About Kate McBride:
Kate McBride lives in the countryside in Donegal in Ireland with her husband and two teenage sons. She has worked full-time in healthcare for the past 31 years and continues her practice in this field.
She has a special interest in mindfulness which she practices on a daily basis and has published a practical book on the subject.
She also has a keen interest in nutrition for twenty years ago and has certificates and a diploma from her study in this discipline as well as a lot of informal studies and ongoing learning about nutrition and mindfulness.
So far, she has published two books in the “Everyday Made Easy” series `and one in another series “Nutrition365” on Amazon.
She also continues to keep up to date with new knowledge in these fields of mindfulness and nutrition as well while writing more books in these two series.
Family commitments, working full-time and writing keeps her busy but she also likes reading, gardening and walking.
Most of all she likes to write.
What inspires you to write?
I write articles and books. I write some articles as requested by clients for web content. I also publish articles on topics of my own choice for about six years now.
My inspiration for writing books comes from updating my knowledge on my interests in mindfulness and nutrition.
The circumstances of my daily life can give me inspiration for general topics for article writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I am writing a book, I outline it using a mind mapping program called FreeMind on my computer. This helps me to focus and gather my thoughts in a logical way. The outline is then used as chapters and headings for my book.
This mind mapping helps a lot because when it is done it is much easier to start the book itself.
Sometimes I actually manually write the book on paper before typing it into the software on my computer. At other times, I just go straight to the software when I type the manuscript.
The great advantage of writing it first on paper is that I can carry it around and write in the course of my daily business.
What advice would you give other writers?
From reading a lot about writing, I have noticed a common theme, i.e. write every day. I try to do this and it does help with inspiration and writing fluency.
Another good idea is to develop your writing skills by publishing articles on Hubpages for example, which is how I got started with my writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was an idea that just crept up on me. I never planned to write books but it seemed like a natural progression from writing articles.
As a frequent Amazon customer, it was a natural progression to publish there too.
Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon is free and very user-friendly and well worth your time if you want to publish a book.
I would suggest that anyone can self-publish a book. It is just a matter of gaining confidence and believing in yourself that you can write and publish a book. Focus on the end result to stop you getting discouraged in the process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing by independent authors will continue to increase while the traditional publishers will eventually become a thing of the past.
What genres do you write?: nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Kate McBride Page On Amazon
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