Thursday, June 20, 2024

Interview With Author Kateryna Kei





1.      What inspired you to write this book? One gray January day in The Hague, I found someone’s bag discarded by a thief after they took everything of value from it. The bag was carelessly thrown into a secluded corner between two buildings, spilling what remained of its contents on the frozen ground: a notebook and a pack of paper handkerchiefs. This notebook is by far the most precious object I’ve ever found – it holds a beautiful story. Someone’s story, real and touching, entrusted to paper so that to never forget. A story that deeply moved me, that made me laugh and cry. It compelled me to start a new “quest”, a journey filled with hopes, disappointments, excitement and inspiration that made me meet a lot of wonderful people and discover just as many incredible stories. A quest of looking for Casey Adams.  Someone said that it is important to keep giving it yet another try, “you quit, you lose”. And I agree with that. So, as yet another try, I decided to publish Casey’s original and unchanged story desperately hoping that it will help me find him.


2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? The Hague Hostel is more than a book. This is a unique immersive experience that starts with a hand-written diary and takes you on a journey throughout The Hague. The author of the diary, Casey Adams, is a US Master’s student who ended up in The Hague by coincidence, because of bad weather. He details his trip, his stay in a hostel, and his encounter with his roommate that he will hardly ever forget.  If you are looking for more than just a conventional read, for an immersive, intimate, thought-provoking, and emotionally rich experience, The Hague Hostel is the right choice for you.


3.      What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? The Hague Hostel is a very tangible immersive experience – I want for readers to touch it, to feel it, to live it, and of course to enjoy it! I hope it will inspire people to live their life in the fullest way possible, to travel the world, to discover new places and new people, but also to go after their dreams no matter what.


4.      How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? The title came to my mind immediately when I started thinking about publishing this story: The Hague Hostel, the place where the story began and took place, but also a hostel, the word that represents a unique traveling experience with bunk beds, roommates of all sorts and backgrounds, shared spaces, connections and conversations… Just this one word is so evocative to everyone who ever traveled, that I knew it was the right one for what The Hague Hostel really is: an experience ;)

As for the cover, it was a long process. I was at a loss for ideas. I tried to find a graphic designer, but the odds were against it – because of unexpected personal circumstances none of them was able to do the job on time. So, I decided to let the chance give me an idea – I opened the diary at random and read the first sentence that caught my eyes. I drew it with a pencil and colored with the aquarelles that I found in the depth of a cardboard box with my childhood books. It ended up working just fine ;)


5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!? Put your own pleasure first! Forget about everything else and get a kick out of it! Then it will come from your heart, you will love it and when you do, someone else will unavoidably fall in love with it as well! In addition, it will help you ignore mean criticism ;)


6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  The world is transforming and evolving all the time and so is the publishing industry. New things tend to seem scary, but it’s always the question of our own perception. Opportunities are always here for those who want to see them. I believe that the publishing industry will be all right. People will keep enjoying reading and writing no matter what.


7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  The Hague Hostel is an experience, and part of this experience is mine. I found the diary and I went on a quest to find its author – I went to The Hague, stayed in the same hostel, met some of the people he met, retraced his steps in the city... (see the full story on my website). It was so unforgettable and magical, that I cannot help but share it with everyone and invite them to do it too!


8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? That’s a difficult question. I hope I sound unique, but it’s always a question of perception, and I feel honored if someone finds my style similar to an author I like. 


9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? The challenge with cover design! That’s the first time when something like that happens to me. It ended up being a fun story to tell, but at some point I felt really panicky.


10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? Because I promise you, you have never had anything like that before! This alone is enough to make you want to get it! The Hague Hostel is a one-of-a-kind artistic project that not only immerses you into someone else’s story, but also allows you to create your own story/stories if you wish. Different, inspiring, thought-provoking and emotionally deep… what else can you wish for?


About The Author: I am an artist, a traveler and a dreamer. I love stories, black tea and chocolate. In every city I visit, I go to a bookstore. Bookstores have that very special energy that I love experiencing even when I don't speak the local language.  I’ve been writing fiction since I was 12. Raven Boy is my first published book and the first in a fantasy series for children.  In 2022, I have published my unique immersive experience The Hague Hostel for the 18+ audience. For more info, please see:


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