Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday Interview with Author Kathleen S. Allen

On Sunday's the Write Every Day blog will feature a guest post or interview. Today's interview is with Kathleen S. Allen.

MH: Can you describe what your usual writing routine is like?
KSA: I write first thing in the morning before I go to my day job or late at night after I get home from my day job. I try and make more time for it on the weekends or if I have a day off. I don't watch much TV on purpose so I can write instead. I still make time for reading, though.

MH: Speaking of reading, what are your favorite types of things to read? Any favorite authors?
KSA: I read a lot of young adult books since that's the genre I primarily write in. I am a big fan of Anne McCaffrey. I recently finished the City of Bones series by Cassandra Clare. I also recently read Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I also read science fiction and fantasy.

MH: Do you find trying to write every day to be a comfortable routine or do you prefer working differently?
KSA: I write every day if I can. If I can't, I get grumpy!

MH: Besides forgoing TV watching, do you have any special techniques or "tricks" you use to help yourself write every day?
KSA: No special tricks. I open my laptop and start writing. If I don't have any ideas I "free write" for a while until something comes to me. If I am not writing I am probably reading or on Twitter! I also write a blog twice a month and maintain three websites. The trick to writing is to write. Every day. Period. I tend to spend a lot of time with social media/promoting which can suck up writing time so I have to be careful not to get too carried away with it.

MH: What comes most easily to you in writing?
KSA: Dialogue, hands down. It's the easiest thing for me to write and I have to be careful not to put too much dialogue into my books, 'cuz I will!

MH: I enjoy writing dialogue, also! What do you find most difficult in writing?
KSA: Editing is my least favourite part of writing. Of course I do it, but I don't like to edit.

MH: Which of your writing accomplishments so far is the most pleasing to you?
KSA: The fact that I have 15 projects available in just over a year on Amazon/Kindle etc. I am most excited about getting my stories to the readers. I enjoy all aspects of writing, editing aside. I was excited to put up my first book on Kindle/Nook/Smashwords, AINE about a 16-year-old girl who finds out she's a faerie. It's been one of my best selling books. My other best selling book is a YA historical called FITZROY: THE BOY WHO WOULD BE KING about Henry VIII's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. In fact FITZROY has now outsold AINE.

Although I am in the process of looking for an agent, I do enjoy the whole creating a book trailer, making my own covers and promoting part of self-publishing. I am currently putting up a YA Dystopian novel with zombies. I just made the cover and am working on formatting it and making the book trailer. All of my trailers are available on YouTube.

MH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with my readers?
KSA: If you like a book you've read, please review it on Amazon/Goodreads/Nook etc. It means so much to the author to get good reviews!

MH: Thanks for taking time for this interview. Best of luck with all of your writing projects, Kathleen!

Kathleen's website ( has links to all her books. You can also find her on Twitter (@kathleea) and she has an author fan page on Facebook (!/pages/Witch-Hunter/142372955812353).

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