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Kate Orman

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Photograph; Kate Ormon; courtesy Ms Ormon; 220x331

Kate Orman

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

It would've been impossible without it! I started by writing "Doctor Who" fanfic, and then had the terrific good luck to sell a book to Virgin Publishing, who had an open slush pile for their "Doctor Who - the New Adventures" series.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

One chap got a bit overwrought in his arguments that the Doctor shouldn't have a romance in the Who books.

That led directly to the Doctor's ambiguous relationship with Karl in "The Year of Intelligent Tigers" - partly because, for me, a fan saying "It can't be done" is like a red rag to a bull, but also because he and others had brought up some genuine problems with the idea, and I wanted to see if I could solve them. I seem to have gotten away with it.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

As a teen, I was a huge fan of Larry Niven's "Known Space" stuff, although I haven't really kept up with his recent work. I recently re-read a bunch of the stories and enjoyed them heaps. I think my aliens are influenced by Niven's, especially some of their goofier lines - I always think of the Puppeteer, Nessus, turning his one-eyed heads to look at each other, and saying things like "No known sentient species copulates as often as you." A riot!

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

My husband Jon.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

"Yessongs". And a portable CD player. And plenty of batteries.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

An enormous truck filled with money and a Hugo. However, I am prepared to settle for a small truck filled with money and a Tiptree.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

Hearing from someone who read something I scribbled, especially if they were moved by it in some way. That just absolutely makes my day.

submitted by Kate Orman

Jun 2010

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Just the facts:
Born: Sixty-eight.
Resides: Sunny Sydney. (Australia)
Bibliography/Awards:Doctor Who novels: The Left-Handed Hummingbird, Set Piece, SLEEPY, Return of the Living Dad, The Room With No Doors, Blue Box, The Year of Intelligent Tigers, So Vile a Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch); with Jon Blum, Vampire Science, Seeing I, Unnatural History, Fallen Gods (Telos; 2003 Aurealis for best novel); plus spin-off Bernice Summerfield novel, Walking to Babylon.
Short work published in Realms of Fantasy, Doctor Who Magazine, Torchwood Magazine, Washington Post; SF anthologies Agog! Fantastic Fiction, Agog! Terrific Tales, and Passing Strange; numerous Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield anthologies; and recent non-fiction collections Time, Unincorporated and Chicks Dig Time Lords.
Blimey! When you add it all up... that's a heck of a lot of typing! :)

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