Katherine McIntyre is the author of a variety of poems, short stories, novellas and novels—truly, anything as long as it involves her primary passion: writing. Her steampunk adventure novel, An Airship Named Desire, was published in 2012 by Hazardous Press. Since then, she has two up and coming novellas, By the Sea, and, Poisoned Apple, picked up by Decadent Publishing. The next novel on the horizon is her young adult science fiction, Snatched, which will be published with Jupiter Gardens Press within the year. For more casual writing, she’s a regular contributor on CaffeineCrew.com, a geek news website. With more imagination than she knows what to do with, writing proved to be the best outlet.
What inspires you to write?
In all seriousness though, I think I’d go insane if I couldn’t write. I feel it when I don’t work on a story for a couple of days, or if I’ve been spending all my time editing with little hands on writing done–a tightness strains my chest and I’m on edge. Writing is my release, my burst of pent-up aggression or my jump over the side of the cliff when I’m dying to see what’s hidden at the bottom.
On a weird note, disappointment also inspires me to write. When I fall in love with a series or a book and I’m disappointed by the end, or life is kicking me around, I write to be able to experience renewed hope to flagging idealism.
Tell us about your writing process.
Actually, a lot of my stories stem from what’s brewing around in my head with the combination of an opening line. That’s where the real muse comes in for me, that opening line which is the impetus for the entire thing. After I get those first couple paragraphs, I nail down a basic outline idea and what I want from my characters.
As for when I actually sit down and write, sometimes it’s in front of a keyboard, staring at an MS word document. When it’s nice out, I like to sit on my front porch or out back under the sun with a pen and pad of paper. Really though, I’ll write sections wherever and whenever. I always have a pad of paper in my purse.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ll argue with my characters if the scene’s not playing out the way I want it to. Oftentimes though, it’s more like an interactive movie in my head, where I can see everything occurring, but I’m trying to pen it all down.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write as much as you can. Get dirty and make all the mistakes. One of the biggest myths with writing is this concept of the inspiration hitting and perfection magically flowing from your pen. Nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes those flashes of inspiration and those perfect phrases sneak their way into a manuscript, but the beauty of the craft is all in the editing. For me, writing is a constant learning process. I want to hone my craft, better it. As long as I’m improving as a writer, I feel like I’m doing something right.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went through the route of independent publishers and have to say all of the learning I’ve garnered from the experience has been so valuable. Nothing teaches you how to market your book like working with a small press. I’ve learned clever tricks for marketing, new ways to get my book out there and more importantly, how to build a platform.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’re living in an exciting times. With e-books, I think a lot of new doors are open and we’re going to see a shift in how things are traditionally done.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
steampunk, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, YA, science fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print