Get to know me. You know it’s what you want…
1.) What is your Author name? Kathryn Lively
2.) What is the first book you ever published? Little Flowers was the third book I finished and the first published. It is an inspirational saga set mainly in Williamsburg, Virginia. I met many challenges in finding a publisher given the nature of the story. Christian publishers thought it was too Catholic, and Catholic publishers didn’t work with fiction. I eventually found a startup based in upstate New York, who loved the book and mucked up everything.
3.) What is your publiversary? (The day you released your first book) I don’t recall the exact date, but the book came out originally in the Spring of 2000. I remember because sales puttered along slowly and when 9/11 happened the publisher basically gave up, thinking nobody wanted to read books after that. (Seriously.)
4.) What is your favorite book you’ve written thus far? I don’t like questions like this. I don’t typically favor one book over the over, but if I have to say something, the favorite book is the current one. 🙂
5.) What book took you the longest to write? I don’t keep track of writing time; I just write until it’s done. If I had to guess, I’d say Geek Meets Girl took the longest since it went through a few rewrites before publication.
6.) How long did it take you? Off and on, nearly a year. Or shorter. Who knows?
7.) What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write? I mainly listen to classic rock – Rush, The Who, etc. Every time I sit down to a night of writing, though, I put on “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith. Call it superstition, but I get work done.
8.) What are you currently working on? As of this date, I’m on a short fiction break to concentrate on editing. The next book on my radar is the third in a trilogy I’m writing for Totally Bound Publishing.
9.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write? As a rule, no. I do keep a tin of almonds close when I work on the computer, but when I’m in the zone I just write.
10.) Are you a self published or traditional published author? I’m a hybrid. I have titles with publishers, and self-pubbed works. I intend to seek out publishers for future projects.
11.) What is your writing inspiration? I like history, I like the news, conspiracy theories, scandals, situations that motivate otherwise good people to take desperate measures. Some ideas I’ve had for twenty years, and I can’t tell you why I haven’t written them yet. I scare myself, sometimes, with the thoughts in my head.
12.) What genre do you write? I have written inspirational fiction, mystery, and romance. Also dark comedy and some spec fic. Historical alternative is next.
13.) Do you have any writing rituals? No. I sit my ass down and write.
14.) Do you have a specific place you write or time? I write better at night, when the day job is done and people have left me alone. I work in a home office, but I write better in the recliner.
15.) Do you have any advice for inspiring writers? Lord. I don’t know why anybody would want my advice, but I’ll say this: if you want to write, write. If you want to draw, draw. Sit down, turn on, write.
16.) What are your writing goals? I would like to see my books in physical bookstores, while bookstores still exist.
17.) What authors inspire you and your writing? I’ve read and enjoyed Carrie Fisher and Carl Hiaasen for their humor, Dick Francis for his characters, and numerous romance authors for their ability bring emotion to life.
18.) What will be your next release? Drive Me Wild is book two of ExStream Love, my series with Totally Bound. Look for it this summer.