One of the things Katherine enjoyed most about writing an episode for Xena was that she was flown down to New Zealand for twelve days while it was shooting and got to spend some of her off time with Claire Stansfield.
Katherine lives her life by the motto "carpe diem", or "seize the day".
When Katherine was ten,her aunt gave Katherine her first diary and suggested she write down her thoughts. The first line of her journal was, "I'm a decade old now, a lot happens in a decade".
When asked to name some of her influences, Katherine responded that Tom Robbins, Richard Matheson and Paulo Coehlo were the authors that she reads all the time.
When the producers of Xena finally called and said, 'Okay, we have an episode,' she was in London on a feature assignment for a movie that she was writing, so she couldn't do it. She felt heartbroken, since she thought it was all over, but about two months later she got another call saying, 'We have an assignment but no story. Can you come up with one?' The resulting episode was "When Fates Collide".
Katherine was quite surprised when she was invited by Rob Tapert to New Zealand for the filming of her Xena episode "When Fates Collide". Her experience in writing features was that the writer is only wanted around the set on smaller budget films, and is unwelcome on the set of bigger budget movies.
Katherine pronounces her last name Fugate as "Few-jhay". It's of French origin, and it was spelled by her ancestors as Fuget.
When Katherine sent a prospective script to the Producers of the show Xena Warrior Princess, RJ Stewart, the Head Writer told her, "You got in the offices because you knew to spell Xena with an "X". Apparently many aspiring writers made the mistake of spelling it with a "Z".
Katherine Fugate submitted a script for Xena Warrior Princess episode "When Fates Collide" because there was an imminent scriptwriter's strike in Hollywood, so she (and many TV shows) were trying to get scripts "in the bank" before it started.
Katherine: My goal would be to help young writers because I've been there. Perhaps this would be by answering questions, because sometimes people feel embarrassed about asking and would like to have anonymity. They might say, 'I have a question about screen adaptations,' or, 'How do you write when you're blocked?' Things like that mean a lot to me, because I had that mentoring, and that's how I got where I am today. So I hope I can do that for somebody else.
Katherine: (on writing "When Fates Collide") There are similar themes in everything I write which are either seize the day, or fate and destiny; things like that are very important to me. Actually, this was an idea I had to write a movie about, but I didn't know how to do it. So I took that principle and put it into my Xena episode, because it enabled me to get the two themes out that I wanted to.
Katherine: Carpe diem is my motto. I may falter, I may mess it up, but I try to speak my truth, believing it's all I have. So that's it- that's my theme- make a difference, blow their minds, touch some hearts, embolden some souls.
Katherine: I was a strange little girl who wrote her own little morality plays and put them up in her backyard, charging neighbors twenty-five cents admission, but making sure they were well fed with a handful of Hot Tamales and a Dixie cup full of pink lemonade. In my plays, Someone always died. Someone was always filled with regret. Someone was always a hero. Someone always learned their lesson too late. I was told I was strange. I'm still strange, but I've gotten used to it.
Katherine: (when asked her favorite question about "When Fates Collide" by fans) How did Gabrielle kmow how to get to the Temple of the Fates? (her reply) Yahoo maps?
Katherine: I was in law school in my own life and I quit. I quit when I understood that 95% of the time I would be defending a guilty person. I was going to be a public defender and I thought, "I can't get rapists, murderers or molesters off because I'm clever."
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