About Kaelin C. Murphy:
Kaelin C. Murphy was born and raised in Maine, her family a mixture of farmers and fishermen. She was prompted by teachers in school to consider writing as a career, though she laughed at the suggestion; she wanted to become the greatest surgeon that ever lived. After traveling the U.S., Mexico, and a short stay in Paris, she began to ponder the writing life. After two years of study, she graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature, only then to realize her heart leaned toward writing for adults and the horror genre. In the 90’s she began researching the history of Salem, Massachusetts and its infamous witch trials. It’s from this history that EVIL REIGN was born, and continues to grow, taking on a life of its own. She is currently working on the second book of the series, as the story of the Evil Reign continues.
What inspires you to write?
There is no greater feeling than to write something, have someone read it, have them gaze out a window or stare across a room, and know that you, and you alone, caused them to stop and think; To know that you created this image in your imagination and was able through the power of the written word to enable a person to “see” and to “feel” what you created. Achieving this is the ultimate inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
Nothing is ever written in stone. I do create an outline, I know many do not, but I do. I don’t always follow it. For me the outline is merely to give me some direction. Once I know I have somewhere to go, my mind relaxes from the pressure of formulating a story line and it’s then my imagination can kick in and create a world of its own. Characters sometimes evolve into someone completely different than what I may have first intended. And this is fine by me. It only means I’ve succeeded in creating a mind separate from my own.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes, all the time. We’ve had quite a few arguments, and on occasion a sentimental, heartfelt moment. It’s sometimes hard to “kill” a character you’ve grown to love and admire.
What advice would you give other writers?
If writing is what you truly desire to do, then do it, and never give up. It’s a hard road to travel. The writing is the easy part. It’s what comes after that is the most difficult. Namely, marketing. It doesn’t matter if you are published by a traditional book publisher or if you choose to publish independently, you will still be your own salesperson. Success takes time and determination.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It’s very difficult to find a publisher these days. It used to be, once you completed a manuscript you could send it off to a publishing house, or several, within a few months you’d either be accepted or you’d receive another rejection slip for your wall of woes. Today, the majority of publishers won’t accept a manuscript from you directly. You must have an agent. Getting an agent can be every bit as frustrating as trying to get a publisher to read your work.
Thankfully, avenues opened up such as Amazon’s Createspace, KDP, and a few others. It’s now possible to be your own publisher and eliminate the middle man. I chose Indy publishing because I wanted my book out there now. Not 20 years from now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
eReaders are the boom, no doubt, but I still think print books are here to stay. Print books are definitely more personal and thus the reader makes a deeper connection. So I think both venues are going to be with us for a very long time.
In my opinion, I think traditional book publishers are going to have to start pursuing authors they wish to represent, because right now self-publishing is taking over the publishing business, and quite frankly, I’m not so sure some of us would chose anything but self-publishing even if given the opportunity.
What genres do you write?: horror,short story,poetry
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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