1. Was there a reason behind this book?
The story was based on the feelings I had at the time I wrote it. My favorite poet Anne Sexton used to talk about taking your mental illness and using it to create art. I wouldn't say my writing was very artsy, but I would rather write a story about suicide than kill myself. It all came from very genuine feelings of loss and unrequited love.
2. What kind of bird is that the was flying around with Kittles?
I pictured it as a pigeon, but it could be any bird. I left it open so that people could imagine whatever bird was cutest to them.
3. What kind of Kitty is Kittles?
Kittles is a regular kitty, like the kind you'd get at a shelter, not purebred. I think I pictured him as being gray and kind of defective looking with a wonky eye. Katy Perry has a wonky left eye, and I think it's one of the things that make her adorable. I find perfection and symmetry to be ugly, even though those things are normally considered to be the standards for beauty
4. What drove Kathryn to suicide (or do we know?)
Probably her boyfriend's infidelity was the trigger, but she was probably mentally ill, which is part of why she felt like the only time she ever felt okay was while riding the roller coasters at Six Flags.
5. Can you tell us about Kitty Glitter and how he/she came to exist?
When I first came out as Kitty Glitter I was pretending to be a hot black girl, and I used a picture of a model. But that wasn't real. Later on I decided to reveal my true self, I am actually a gray male kitty. :)
But the initial reason I published under then name Kitty Glitter was because I'd always written stories and submitted them to magazines and it never really went anywhere. Then my friend told me to try self-publishing on Kindle and I used this fan fiction I wrote called "Wesley Crusher: Teenage Fuck Machine". It ended up becoming a best seller. There are a lot of articles about it, and old interviews.
Here is an interview I did about it on Jezebel.com:
6. How many books has Kitty Glitter written?
I currently have 24 available for sale on Amazon.com
7. Do you write under any other pen names & if so are you willing to reveal them?
Yes, I've written one book under the name Matthew Deschanel. I love the name Deschanel, because I love Zooey Deschanel's music. I hate her as an actress though, it's weird, I can't stand watching her in movies or TV shows but I listen to her albums all the time and go to her concerts whenever she plays NYC. I mean it's not just her, it's She & Him, but I feel like I only like it because of her, because her partner M. Ward is a lame hipster.
8. What are you views on catnip?
I think catnip is bad actually. I have not used catnip in the past 18 months and actually used to have a huge problem with it. I am involved in a 12-step program that helps me deal with this issue.
9. How many cats do you have.... Or.... Uh.... Owners....
I have no owners currently. My owner actually was someone named Kathryn, and she abandoned me. I feel like I will never find another owner. Nobody wants a silly gray kitty I guess.
10. Have you ever been high on catnip?
Yes. It was a way of escaping from pain and a way to not have to deal with life. For me to use catnip again would be like my death. It's a bad drug!
11. How many lives have you used up so far, if any?
I feel like I've used up eight already, I'm at my limit. My next death will be permanent. The first eight deaths were suicides. Hanging, wrist-slashing, bridge-jumping, pills, bullet in my brain, exit bag, and two more hangings.
12. How long have you been writing?
Probably like a billion-kajillion years in kitty years.
13. How many books have you written?
This is the same as the sixth question.
14. Please provide for us all your links to your sites, and reading material:
If you want to listen to really awesome music you need to check out Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde), she is my greatest inspiration: