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Alma Katsu

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"Hard to put down. Not recommended reading after dark." -- Stephen King

"Makes the supernatural seem possible" -- Publishers Weekly

THE HUNGER: NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories

THE HUNGER: Nominated for the Stoker and Locus awards

Author of THE DEEP, a reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic, and THE HUNGER, a reimagining of the Donner Party's tragic journey (Putnam);
THE TAKER, THE RECKONING and THE DESCENT (Gallery Books). The Taker was selected by ALA/Booklist as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011.

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Alma Katsu A great question! That was one of the sad lessons of the Donner Party: you had families that didn't share with more vulnerable, so a couple families w…moreA great question! That was one of the sad lessons of the Donner Party: you had families that didn't share with more vulnerable, so a couple families were nearly wiped out, while one managed to have no fatalities. It's hard to say what you'd do if faced with a similar situation: they didn't know how long they'd be trapped in the mountains, and there was definitely no way to get additional food.Can you blame them for hoarding food? Which is the greater good or the higher loyalty: saving your family, or helping your neighbor? You just hope you'll never fin yourself in the same situation.

One thing I learned--not necessarily from writing the book but from my previous life as an analyst for the government, studying mass atrocities and genocides--is the fragility of civil society. It is frightening what people are capable of, sometimes at the slightest provocation. How easily some people can be frightened into acting against their own best interest, let alone the interest of their neighbors.

I believe there are always some people who will not turn on their neighbor, people with good hearts or who understand we stand stronger when we stand together, but it takes a lot of confidence and will-power to do that, particularly when everyone around you is surrendering to fear.

Thanks for the question and so glad you enjoyed The Hunger!(less)
Alma Katsu Great question! Writing is an amazing release, a mental exercise, a personal challenge, and more. But it can seem daunting in the beginning. One appro…moreGreat question! Writing is an amazing release, a mental exercise, a personal challenge, and more. But it can seem daunting in the beginning. One approach is to jump right in. You have an idea, even if it's not fully formed. Start writing. Try to write every day. Take some time to think about what you've written, what scene comes next. Make sure you keep reading. Think about what challenges you in your writing and see how other writers handled it (I had to deal with time jumps in The Taker, and so I studied The Time Traveller's Wife, for instance). There are great books on writing; start building your reference shelf. Ursula LeGuin's Steering the Craft is great for the basics: POV, verb tenses, handling exposition. Eventually, join a writing group to get feedback on your work. Critiquing others' work is a great way to grow your editorial eye. Remember, this is a craft--no rush, commit to getting better every day. Good luck!(less)
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“I’d always secretly believed that a love as fierce and true as mine would be rewarded in the end, and now I was being forced to accept the bitter truth.”
Alma Katsu, The Taker

“I´ve always wanted him to love me the way I loved him. He did love me, I know he did. Just not the way I wanted him to.

"And it´s so different for a lot of people I´ve known. One partner doesn´t love the other enough to stop drinking, or gambling, or running around with other women. One is the giver and one is the taker. The giver wishes the taker would stop."

"But the taker never changes," Luke says, though he wonders if this is always the case.

"Sometimes the giver has to let go, but sometimes you don´t. You can´t. I couldn´t give up on Jonathan. I seemed to be able to forgive him anything.”
Alma Katsu, The Taker

“We were arrogant and naive, thinking we knew what we felt then was love. Love can be a cheap emotion, lightly given, thought it didn´t seem so to me at the time. Looking back, I know we were only filling in the holes in our soles, the way the tide rushes sand to fill in the crevices of a rocky shore. We-or maybe it was just I-bandaged our needswith what we declared was love. But, eventually, the tide draws out what it has swept in.”
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“I’d always secretly believed that a love as fierce and true as mine would be rewarded in the end, and now I was being forced to accept the bitter truth.”
Alma Katsu, The Taker

“I´ve always wanted him to love me the way I loved him. He did love me, I know he did. Just not the way I wanted him to.

"And it´s so different for a lot of people I´ve known. One partner doesn´t love the other enough to stop drinking, or gambling, or running around with other women. One is the giver and one is the taker. The giver wishes the taker would stop."

"But the taker never changes," Luke says, though he wonders if this is always the case.

"Sometimes the giver has to let go, but sometimes you don´t. You can´t. I couldn´t give up on Jonathan. I seemed to be able to forgive him anything.”
Alma Katsu, The Taker

“We were arrogant and naive, thinking we knew what we felt then was love. Love can be a cheap emotion, lightly given, thought it didn´t seem so to me at the time. Looking back, I know we were only filling in the holes in our soles, the way the tide rushes sand to fill in the crevices of a rocky shore. We-or maybe it was just I-bandaged our needswith what we declared was love. But, eventually, the tide draws out what it has swept in.”
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“A man´s desire is a powerful thing. It can reduce a strong man to nothing. When he sees a woman who fascinates him, he will give up everything for her.”
Alma Katsu, The Taker

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Alma Katsu Laura wrote: "Hi Alma! I just finished The Reckoning!! I am so excited about what is to come between Lanny and Adair! I absolutley cannot wait until The Descent!!! Thank you for writing such AMAZING books!"

Hi Laura, So glad to hear that you enjoyed The Reckoning! If you're interested, please consider joining the mailing list as I'm going to be releasing some new short stories soon, free, leading up to the release of the last book in the trilogy next year. http://www.almakatsu.com

best,
Alma


Laura Pierre Hi Alma! I just finished The Reckoning!! I am so excited about what is to come between Lanny and Adair! I absolutley cannot wait until The Descent!!! Thank you for writing such AMAZING books!


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Alma Katsu Alis wrote: "Hey Alma, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed The Taker! Thanks for writing such a beautifully written book!"

Hi Alis, Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the book. Please join the mailing list as I'm going to be releasing some new short stories soon, free, leading up to the release of the last book in the trilogy next year. http://www.almakatsu.com

best,
Alma


Alicia Justice Hey Alma, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed The Taker! Thanks for writing such a beautifully written book!


Savannah Alma, thank you for the friendship.
Stay naughty,
Savannah
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Alma Katsu I can't thank you enough, Emma! Let me know how it does at your store.

Emma-Louise wrote: "Hi Alma :) Just wanted to let you know that I'm spreading the word at Waterstones Cribbs Causeway that The Reckoning is out next month! I determined to get it to the top of our chart! x"


Emma-Louise Hi Alma :) Just wanted to let you know that I'm spreading the word at Waterstones Cribbs Causeway that The Reckoning is out next month! I determined to get it to the top of our chart! x


Ms. MiLo Thanks for the add Ms. Katsu. Looking forward to reading your books :)


Cassandra Thanks Alma for accepting my friend request. Looking forward to reading your book, The Taker.


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Alma Katsu Blog entry about the trials of writing the second book, and dreams of a Second Book Boot Camp: http://bit.ly/dXLr0p


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