Author Interview of Kala Godin✨

Guys!!!!!!! I am so beyond excited to share this author interview with you! It’s my very first one and it’s also for a woman who I hold dear to my bookish heart. The lovely, and talented Kala Godin the author of the poetry collection Witchcraft and Monsters which debuts 1.21.2019. Now if you need any evidence that this collection is filled with magic click here to go to Goodreads and Click this link to check out my review. But without further ado, I present to you this magical debut author!!!!

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1. Alright, let’s warm up here! Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do in your spare time.

KG: Hello! my name is Kala, and I’m very excited to do this interview.

A lot of the things I do, end up relating to writing actually. I read a ton, and I edit which is technically my job. I absolutely love it, I draw too!

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2. What’s your favorite book or series? Do you have a favorite author? (Yes, you’re allowed to choose yourself 🖤)

KG: Pick a favorite? I have too many. Hmmm… V.E. Schwab has become my favorite author for novels. I love everything she’s published.

Amanda Lovelace is one of my favorite poets. I’ll list a few books from other authors.

Favorite Books:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

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3. At what age did you begin writing?

KG: The earliest that I remember, I was probably around 10. I knew that I wanted to be an author at 15.

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4. What was the first story that you remember writing?

KG: I think it was about Heaven and Hell existing on one plane; The two were separated by a crater.

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5. Is there a certain author or story that has inspired your writing?

KG: Honestly, it really depends on what I’m writing. Witchcraft and Monsters wasn’t inspired by another book, well unless you count the fairytale bit!

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6. What inspired Witchcraft & Monsters?

KG: A good chunk of it was inspired by elements of witchcraft, mythology, and folklore; I wanted to take these elements and relate them back to the human experience. Use pieces as metaphors for the body.

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7. What are some obstacles you’ve overcome in your personal life that has helped with your writing?

KG: My main obstacle is my disability. Every day is different. The most I can write by hand is about 200 words. Some days I can get those words onto the computer by a handwriting to text program, some days I use dictation. And then there are days when absolutely no writing gets done. It’s a very slow process, but due to how my disability progresses I’ve learned how to adapt to my circumstances quickly. And if I want something bad enough, I figure out how to get it.

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8. Witchcraft and Monsters is an #OwnVoices poetry collection, can you tell us what it’s like to be an author living with a disability and what your experience is like in the book community/author community?

KG: The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize it was an #OwnVoices book until I was going through editing.

One thing I’m actually grateful for is all the writing time I have, I can’t get a regular 9-5 job so while I’m working as an editor right now I still have a lot of time to write.

And currently I’ve not had a whole lot of interaction with the bookish community. Though quite a lot are friendly in this community!

I’m on Instagram, and I have a decent amount of followers on there. Twitter I’m still trying to figure out. And I do have a blog. But I’m fairly introverted, so social media is tricky.

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9. What’s your favorite quote or poem in your poetry collection and why?

Sometimes I forget how to love you,

Sometimes I downright refuse to.”

You don’t always make it easy,

You know?”

“But I’m sorry,

And this is my thank you.

“Thank you for letting me take up space.”

 

 KG: This part of a poem called “Dear Broken Body”. And this part is meant to thank my body. With a physical disability, it’s too easy to vilify our bodies. Even without a physical disability, people condemn their bodies all the time. Too big, too skinny, too tall, too short. Though a lot of the time it boils down to how much space they take up, physically and emotionally.

And I wanted to forgive my body, because it had given me so much that I too often refuse to acknowledge.

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10. What are some things you would like people to know about your writing style or about you as an author?

KG: I always write about magic. Always. But magic can mean a lot of things.

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11. What is one message that you would you would like readers to take from your debut collection?

KG: If the readers take anything from Witchcraft and Monsters, see the magic in it. And therefore the magic in everything.

See the magic in the monstrous, see the magic in the beauty of things; And if you cannot see it those, see the magic in the fact that you are alive right now. You’ve made it this far, find the magic in that.

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12. What are your writing goals for this new year?

KG: I’d like to have at least 2 more books out this year. A collection of short stories, and book one in a fantasy series. The fantasy series I’m hoping will be a duology, I don’t really want it to be any longer. Then if those both come out on time, I’ll likely have another poetry collection come out. These are all projects that are already started thought so the order that they get released in is subject to change. Another goal was to write in an anthology, and I just received confirmation that I will in one.

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13. Is there another collection or story in the works? Could you describe it for us in 3 words?

KG: I’m always working on something! Yes, I’m working on another poetry collection, though I’m only 3 poems in.

Soft, Magic, Warmth.

Thank you again for the opportunity to do this interview! Witchcraft and Monsters is available in print or ebook on January 21st and I hope you love it!

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