Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She spent most of her life in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.
Kate’s love of books and writing has helped her survive countless husbandless nights. She enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes that can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. I’ve come up with stories from something as small as going for a run, to something as big as my childhood. You can find inspiration in anything if you look, and I’m always on the lookout for a new story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not usually an outliner. I sometimes start with a small idea and go from there, not even knowing for sure where it’s going to take me. But there are times when I do make a rough outline, especially for sequels or a more complicated plot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really. When I’m writing, I try to be the characters. I wouldn’t want to take to myself now, would I? 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Get beta readers and writing partners. Get online and make friends, be active in social networks like Twitter. Make yourself known.
And above all, do your research when it comes to agents and publishers. Contact other authors who are already signed with them and see how they like it. You may be surprised by the answers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was offered a book deal with a small publisher, but it didn’t turn out well. There are a lot of publishers out there who just want to get authors in and throw out books, but have no interest in promoting or helping their authors succeed. I got lucky and they returned my rights. Since my books were already in good shape, I decided to go forward with self-publishing. It’s been a learning experience, but I can’t say I’d change it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s hard to say. Ebooks are popular, but I still know a lot of people who prefer to have the physical copy. For me, I’m happy with an ebook deal at the moment.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
My books are New Adult. I have a mystery out and a zombie book out. Both have elements of romance, but that is not the main plot.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print