I "met" Kathleen on the Twitterverse last fall, and she quickly became one of my favorite people. Not only is she supportive of bloggers and writers, but she is so darn funny.
Thanks for being here, Kathleen!
Kathleen Kole: I, too, have been asked this question and often get the feeling that the questioner is hoping I'll say something like: I hunt them down, or eavesdrop on other people's lives. Sadly (for the questioner) both of those responses are 100 percent not my reality. I couldn't take snippets from the lives of people to whom I am close, it would feel odd and downright creepy. So, in a long-winded manner, my reply is that stories/characters find me. Sounds rather wishy-washy I'll admit, but it's still the truth. (For instance this current book, Favorable Conditions, came to me in a flash and the first draft was written in a matter of weeks.)
CTW: What planning, if any, do you do before writing your books?
KK: I am a planner, no question. Once a story arrives in my thoughts to be written, I go to work acquainting myself with the characters and plotting what their experiences will be until they arrive at the end of their story. I always know my ending before I begin.
CTW: You've been pretty prolific lately with your books. What kind of a writing schedule do you follow to stay so productive?
KK: Once I dive into the creation of a novel, I take whatever moments are offered to get it done. That can mean I write in the daytime, the evening, or part of both. I have a family, so I have to keep my flexibility and be able to write when the opportunity presents itself. No "Diva" stuff going on here! haha!
CTW: How do you motivate yourself to keep writing when you're feeling unmotivated or at a standstill?
KK: I'm an "all or nothing" sort of gal. That means, when I'm into a story I stay there until it gets done. I admit, in my twenties I didn't possess this same sort of stick-to-it attitude. However, time, family and maturity has allowed me to develop the side of myself that says, "If you're going to start it, you're going to finish it."
KK: All of my characters have aspects about them that I appreciate. That being said I do have a few favs, one in particular being Thomas MacLeod. I love his "dance to the beat of his own drum" personality. With Thomas, anything can happen. His character is more heavily featured in my previous novel, Dollars to Donuts, but does have a cameo in Favorable Conditions.
CTW: What has been the greatest lesson you've learned so far on your writing adventure?
KK: If you really desire to create substance out of your dreams, you can. It may take time and effort, but do you have something better to do?
CTW: Now that you have a few published books under your belt, has the whole process gotten easier?
KK: Ha! No! The beginning is always the beginning, no matter how many novels are finished. I'm embarking upon my fourth and I still have to start at the beginning. The only thing I might say is "easier" is knowing the process and realizing I can get to the end.
CTW: You recently bragged to me that you regularly do cartwheels. I'm struggling with my form. How do you execute an awesome cartwheel?
KK: Haha! Well, Laura, my best advice might sound trite, but it's true: SEE the cartwheel. FEEL the cartwheel. BE the cartwheel. BELIEVE in the cartwheel.
CTW: And now for the most important question: Why do you think you're worthy of being my writer crush? Just kidding. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
KK: Please, enjoy the process. Remember that the point of writing is for the joy of it. Be kind to yourself and try your best to not take it all so seriously. Compare yourself to no one — ever.
CTW: Is there anything else you'd like to share?
KK: I hope my readers enjoy Favorable Conditions and if they are interested in what's coming in 2012, have a peek at my website to read about the next two books scheduled for release this year.
Thank you so much, Laura, for allowing me this opportunity to answer your questions. It's always a thrill and a privilege to be invited to a blogger's site and be treated with kindness.
Born in Edmonton AB, Kathleen began storytelling in grade school. She has many fond memories of passing summer afternoons, out on the swings in her backyard, creating tales that entertained her neighborhood friends.
When she finally decided to venture from her backyard, Kathleen pursued a career in storytelling. She graduated from college with a Diploma in Radio and Television Arts and traveled the path of freelance writing for numerous local newspapers.
Many years later, too many to talk about without seeming rude and nosey, Kathleen has channeled her imagination to the pages of her novels. She hopes that you enjoy her tales and encourages you to feel free to read her stories on the swing set in your own backyard.
Kathleen has traveled from Edmonton, to a new backyard with a lovely mountain view. She spends time there with her beloved husband, adored son and silly dog. They let her tell them stories and always laugh in all of the correct places. She’s lucky, and she knows it.
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