Katie Spille gets right down to the point
I love doing these interviews, to discover a new person, how they tick, what they think about. I had met today’s interview partner, Katie Spille, at GRL, and I know her to be a warm and kind person. However, at such conventions, you rarely get personal, and conversations tend to be focused on books, the convention craze and what not. So I was glad when she volunteered. She’s not the easiest person to get to know, and she’s pretty tight-lipped, but why don’t you determine that for yourself. Meet Katie Spille:
If were were to do this interview in the real world, where would we sit and talk?
Probably in the lobby of a GRL convention.
I’ve met you a couple of times, although always in passing or in short conversations. But I recall that you come across as a very happy person, with a wicked sense of humor and a great heart. That was my impression. How would you describe Katie Spille?
Thank you for those kind words. I try to work hard, have fun when I can. I’m more than a little sarcastic and get uncomfortable in groups (but I’m working on this). I’m a better assistant than leader, but if needed I feel I can step up.
What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for?
My involvement in community theater. It’s where I work my hardest. Love it.
Now I know you’re an avid reader, given that you spend loads of time and money to travel to author/reader conventions. What got you into reading in the first place?
My dad. Before retiring he was a school librarian, and always reading, so I read too.
I know from your visits to GRL that you like to read gay fiction. Do you remember the first book that got you hooked? And why you sought it out?
Is there a (sub-)genre that makes your heart skip a beat?
In my little group of friends in this mm world I’m known as the one who likes threesomes. They fascinate me. The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles, More by Sloan Parker and More Than Everything by Cardeno C being my favorites.
For some odd reason you end up on a remote island, a modern day Robinson Crusoe, with only three books to bring along as company. Which ones would you bring along as your literary Fridays?
Tell Me it’s Real by TJ Klune
The Stand by Stephen King
If you could travel to any point in time, where would you go and what would you do?
Shakespeare’s England. Hanging out at the Globe Theatre, fascinating
What do you do in your spare time if you’re not reading?
Community Theater. I serve on the board of directors and mainly stage manage shows. Just finished productions on Christmas Story the Musical and My Fair Lady. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown up next.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and by whom?
Just keep swimming
Do you have a credo you live by? Something you try to follow?
Nothing is impossible except skiing through a revolving door.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
In the U.S. – San Diego
Do you have any regrets in life?
Not anything major. Not worth it.
- On average, how many books do you read per week? 2
- Who’s your favorite singer? Bon Jovi
- Your favorite drink? Mountain Dew
- Your favorite relative? My parents are pretty awesome
- What food would you never, ever try? Octopus
Part of doing these interviews is that you never really know how long the responses are going to be. Katie really gets right to the point, doesn’t she! 🙂 She’s requested a copy of Ross Deere – Handy Man as a thank you. It’s on its way. She also gets to ask me a question for me to answer, and here it is: “Where do you draw inspiration for your writing? I’ve read Nightmare and The Opera House and both deal heavily with loss. Is this an on going theme for you?”
LOL, you picked the two that actually do, albeit in a very different way. As a writer of contemporary gay fiction, I draw my inspiration from life, and yes, The Opera House deals with my fear, as a newly minted father that I might lose my son to SIDS. I was trying to imagine how a parent deals with the loss of his child, and the novel provided me with the answer. Each of my books is very different that way. My first one, Family Ties, is auto-biographical, with events from my own life. Jonathan’s Hope deals with relationships and age differences, but also looks at rainbow families and the age old questions: can a gay couple start a family. In the two coming books in this trilogy (Jonathan’s Promise & Jonathan’s Legacy), other topics are dealt with. Things like second chances, the limits to “for better or worse”, but also my frustration with homeless LGBT kids, which was also a big theme for The Opera House.
Children and child abuse, HIV and trafficking were themes for The Fallen Angels of Karnataka, my darkest novel to date, but maybe also my most important one? Willem of the Tafel deals with racism and climate change, Spanish Bay looks at the prospects of being disabled and starting a family and being happy in a relationship, while my most recent book, the one you’ve chosen, Ross Deere – Handy Man, is all about sex, steamy, hot gay sex. LOL No loss whatsoever… 😉 So to make a long story short, no, loss isn’t always the topic. Life is, and there is always an unconventional happy ending. I hope you’ll enjoy Ross Deere – Handy Man, probably my most unusual book to date. I hope this answers your question. 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!