Katharine Everett

Fiction | Cleveland State University | Class of 2020

About Katharine

A Cleveland native, Katharine Everett is a fiction writer with interests in science fiction and horror. Her thesis, a science fiction novel, explores the ramifications of creating advanced artificial intelligence that believes it is human. Before coming to Cleveland State University, she graduated from the College of Wooster with a Bachelor’s in English. Currently, she works as a graduate assistant in Cleveland State’s Writing Center, tutoring students with the hope of teaching them to love writing. When she is not battling writer’s block, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, reading in her pajamas until midafternoon, or playing entirely too many video games.

Writing-wise what are you currently working on?

Besides my thesis, I’m currently working on a short story about the apocalypse where a young woman struggles with accepting her own death while working through a complicated relationship with her estranged mother. In the background people all over the world choose to preserve humanity’s legacy through enormous time capsules. As people struggle with humanity’s inevitable demise, they must decide what they believe is worth preserving in the capsules. However, not everyone gets a choice.

Choice of last meal?

Hands down, chicken piccata complete with mashed potatoes and capers. You can’t go wrong.

What the highest number of revisions you’ve done on a single piece of your writing?

Probably close to ten or more, especially on my short stories. I tend to edit and revise as I go, which means plenty of returning to older sections and agonizing over removing entire pages or just tweaking a single word a hundred times. I keep separate word documents labeled “Alternate Scenes” where I sometimes write one scene two or three different ways because I’m bad at deciding what I want to include.