Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rite to Reign by Various Authors - Book Tour + Giveaway


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Featuring Stories from :

USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
Teresa Roman
JJ King writing with Candace Osmond
USA Today bestselling author SJ Davis writing with P. Mattern
Scott Hungerford
USA Today bestselling author Shawna Romkey
USA Today bestselling author Ash Krafton
USA Today bestselling author Christine Ashworth
Anna Santos
Melissa Winters
Colleen S. Myers
Andie M. Long
Alex H. Singh
Sabrina Ramoth
L.C. Ireland
Louisa Bacio
Grace White
Helen Scott
Carma Haley Shoemaker
Kyndra Hatch
Mirren Hogen & Stephanie Barr
E.B. Black
Ella Middaugh
Kat Parrish
Tanya Dawson

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Stuff about you (Kat Parrish):

What is something unique/quirky about you? I have a really strong innate sense of time. Without looking at a clock, at any time of the day or night, I can usually guess the time within five minutes, often right down to the second. It’s a totally useless skill but I wrote it into a novelette I wrote about time travelers. Having that skill—I called it “chrono-sense”—was a prerequisite into getting into the program.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! When I was editor of Orange Coast magazine in California, I got to pilot the Goodyear blimp, which is moored in a facility right by the 405 (San Diego) freeway. I used to pass it on my daily commute. A professional handled the “take off,” which was basically just unhooking the nose of the blimp from the little stand it was attached to and then the command over to me. You steer it with foot pedals like a paddle boat and little steering yoke. What surprised me the most was that it was very, very noisy. That joyride was possibly the most fun things I’ve ever done.

Where were you born/where did you grow up? I was born on an Army post just outside of Washington, D.C. My father was an Army lawyer, so I was in the enviable position of spending much of my childhood in Europe, first in Germany and then in France. I was so little when we first went to Germany that I was bilingual by the time we came back to the U.S. I’ve forgotten most of the German (except for some nursery rhymes), but I picked up French and have kept up with that. The really wonderful thing about growing up an Army brat is that my father got a month of paid vacation a year and he and my mother used it to travel. They took us with them, so I got to visit places as a child that would otherwise be on my bucket list.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? While I don’t want to die any time soon, the abstract concept of death doesn’t frighten me. My parents died within a year of each other when I was in my early thirties. My little sister died ten years ago. I believe there is an afterlife and I have people waiting for me there. So I would spend the day in celebration. I would grab my best friend and my passport and go to the warmest place I’ve never been. Doesn’t have to be a beach, it just has to be warm. There are many such places on my bucket list. There would also be much eating and drinking of good things. I’m a diabetic who controls my condition with strict eating and am essentially symptom-free as a result. Which means I haven’t had a slice of bread or a potato in almost a decade. I like bread. I LOVE potatoes. There would definitely be bread and butter. And potatoes. There would definitely be dessert. I would try parasailing. I’ve always been afraid of heights, but if I’m going to die anyway, what’s to be afraid of? I’d go snorkeling. I’d watch the sunset. I’d count my blessings. And then I’d let go.

Who is your hero and why? Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I am the black sheep in a family filled with lawyers—my grandfather, my father, my brother, my sister-in-law, my cousin. Even when I was working as an editor at a large city magazine in California, my father would say, “It’s not too late to go to law school.” (Preferably in Virginia where he lived so that I’d be a lot closer.) I admire the way she understands both he letter of the law and the spirit of it. I admire her feminism. I admire her intellect. I admire the way she has managed to have a balanced life—a wonderful love story with her husband, raising a family, having outside interests.

