Author Interview With Katherine Soto

Creating New Worlds.

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Katherine, How do you come up with ideas for a project?

 It sounds so easy when I say it, but I have an idea come into my mind and I work on it in my head until I can write something down. I once had an idea hit me when I was in the shower.
Sometimes I say that I have a poem in my fingertips that must be written down.
Sometimes projects come to me from what someone else says or as I am people watching.

After you have a new idea, how much research do you do?

I do enough research to satisfy myself I can write about the topic. Sometimes I do none, then sometimes I wander the internet for hours reading on a topic.

Do you research things throughout your creative process or just at the beginning?

I will research throughout a project as needed as the ideas flow. Sometimes a new idea will come up in my writing and I want to know about it, so I search the internet.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve researched for a project (go check that Google search history)?  

The strangest thing I researched was what to feed a mule versus a horse. Every now and then a mule needs to eat a certain type of pellet to help with their attitude. I’ve not used this in a book yet.

When you write, do you try to stay close to the Actual Factual or are you fast and loose with Handwavium (a term used when a writer waves their hand at reality for sake of the plot)?

I am reality based with a little Handwavium mixed into it. When you have created a new world to play in you can bend the rules a little more.

Have you ever stopped reading a story to go look up how factual something was? 

I have pulled up the internet to read about a topic that has come up in my reading. It give me more of the story to enjoy.

Do you create with music, other background noise or complete silence?

I usually have cartoons, a ghost hunting, or a paranormal show on the TV going on in the background. Bluey is the newest cartoon I tune into. Sometimes I need quiet to sort something out.

Do you have any pet helper?

I have two cats and a dog. As you can see the cats are super helpful!


Do you create better at 5am or 5pm?

I create better from 9pm to 1am. It’s weird to get my best writing done super late into the night.

Which team apocalypse are you on: zombie, asteroid, or alien invasion?

Team apocalypse: Zombie. Someday some scientist will come up with something that will get loose and change mankind.

You ask your readers to be creative. How do you stay creative?  

I take classes on art to stay creative. I draw and paint. I also make ATCs- Artist Trading Cards to trade. I read a lot of scifi/fantasy books. Last year I rea dover 52 books and am well on my way to catch that amount this year. 

I see on your resume that you have extensive teaching experience, and I’m wondering how classroom management has helped you in your writing career? 

Classroom management has helped me to be more on task when I am writing.  My students did one thing at a time and that is how I work. I take on writing, email, or marketing one task at a time.  
I am also fast at turn-around times for projects other people want me to be a part of. I tend to do my part first, so it’s ready to go when needed. 

If you got to use some “Handwavium” and send younger Katherine one note about writing, editing, or marketing, which would you chose and what would you say?

“You know more than you think you do, so get to work on your ideas for marketing your books.” 
“Be patient with the teams you work with.”

You have a release coming out soon, can you give us some details?

Grey Dawn of Dharaven: Katz Island will be released sometime toward the late summer. I am waiting on a cover from my publisher, the 120 or so days later the book will come out. 

An ancient map found by Mountain Dragon Clan born Grey leads to an expedition that everyone else in her field thinks is crazy. Threats are made against her and the university that supports her. As an archaeologist, Grey is determined to finish her mission to find an underground human settlement on Katz Island.  Will she find adventure taking her to the end of her career or to the find of the century?

Katherine, thank-you for your time. Is there anything else you’d like folks to know about you, your work, or your research process?

Stay tuned at at Creating New Worlds.
New things are coming as I put together more creative things to share. 

I also have a story in the anthology Abducted An Alien Romance Anthology. We are taking preorders now. The book will be out in September of 2021. Here is its preorder link:

Love built on betrayal.
Lust that can’t be denied.
Temptation of the forbidden.
Prepare for out of this world stories as you delve into these 8 unforgettable sci-fi alien romances. This isn’t a rescue mission. This is ABDUCTED.
Abducted includes stories based on forbidden romances, enemies to lovers, and happily ever afters – there is something for everyone! Available for a limited time so grab your copy and discover 8 new book boyfriends today!
Authors in this anthology include Elvira Bathory, Lissa Lynn Thomas, Katherine E. Soto, Mandy Melanson, Jordan Elizabeth, Victoria Escobar, Nikki Landis, and Helena Novak

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August 14th: What’s up Jotham?

Hey y’all, I hope this email finds you safe and well. No matter how you found my newsletter, thank you for joining.

I know what you are thinking, “Jotham, what is this Rabbit Hole of Research?” Well, my newsletter comes out twice a month (this is the goal), one edition will feature an author interview, book promos/samplers and giveaways; The second edition will explore the quirky science in fiction. Also, I say Handwavium a lot.

So, Just a couple quick updates and no Handwavium.

