Kate grew up in the southern highlands and spends equal amounts of time in front of her computer, outside amongst the weeds and critters around her and with her pets, a haughty calico tabby, a spirited black kitten and a terrier mix that thinks the kitten is her child. Kate has written sweet romances as well as paranormal romantic suspense. Her books include The Single Life and The Single File, both by Montlake Romance and Caden’s Fate, by Crescent Moon Press. Visit Kate at www.kate-mckeever.com.
What inspires you to write?
I get ideas from everywhere, but tend to get most of my ideas when I’m doing a lot of “grunt work” such as mowing and weeding my garden. My mind goes blank as I work and it allows the ideas to flow through me. Heroes and heroines that must overcome their own demons as well as external forces are my favorite people to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a plotter, which means that once I come up with an idea, I have to sit down and write the story down in progression. That said, once I start writing, my characters sometimes decide to go off in different directions than I’d planned and I have to rethink my notes.
I use a chart to outline my books, using a turning point and story board type method. Once I’ve decided what the major turning points are, I can then write from one turning point to the next and it gives my books continuity. I started out using a chart that I wrote on poster board and then filled with post it notes and still do this at times, but I also like having the chart on the go so I use a chart on my laptop now.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t think I talk to my characters but when I’m working on a story they are always in my head. I do have conversations in my characters’ voices when I’m trying to work my way through a difficult section.
What advice would you give other writers?
Listen to the voices in your head. Those are the ones you need to write. I’ve spent time trying to write what others want me to and have learned over that time that listening to others may not be the best way to hone your voice and nurture your talent. Above all, read what you write and what you like and write, write, write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter and began learning about the techniques of writing. Though I’d written for years, I didn’t know the technical terms or the process of submissions until I started attending meetings and conferences. Once I did, I started entering contests and using the constructive criticism I garnered through them. One of the contests led to a request from Avalon Publishing and my first book contract. Since then I’ve been trying to branch out to more of what I enjoy reading and writing, paranormal romance. Caden’s Fate is the first, I hope in that vein, published with Crescent Moon Press.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’ve been in the publishing biz long enough to know it changes fast and constantly. Over the past ten years, I’ve seen the growth of ebook publishers and the use of self publishing by authors grow from a “step child” to a legitimate publishing venture for determined writers who can market well.
I think small presses will continue to be an opportunity for authors, as well as the self publishing part of publishing. Where the “big” publishers will be is a question I don’t have the answer to, though.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal romantic suspense, sweet romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print