What are you passionate about these days? My parents were both activists. My father’s specialty (even as an Army lawyer) was civil rights. My mother was a newspaper columnist who wrote on 70s social issues that still resonate, including right-to-choose. I have always been a liberal but for the last few years, that liberalism has been ramped up to eleven. I am passionate about getting common sense gun laws in this country. It’s not just abstract, it’s personal. Remember the D.C. snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Muhammad? They drove around randomly shooting people, including one woman who was just gassing up her car. Her name was Lori Ann Louis-Rivera and she was a friend of my brother’s. Remember the San Bernardino shooting in 2015 that left 14 dead? One of the dead was a friend of a good friend. Remember the shooting spree in Vegas during a country musical festival? My oldest friend in California was there. She escaped unharmed. That shooting at a McDonald’s in Alabama near Auburn University? One of my fellow Rite To Reign authors was in that fast food restaurant just before the shooting started. “Gun control” is such a hot-button issue that people can’t even be rational about it anymore. If you even bring up the topic, people begin making assumptions about why you want to “take away the guns.” But here’s the thing. I grew up in a household with a gun. When I was a teenager, I learned how to shoot rifles and was good enough to compete, though I never did. When I started working for Joel Silver, one of Hollywood’s most prolific action movie producers, I went to the gun range to get a feel for the weapons that were in every script we worked on. I’m a good shot, as it turns out. (And those gun range experiences definitely showed up in my fiction—especially the time the dweeby little guy in the next lane pulled out a case with a Desert Eagle inside. The Desert Eagle is a REALLY BIG GUN. One version has a ten-inch barrel. It took everything I had not to say, “Compensating for something?” The slaughter in schools sickens me. I have friends with little kids who have to go through “active shooter” drills. Seriously? And thinking of the parents of the little kids slaughtered in Sandy Hook who were brushed off by their political representatives who said they really couldn’t do anything about what happened. SERIOUSLY???? But I rant. I wrote an essay for Disarm, a gun sense anthology that has probably only sold about a dozen copies. I don’t make a lot of money, but if you’ve got a charity anthology, you’ve got my support, as a writer, as a reader, as a buyer. (And I also have a nice collection of political t-shirts.) This is not a time in America to be disengaged.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I watch movies. I used to see everything. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I probably saw four or five movies a week. I used to live next to a grungy old theater that offered double features for a dollar. My roommate and I would go and fill up on their cheap popcorn. Then there were the dollar movies at the L.A. Museum of Art—they’d do themed festivals of rom coms or “movies before the Code, or films noir. Plus there were free screenings and test screenings and the plus one tickets people always had. Writer’s Guild members can use their WGA cards to get into free screenings on the weekends and one of my friends used to lend me his card. (They didn’t really check the names back then.) Plus I reviewed movies for a couple of different websites that are all gone now, unfortunately. I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to my entertainment. I like character-driven, issues-oriented dramas as much as I like Avengers movies. I own a couple of movies that I’ll turn to when I need a laugh, like Galaxy Quest or Saving Grace or Zoolander. A movie I missed in the theaters but can’t wait to see is Oceans 8, because I read the script and thought it was hilarious and I love all the women in the cast. (It’s been out on DVD since September but I’ve been buried in deadlines.) I love movies. Which is a good thing because my day job is reading scripts and books for a number of Hollywood production companies and producers. I’ve been working with the same group of people for more than two decades doing what my grandmother once described as “writing book reports for a living.” That’s how I pay my rent. It is the Best. Job. Ever.

Stuff about the Book:

