Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Kate L. Mary author of THE LIST
Hi Kate, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thanks for having me!
I’m a mom of four and the wife of an Air Force pilot. I was a stay at home mom for almost ten years before finally getting around to writing—something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Once I got started, though, I found it hard to stop. I put my first book out in June of 2014 and since then I’ve released a total of eleven books.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I just want to keep writing until I get burnt out or run out of ideas, which is hopefully never.
Which writers inspire you?
I read a little bit of everything, which is probably what inspires me because I’ve written a little bit of everything. I do love Jane Austen and Stephen King, though.
So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Like I said, I write a little bit of everything. I just released the sixth book in my Amazon best-selling Broken World series, and my YA sci-fi novel, When We Were Human, was recently awarded a silver medal from the 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. I also have Collision, a NA romantic mystery, and my NA contemporary romance series from Kensington Publishing, which includes The List, No Regrets, Moving On (February 2016), and Letting Go (November 2016).
Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
All my self-published books are available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited and can be found on my Amazon page: http://amzn.to/1Mlsj07
The buy links to my College of Charleston series can be found here: http://katelmary.com/contact/the-list/
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m currently working on book four in the College of Charleston series, Letting Go, which will be available in November 2016.
What’s it about?
In Letting Go, my main character has to face how growing up with a hoarding mother has affected her. When she meets the guy of her dreams she’s tries her best to let go of her past and move on, but circumstances make it impossible to walk away from her mom’s compulsions completely.
Why do you write?
I’ve always loved to read, it’s a great escape from reality. But writing takes that escape one step further, because it allows me to choose the ending. Too many times I’ve read books that I loved, but didn’t care for one or more things about them. Being the author fixes that problem!
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I don’t have a job outside my house if that’s what you mean, but I do have four kids. Which is a job in itself. Thankfully, they are all in school now.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I do my best to get all my work done while my kids are at school, but I also have regular housework and laundry to take care of. Meaning my work inevitably leaks into evenings and weekends.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I don’t outline most of the time. I tend to just start writing and see what happens. Sometimes my characters take me to a place I never even considered when I first started my story, which makes it more fun for me. The exception to that is when I’m writing a sequel. With a follow up book more outlining needs to be done, just to make sure I keep the details straight in my head.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Waiting. I can get a book done and ready for release pretty quickly, but the publishing world doesn’t move as fast as I do. There’s a lot of waiting around when it comes to getting a book out: waiting for agents to have time to read it, waiting for editors to get back to you. It’s exhausting just sitting around waiting for someone to tell you no.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book. I’ve had times when I was able to get a first draft done in a week, and other times when it’s taken me a year.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
My College of Charleston series is a new adult contemporary romance series that takes place in Charleston, SC. I lived there with my family for almost four years and fell in love with the place, so when it came time to write a romance it seemed like the perfect setting.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I’m an ebook person. I didn’t think I’d ever want an ereader when they were brand new, but I got one when my kids were little so I didn’t have as much to carry around (a diaper bag and all the stuff that goes in it is enough without having to shove a big book in there). Now I hate having to read a paper/hardback book!
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I have a handful of beta readers who are awesome, a few friends who are super-helpful when it comes to reading my stuff for me, and a great editor. It’s very important to have multiple sets of eyes on your book, but even then it’s hard to catch all the little typos!
How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I’m a hybrid author, meaning I have books that are both traditionally published and self-published. I have an awesome agent and four books contracted with Kensington Publishing, which is thrilling, but I also love putting some books out myself. It gives me a lot more control, and means I don’t have to wait for other people—I’m horribly impatient.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Bad reviews are hard to ignore, but you have to remember that no matter what you do you’re not going to be able to make everyone happy. Getting negative reviews is inevitable, and it hurts. There’s nothing fun about someone ripping apart something you’ve worked so hard on, but it’s part of life. Do your best to focus on the good reviews.
Which social network worked best for you?
For me, Facebook. I’ve made a lot of great contacts through my Facebook Author page. It’s a lot more personal than Twitter or Instagram, and a lot easier to share upcoming events with readers.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
Getting a Bookbub ad is expensive and not easy, but it’s the best way to give your sales a little (or big) boost.
Did you format your own book?
I format my own books. When I first started out I didn’t have the extra money to pay someone to format my books for me, so I had to tough it out and learn how to do it on my own. Now That I know how, it just makes sense to keep doing it.
In what formats is your book available?
My self-published books are all available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback. My College of Charleston series is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Books, and paperback.
How do you relax?
A glass of wine and a good book or movie. I’m currently taking a couple weeks off to relax and decided to binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix.
What is your favourite book and why?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Stand by Stephen King are my favorite books. I’ve always loved classics and The Stand is a great post-apocalyptic book.
What is your favourite film and why?
Aliens and Jaws are my two favorite movies. They’re both classics in their own genres and I’ve loved them both since I was a kid.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1Mlsj07