Neece Editorial would like to present Kathryn Blade, our Wednesday Author Spotlight!
Who is Kathryn Blade?
Kathryn Blade was born in 1962. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains with her husband and daughter. She as a substance abuse counselor. Kathryn recently began writing creatively after an extended hiatus she took to focus on a professional career. The fire to write returned again in March 2019. She has published four novellas: Only You, Angel In The Snow, Play Upon My Heart and Emerald Fire. She has published two short stories: The Road to Nowhere and Nana’s Going Home.
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- What genre/s do you write in? And why? I write in the romance genre. I fell in love with romance books at an early age. The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss was the first romance to have an impact on me. I fell in love with her style of writing and the love story between Brandon and Heather that started out on extremely rocky ground. It has the happily-ever-after ending that I adore. Shouldn’t we all be happy in life?
- Tell me about your WIP. My current WIP is a contemporary erotic romance. The story is between two people who meet and fall in love only to tormented by an antagonist from the female MC’s past. They have an amazing physical attraction and love that strengthens their fight to survive tough times. There are plot twists galore and lots of hot sex.
- What writer (living or dead) would you most want to have dinner with? Why? Kathleen Woodiwiss. I adore her writing style and the love stories she created.
- What’s your writing process like? For example, where and when do you like to write? Do you write every single day? I try to write every day. Most of the time I write at my desk on a desktop computer. I start the writing day out with coffee. Then I put on some good music that inspires me and get started. I write mostly early in the morning. If I have time during my workday I use the Google Docs app on my smartphone and write. Most of my written work has been created on my smartphone.
- What do you think makes a good story or poem? Interesting characters and a good plot are important to make a good story.
- If you could give one piece of writing advice to your past self, what would it be and why? Slow down and don’t rush the process. It isn’t a race. Let your work sit for at least a month before forging onward with it.
- What’s your day job? I work as a substance abuse counselor.
- Other than writing, what passions/hobbies do you have? I love to read, quilt, and spend time with my husband and daughter.
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? Scorched by Lizzie Prince. I’m so shocked that more people are not going insane over this love story.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? I have two half-finished books and three unpublished books.
- Do you believe in writer’s block? I believe every writer will face times when they cannot write. I am unhappy with how my current WIP is going. I feel there is more that I can add to the story to make it come alive. I can’t write until I figure that out in my head.
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? I occasionally will read book reviews. If a bad review has constructive criticism I use it to improve my work. If it’s just someone bashing my work with no feedback on how I can improve, I ignore those. Not everyone will get or like my writing. It’s taken a long time to understand that but I’m ok with that fact now.
- Are you a plotter or a pantser? Pantser with a small amount of plotting that takes place prior to the actual start of the book. I know what I want to happen in the book but don’t stick to an outline as I feel it stifles my creative process.
- What author/books are you currently reading? Helen Hardt’s Steel Brothers saga and E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy are my latest reading of published works. I am reading numerous books as a beta reader but can’t divulge who or what I am reading.
- As a closer, what do you want people to remember about you and your writing? From my writing I want people to remember that we can change our lives and have a happily-ever-after ending if we truly want that. As for me? I hope they remember what a character I am. I’m eccentric as heck, a straight shooter, crabby at times, but have a heart as big as Texas.
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