What inspired you to write this book? The theme of the boxed set is “royal witches.” I was intrigued by the idea of taking an historical figure and making her a witch because I love urban fiction. I thought of Queen Elizabeth the first but was drawn to Catherine the Great because I’ve had an idea for a trilogy of stories in which the Romanov/Communist dynamic plays out with fairies and humans, with the Romanovs being the “feya,” which is the Russian word for fairy. The time frame of the books would go from just before the Revolution into Putin’s Russia and Catherine’s story would be a sort of prequel.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Secret Hexe? The title character, the secret witch in the story, is the German princess Sophie who becomes Catherine the Great. She’s surrounded by a number of real-life people, her mother Johanna (who did not love her), Empress Elizabeth of Russia, Grand Duke Peter, her husband, and King Frederick of Prussia (Frederick the Great). Even the character of Babette, Sophie’s nurse/governess, was taken from real life. I also used (more or less) the historical record in constructing these characters’ relationships to each other. Grand Duke Peter was a man-child who preferred playing with his collection of tin soldiers to having sex with his wife. (At one point in their marriage, he suggested she dress as a soldier to see if it would rouse his enthusiasm.)
The other characters were just people I made up, like the were-bear who becomes one of Catherine’s allies and the Russian witch who is inserted into her household in St. Petersburg to help her. I did a lot of research on Russian names and culture to fill out the details of these minor characters. I have a tendency to fall in love with supporting characters and in this book one of my favorite characters was Arkady Lebedev, the were-bear. He’s only in one scene but I imagined him as being played by Brian Blessed or Brian Cox—this kind of over-sized character—a giant version of the dwarf Gimli.
I had been intrigued by Catherine before I started the book, I became fascinated by her as my research continued. My book ends the night after her wedding, more than a decade before she becomes Empress, but even before she took the throne, she was known to be an advocate for ending capital punishment, for the education of women, and for Enlightenment ideas. But at the same time, some of her pronouncements sound very Putin-esque. For example, one of her most-quoted lines is, “The only way I can protect my borders is to expand them.” So I loved writing Catherine and charting her journey as she seizes the power she feels destined to wield.
Who designs your book covers? It depends. I buy a lot of pre-mades—sometimes from designers on Book Cover Designer, sometimes from designers with big names and followings, like Ravven and Lou Harper of Cover Designs. I also have a friend who barters book covers for beta reads and she’s done a ton of covers for me. But I stockpile covers and actually use them as story prompts. I have a LOT of covers for work I won’t be able to write until 2020 or so. The cover I currently have for Secret Hexe was designed by a guy who calls himself betibup. I’ve bought about half a dozen covers from him for the short stories and novellas I’ve put up on Amazon as “short reads.” It’s a little generic, so when I publish it as a stand-alone, I’ll probably get something custom.
What can we expect from you in the future? I have an urban fantasy trilogy—Brotherhood of Stone—coming out in early 2019. The prequel novelette, Vaikus, published at the end of October. It’s about gargoyles and I have a whole mythology built up around who the gargoyles are and what their mission is. I also have a follow-up to my novel Magic in the Blood, Santa Muerte, new this fall. They’re part of a series I call “La Bruja Roja” (the Red Witch), set in a border town in Texas. The heroine is a young Mexican-American woman who has inherited her grandmother’s power as a bruja, or witch. I have several other projects going, including a charity anthology I edited for All Due Respect Books. It’s a collection of fiction, non-fiction, and poems built around the them of “immigration,” called Strangers in a Strange Land. I’m very proud of that book, and will probably do other, similar themed anthologies in the future. Other than that, just expect MORE. After all, I already have all those covers!!

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? I learned that an outline really can be your best friend. I’d always worked from a loose “structure” but it wasn’t always a solid outline. I outlined Secret Hexe, though, and it saved my life. One day I turned out a marathon 10K words. I’d never hit that benchmark before—I think my personal best was 5K. Outlines really do up your productivity and they don’t kill your creativity, which is what I’d always feared.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers? Thank you.

How did you come up with name of this book (Secret Hexe)? I wanted to use the word “witch” but I didn’t want to be too “on-the-nose” about it. I found out the German word for Witch is HEXE, the root word four English word “hex” or “spell.” So since Catherine the Great was really German, I thought it would be a great word to use in the title. And “Secret” because it’s a secret that she’s a witch. I like the title, but my best friend, a USA TODAY bestselling novelist, absolutely despises it. So…I’d love to hear what other people think.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be? I love this question. It would probably smell like Chanel’s “Russian Leather,” a sensual scent with hints of amber and exotic woods, maybe a hint of dark tobacco. Catherine hated the “Oriental” influences she found at the Russian court, so she would not have worn one of those heavily aromatic scents, no matter how gorgeous. But she might have approved a scent that evoked the dark fir and bright birch Russian forests, especially in winter, all covered with sparkling snow, something you might find in the archives of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s perfumes. Or something like Thymes’ “Forest Birch” candle.


