working on a multi-POV sequel to BLACKOUT and it's difficult to say who the *main* MC is (partly because spoilers!) but honestly, considering my day job, probably their therapist!
10. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
I think my books gets pretty dark at times, especially because I think it's important not to shy away from the human reality of the settings and situations. But despite that, I always hold on to hope for my characters - and if you're reading my books, I encourage you to do the same.
If Kit seems like your kind of author, please visit her on Twitter @kitkattus
Where can you find her books?
BLACKOUT is available in print and ebook at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C9ZPJHJ
You can also visit Kit on her personal website;
That's it for Day Eight! We'll see you tomorrow with our next author, Arden!
Thank you for coming!