Kate Racculia is a writer and researcher who grew up in Syracuse, New York.
She is the author of two novels, Bellweather Rhapsody, published in 2014, and This Must Be the Place, published in 2010.
Kate studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada at the University of Buffalo. She has her MFA from Emerson College, and teaches novel writing at Grub Street, Boston's non-profit creative writing community. She has been a bookseller, a planetarium operator, a coffee jerk, a designer, and a proposal writer.
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Quick facts about Kate Racculia
Where are you from?
Syracuse, New York
Who are your favorite writers?
I love Kate Atkinson, Michael Chabon, Margaret Atwood, Jane Smiley, Richard RussoI could go on. And there's nothing in the world like a vintage Stephen King and a glass of iced tea on a lazy summer day.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game blew my 10-year-old mind with its multiple characters, multiple plots, multiple red herring, try-to-solve-it-yourself mystery. And years later, John Irving's The World According to Garp was an object lesson in absolutely stuffing a book to burstingwith characters, with ideas, with absurdityand yet making it all ring true.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
I watch movies all the time: the good, the bad, the unspeakably awful (the better to mock; thank you, Mystery Science Theater 3000).
I'm also a collector of everything from old records to antique post cards. I've never met an antique mall I didn't like.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
My father once told me to never forget that TUMS spelled backward is SMUT. I'm not sure how to quantify...
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