I've been writing YA since 2009. In 2011 I had an agent for about six months, then she left the business. I kept writing. Then I signed with an agent from 2013-2018 based on the Werks manuscript and other projects. She was amazing (she still is, really). Then she left the business. I was seriously bummed out about it.
After that I stopped trying to get an agent. The rollercoaster made me feel awful and it meant all of my writing energy was tied up in checking my inbox.
More than anything, I want people to read my work, tell me what they think, and help me improve.
I love mysteries, puzzles, and codes. There is nothing as satisfying to me as a mystery revealed so expertly that all the information is there and yet you only put it together just as the main character does. It is an amazing skill, and I want to be able to do it. Maybe one day I'll get there.
I post to Wattpad because I want to read, I want to improve my writing, and I want to hear from readers about what they think.
So please let me know. Truly. When something is obvious or self-conscious, when something feels inauthentic, or overly wordy or just too boring -- I want to know about it. You won't hurt my feelings. I have been rejected hundreds of times-- my skin is thick.
In real life I'm a mom, printmaker, professor, and National Geographic Explorer. I study marine debris, training communities to collect data using scientific methods to share results with local policymakers. The hope is that the people who write the policies can tailor them to the debris that is actually occurring in their communities. I'm spending the first six months of 2019 with my family in Kerala, India under a Fulbright Nehru grant.
Seeing marine debris around the world is inspiring and depressing all at once, I'm honored I get the chance to do this work. If you're interested in the marine debris work, follow me on Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/katowens2012/
- Thiruvananthapuram, India
- JoinedOctober 14, 2018