Blog Tour & Interview: PLATFORM DWELLERS by Katarina Boudreaux


About the Book:

Author: Katarina Boudreaux
Pub. Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 268 
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads

On the remnants of oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island, Joe is a typical Nob Platform teenager, except that her Mom left a year ago for a more social Platform, and her Dad sometimes forgets she exists. But she knows she wants a career in Communications, so her high school senior project “See-Saw” focuses on long-distance underwater connections. Drayton, Joe’s best friend, discovers lights moving on Land at the same time Joe picks up SOS signals with her See-Saw.
Though Land has been silent since technology was destroyed during the Moralist Revolution, Joe and Drayton discover that the Platform Planning Commission (PPC) seems to be ultimately responsible for the Bone Virus that precipitated the Revolution. They enlist the help of Flox, a debunked scientist, to take them to Land to investigate the remnants of human Land society—before the PPC can stop them. What they find on Land will forever change the course of their lives and the lives of all Platform Dwellers.

Author Interview:
Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I’m a New Orleans based writer, dancer, teacher, musician, and all around liver of life. Those are the basic facts, so here are some other tidbits. I am a push over for cats and cheese. I misspelled the word conscious in the spelling bee at some point in school. I choreograph a dance troupe for a sci-fi Mardi Gras parade. I was ticketed for jay-walking when I was an exchange student in high school. I hate the sound of whistling and can’t stand gum.

What made you want to become a writer?
I don’t know if I ever wanted to become one, I just was one. My first poem was about a black cat on the fence and my Mom wrote it down for me. I’ve been writing journals since I could write. It’s just the way I process the world around me.

Million dollar question, are you working on another book?
Always. I have several in the process, some I scrap, some I keep working on. I jot things down and they become something bigger.

Have you written any other books that are not published?
Many. Two thankfully will never see the light of day between a reader’s hands — those were first attempts. I have three others I will come back to when the time is right.

Does your book have a lesson? Moral?
Yes, on several levels. Be proactive in your world. Be aware of wastefulness and plenty, and use what is available wisely. Dig deeper to find truth. Know the difference between being ruled and being governed.

What is your favorite part of the book?
I’m fond of a scene when Flox, a debunked, quirky scientist, meets Joe and Drayton. Joe and Drayton are smart teenagers looking for answers, but stepping into Flox’s world makes them question everything they’ve been taught. It’s a pivotal scene, and I love Flox’s home and the details.

If you were running the 100 yard dash with a new writer. What writing, publishing wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the 100 yards?
Breathe life into your characters and let them write themselves.

What do you love most about the writing process?
Stitching a world together one detail, one word at a time. Building a window into an alternate reality.

What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
I suspect it’s going to happen soon. And again. And again. The most recent amusing thing was I misheard a question and mixed up “wrestle mania” with “social media.” The resulting conversation was hilarious.

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you. This book has been a beautiful journey and I can’t wait for you to read it!

About Katarina:

Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher—a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying.

Her chapbook “Anatomy Lessons” is available from Flutter Press. Her play “Awake at 4:30” is a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival. Her novel “Still Tides” is a semi-finalist in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of PLATFORM DWELLERS, US Only.


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