Hello from author with a new novel about the Titanic


AlmaKatsu

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Hello, all! My latest novel, The Deep, just came out and I was wondering if there'd be interest here in an AMA or Q&A.

The Deep is my fifth novel. It's a reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic and it's sister ship Britannic, with a horror twist. I imagine most of the folks who come to Encyclopedia Titanica are strictly interested in history and that's great; my novel is not a faithful recreation of history, obviously, but meant to use history to tell another story, hopefully in an entertaining way. My last novel, The Hunger, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party, made several Best Books of 2018 lists, was nominated (and won) literary awards, and film rights were optioned by Ridley Scott. I'm tremendously proud of The Deep but coming out right as the coronavirus broke out has made getting the word out quite hard.

If you'd be interested in a Q&A on this site, we can make it a thread. Please leave me a reply. Or folks can follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, or subscribe to my newsletter. I've been doing some livestreams about the book, too, and have a podcast where I talk about the history behind my books.

Thanks for reading!

Alma Katsu
www.almakatsubooks.com
 
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AlmaKatsu

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Great question! In this case, the tie to the Britannic doesn't really have to do with the number of people who died but a connection between a person who was on both ships.

I imagine some folks who aren't fans of horror fiction might think that if a book is considered 'horror' it's something like a slasher film, gory (not saying that this is what you're getting at, btw, but it's an opportunity to address this perception) or the like. But I think what makes something frightening is usually personal--a personal fear or connection to something of importance to the individual. THE DEEP is more of an old-fashioned ghost story.
 
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ok, so like how people on the ship thought it was going to be another Titanic or another Lusitania or another Empress of Ireland kinda thing but it wasn’t?
 

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