Author Chat with Gwen C. Katz (Among the Red Stars), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Gwen C. Katz, author of Among the Red Stars. Read on for more about Gwen and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

Meet Gwen C. Katz!

 
 
 
Gwen C. Katz is a writer, artist, and retired mad scientist who lives in Altadena, CA with her husband and a revolving door of transient animals.
 
 
 
Meet Among the Red Stars!
 
 World War Two has shattered Valka’s homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.

Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking its toll on everyone, including the boy Valka grew up with, who is fighting for his life on the front lines. 

As the war intensifies and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.

Inspired by the true story of the airwomen the Nazis called Night Witches, Gwen C. Katz weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice, learning to fight for yourself, and the perils of a world at war.
 
 
 
A Chat with Gwen C. Katz:

 

1. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. I didn't want to use the word "witches" in the title because I was concerned people would think the book was about actual witches. So I swapped a drawing of an airplane with a friend in exchange for a title. They suggested "Beneath the Red Stars" but I decided "Among the Red Stars" made more sense for pilots.


2. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

I've learned to treat problems with the manuscript as challenges with solutions instead of intractable roadblocks.


3. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love that Valka has such a powerful stance. She really looks like she's in control and she's going to make things happen.


4. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

Without spoilers, there's a scene where the regiment suffers a major loss, and that was really hard scene to write. I've never been good at dealing with loss and Valka isn't either.


5. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Marina Raskova, the famous aviator and commander. She's the mentor character and I kept having the problem that her dialogue sounded too much like Mufasa.


6. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Drafting. When you catch that high and you're putting down 3000 words a day, it's just so much fun. Revising means you have to go back and face all the bad parts of the manuscript. That's when you usually have your dark night of the soul.


7. What would you say is your superpower?

I can identify an absurd number of local plants and animals.


8.  Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Early on, I decided I wanted to donate part of my advance to charity if I sold Among the Red Stars. I decided to give the money to the Malala Fund. Malala Yousafzai is such an inspiration. The Night Witches accomplished great things because they were in a country that valued girls' education. All girls should have those opportunities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Among the Red Stars

By: Gwen C. Katz

Release Date: October 3, 2017

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Comments 8

Shannon Mizikoski on Friday, 06 October 2017 23:52

This cover is incredible! I am such a huge fan of illustrated covers. And of course it fits the book perfectly! I love the sound of the whole book, the main character sounds like she's going to be such an incredible hero!

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This cover is incredible! I am such a huge fan of illustrated covers. And of course it fits the book perfectly! I love the sound of the whole book, the main character sounds like she's going to be such an incredible hero!
Lillian Lozada on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:40

All-female aviation group?!?!? YES PLEASE! love that it's inspired by the true story of airwomen the Nazis called Night Witches. Very excited for this title

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All-female aviation group?!?!? YES PLEASE! love that it's inspired by the true story of airwomen the Nazis called Night Witches. Very excited for this title :D
Candice Gigous on Monday, 30 October 2017 01:50

The cover is cool. The synopsis draws you in for more. Sounds like an exciting read.

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The cover is cool. The synopsis draws you in for more. Sounds like an exciting read.
Aireanna Lesch on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 14:40

Awesome cover!! I love the detail and the synopsis sounds amazingggg

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Awesome cover!! I love the detail and the synopsis sounds amazingggg :D:D
Kelly G on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:07

I love the illustrated cover, and the synopsis is catching. Can't wait!

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I love the illustrated cover, and the synopsis is catching. Can't wait!
Irma Jurejevčič on Friday, 03 November 2017 09:07

Lol, your superpowers! Love that. I find the cover gorgeous and the synopsis brilliant.

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Lol, your superpowers! Love that. I find the cover gorgeous and the synopsis brilliant.
Penny Olson on Friday, 03 November 2017 23:56

I love the cover. The story sounds amazing. I like the strong female pilot character.

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I love the cover. The story sounds amazing. I like the strong female pilot character.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 04 November 2017 12:58

I love the cover and it fits the synopsis so well. I've had this book on my must read list already!

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I love the cover and it fits the synopsis so well. I've had this book on my must read list already!

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