Hillary Kanter is a multi-award winning hit songwriter, singer, and musician, who has had over 90 songs published and recorded by artists such as Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Lacy J. Dalton-just to name a few. As a singer, she recorded two critically acclaimed albums for RCA Records, and was nominated as a finalist for Best New Artist on The Academy of Country Music Awards Show on NBC. She also toured as a singer with Latin Superstar Julio Iglesias performing numerous other times on national television. In addition, she received the acclaimed BMI Million-Airplay Award, for songs she wrote that were played over one million times on the radio.
This is Hillary’s second book. On her first book, Dating Sucks: A Single Woman’s Confessions, Obsessions and Lessons, she appeared on over 80 National Talk Radio shows, becoming a “regular” on several major market stations as a humorist and “bad date expert.”
This first novel, Dead Men Are Easy To Love, is an offshoot of sorts, from her previous book Dating Sucks.
Recently, she had a chapter published in the well- known book, Songwriter’s Digest, as well as published articles in local newspapers.
Hillary is an avid snow skier and athlete, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
She is a major animal advocate, and works in house renovations as her “day job.”
What inspires you to write?
I think I write to keep from going crazy.
I’m inspired to write only when I think I have something to say, that is meaningful.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started as a songwriter– and wrote pretty much 24/7– ALL the time. Even when I did not have any good ideas. Did that for years.
My process is never the same. Most of the time, when I need to get started, I go to the library, so I have no distractions– although sometimes the books ARE distractions themselves. But it is nothing compared to my obsession with cleaning house, if I am at home. I also have 4 cats. They get all over my desk, bumping me with their heads. In the library, I have to try not to stare off at the shelves, because invariably SOMETHING WILL catch my interest and distract me. Yikes.
I am a terrible outliner. I write by the seat of my pants– and pray there are no holes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Well…it’s rough. I would say that if you think you could be happy doing anything else, you ought to consider it carefully.
If not, be prepared to open a vein. ALOT.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
IT was no decision. I had no choice but to Self- publish.
I was influenced by the fact that I could not get arrested finding an agent for my most recent Ebook on Kindle Amazon.
Had an agent for my first book, but alas.. no deal.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the major normal publishers are like waiters serving drinks on the Titanic.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fiction/Nonfiction/ Women’s Fiction/Romance/Chick Lit
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print