Stuff about Writing/ Reading:

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors? Stephen King is my favorite writer and his book The Stand is a modern classic. He is fantastic with characters. I also really like Robert McCammon, whose Swan Song is the second-best post-apocalyptic novel ever written. The late, great Tanith Lee! I loved the way she worked with words, piling them on top of each other like an artist uses oil paints. She was gone much too soon. The first book by her I ever read was Kill the Dead, a novella paired up with her vampire story Sabella in a Science Fiction Book Club offering called Sometime After Sunset. I loved that story so much I promptly read every single thing she’d written up to that point. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series turned me on to urban fantasy. Those books were so much fun. I am also a huge fan of Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachian ballad mysteries and her stand-alone book, St. Dale. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is another favorite. I love the mixture of crime and romance. I am in awe of the stylistic genius of Joan Didion and when I was in high school I tried very hard to write the way she did in Slouching Toward Bethlehem. I am a huge fan of the non-fiction writers Sebastian Junger, John McPhee, and Erik Larson—not just Devil in the White City but Isaac’s Storm and In the Garden of Beasts. And last but not least, I’m a genuine Shakespeare geek. I loved that he made up words when he couldn’t find one to suit. (Did you know he invented the word “umbrella?”) The first Shakespeare play I ever saw was not one of the usual, it was Coriolanus and I was hooked. My favorites are The Tempest, Macbeth, and Coriolanus. And Much Ado About Nothing, because I’m a sucker for a happy ending..

How long have you been writing? I have been writing since elementary school. I had my first professional by-line the day before I turned seventeen. (Yes, I’m still very proud of that.) I’ve been writing fiction since 2007. Before that I had written a few screenplays but had never tried straight-out fiction. Then one day I went to a medical appointment with a friend and we were there for HOURS. It was really hot in the waiting room and it was crowded and I hadn’t brought anything to read, so while my friend went in and out of various offices, I just started writing a story. I then submitted it to a contest and won second prize--$100. It was called “Just Another Day in Paradise” and it became the title story in my first collection of stories written under my own name. (I write crime fiction and horror as “Katherine Tomlinson,” fantasy and science fiction and urban fiction as “Kat Parrish,” and cozy romance and mystery as “Katherine Moore.” I wrote a LOT of short stories the first few years, nearly all of them crime fiction. A couple of years ago, I began to transition to longer work. I honestly thought I’d never be able to reach a 40K threshold.


Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? I almost always begin my story with a character. Sometimes a story will start with the concept—I have a dystopian tale coming out called Blind Tithe that I created from the inside out and had to build the characters out. For Magic in the Blood, I started with the idea that if magic were real, people in the border towns being devastated by narco violence, could go to a witch and get help. And that let me to Aixa Riley, my heroine, who was born in Mexico, raised in the US, and back in the small town of her birth just as a cartel moves into town, protected by a very powerful dark force.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? I tend to do my research in two phases. When I first decided I was going to be writing about Catherine the Great, I ordered a bunch of books to supplement what I could find on Wikipedia and so forth. (any excuse to buy books.) I had read Eva Stachniak’s wonderful novels about Catherine (highly recommended to anyone who loves historical fiction) and loved them, but I didn’t really know that much about the real Catherine. So I used the books to get an idea of her basic character and the “big events” of her life. Then, once I started writing, I had to do constant research. I wanted to use the word “lickspittle” to describe a minor character. But I had to make sure the word was actually in use in the mid-19th century. I checked on details of Russian feasts. I found out what Catherine the Great’s favorite dish was—sturgeon and champagne soup—and what she liked to drink. And on and on. It was great fun but research can be a rabbit hole. You start looking at one thing and before you know it, you’ve just read an article on something called sea silk. (A surprisingly engaging topic!)

