What’s In the Bag?

I used to have a subscription to US Weekly and my favorite part of the magazine was the page where a celebrity’s purse was showcased. So, I thought that I’d try my own. Ive recently stopped buying purses after I fell in love with my new,tan Michael Kors purse.It’s my daily purse where everything but the kitchen sink is carried in it. I work eight hours a day, five days a week at my day job,so I’ve got my planner where I write my schedule in and keep track of bills,doctor appointments you name it. And then I’m never without my new Moto droid that looks like an I-phone to me,but I’m familiar with everything it does. I usually play on Facebook on my break or use the doc app to write my latest WIP. My Kindle usually isn’t too far away because I can’t be without a book. I even sometimes have a paperback also. Then,there is my Kate Spade wallet,cheap change purse and other random stuff. Just the other day I was looking for Tylenol and found a mint from a dinner date at Olive Garden and a Shopkins that my daughter must have left. I was just happy it wasnt a crumbled cookie. 

We’ll there you have it. The purse of a unknown author.

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Wading through the rubble of life

Christmas is over and the house looks like a tornado ripped through it and didn’t leave any survivors. The game room still has boxes piled everywhere and my mother in law’s old room,which were going to use as a guest room, is a makeshift storage area. 

My chest gets tight just looking at the mess,but then I remember that it’s not going to look like this forever. 

The new year is just a few days away and I’ve decided on some resolutions for the new year….

1) If I Don’t  need it, Don’t buy it. 

2) Make a dent in my TBR pile. It falleth over.

3) Start taking my writing seriously. 

4) Be Present  in Keira’s life.

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Home Sweet Home

Im a homeowner!!! Well, sort of.  Since our house fell through my mother in law decided that she needed some privacy in her personal life so she started looking for an apartment and is letting my husband and I stay here with the kiddo.Were finally getting our stuff out if storage and making it feel more homey. 

So, I’ve been busy furnishing a house, working almost 40 hour weeks and finishing a novella. It’s a LGBT story and ive enjoyed writing with some wonderful authors and hope that it gets the publicity it needs and it also gets my name out since I’ve decided to start writing under my real name instead of my pen name. 

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I’m crazy. I signed up for CampNanowrimo and am actually attempting to write every day in hopes to finish another novel.I’ve been behind for a few days,but hope to catch up sometime soon. I’ve  also had a short story release early, Maybe It’s You, which is in the anthology that my publisher,Rebel Ink put together and I’m trying to catch up on all my books on my Kindle that have been sitting there for a year now. But, I’m finding it hard to finish some of them because I’m not in the mood to read right now.

My husband and I are still waiting to hear about a closing date for our house,which has been going on since like April,and it’s frustrating as heck. So my life is boring.

I wish I had wine 😦

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Book Release News!!!!

After being frustrated with my writing “career”, if you can call it that, I was actually thinking about throwing in the towel and taking a break from writing all together, until a fellow Rebel author Lori J. Gordon invited me to participate in an anthology to help “Smurf” the cat that had taken the internet by storm because of being dyed purple and thought to be used as a “chew” toy. As a fellow cat owner, I have four cats, I couldn’t turn away this opportunity. I saw it as a way to help a poor kitty and make some new friends in the process. Now, it’s getting closer to the book release and I can’t help but get excited! I just hope that this anthology that we all worked so hard on helps the shelter where he is and benefit other animals as well.

So, please join us August 1,2016 and get yourself a copy. My short story is called Maybe Just You, a sweet romance that will leave you wanting more 🙂

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This is Seriously Me :)

 

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Katie, a writer from Western Pennsylvania who first started writing young adult mysteries, but has since switched to romance and is considering switching genres yet again. Paranormal might just be calling my name. I’m in my mid-thirties, and am happy to say I think I’m finally happy with the person that I am. I’m also a wife and a mother and am grateful that my little family puts up with my quirks on a daily basis.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I didn’t exactly choose it as it chose me. I write stories that call to me and that could be one reason that I have so many unfinished drafts on my computer of manuscripts because my muse has stopped talking to me halfway through and pushed me towards another story that needs told. I’m still waiting for half of my WIPS(works in progress) to get finished.

What kind of challenges did you have getting your first book published?

Rejection, rejection and wait, did I say rejection? It got to the point that I had a folder on my computer that contained all of my rejection letters and it was getting so big that after a while I just stopped counting.

How do you market your books?