August 15th I’ll be at the Munster Community Market with Georgia (Atomic Number 14) 

September 11th I’ll be signing books at the 36th Annual Chicago Printer’s Row Lit Fest!! I’ll be at the CWA booth from 12-3pm on Saturday September 11th—it’s an awesome time, read more about the festival here, and come out and say hello!

And—drumroll—at both signings I will have paperback and hardbackbooks! That’s right after some delays—long story and there will be some very limited edition misprint copies coming soon—I have hardback copies of Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? These will be available at the signings and for order on my shop!

Look at these Lovelies! And if you have eagle eyes, yes, that is the Cowboy Bebop Board Game I got recently in the background!

Okay, That’s all the major updates (can always email or follow me online for real time tracking).

July Book Fairs, Promos and Giveaways

Some Cool Stuff To Check Out and add to your—To Be Read List:

  1. New Author: New Phycological Thriller by Hesham N. Ali
  2. Giveaway: Fantasy & Sci-fi Fan Giveaway (only 2 days left to enter!)
  3. Book Promo: Act fast! Don’t miss out on these amazing books!
  4. Book Promo: July All Genre Giveaway
  5. Book Promo: The Fantastic Collection
  6. Book Promo: Summer SFF Sampler
  7. Book Promo: Get Out of My Dreams
  8. Book Promo: Book Gathering Giveaway
  9. Book Promo: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Giveaway
  10. Book Promo: Pay it Forward Sci-Fi and Fantasy Giveaway
  11. Book Promo: Sci-FI and Space Opera Giveaway
  12. Author Sampler: Shane Shepherd
  13. Author Sampler: Luke David

January 21st 2021 at 8pm CST: I’ll Be a Featured Author on Romance Happy Hour

I’m a featured artist on Romance Happy Hour and will be reading an except of my Rom-Com novella, ‘Tomorrow May Be Too Late”, during the January 21st Romance Happy Hour at 8pm CST! There are some amazing cocktails on the website for you to make and bring along to the reading.

Join us here!

My novella will be released in the Askew Ever After Box-Set, January 19th 2021. This will be a limited release, so mark those Calendars, or better yet you can pre-order at your favorite e-book store here! If you already placed an order, thank-you. Preorder is 99 cents, this will go up after release!

November Update and Personal Note

Check out this cover of my debut Novel!

A few people have asked how I started writing novels. Even though I have been writing since I was a teenager, the decision to write novels came 10 years ago.

10 years ago today I had surgery to repair my ruptured Achilles tendon. During my recovery I started writing again, but didn’t want to write poetry. I started to draft a novel, and a year later I finished writing my first novel, “Pretty Small Things.”

It wasn’t a good novel, but I learned a lot, joined writing groups, critique and beta readers, and did a lot of reading and writing to find my style and voice.

4 years ago (6 years after getting back to writing) I finished the first draft of “Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else?”

2 years ago I got an offer to publish from @rhetaskewpublishing.

And finally, Over the next three months, I’ll have my debut novella rom-com (Jan 21st 2021- pre order here) and sci-fi psychological thriller novel (Feb 23rd 2021- follow me on the interwebs for pre order info coming soon) released. 👏🏽🎉

And this is just the beginning. I am editing two novels which will be looking for a home soon and I have two novellas being published, one in the fall of 2021 and the other spring of 2022.

Every story has a beginning—go start yours!

Exciting News! Mark Your Calendar for February 23rd 2021

So, after a number of delays due to Covid, I’m super excited to reveal the cover and release day for my debut scifi psychological thriller novel, ‘Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else’.

Check out the Cover, let me know what you think and mark your calendars because the book will be released on 23 February 2021!

I want to thank Dusty Grein who worked with me on the cover (he used my original illustration in the design) and Jennifer Soucy for her final round of edits and formatting. Thanks to Mandy and the rest of her team at RhetAskew Publishing. We are all excited to get this story out to you guys.

I want to another big thank you to all the family, friends, beta-readers and writing group members who helped in many ways-directly and indirectly-to get this novel done.

Preorders will start in a couple weeks. There will be more updates about signed copies, book swag, special giveaways, book tours, and any other news. As always my newsletter subscribers will be the first to know, so sign up!

Here is the link to the announcement sent to newsletter fans!

Jotham’s October’s News

Image by Georgia Geis AtomicNumber14

Happy October y’all! This is one of my favorite months of the year, because of Halloween and our annual Pumpkin Carving Party. This year would have been the 14th year that we hosted the party, but due to Covid we had to cancel. Yet, it got me thinking about killer plants. “But Jotham,” I hear you all screaming, “It’s October, and we want to hear about vampires or zombies or—”

Wanna read more sign up for my Monthly Newsletter: The Rabbit Hole of Research! If you are just here for Writing Updates, Cool Reads and Giveaways, read on!

