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Kathe Koja

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Kathe Koja is a writer, director and independent producer. Her work combines and plays with genres, from YA to contemporary to historical to horror. Her novels - including THE CIPHER, BUDDHA BOY, TALK, and the UNDER THE POPPY trilogy–have won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. She creates immersive fiction with a rotating ensemble of video artists, dancers, musicians and performers.

Her latest novel (in progress) is DARK FACTORY. VELOCITIES, her second short fiction collection, is out from Meerkat Press, to be followed in September 2020 with a reprint of her classic novel THE CIPHER.

She's globally minded, and based in Detroit USA.

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Kathe Koja The Cipher has been optioned for film multiple times, and is under option now -- I'll gladly share news as I have it. Although let's don't get Nakota …moreThe Cipher has been optioned for film multiple times, and is under option now -- I'll gladly share news as I have it. Although let's don't get Nakota to direct . . . #filmthefunhole



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Kathe Koja Yes, absolutely. What's essential is making sure the time you have for writing is time spent focused only on writing.

My background is blue collar, and…more
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My background is blue collar, and that's helped rather than hindered my own writing life: it taught me early to expect to work for a living.(less)
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“To work and work and never mind why; if you kept looking for the why behind everything you might never work again, you might never bother to breathe again.”
Kathe Koja, Skin

“Do you know the concept of karma? It’s kind of like a circle, or cause-and-effect, like a slow-tolling bell you rang maybe a year ago, five years ago, maybe in another lifetime if you believe in that. Karma means that what you do today, and why you do it, makes you who you are forever: as if you were clay, and every thought and action left a mark in that clay, bent it, shaped it, even ruined it… but with karma there are no excuses, no explanations, no I-didn’t-really-mean-it-so-can-I-have-some-more-clay. Karma takes everything you do very, very seriously.”
Kathe Koja, Buddha Boy

“Recalling those gone times, old memories lit by the fire of the new, I did not this time wonder how long it would last; I was too smart for that now. Take what you get, and don't think. Of course it could never be that easy, but there were moments, like now, that I could successfully pretend that it was, and I had no inclination to try to peer past those moments. I'm not one who wants to know the future: at the best it spoils the present, with longing or dismay, and at the worst, well. Who really wants to find out how tight the sling is, for your own very personal ass, who wants to know how deep the shit will really be. Not you. Not me either. Because it's rarely bliss saved up, is it, when you finally get there. I'll take my now, waking with a lover's scent on me, around me, take my hopes before they're maybe tragedy; a good morning is a good morning, even if it leads to apocalypse at night.”
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