About Kelly Meister-Yetter:
I’m a huge animal lover, and my passion is writing, so putting the two together seemed like a good fit! I’ve written two animal-themed memoirs, Crazy Critter Lady, and No Better Medicine. I’m in the process of writing Book 3, which follows my further adventures with various species of critters. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading (Bob Tarte and Bill Bryson are my favorite authors), training my horse (who thinks he knows more than I do!), and trying to convince my reluctant husband that we need more animals!
What inspires you to write?
I came out of the womb a writer, with a passion for correct spelling, punctuation, and all the other little bits and pieces that go along with telling a story. There were times that I went a year or two without writing anything at all, but I always came back to the keyboard in the end! I love the process of writing, I love the buzz I get while I’m doing it, and I love sharing my critter stories with my fellow animal-lovers. That’s the best kind of writing there is!
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process will probably seem a little lame by some people’s standards! I usually wait until an idea comes to mind, then I put the thought on the back burner of my brain to simmer for awhile. It might take weeks before the first paragraph of the story gets written in my head, but once I have that paragraph, I schedule time to sit down and do the actual writing. I’m fortunate in that once I type out the first paragraph, the others just seem to flow from some God-given place, and the rest of the story pretty much writes itself. Sometimes, I’ll go months between writing chapters, but that’s o.k. – it all gets written in the end, and I know better than to rush the process!
What advice would you give other writers?
Know your craft inside and out!!! Know all the rules of spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure – everything that makes a writer a good writer! Buy a big fat dictionary, and a big fat thesaurus, and refer to them often! Don’t settle for mediocre writing! Nothing disappoints me more than a poorly-written book!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I got tired of waiting for conventional publishers to figure out that Crazy Critter Lady was a pretty good book, so after consulting a few authors who had self-published, I decided to do it myself. I’ve never regretted the decision, and, in fact, I enjoyed the process so much that I self-published my second book, No Better Medicine, too! I would encourage new authors to consider self-publishing, too.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing has made a lot of agents and publishing houses sweat bullets, and that’s a good thing! Who knows how many good books would never have seen the light of day if their authors hadn’t taken a chance on self-publishing?
Agents and publishers have been the arbiters of writing trends for too long, and I resent them thinking that they’re going to decide for me what constitutes a good book. Indeed, I noticed that one of the big publishing houses – I won’t say who – appears to be trying to have it both ways: they continue to publish conventionally, but they’ve added a self-publishing arm, as well! A cautionary word, though: there’s a huge price tag to go with their huge company name. It isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money on self-publishing your book! Find a low-cost alternative and go for it!
What genres do you write?: memoir, pets & animals
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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