Katy L. Wood

Katy L. Wood

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About Katy L. Wood


Ever wanted to watch a novel come to life from start to finish? See every little bit of ideation, planning, writing, editing, and eventual publishing? Well that's what I'm gonna do here. You will get to see the whole process, even the messy bits. From the Pinterest boards to the sensitivity readers, from the Spotify playlists to the research. I'll cover it all.

An important note: this does mean you'll see "spoilers" and there will be things about the book that you may love that end up changing as time goes on.

When the book is done, patrons will get exclusive discounts on the finished product which will be available in both print and ebook versions. (Hopefully, maybe, audio too but I don't want to promise that juuuuuuuuust yet.)

So now, the most important part, what's the book even about???

Working Title: The Pits

Genre: New Adult Weird Western (Fantasy western that tilts more towards fantasy than western, in this case.) It is set in an alternate post Civil War U.S.A..

Loose summary: When 17-year-old Clarabella's girlfriend, Emilia, goes missing, swept away by her father to become an "American Princess," Clarabella sets out to track down the only person who might be able to help: her older outlaw sibling, Royal, three years after Royal left home. Royal's been running with a gang of other outlaws, trading in the last remnants of ever weaker magic, magic Clarabella doesn't believe in, but Royal doesn't care as long as Clarabella promises to never go home again. When Emilia's trail leads them deep into the dangerous Pits that span the spine of the continent, Clarabella and Royal are both forced to decide just how far they're willing to go for the people they love, and who those people even are.

Generally, the book is about escaping your roots when they start to strangle you. Lots of found family, explorations of parental relationships when your parents have ideals you don't agree with, and figuring out how to remake yourself as you grow older. Also the Rocky Mountains are inside-out. Because I can.

Representation wise, Clarabella is a lesbian, Royal is gender fluid, and there are multiple other queer characters. There's also various BIPOC characters, and representation of a couple different disabilities.

Additionally, I'm planning on illustrating this book so those illustrations will be part of this Patreon. I'll cover the planning and creation process for them the same as I will for the written portions of the book, but they'll come much later once I have a pretty solid draft.

And a note on the genre: I know how fraught the Western genre is when it comes to things like racism. I grew up with a literal cowboy for a father and a barrel racer for a mother, I grew up SURROUNDED by those issues. I will be doing my best to navigate those issues respectfully as I write this book and, once I have a good solid draft, I'll be reaching out to sensitivity readers. In the meantime, if you subscribe and spot something in the project that seems off, please don't hesitate to reach out either on the post itself or in private.

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Rider Tier: You'll get access to one post a month about the book.

Outlaw: You'll get access to all posts about the book, at least two a month but it could be more depending on where I am in the project.
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$60.92 of $150 per month
Once we reach $150 a month I'll do a live Q&A about the project.
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