Poorly, just kidding. But, marketing is harder than I first thought. I utilize social media to help me by posting my book links on my Twitter account and also use both of my Facebook pages; personal and author page to get interest. And, of course, do interviews like this one so that my readers, how few there are, can see what I’m up, and hopefully get some new ones along the way.

Who are the top three actors you’d cast in the movie version of your books? Actresses?

Joshua Jackson as James and Katie Holmes as Cyn in Forever Love and Stealing Hearts. And Lucy Hale and Tyler Blackburn as Lauren and Nick in Catching You.

Do you have any books you’ve written and love, but haven’t been able to publish yet?

I haven’t been able to finish writing a book in like forever, so no.

What is the toughest criticism you have received as an author?

Receiving a one star review that said “worst book ever”. They didn’t write anything and I kept wondering.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Never stop. Never stop writing, never stop believing in your work, and never stop believing in what you can do.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans/readers?

Stay Tuned, there is more to come… I promise!

What writing projects are you working on?

I have many incomplete manuscripts stashed on my computer, but have decided to work on something rather new tentively titled Witchy. In it the main character, Jules has just lost her parents in a fatal car accident and as she cleaning out her parents’ house she learns that the man that she has called her father for the last twenty five years is not her father at all and her mother is actually a witch. But, if that isn’t enough, she also finds out that she has two sisters; twins that were raised by her real father, that she knew nothing about. That’s when she realizes that the life that she knew was all a lie and life will never be the same again.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I’d love to say that I’m the kind of author that first outlines her novel and knows every single thing that is going to happen every step of the way, but I’d be lying. I go with whatever my characters want and more times than not, I’m not writing because my characters don’t like the story I’m writing.

Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? 

My husband. He tries to take our daughter as much as he can, so that I can get some writing time, but sometimes it’s hard because she’s a momma’s girl. He also tells me that it will get easier as she gets older and is better at entertaining herself or is in school, but there are a lot of times that I just get frustrated and want to give up all together.

Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?

Totally! I work full time as a sales associate at Walgreens and by the time I get home from work and do my mommy duties I’m too exhausted to even look at my computer. I keep a notebook in my purse in hopes that inspiration will strike while I’m on my lunch break, but thirty minutes isn’t enough time to eat and write for me, so I usually just end up sitting at the table stuffing food in my mouth while reading a book.

Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?

Heck no! I once read a blog post from Laurell K. Hamilton, one of my favorite authors, where she said that she once sent a first draft to her editor that had no physical descriptions in it at all. That makes me feel much better about my own writing to know that an established author can also make mistakes.

Do you believe attractive book covers help in its sales?

Yes I do. I don’t think people would read a book with an ugly cover over a beautiful cover. I’ve even had my publisher re-do my covers because of this because after having my books out for a few months I’d gotten feedback from other author friends that they thought I would get more sales if I fixed my covers and its helped a little bit and will be more critical from now on when picking photos for my book covers.

Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?

Yep! The delete button is my best friend.

Did you specifically plan your studies around your interest of writing?

I toyed with author careers growing up, but it was my love of reading and writing that made me decide to major in English, much to my father’s dismay, and instead of becoming a teacher, I decided to write. I still sometimes think I’d love to go back to school and get my teaching degree for a backup, but right now it’s just time and money that’s keeping me from doing it.

Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in?

Since the majority of my writing time comes after my daughter is in bed, so I’d have to say my pajamas.

Do you blog?

I try and blog at least once a month, but a lot of the time it’s less than that because I don’t feel as if I have much to say. I mean who wants to hear about the cranky customer I dealt with at work because the item they wanted wasn’t on sale and they thought it should be anyway?

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WE ARE THE GROWNUPs

Date night. My husband and I got to cash in our free babysitting pass that my brother in law gave us for Christmas and after I got off work on Wednesday, we headed over to Applebee’s for dinner and then headed down to Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall to watch Nightwish and Delain perform. I’d heard a bit of their music from hubby before and I liked it,even though it’s metal,and I’m a country fan,so I was excited. I was actually kind of nervous to have a night out without kiddo. Sometimes you forget about the two of you and just concentrate on the kids and that’s what we’ve been doing lately. So,it was nice to be out just the two of us despite the rain. It started raining right as we got out of the car to go into dinner,so I walked into Applebee’s looking like a drowned rat.
But,I know that I’m a parent when I’m sitting at the concert and it’s only 9oclock and I’m falling asleep because it’s kiddos bedtime. I do have to admit,I did get a little cat nap in during the concert. There was even a girl next to me sleeping.

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Now,it’s back to reality. Maybe we’ll get another date night when kiddo is in kindergarten, lol.

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