Interview with Kate Brandes
I did some formal research and visited some small towns where fracking was taking place, but mostly I drew from my own experiences.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I’ve worked all my life as an environmental scientist. I have a graduate degree in geology and I’ve worked as a geologist for a number of years on groundwater problems. I’ve also spent a lot of time in the water conservation field. I still work part-time as an environmental scientist.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
What is your next project?
It’s another book club novel with an eco bent. It’s partly inspired by Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang.
What made you want to become a writer?
It took me a long time to think of myself as a create person, since I’d always identified myself as a science type. But it turns out I like to make stuff. I love to bake and build beautiful gardens, and paint, and dabble in textile arts and I like to tell stories. Trying to figure out how to tell a compelling story in the novel form is the ultimate creative process for me. I truly enjoy it.