Katrina Abbott loves to write about the struggles, triumphs, and excitement of adolescence. She lives in California with her husband, kids, and cats.
What inspires you to write?
I have always loved to read, and being able to write the books that I wish had been available when I was a teen drives my current series. I love to imagine characters that are strong and smart, but also quirky and vulnerable – characters that we can all relate to on several levels.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m more of a jotter than an outliner. I jump in and start writing, but I jot down notes as I write so that I won’t forget ideas as they come to me. When I get a little stuck or feel that a scene needs a little something-something, I’ll refer to my notes and see what will work and what I might have missed along the way.
I do keep track of future characters and give them names before I start writing. Keeping a chart of characters and how they’re related to each other and how they’ll interact with future characters helps me stay on track.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t really talk to my characters so much as they talk to me. Once their personalities are fully formed, it becomes easier to know how they’ll react to certain scenarios. The fun part is coming up with scenes that will test the characters and really show their strengths and weaknesses.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Writers can be extremely insecure because, let’s face it, we’re putting our own creativity and the products of our imaginations out there for anyone and everyone to consume. Not everyone will love what we do, but the ones that do make it all worth it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I believe that new authors should explore every avenue available to them. Having a book published traditionally is an absolute thrill, but self-publishing leads to more instant gratification. What I really love about self-publishing, and the main reason why I went this way with this series, is that I have complete control over the entire process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing is going to continue to grow. As more and more really great books get noticed, authors will become more confident in this method and will start embracing it as an alternative to traditional publishing.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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