Kathy L Wheeler has a BA degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Management Information Systems that includes over forty credit hours of vocal music. As a computer programmer the past fifteen years, she utilizes karaoke for her vocal music talents. Other passions include fantasy football, NBA & musical theatre season tickets, and jazzercise. Because to quote Nora Roberts to a one time question, if she worked out? Her reply, “You have to get off your ass.”
Kathy began has been a member of the Oklahoma Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America and the RWA since March of 2007. She grew up in the Dallas area and definitely considers herself a city girl. She does not limit her travels to Writer Conferences in San Francisco, Washington DC, Seattle, Dallas, New Jersey, New York City and Atlanta because Jazzercise has fun conferences too (Denver, Palm Springs and Orlando). You can’t keep her at home!
She is a member of several RWA Chapters, including DARA, The Beau Monde and Passionate Ink. She has held several positions in the OKRWA Chapter, currently serving as Programs Director. As an avid reader of romance and patron of theatre, her main sources of inspiration come from mostly an over-active imagination. She currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her musically talented husband, Al, and their bossy cat, Carly.
What inspires you to write?
The absolute need. There is no question on not writing. Once the fever took hold, the temperature has only risen. I pray this fire stays there for the rest of my natural life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I sit down in the chair, or on the bed and just go. Even when nothing is coming out right, I know that eventually it will shift into its proper place. Sometimes that is quite frustrating, because you know there are things you need to say, but won’t form correctly. But after a time, it works. And when it does, you know it.
I am not a plotter, but I am a big proponent of critique groups, brainstorming, bouncing your ideas and accepting help from others.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. They demand to be heard.
What advice would you give other writers?
I recently talked to a guy who said he’d written a book. He wrote in 1980. He said he goes back and revises it every so often. I said, “Why? Just write another one.”
He said he spends so much time walking, and all that time walking, wishing he were writing.
If he wanted to write bad enough, he would just do it. Even if it’s crap! A writer doesn’t get any better by just thinking about it. They have to write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a Cinderella Series that I pitched to agents and editors for several years. The problem I found was that it didn’t fit anywhere really well. It’s a sweet romance, not spicy. It wasn’t edgy enough for the Young Adult market, the language too sophisticated for the Middle graders, so I decided to self-publish the series. However, there is a fourth book, a character from the third who had her own story to tell, and The Wild Rose Press picked that one up. That’s the long answer.
The short answer is, I self publish and submit for publication to other outlets.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is here. I don’t think print books will ever go away. But I also think epub is here to stay and will keep growing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print