My (pen) name is Katie Gray. I’m a twenty-something writer living in Edinburgh. I started this blog a few years ago to be my ‘proper writing blog’ and stopped updating, ironically, because I was too busy writing.
I’ve published a wee bit fiction, a bit of poetry, and some non-fiction (see: around the web). I’m working on two novels at the moment (see: current projects) because who needs a social life?
Here’s an introduction to me:
I read Classical Studies at the University of Edinburgh, which is effectively
Classics lite Classics without the language requirement. Some personal favourites: Virgil’s Aeneid, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, and basically everything Catullus and Sappho ever wrote.
After that, I did a master’s in Creative Writing, also at the University of Edinburgh. Met some great people, learned a lot, mostly just got to spend a year focusing on my writing. I graduated (for the second time) in 2014, and since then I’ve been working in an office, but let’s not talk about that.
I’m a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi literature. I was a voracious reader as a child – I went through a phase of challenging myself to read a book a day, it went better than you’d expect – but sadly university tends to eat up my pleasure reading time of late. Check out my Goodreads widget to see what kind of books I’m reading, but in brief: my all-time favourite book is Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman; my all-time favourite author is Diana Wynne Jones.
I’ve seen every episode of Doctor Who, including the ones that don’t exist any more (see, there’s audio recordings and some fans have got together and synched them up with existing stills to reconstruct what the episodes might have looked like, it’s this whole thing), I’ve read a whole stack of Doctor Who novels, and I’m currently neck deep in the Big Finish Audios. In short, I’m probably a bigger Doctor Who nerd than you. (Though not necessarily – I’ve met people who know more about Doctor Who than me. They’re scary people.)
When it comes to films, I’m the kind of old-school, unoriginal nerd whose favourite film is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Other than that, I love animation, including Disney, Dreamworks’ better stuff, and less mainstream films like Belleville Rendez-Vous and The Secret of Kells.
I generally say I’m primarily a fantasy writer, but in reality I hover somewhere between fantasy and science fiction. My fantasy tends to have a sci-fi edge to it and my sci-fi is generally dipped in fantasy. I have, very occasionally, written stories set in the real world, but not very often. I have fantasy on the brain.
I’ve been writing more or less continually since I was ten years old and I was inventing stories for a long time before that. I’m working on two novels, with three more on the backburner, and I’ve got a couple of short stories out on submission at any given time.
I occasionally dabble in poetry. I can’t say I’m much of a poet, but I’ve had a couple of poems published so maybe I just don’t know it.
I’m a feminist, a socialist, an atheist, and an internet slacktivist. I’m generally angry but not very well informed so I don’t tend to write about politics. At present I’m angry about capitalism and climate change and I’m perenially angry about homophobia and transphobia.
Expect film and television reviews, ramblings about my writing (and occasionally about my life), and probably Doctor Who. Updates Wednesdays and Sundays. Enjoy!