You have questions? Kathy has answers. Here you’ll find some of the more common questions asked. Want to ask Kathy something not found on this page, hop over to the contact page and shoot off an email to her.
1. Why aren’t your books available in print?
Great news! Since I’ve recently signed with Gemma Halliday Publishing, Inc., print-on-demand copies of my books will eventually be available.Check back for updates!
2. Are you planning to write more Calamity Jayne Mysteries?
Yes, indeed! I am currently at work on the seventh book in the series and have plans to continue the series indefinitely.
There are two companion stories to my Young Adult debut book, TRADING SPACES. I’m also looking to take my writing in still another direction, putting my peace officer background to work on a hardboiled women’s fiction-police procedural series. I will also be introducing a new humorous romantic mystery series next year with a new cast of colorful characters.
5. What is your writing process like?
I used to be a “pantser” (the term given to someone who doesn’t do a lot of outlining, chapter summaries, and other prewriting activities that basically plot out the story before the writing begins) as opposed to a plotter, but now I find that I work better with more story structure going in. I do a lot of character worksheets that include goal, motivation, and conflict, and utilize short chapter outlines to get me from Point A in the Chapter to Point B at that Chapter’s end. I often have a killer in mind at the outset, but the “bad guy” or his and/or her motivation has been known to change as I get into the actual story writing
6. What does a typical writing day look like?
It depends on whether I’m on a deadline. Seriously, I try to keep to a weekly page count that will get me to the finish line on time, but I write best in marathon writing sessions. I once wrote 57 pages in a twenty-four hour period. That’s my personal best. Once I get going, I only take quick pit stops for breaks and food and keep plugging along until I fall out of my chair.
7. What is the best piece of advice you can give aspiring authors?
Never, ever give up on your dreams! It’s cliché, but SO true. I once had a family law attorney tell me my dream of writing (and getting paid for it) was a “pipedream.” It took me awhile to get here, but now I’m living that pipe dream.
I rest my case.