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Katya de Becerra

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Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a lot. What The Woods Keep was her first novel (out now), which is followed by another standalone Oasis in 2020. She has also authored and co-authored academic articles, book chapters, guest posts and opinion pieces.

What critics have said about What The Woods Keep:

"Spooky atmospherics and moral ambiguity complement the blend of science and myth to create a thoughtful and
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Katya de Becerra I wanted to offer a new take on the familiar tropes in Young Adult urban fantasy by drawing on my undying love for physics, psychology and mythology!…moreI wanted to offer a new take on the familiar tropes in Young Adult urban fantasy by drawing on my undying love for physics, psychology and mythology! In particular, I wanted to explore what happens to the human nature in that moment of panic when our logic clashes with something that refuses to be explained or understood through our familiar lens. I’m a huge fan of David Lynch (and of “Lynchian logic”), but I also love Hayao Miyazaki, Labyrinth, and X- Files - and all of it influenced my writing and reasoning. I hope that What The Woods Keep leaves readers energized to explore the world around them, to keep an open mind, and to be true to themselves no matter what they are facing. I also very much enjoyed writing the strong friendship between two girls that’s at the core of this book! (less)
Katya de Becerra First, I take a step back and remind myself that it’s all mind over matter. Then I go someplace cool and quiet, make myself a cup of strong bitter…moreFirst, I take a step back and remind myself that it’s all mind over matter. Then I go someplace cool and quiet, make myself a cup of strong bitter coffee and think about the real reason behind my writer’s block de jour. Knowing more or less how my writing brain works now, I tend to get blocks when I, a). can’t decide on the style/voice of the book, and, b). get bogged down by some specific plot conundrum. If it’s the former, I go back to the drawing board, do a bit more research, and contemplate what I want this story to be and how I should tell it. And if it’s latter, I just move on to the next part in the story, but leave a little reminder for myself in-text to come back to this problem later on. Usually, I find that plot elements causing me the writer’s block agony get edited out in my first round of revision, anyway! (less)
Average rating: 3.49 · 830 ratings · 313 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
What the Woods Keep

3.45 avg rating — 673 ratings — published 2018 — 7 editions
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Oasis

3.68 avg rating — 157 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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interview with Michelle Modesto: YA author and the talent behind those bookish makeup designs that got YA community so excited

Originally published on my blog The Last Day of Normal
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I have something really cool for you all today, dear readers!

It is a very special interview with a fellow YA author who is also an artist and whose stunning designs are making writerly hearts flutter with excitement and joy.

I'm talking, of course, about Michelle Modesto.

Let's start from the beginning... A few weeks ag... Read more of this blog post »
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