1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve only been writing for 2 ½ years. I never had the desire to write. I was always a crafty type of person. My son was going to be graduating High School and suddenly I realized that I would soon be an empty nester. My sister Tricia was writing her first book and I mentioned maybe writing. She sent me a book on how to write romance and I sat down at the computer and the words just flowed. I remember finishing it and printing it out. I sat with it on my lap in awe. Writing had become my bliss in life. It took me three months to write Texas Haven.
2. Are you published and if so, how long have you been a published author? If not, what’s your plan? Which route did you choose for becoming published, the traditional route, with an agent, the “indie” route, going directly to the publishers yourself, or deciding to self-publish?
I decided to put it on Textnovel.com. It took a lot of courage to hit the submit button. I was certain that people wouldn’t like it. I got views and votes and great comments and I was astounded. I decided to write my second book Ryelee’s Cowboy and it took off. As soon as I put up an update I’d instantly get at least 50 hits. It won the Reader’s Choice Award and currently has almost 30,000 views.
3. Describe your worst rejection letter.
The worst rejection letter I ever got was from a Romance Writers of America Contest. I sent in Texas Haven and one judge told me I shouldn’t be writing. I came in third from the bottom. As hurtful as it was, that judge highlighted everything I did wrong. I could write a heart wrenching novel but I didn’t know anything about technique. I didn’t know about POV or passive sentences to name a few.
I regrouped and kept writing and editing. I have completed five novels all modern western romance. I’m submitting to publishers right now.
4. Describe the best news you ever got in your writing life and how it felt.
The best news I ever received was winning the Reader’s Choice Award for Ryelee’s Cowboy. I’ve also gotten fan mail from people with cancer and other ailments telling me that my novels help them escape their pain. That makes writing worth it.
5. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?
The worst piece of advice I ever got was when that Judge told me to stop writing.
6. Now, tell us the best.
The best advice came from my sister Trisha- she told me to stop talking about writing and just do it.
7. What’s the one thing you would want an aspiring writer to take away from your personal path to publication?
I have realized that it’s the friends you make along the way that will help in your journey to publication. I have never met a more supportive group of people as I have in the writing community.
8. Where can we read your blog? Buy your books? Connect with you on facebook? On Twitter? Your website?
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This is what Kathleen would like you to know about her:
I live in Fort Worth, TX with my wonderful husband and my son. We recently moved here from Rochester, NY so I'm learning a lot about Texas as I research for my novels.I am actively pursuing the honor of becoming a published author!!