She is the author of more than 30 trade-published natural history books, biographies, Australian social history books, children’s picture storybooks, and travel guides, several of which have won awards. Karin has had poems and short stories published in anthologies worldwide and her ebooks CRUXIM, GROWTH, CAGE LIFE, HEY LITTLE SISTER and PANCAKES ON SUNDAY are available on Amazon.
Thankfully, the busier she gets, the more creative she is (and the more likely to afford to hire a housekeeper). Karin and her partner live in sunny Queensland, Australia, where she writes from her back deck overlooking the pool, her study (overlooking her messy desk) or her couch (overlooking Dr Phil, who gives her a lot of inspiration). You can follow her on twitter @Authorandeditor or visit her fanpage on Facebook www.facebook.com/KarinCox.Author. Also, feel free to email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
What inspires you to write?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. For me, writing is a cathartic and necessary process to work through my own thoughts and feelings, and inspiration can come from anywhere: seeing a person on a train, noticing the beauty in everyday objects, or the kernel of an idea that starts to grow. Sometimes, a story just evolves as you start to write. Cruxim, my paranormal novel, came out of a writing exercise in which I was asked to write about a photograph of a gothic tower.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner, but I find that drilling down to scene level is too regimented for me. I prefer to write an overview of the plot, so I know how the story will basically begin, progress, and end. Once I have the basics on paper, I just start to write. I use a program called Write or Die to stop my editor tendency to obsess over getting the first draft perfect, and then I edit in Scrivener and MS Word. Write or Die isn’t for everyone, but I set it to Kamikaze mode (which deletes words if you don’t keep up to a self-imposed word count), and it stops me from procrastinating or second-guessing myself. Second draft and subsequent edits are the place to tidy it all up, polish and perfect.
Write or Die really helped me stay on track to finish Cruxim within a certain timeframe.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, but I don’t talk to them. I hear their voices in my head sometimes, but talking back to them would make me a bit cray cray. 🙂 Sometimes, my antagonists can get a little creepy. I wouldn’t want to talk to them in real life, especially not Dr Claus Gandler from Cruxim.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Stop obsessing and write. Getting the words on paper is the hardest part of the job. That’s not to say it isn’t important to research or to learn about the craft of writing, because I believe that is important too. But no one ever bought a half-finished novel (and I have quite a few no my hard drive).
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve published a lot in the trade publishing world, mostly adult non-fiction, creative non-fiction and social history books, but when I started to try to publish fiction, I didn’t want to get on the swings and roundabouts of submitting to agents and I wanted to be able to earn higher royalties. I like the speed and self-sufficiency of digital publishing via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. It suits me and my publishing background.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the major book publishers are still largely approaching things the wrong way.They’re still treating ebooks like a subsidiary platform, and they still treat authors as liability instead of an asset at times. I do believe that even the most staunch “I’ll only read print books” person will eventually change his or her mind, after all, there was a time when I used to think the same thing. Now, I prefer to buy ebooks for many reasons, not least portability, flexibility, and price.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Paranormal romance, children’s picture books, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, Australiana, social history
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print