Writing Update:

My debut sci-fi psychological thriller, ‘Will you still Love Me, If I become Someone Else?’ Is in production! This means a release date and cover reveal will be coming up. In preparation of this I am building my advance reader list. These will be the first readers of the book, a number of you have already singed up, but I still have some spots left. If interested in learning more and getting a free digital copy of my book, please sign-up here

My Rom-Com novella will be released in a Box-Set, and the new cover was revealed. You can pre-order at your favorite e-book store: I’m getting excited. I cannot wait to share this story with you all!

My Rom-Com novella, ‘Tomorrow May Be Too Late, will be released in the Askew Ever After Box-Set, December 21st 2020. The very sexy cover was revealed, and look mom, my name is one the cover!!
You can pre-order at your favorite e-book store here! If you already placed an order, thank-you.


Click Here to follow some amazing authors across the web and enter to win hardbacks of A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy, Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar, War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi, and Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee, plus a Children of Blood and Bone pillow, a Shuri travel mug, a City of Brass notebook, and An Ember In The Ashes sticker!You can also come back every day for special tasks that will earn you daily entry points!
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Cool Comics and Graphic Stories

I hope everyone takes some time to check out Guerrilla publishing and support all the Chicagoland comic creators! This is an amazing group of writers and artist. Check them out here! Or You can follow them on Instagram
Formed in 2017 the award winning Guerrilla Publishing brings a new type of revolution of indie comics. With titles such as Humalien, The Epic Misadventures of Deathbag, The Ralphs, Kaneesha, and Tales from the Cryptic Closet, Guerrilla Publishing goes across various genres not limiting themselves to one type of storytelling for one type of age group. Head on over to check out the various title and read the Revolution!

A Thriller to Keep you Up at Night

I just finished reading Shawn’s Debut Novel, “The Tear Collector”. If you are a fan of Stephen Kings psycological thriller/horror, then this is a must read.

Find it on ebook and audiobook Here.


When a young autistic girl goes missing from a small Appalachian community, the residents of Harper Pass descend into chaos. Brooks Raker and his friends stumble across the police investigation, and as they dig deeper into the mysterious events, the boys realize the fate of their missing classmate pales in comparison with the evil lurking in the shadows of the quiet little town.

With four boys who believe something sinister is at work, and an ambitious reporter breathing down his neck, Detective Holt of the Harper Pass Police Department must confront his doubts and follow the evidence. A chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths, leads Holt to the doorstep of the mysterious and reclusive Professor Wadlow who may know exactly what has come to collect in Harper Pass.

Can the detective and the boys work together to unravel the dark secrets of Harper Pass before those secrets devour them all?

Jotham’s Monthly Newsletter: The Rabbit Hole of Research

Hey y’all, I hope this email finds you safe and well. Thanks for tuning into my Monthly Newsletter: Rabbit Hole of Research. As a laboratory scientist and a cross-genre writer (Sci-fi and Romance), my life is nothing but research. I will explore the science in fiction and try to bring some actual factual science to the things we read and see in fiction. Will real accurate science destroy the plot of our favorite fiction?

So, how did I wind up researching lycanthrope (Human to Wolf transformation)?

It was late one night and I was watching “Back to the Future.” You know the movie where Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) goes back in time accidentally and has to avoid kissing his mom, help his parents fall in love, and get back to the future with the help of Doc (Christopher Lloyd). One of the fun movies of the 80’s, go watch it, again. But, what does that movie have to do with therianthropy (what the heck is therianthropy: its a human that can shape shifting into another animal)—nothing, but thinking about 80s movies and Michael J Fox, you know where I’m going—Teen Wolf. I started thinking about how fast he changed into a wolf and that was the first step down the rabbit hole into the science of lycanthrope…

Wanna read more, sign up for my monthly news letter!

September Newsletter: Writing Update

Just here for Jotham’s writing updates, cool. But you are missing out on the Down The Rabbit Hole of Research newsletter delivered to your email inbox once a month where I explore the science in fiction and try to bring some actual factual science to the things we read and see in fiction. Will real accurate science destroy the plot of our favorite fiction? Sign up here

My debut sci-fi psychological thriller, ‘Will you still Love Me, If I become Someone Else?’ I am going over the final edits (last chance for me to make changes) so the Advanced Reading Copies (ARC) can be sent out for early reviews. I still have spots for ARC readers, if you want an advance copy (all I ask in return is a honest review) you know the drill, send me a message and I’ll add you to the list! I’m getting excited. I cannot wait to share this story with you all!

My Rom-Com novella, ‘Tomorrow May Be Too Late, will be released in the Askew Ever After Box-Set, December 21st 2020. The very sexy cover was revealed, and look mom, my name is one the cover!!
You can pre-order at your favorite e-book store here! If you already placed an order, thank-you.

And finally, I am writing a Virus Doomsday novella to be included in a Virus Apocalyptic Anthology boxset. Release April 1st, 2022.