The Kindle version is only $.99 through March 1. Then, my nonfiction book, Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day is here. This book will be released March 26, but pre-orders are now available!
J-What is a typical day or week like for you? How do you find time to write?
K-A typical day for me is up early! I make breakfast for all seven of us, and then make the teenage girls clean up. I get my husband out the door and put my younger three kids on their independent school work. As for me, I get on the treadmill. When I’m done there, I sit the younger three down (the older girls do their high school work independently) and we do our Bible, Poetry, Vocabulary, Science, History and French lesson. Then we all do our own lunch, and the boys have to clean up. The afternoon is spent blogging, writing, marketing my books, taking care of my Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, and in between there, I do laundry, bake bread and make dinner. I found that cleaning the kitchen, alone after supper, has a relaxing effect on me. Then I spend the evening reading. I’m kind of a homebody and don’t drive my kids all over creation to take classes. We also do our homeschool co-op on Fridays, clean the house on Saturdays, go to church and watch Patriots football on Sundays. Oh no! Football season is over! What are we going to do now for Sunday afternoon entertainment?
J-Again, you sound like a very busy woman, but I admire your for finding time for your writing even when taking care of everything else. I guess congratulations are in order as far as football goes.What are you reading right now?
K-Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Whoa. What a book. I’m right in the middle and trying to wrap my brain around it. I love books like this: ones that challenge me as a reader. I want to be a writer like that.
J-That book is on my list. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. So many books, so little time. What are you working on next?
K-This summer, I’ll be releasing Soulless Creatures which could be considered NA fiction, if NA fiction was ever set in 1986. It’s the story of Roy, a working-class college freshman who takes up his pretentious and wealthy roommate Jonathan’s offer: if Roy can prove he has a soul, then he will win Jonathan’s new car. I can’t wait for my readers to get it! Then in 2016, I want to write Market Your Book in 10 Minutes A Day and another novel —possibly a thriller.
J-Cool. I love how you are balancing fiction and non-fiction. Soulless Creatures sounds like a comedy in the making. Do you listen to music when writing? Name three songs on your current playlist?
K-I DO listen to music when I write, but it has to be lyric free. The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling have been very helpful in the past. Right now I’m listening to the movie soundtrack station on Pandora. Sometimes, though, the mood of the writing isn’t quite right for the words I’m putting down. For example, you’d think listening to the soundtrack to Downton Abbey would be perfect for this assignment, but it only makes me want to conspire against my sister, dress like a flapper and make a pot of tea.
J-Ha, I love Downton Abbey, but I can see how that could happen. Maybe for writing the thriller. Are you a cat or dog person?
K-This is where you judge me. I am neither. I am highly allergic to animals and I can’t pet them or touch them, or God forbid, get licked by them. My children know the answer to the question of, “can we get a puppy?” is always, “no, but how about a baby sister?” It is possible to be a writer without a furry muse. And without cigarettes. And without a drug problem. Golly, does this make me sound BORING.
J-Not at all. I think it makes you sound like a responsible adult who is allergic to animals. In any case, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to join me.
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Thank you, Katharine. I’ll see you soon.