Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Madison Smartt Bell's blurb

Kate Wyer’s Black Krim is an elegant study of alienation and reconnection—with a warm human heart beneath the Zen-like detachment of its style.
––Madison Smartt Bell

NaNoWriMo 2014

I was able to pull this off again. I love the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month. It pushes everything else out of the way. I didn't play the drums at all, and didn't miss them except when I went to my weekly lesson and sucked. Oh well, my teacher is great and understanding.

This year I wrote about a homeless woman who had made one of those fenced in runoff basins you see in suburban developments her home. Her shelter, I guess. It's third person, which is a shift for me. Back in 2011, I wrote 50,000 words about a couple who became pregnant (intentionally) at the same time. I'm going to return to that soon and see what I do to revise it. I haven't read it since I finished it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The first chapter of Black Krim is up on Cobalt's website

First Chapter of Black Krim

Click to read a PDF version! 

First blurb!

Jen Michalski, author of The Tide King said this of Black Krim:
"Heirloom tomatoes lack the hardiness of grocery store hybrid varieties. They are grown in an archaic, inbred fashion; and yet, for all their isolation, they surprise one with their dramatic shapes, colors, and intense flavors––kind of like the characters in Kate Wyer’s novel Black Krim. As the roots of their stubborn, closed systems slowly entangle, their surprising desires and tenderness bloom fiercely from these small, hard seeds."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Black Krim is available for preorder with a discount and free shipping

Cobalt Review's website

Here is the final cover! Katie Feild designed it. She also designed the inside, which has illustrations. I couldn't be happier with it. The central image is the drawing of a Black Krim tomato flower. Behind that is a manipulated photo I took of my own tomatoes. The bottom, textured white band, is snow with footprints.

Right now if you preorder, you get a five dollar discount and free shipping. This book's release date is still on schedule to be December 21st. My book release party will be sometime the week of December 15th though, to avoid the last minute holiday rush.

Please visit Cobalt Review's website and take a look around! The website got a complete overhaul several months ago and is really beautifully designed. The navigation is also improved.

Interview about Radio Ferry, Tern Mouth

Interview on Unsaid Blog

Brian Kubarycz asked me some very thoughtful questions. I had to take my time and really reengage with my story in order to answer them. I enjoyed this very much and his questions ended up giving me insight into my own process and how I can be perceived.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 1st Reading

Okay, this happened already, but I thought I'd put up the flyer anyway. It wasn't my book tour; I was asked to join Eric Shonkwiler as he made his way through the state. I'm grateful to Leah Angstman for putting it all together. I will have my own Artifact reading after the release of my book in December.