Her first novel, Soldier of Fortune: A Gideon Quinn Adventure, embraces that love and begins The Fortune Chronicles, a series of adult adventures for the young at heart (but the young like them, too).
She has also contributed to Diner Stories: Off the Menu (with K. Ceres Wright), Timeless Tales E-zine(with Kelley McClure) and Lorelei Signals Magazine.
Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UC Irvine before completing the acting program at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. She now lives with her husband and two children in Austin, TX.
What inspires you to write?
My kids, other writers, all things Hamilton (makes me write like I’m running out of time), movies and television, driving the car, closing my eyes — really, I’m almost never not inspired to write. Possibly it’s the ex-actor thing but I love living multiple lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
I follow the writing into the dark method for the most part. Every so often I sketch out a scene or a thread of action if it’s too complicated, but half the time once I’m in it, things take off in a different direction than I’d planned. Characters for me evolve as I write them. I know folks who can plan every detail and have the best time with it, but for me to be able to do the work, I need to feel I’m growing the person, the story, the world as I go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, my yes, but it gets a bit deeper because, again, the acting thing. I start walking and talking like the character I’ve been writing the most that day.
What advice would you give other writers?
Mostly I’ve learned to turn off the ‘shoulds’. Should is death to creativity. Trust your own voice, write one scene at a time and, as Henslow said to Funnyman in “Shakespeare in Love”, ‘Strangely enough, it all turns out well.’
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went Indie, building a company and going for slow, self-guided growth. It’s not a light undertaking, but I have the freedom to pursue the stories I enjoy, and gives me time to find like-minded readers. It also allows me control of my own property, which is very important to me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s in flux, and likely to remain that way for some time. Then again, the only true constant is change, so those who wish success — whatever success means to each individual — mostly need to keep on keeping on.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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