Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kit Alloway

Kit Alloway writes primarily for young adults, having always had an affection for teenagers. In addition to writing, she plays various musical instruments, decorates cakes, mixes essential oils, and studies East European languages. She lives in Louisville, KY with her family and four very tiny dogs.

Alloway's debut novel is Dreamfire.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I finally got around to reading A Great and Terrible Beauty recently, which is a story about four Victorian girls who revive an ancient cult. I really enjoyed the feminist elements of it, the way the girls embraced themselves apart from their relationships to guys.

I’m also reading The Living Gita, which is an annotated edition of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text from ancient India. It’s a hard read, but worth digging through. The story is a long conversation between a god and a warrior who doesn’t know if he wants to go to war, and it contains a lot about finding inner peace and letting go of worldly obsessions.

Finally, I’m taking a literary criticism course, so I’m also reading Literary Theory: The Basics, which talks about different ways of approaching literature. It’s really exciting to realize that people have been asking the same questions about stories that I’ve been asking all my life, like what we can learn if we apply psychological theories to our interpretations of literature, and whether or not knowing a lot about an author adds to our understanding of a story.
Visit Kit Alloway's website.

The Page 69 Test: Dreamfire.

--Marshal Zeringue