Witchcraft and Monsters by Kala Godin
Releases January 21, 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads:
If there’s anything Kala knows, it’s monsters.
Witchcraft and Monsters is a debut poetry collection by Kala Godin.
Kala understands that the human body can be its own kind of monster. She knows the way strangers both see her and don’t.
There is magic in everything we do.
And there are monsters in each of us.
This collection is broken into five parts.
This is my first author interview and I’m so excited. Kala is a wonderful person and I’m really excited to read her book Witchcraft and Monsters.
There are 5 parts in your collection, describe yourself in 5 words.
Creative, calm, booknerd, artsy, and witchy.
What was your inspiration for Witchcraft and Monsters?
One thing that I do with most of my writing is taking elements from witchcraft, mythology, and folklore and relate them back to being human. And that is prevalent in this collection. I do it either as large metaphors, like in the poem Teeth. Or smaller phrases like “Like I’ve got Rose Quartz,
Always in my pockets.” Which is a line from a poem called Love Potion. Another inspiration was my physical disability.
Why did you choose to write a poetry collection instead of a novel?
I didn’t ever expect to publish poetry. Believe me, I’m still fairly shocked that Witchcraft and Monsters is the first project to be published. I wrote a collection right after high school, tried to get that published. But never heard anything back. I did it so quickly because I thought that if my writing career didn’t start right after high school, then I’d have a hard time getting published at all.
Which isn’t true. But there’s always miss information that floats around.
And then October of 2018 I had an opportunity to submit some finished pieces for consideration to Patchwork Press, which I was interning at. Now I work with them. And I could have waited until I was done an actual novel. But I decided probably within a week, that I was going to send in the second poetry collection that I had written. The collection as a whole piece is strong. A lot stronger than the collection I had written after high school. And very different from a lot of the poetry on the market today. So I actually sent that instead.
Do you have any new projects in the works?
I have three projects started right now. A fantasy novel about Gods. A short story collection. And another poetry collection.
Who are your writing role models?
I like how Amanda Lovelace is active with her fans. I like the whimsical features that Emma Donoghue uses in her writing. Even her prose is very flowy and flowery. And V.E. Schwab, everything she produces is great. She never disappoints. These are all qualities that I would like to have.
Your book releases this month! What does it feel like to finally have your book being published?
It’s really weird. Exciting, but really weird! The collection will be available in print on the 21st. (Preorder is ebook only.) So right now I have a copy of it sitting on my bookshelf. My mom has it set up so you can see it. And it always feels odd to look at the shelf and see my book sitting with books that I love.
It’s equal parts wanting to throw up, and hoping people love it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
What works for one author, may not work for you. It’s good to know the processes that work for some, but you always need to be aware that the circumstances are not always the same.
The way I’m currently publishing, is not normally what works for the industry. It is technically indie/self-publishing. And in that case I should be doing Rapid Release. Which I’m not. I don’t write that fast. And I technically should be writing in long series. Which as of right now, the longest series that I have planned is actually a duology.
Just because somebody is making a lot of money or doing really well with one process, does not mean it will work for somebody else.
Your book involves magic, do you believe in magic?
What is the last book that made you cry?
What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
What are you currently reading?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab and S. by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst
You can find Kala here!