I’m excited to have Kayti Nika Raet stop by my blog today and answer a few questions about her novel, Niko, the first installment of the Outsider Chronicles!
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.
She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.
She’s also a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.
The worldbuilding in NIKO is meticulous, and the fact that it’s the first in a series suggest that what’s been revealed about the Slithers, Amaryllis city, the Circles, the acid rain, etc, is only the tip of the iceberg. Did you plan the arc of the entire series before you wrote NIKO, or did you figure out it was a series as you wrote the first book?
Thank you! 🙂 I started Niko wanting it to be a series. It was actually one of my writing goals since I sucked at sequels, and what’s a series if not multiple sequels? But I’m a total pantser who hates outlines (hisssss), so the first draft was written without any concrete ideas for a series arc. I was just writing a story and having loads of fun.
It wasn’t until I started doing the second and third draft that I hashed out a vague arc (seriously, it’s about five words) that I wouldn’t feel constricted by. Each book has it’s own individual arc that helps keep me on course. Mostly.
It’s been a learning experience. I’m not only finding out new things about my characters with each book, but I’m also discovering things about myself as a writer.
Where did the initial idea for NIKO come from? How did you get the idea for the series?
There’s no one, concrete, idea that got Niko going, it was a lot of little things coming together. A doodle with the word Harmony Nickle on it. A love of squicky, gory, weird you out horror. A dislike for the slew of YA that seemed to encourage girls to belittle themselves, and be ‘likable’ and ‘relatable’. My twisted sense of humor. Manga and action movie fangirling. Random song lyrics… and science facts… and randomness… But at the core of it all was the desire for a story that I would want to read. Hopefully it’s something that lots of other people like reading too.
I haven’t had a chance to pick up the rest of the book yet but PLEASE tell me we haven’t seen the last of Norm and Lo!
They’re great aren’t they?
Did you know, Lola Pon is named after the amazing authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon?
*mild fan girl moment*
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to properly reintroduce them yet, but I plan to.
I love them.
What are you working on right now? What should readers look for from you next?
Right now, I’m taking a little break to relax and recharge before diving into the big finale that is book 5. I have a slight idea how I want things to go and I can’t wait to get started.
There have been a few other stories buzzing around in my head as well, but they’ve been a little evasive when it comes to the getting word on paper part.
How can readers stay in the loop and get news about your projects and releases?
I’m everywhere (okay, that’s a lie. But I’m ALMOST everywhere. Close enough.)
You can follow me on
My blog that I really need to update more often: http://kaytinikaraet.com
My second blog with the two lovely authors Madhuri Blaylock and L. J. K. Oliva #WriteBitch4Life
Anything else you want us to know? Shout-outs? Words of wisdom?
Oh my god, shout outs! I’ll curb my enthusiasm and keep it to three authors you definitely should read.
Madhuri Blaylock made the dedication of one of my books and if you read any of her works you’ll see why. She’s the author of The Sanctum Trilogy and the upcoming Keepers Series with the first book, DUTCH about to set the world on fire.
Kendall Bailey really came through with some awesome editing and helped beef up some of the sci-fi elements in NIKO. He wrote a great crime thriller called The Dead Don’t Speak.
Suanne Laqueur is someone I bumped into recently, and her book The Man I Love is all kinds of awesome. I don’t usually read contemporary romances, but that book… asdfghjkl!
And for the words of wisdom bit, I’m going to crib from one of the greats.
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