New Year - New Goals
Every year I make plans for a better year ahead than the one I left behind. I think I can say with great enthusiasm that I am hopeful for 2021! I got some wonderful results last year, which I thought I would take a moment to reflect on. After all, I managed despite Covid and personal dramas to get three books released (well two plus my involvement in the Magic & Mischief Anthology), did countless interviews around the world, and got myself a raft of lovely reviews including a handful of 5* gems that made me smile. My dear readership has grown, my goals are now getting achieved, and as I make plans for 2021 I have now extended my hopes and dreams to include goals I would have considered too far to reach in 2019. That is exciting! And I am grateful that I have made it this far, and that I am able to keep the dream alive in a year when so many weren't. So THANK-YOU to my readers, my followers, my believers, and my supporters. You are the motivation that keeps me going. Let's find out about this month's authors and their motivation!
This month's authors:
Kat is a multi-tasking extraordinaire, with a brand new book up her sleeve. I was interested to know how she managed.
How do you balance Mom life and Author life?
Staying organized is key. I don't make lists, but every day I mentally review my major goals, prioritizing what needs to get done and what I hope to accomplish. Out of necessity, I've become better at time management since I started pursuing my author career, and allocating my time strategically has saved me on more occasions than I can count.
What is the favorite part of writing a story or book for you?
Editing. I love going back to fix a draft and watch the story improve before my eyes. Plus, I get to immerse myself in the world all over again.
Who do you love to read and why?
I read everything from romance to thrillers to nonfiction and more. I'm a total book nerd and love to discover new authors while studying a variety of storytelling techniques and approaches.
Why did you start writing, and do you find that your university experience helped the process?
I'd been searching for a creative outlet for a while and eventually just took the plunge and began spinning journal entries into fiction. I'd like to think that my university experience helped some, as I was familiar with writing and revising until a piece was complete and ready to submit. But I had to unlearn a lot, too, in pursuit of the craft of fiction. My early attempts were way too heavy on the academic voice.
Kat is a social media guru so you can find her almost anywhere. Here are the links so grab your favorite and say hi:
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking out her books, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
Michelle loves the dark and macabre and is a prolific writer so I was keen to find out what motivates her.
You have a lot of dark themes in your stories, where do you like to get your inspiration from?
I am a fan of horror and dark mystery. I read those things voraciously and find that I have a very dark imagination. When most things could go the path of happily ever after, I opt for the tortured path instead.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Stephen King. He has a style I’m comfortable with but he isn’t perfect. There are books I love and books I abhor but I will still buy everything that comes out because I love how he writes and the way he explores the dark things people are afraid to touch.
As a prolific writer, what process do you like to follow to get the books completed?
Butt in seat, fingers on keys. Though now it is headset on head as I transition to more spoken typing due to arthritis issues. I also build a loose outline of where things should go and do all the world-building before I start writing so I know where they are when things start.
What appeals about writing for you?
It is very cathartic. I can be anything or anyone, say anything, and build vasts worlds that cram themselves into my overactive imagination. Writing allows me to give those characters and places a life of their own.
Terri likes to engage with her readers via:
or via her publisher website: http://www.corrugatedsky.com/michelle-schad/
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out or purchasing her latest book, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler
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