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Interview with Kat Patrick


Kat Patrick’s central occupation are words: editing online magazine Always Sometimes Anytime, while fitting in a light festival (Art in the Dark) and freelancing in between. She has an unending knowledge of books, films and sub-culture, and can often be found in lively debates in various jaunts around Auckland. I am Doodle Cat, a picture book for all people who are young at heart, released in 2014.

What is a typical working day for you?

When I’m busy, sometimes I have a routine. Get up early, suck down coffee, walk dogs, work, run and try and remember to eat.

What are your three favourite books of all time? And why?

Impossible question! My memory can be a little lazy, so choices are always books recently read. There is one novel that always sticks with me, though, and that’s The Bone People by Keri Hulme. I suppose the The Shipping News by Annie Proulx would be another. Third place is the hardest. There’s a children’s book called Duck, Death and the Tulip that is haunting and beautiful. I think of it often.

Which author do you admire most? And why?

Lorrie Moore. She is meticulous, dark and hilarious. There is something so unbearably, tragically human about her work. Heart-breaking and reassuring all at once.

What tips would you give aspiring writers?

I’m still an aspiring writer. It’s a lot of admin and even more hustle, so drop the romanticism. Read, but don’t feel guilty when you watch TV.

What’s your most memorable experience at a Literary Event?

Interviewing Jeffrey Eugenides.

If a movie was made of your life, what three songs would you want on the soundtrack?

Carey by Joni Mitchell. Check on it by Beyonce and Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

It’s OK to be wrong. Save more money.

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