Do you see writing as a career? Yes. I worked in magazines and newspapers before I segued over to my current gig as a “story analyst” (the movie industry’s term for “reader”). I’ve written screenplays, including two for movies that were made, and one produced television episode, and one produced web series pilot. I’ve ghost-written dozens of “how to” books as a side hustle when things were lean on the script side. (Reading is a seasonal thing—the whole industry shuts down from about Thanksgiving to Superbowl Sunday.) What I would like to do is make a living from my fiction writing. I know it can be done but I’m not there yet.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre? I am a reader. I’ve had a library card since I could first sign my name to a card. I used to keep a journal of what I read with little notes on each book but after I filled the journal, I stopped. Now I post reviews on GoodReads to keep track. I read for a living, which gives me access to a wider range of books than I might pick to read myself. My favorite genres are urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and mystery or any mix of them. I started a mystery book club when I moved away from L.A. as a way to meet people and we’re now in our third year. I wouldn’t normally read a lot of “literary fiction” but for my job I’ve read some great books. I’m currently recommending Peng Shepherd’s debut novel The Book of M. She does amazing things with point of view. I was also dazzled by the highly praised Sweetbitter, a coming of age novel about a young woman in New York learning her way around fine food and wine while working at a restaurant. It really is as good as you’ve heard. Jeanette Winterson’s Shakespeare retelling The Gap of Time led me to her other works, including the classic, Sexing the Cherry. She is a masterful stylist. So while I have favorite genres, I’m really pretty omnivorous. I don’t read comic books or graphic novels, though. The form baffles me—especially when you have to read sideways and counter-clockwise to get what’s going on. I did read some of Neil Gaiman’s early stuff for work, and it was lovely, but I prefer his later novels.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why? I spent my college years in an insanely noisy dormitory so I can block out almost any kind of noise. Which is a good thing because where we live now, we have a neighbor who likes to do projects that involve saws cutting metal and lots and lots of hammering. Accompanied by music played at ear-bleed levels. (He’s not being obnoxious, he’s partially deaf.) Before that, I lived in an apartment on one of Los Angeles’ busiest streets and my windows were always open because I hate air conditioning. At this point, I don’t think I could work in silence. The one thing I can’t do is listen to music with words. Soundtracks yes, but if music has lyrics, it distracts me. I also can’t listen to stations like NPR because I get too caught up in the stories. (I never can listen to audio books when I’m driving either. I get too engrossed in the story and find I’m not paying enough attention to the driving.)

Pen or type writer or computer? Both. I carry a notebook with me everywhere in case I get a story idea while I’m out and about. But every time I start a new project, I open one of those “composition notebooks” you can buy. In it I jot down ideas and sometimes stray bits of dialogue. Sometimes character sketches. I know I could do all that on the computer, but sometimes I have ideas after I’ve shut the computer off for the night and I don’t want to lose them or scratch them out on random bits of paper. But also, I once wrote a whole novella longhand when my computer died over a long weekend and I couldn’t get the part I needed to fix it. It took me a day to transcribe it when my computer was back in action.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision? I never really “decided” to become an author. I know that as far back as childhood, I wanted to earn a living as a writer, although back then, that meant working for a newspaper and breaking some great story. But the thing about newspaper writing is that you get the who, what, and where but until the modern hybrid opinion/journalism started happening, you never really got the “why.” I was always interested in the “why.” I’d always made up stories for my own amusement. When I was a child, I shared a bedroom with my little sister, who was an insomniac from the day she was born. I would tell her stories to lull her to sleep. So telling stories to a bigger audience just seemed natural. And after winning that contest with my very first “professional” short story, I was as hooked as any opioid addict. I write nearly every day unless the day job work is so crazy I fall into bed exhausted. I understand now why writers continue series for ten, twenty, thirty stories. You do fall in love with your characters and you want to know what’s going to happen to them. Plus, writing can be a great escape. My sister died the year I sold my first short story and I worked through my grief in fiction. One of the reviewers of my first collection of stories said that she thought they were well-written but depressing. She was right. I’ve since lightened up, but it was a tough time for a while. My tax returns say I’m a writer/editor. When I fill out a contribution form and am asked what I do for a living, the answer is the same. It’s part of my identity now.

