Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987. She has published various newspaper stories, magazine articles, essays and short stories for teens and adults. She is the author of five books, including fiction and nonfiction endeavors.
Kathryn graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing, public relations and journalism. In 2012, she opened the doors to Idea Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their writing, publishing and marketing needs.
What inspires you to write?
I write because it’s the only thing I do.
I have written through hard times, through times of growth (which are usually hard times) and through good times. I love to write about people overcoming great obstacles.
In “A River of Stones,” my first book, I wrote about Samatha and her struggles with her parents divorcing and her mother remarrying. She also had a yucky new stepbrother.
In “Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five stones,” I wrote about Ms. Virginia Bean. She loses her job and must come to terms with who she is and what she wants in life.
And so it goes…
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually write in the morning when my mind is fresh and the ideas haven’t had opportunity to sit dormant for very long. If I wait until later in the day, I am usually struggling with what to write.
I sit down at my computer; rarely do I do any hand writing, and make a list on paper of what writing projects need to be done that day. After the list is made I choose one to start on, and so things go until the list is completed (and checked off) or I run out of hours. I work at home (my business is Idea Creations Press) but I also have to make time for errands, cooking, cleaning, tending my grand-children; the regular stuff of an at-home grandmother.
I am usually a seat of the pants writer, but I find that some outlining is usually in order; at least a basic outline. My character sketches usually come when I’m writing. Actually, the character speaks to me in my head and so I have a good idea early on what he/she is all about.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. It’s so important to listen in writing. I mean, if you don’t listen to your characters and are continually writing what you want to write instead of what your characters want you to write, how accurate are you going to be?
When I sit down to write dialogue, it’s almost as if the character is standing next to me and we are having a conversation. If I try to add something that appears “cool” to me, I am often stopped mid-sentence. “I wouldn’t say that,” my character tells me. Or I begin to get a strange sensation in my gut, kind of like, “You’re making me sick. This isn’t who I am.”
What advice would you give other writers?
I think it’s important to write daily. And it’s important to realize that as a ‘newbie’ you’re not going to be as good as you want to be. You’re going to have great ideas in your head, and then you’ll try to put them on paper, and somehow, the words just don’t sound as great as you wanted them to.
You will think that every word you write is great (like I did when I first started writing) and when people read your stuff they’ll say things like, “That’s nice,” but you’ll get the feeling that they didn’t like it. Some people will be brutely honest, and you’ll hate them.
Don’t hate them. Keep writing. Never give up. Even after you’ve published that first piece of writing you’ll still get rejected, you’ll still find that not everyone likes your work.
That’s as it should be. But keep writing. Keep writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I originally wanted to go with a national publisher like Penguin, but after many, many years of rejection and (almost) acceptances, I was published locally. Unfortunately, that experiences only taught me that I’d fare better on my own.
Today, I publish my own books through Idea Creations Press, and help other writers to do the same.
With self-publishing the control is yours. And because I’m a control freak, I favored the idea of choosing my own book cover, deciding how I wanted the interior of the book to look, deciding on a price for the book, etc.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have mixed feelings of future book publishing.
On the one hand I like eBooks. I like that they are so portable and less expensive than the typical book. Imagine trying to carry all of the books in your bookshelf with you on a daily basis?
But I do like the idea of handling a book, smelling the pages, highlighing favorite areas, passing the book on to a friend.
In the long run, I think we need to have our books in eBook format as well as paperback. They need to be released at the same time and offer readers a choice.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Non-Fiction, YA
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print