About Kate Beth Heywood:
Kate is the author of the comedy novel, Anti-Social Media which was inspired by the lovely trolls, bullies, and pedants who inhabit the world of social media… and a fantastically farcical Woody Allen movie (Italian tenor singing in a shower onstage, anyone?) She is working on her second novel, which is yet unnamed but has the working title ‘Guest House.’ She’s not entirely sure why it has that working title as it’s not actually about a guest house, but let’s not become pedantic. She loves to connect with readers and fellow writers and enjoys reviewing others works. Kate is still the right side of 40 although she pretends that the impending big four-oh doesn’t bother her in the slightest. This may be true given that she still has four years to go but as those four years begin to ebb away her hysterics are certain to increase markedly. Kate is married with two children.
What inspires you to write?
Other books! I love reading and every book I read, from every genre gets my imagination going. Also, news stories, movies, overheard conversations, and my imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
With Anti-Social Media, which is my first completed novel, I wrote it very much by the ‘seat of my pants.’ I had outlined an idea in my little notebook, which I carry around with me in my handbag, but I knew exactly what I wanted to write so there was no need for me to plan it in detail. With my second, which I am currently writing, I have planned it out a little more, using the back of other pieces of paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them per se, but I do find them changing the story ‘by themselves’ as they go along sometimes. I have actually seen another writer recommending a good conversation with your character when you’re struggling with where to take the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
You will often find, when writing, that certain scenes take a long time and are very laborious. My advice would be to push through. Just keep pushing through, finish that scene. You can always go back to it later. And when you do, more often that not, it won’t be anywhere near as bad as you imagined.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent my manuscript off to only six literary agents before I decided to self-publish. I guess I just wanted to get on with the journey of writing and publishing and wanted to experience it as soon as possible. I still want to publish traditionally as I find that many people still hold a lot of prejudice toward self-published novels.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I still enjoy holding a physical novel in my hands and hope that the opportunity to do so will never change but more and more people are turning to self-publishing as a first resort and it can only grow and evolve to become something taken more seriously.
What genres do you write?: women’s fiction, literary fiction, humor
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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