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The Ram Boutique: Author Interview – Katrine Aziz

We have had so much pleasure in featuring Katrine as our Highlighted Author this month for The Ram Boutique. She is such a unique and wonderful woman and we couldn’t wait to get her interview answers to share with you today! Enjoy these incredible and insightful responses…

Katrine Aziz

Who are you as a person: where are you from, what do you do, what are you doing?

I’ve always lived in London, with a multiracial family and a ginger cat. I do a lot of the things I love; writing, scoring, taking pictures and singing are just a few, and I’m very lucky to have the chance to carry out these passions. At the moment I work for minimum wage like many struggling writers, but at least that’s something. My plan is to write as much as humanly possible until someone gives me a bigger chance, and then a bigger one, and so on.

Your background as a writer?

From my early childhood I knew I loved reading so much that there could only be one route. I have always made up stories in my head as I go about my day and this helped a great deal in the mind of a bored primary schoolgirl. Often I would be regarded as anti-social, either because I had my head in someone else’s book, or my own creation. As an adult I write a lot more of my work down on paper, and have learnt to balance my social skills a little better. However my imagination is always keeping me company, on bus journeys and in queues, and boredom isn’t really a problem any more. I wrote for an online music publication called The Guestlist Network for a few months, and otherwise have collected journals and blogs of prose, short stories and unfinished novels. Various examples of my work are on wordpress.

Where did the idea for this piece come/how do you get inspired to write?

The idea for these stories came about because of the photos that accompany them. In the beginning I wasn’t sure how to turn pictures of cute animals into a plot line, especially when my subject content is generally based on very human difficulties. Eventually I decided to write about parallels and correlations between the road that these animals live by and the struggles we as humans create for ourselves. For example, the line between killing for necessity and for revenge is explored in ‘The Otter’, and the idea of the victim who escapes is one I wanted to write about in ‘The Iguana’. In general I take stories of a very selfish and futile human nature and try to work out why they mean so much to the characters involved. It’s what I love most about writing; the way all these stories mean nothing in the end.

Your ideal time and place to write? Explain your answers.

First thing in the morning, with a cup of green tea. It’s when my brain is most unsuspecting, so I feel like I can steal its ideas without it noticing. This may sound crazy. Most of the time, though, I feel like it’s on guard, and willing to snatch back anything too useful or real. If I sit with a notepad or staring at a computer screen for too long, it notices and retracts back into a little brain shell. You know what, yeah it is crazy.

Why do you write?

I write because I see connections, significances and images that I want to tie together and use to create a little world of their own. I love to create little worlds. I do it in my music, in my photos and my words. The one we exist in is so impossible to me; I have no conception of how it can even be real in the first place, so it seems like the only thing to do is keep creating more of them inside myself, and keep the impossible happening.

Thank you to Kristin and all of the River Ram Press for letting me put my little worlds in the Boutique. It’s lovely working with such talented and focused people, and the company is doing amazing work already. I’m very proud to be a part of it all.

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