I’m impressed with Kait Mauro. She’s 19 years old and has a book for sale since last February up on which she published herself titled, One Six Billionth. She tells me it is Creative NonFiction.

Q (Nicolle Elizabeth): Hey Kait, the Like Birds Lit group seems to be thriving. Explain to us what Like Birds Lit is and talk to us about the group.

Like Birds Lit is an ‘online literary collective’ I started recently. At the most basic level, there are two parts to our mission – to benefit readers and to benefit writers. We give writers another place to publish their work, to get it out there into the world and reach new readers. Alternatively, we would like to think we give fans of literature a fresh selection of writing and authors to enjoy. The goal is to have a win-win situation that benefits everyone involved.

Tell us more about you and your work, things you’d like to talk more about, which is fine, whatever, we have the space, it’s fine. Any suggestions for Fictionaut regarding Groups, the site in general, etc? (Go ahead we can take it.)

I try not to take myself too seriously. I just started attending college at Washington University in St. Louis. I will probably publish another short book someday but the truth is that publication wasn’t what I thought it would be. I am not sure if this is normal or not. It’s been fun and rewarding at times but overall it has left me feeling a little too exposed and rather self-conscious. I dream of traveling the world. Also, I am so glad I have found this wonderful community on Fictionaut!

What is your favorite bird mentioned in a short story or novel of all time and why?

I don’t really have a favorite bird mentioned in a story but my all time favorite book is titled Bird By Bird (by Anne Lamott), so that’s probably the closest thing.

Nicolle Elizabeth checks in with Fictionaut Groups every Friday.

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