Katia first appeared in a small novella called “The Trouble with Taranui.” She was a quiet girl and very much an observer on the sidelines, especially since she was new to the EC community in the city of Wyncon. When the action around their mysterious robotic dog forced her and her brother into an adventure, Katia was still mostly supportive. But there was something I wanted to develop about her in the longer book—the quality of being an outsider.
Katia doesn’t talk very much and is often excluded. The other EC kids are cliquish and she’s only able to connect with another girl who’s on the edge, and with a couple of her brother’s friends. Because she is EC the rest of the Palladian population views her as off-limits and basically don’t like her. Almost no one talks to her. Almost no one seems to SEE her. People who work with her closely, such as her parents, the theater director Mr. Coughing, her non-EC aunt and uncle, and her neighbor Lina don’t see her any more than the many people in the city cut off from her by cultural barriers.
The adventurous setting of the story gave me a chance to emphasize something critical about that invisible person. You don’t really know anything about them. Katia has a lot of secrets. She doesn’t conceal things out of malice, but because she feels insecure. Everything she does seems not to fit in, so she tries to minimize talking about herself. She can use weapons very well, which is rare in an EC girl (in fact, it’s practically forbidden.) She has a family of cousins who live in the city leader’s Gotham-like inner district and none of the EC know that about her. She and her brother blew up an important building and no one ever knew they did it. And of course, they have a robotic dog creating no end of trouble and Katia spends a lot of time concealing the adventures about that.
You can never tell about people by their outsides. And even if situations aren’t as exciting as in futuristic Wyncon, that’s always a good thing to keep in mind.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, LOTR fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.