About A. Kat
I’m a professional nerd by day, and…all right, you caught me. I’m a nerd all the time.
I started writing stories for fun as a little kid, and by the time I was a teenager I had settled on fantasy as my preferred genre. Ever since then, my fiction has been a beloved passion project. Throughout my academic career, I’ve come back to writing fiction time and again, purely for my own enjoyment.
After working on Inferno for over a decade, I decided to share it with the world instead of keeping it to myself and a few friends. I wouldn’t have done this prior to the rise of independent publishing as a viable alternative to the industry’s traditional models. While my background in the sciences has shown me the value of collaboration for many projects, I don’t believe it is the best way to create a compelling narrative within an intricate fantasy world. I think it better to stay true to a single, overarching vision to maintain the integrity of such a story, so that is the path I’ve chosen. There will be no creation by committee here.
It is my sincere wish that this work will resonate with a discerning audience on a variety of different levels, but that is not within my control. Once something is published, it has effectively been released “into the wild”—it’s going to take on a life of its own. Every creator has to make their peace with this truth. I confess that at times, it can be intimidating, but I refuse to let it deter me.
In the world of Inferno, the heroes are people who have the courage to think differently and question what they’ve always been told. By all means, enjoy the ride, but as you go I hope this tale prompts you to question or to doubt at least one thing you believe. I’ve certainly experienced that while writing it, so it’s only fair.
Stand tall and walk boldly forward, friend.