Katie grew up in Racine, Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction for books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She has been an avid reader of YA fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books — along with popcorn and black licorice. She consumes all three in large quantities. Luckily, the books don’t stay on her hips.
What inspires you to write?
There is not any one thing that inspires me to write, but every time I read a great book my first thought is, “I want to do that.” I want to tell stories that resonate with readers and keep them turning pages into the middle of the night. Books have always been such a large part of my life that, for me, writers are my rock stars.
Tell us about your writing process.
Unfortunately, I’m allergic to outlines. I break out in a cold sweat and hyperventilate when I even get close to one. This means that my writing process involves a lot of chaos. I write, rewrite, rewrite again and then shred it all and start over. I usually only find out what is going to happen in my stories the moment I am writing them. It’s grueling, but exciting in a way. I get to discover the book as it’s being typed out. It’s not efficient and I don’t suggest it, but in the end I still get the novel done!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters like to show up in my head when I’m about to fall asleep. I see scenes like little movies and watch them play out. I have to either write down or record the scenes right away or they are lost. They come and go in a flash.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think the single most important thing I’ve done for my own writing is joining a critiquing group. There is no substitute for a group of people who can give you honest and critical feedback on your work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I wrote Untethered, my agent was excited and thought it would be an easy sell to publishers. However, though most of the publishers said they enjoyed the story, they didn’t want to touch the paranormal at the time because they thought it wouldn’t sell from an unknown author. In the middle of all of this, my husband suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. He pulled through it, but I realized how quickly life can change. I decided to self-publish Untethered because I just wanted the book out there. It’s been a tough road with a steep learning curve, but I can say that I’ve met some fantastic people due to being an indie author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the big publishers will need to step up their game and really get competitive in the e-book market or they will lose big names to self-publishing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
paranormal, young adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print