Self-taught writer, therapeutic horsemanship major and LEC senior Katie Low has released her first novel, “Moon Bound,” a paranormal romance and urban fantasy work of six years’ toil set in her native Pittsburgh, Pa.
“Moon Bound” is adjacent to the works of fantasy authors Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole, in whose Lorean world the novel is based. Like vampires, Low’s genre-bending werewolf protagonists Leena and Reed have remarkable supernatural abilities aside from the typical transformation. Low was inspired by an interview in which Frost shared her zest for modifying the mythology.
“‘Until a real vampire stands up and says, ‘you’ve got it wrong,’ it’s anyone’s game,’” Low recalled her as saying. “This gave me the nudge that I needed to write whatever I wanted.”
She valued the comments of Lake Erie College Adjunct Instructor Mark Knapik enough to disclose that she was in the midst of writing a novel. He had offered feedback on her writing in English and critical thinking courses.
“With his encouragement, I finished the book over this past summer break. As soon as I came back to school this fall, I sought him out to share that I finally finished it,” she said. “When I decided on a means of publishing, and I had people proofread the book, he was there for me again, spurring me on to push the button that I had been too afraid to press…publish.”
LEC Assistant Professor of Equine Studies and Director of Riding Mary Pardee, M.Ed., is also a supporter of Low’s writing.
“The pride that flowed from her was enough to give me to courage to step into the spotlight,” said Low. “I decided to self-publish rather than seek out a publishing company because I know how difficult it can be to find a publisher for this genre.”
Fantasy is a notoriously saturated market, and many publishers find the genre overwrought. For avid fantasy readers, self-published novels provide a steady trickle of entertainment.
“I did not want to be deterred. I knew from the moment that I began writing that I would end up self-publishing,” said Low.
After she graduates from LEC, Low hopes to open her own equine facility for children with behavioral issues. She had a taste of the career field during a summer internship at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
“Moon Bound,” the first installment of her planned five-book Crimson Moon series, has received positive feedback from friends and strangers alike. It can be purchased on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Bound-Crimson-Book-ebook/dp/B077DPQQNP
To find more about Katie Low, visit her Goodreads author page here: https://www.goodreads.com/klowBack To News