Advice they would give new authors? Write. Write as much as you can. Stephen King likes to say it takes writing a million words before you really know what you’re doing, so get those million words in. I’d say, “Don’t limit yourself.” If you want to write a space opera with androids and zombies, go for it. If you really want to write a historical novel about someone no one’s ever heard of, follow your passion. Nothing is ever wasted. You’ll learn your craft and you’ll feel the thrill of accomplishment. I’d even say write fan fic if you’re interested in that. One of the most successful indie authors I know—she makes close to seven figures a year—started out writing fan fiction. Enjoy yourself. And while you’re writing those million words, you’ll realize that you’re drawn to some subjects and concepts and themes. You’ll find your voice. Yes, read the books. By all means take the classes. And keep reading. There are so many great books out there that will help you hone your craft. But the best thing you can do is write.

What are common traps for aspiring writers? Not trusting yourself. You really have to be a little arrogant when you first start out. I don’t mean that you shouldn’t have your work edited and proofed and beta read. But too much feedback, especially at first, can be paralyzing. I worked with a writer who was a very good storyteller but not so good with the actual writing. She came to me for a developmental edit after getting back a manuscript so full of track changes notes (five or six on every sentence) that the pages were unreadable. She needed “meta notes” before we got to the nitty gritty. And working that way, she was able to find her story and create an incredibly moving story with fantastic characters and a gorgeous sense of place. But she was convinced her work was terrible. Another trap is getting caught up in “the next big thing.” The best example is all the “billionaire bondage books” that came out in the wake of Fifty Shades. But there are so many trends—dragon shifters and reverse harem and all the books with “Origins” in their titles. It can be frustrating sometimes to look at the bestseller lists and see so many books that are not very good but that are selling because they somehow got caught up in a wave. (And yes, I realize “not very good” is a subjective judgment.) So there’s the temptation to write the Billionaire Scotsman Were-Bear Firefighter’s Wife and cross your fingers and hope for the best. In general, I think it’s a bad idea to try to chase trends. I see it in my day job all the time. You’ll see an article in the New Yorker and three weeks later, a script about the topic of the article will land on my virtual desk. (That’s how we ended up with two movies about Truman Capote and a movie and a miniseries about the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson.) The other thing is that there are a lot of predators out there selling expensive “publishing packages” or courses that purport to help writers take a shortcut to success. There are well-established professionals—like Mark Dawson and Rebecca Hamilton and Joanna Penn—who know what they’re talking about and give value for money, but there are a lot of pretenders and when you’re just starting out, it’s hard to separate the signal from noise, the winners from the wannabees. It’s appalling to see people offering thousand dollar packages to format a book, when you can get people on Fiverr to do it for less than a hundred dollars if you can’t do it yourself. So watch out for predators. Trust yourself. And finally, there’s the trap of talking about the book so much you never actually get around to writing it. We ALL know that person. S/he had a great idea…five years ago…but something’s always gotten in the way. And there are always excuses. There’s no time to write. (I’m kind of unsympathetic about that one. How much television do you watch a day? If you watch TV, you have time to write.) It’s okay to brainstorm with people. It’s okay to share ideas. But don’t let that be the only creative thing you do. You have to actually write to be a writer.

How long on average does it take you to write a book? There is no average. One summer when day job work was slow, I ended up working for a content mill. For three months I churned out one 40K how-to book every three days for the princely sum of $100. The pace almost killed me and I still earned barely enough to pay my rent. I started one book back in 2013 and I’ll finally finish it this year. For next year, I’ve challenged myself to completing a novel a month. (Assuming a novel is 40k. I’m not quite ready to attempt 60K in one month.) On alternate months, I intend to write novella-length “episodes” of various series I want to “try out” to see if they catch fire. I have some cozy romance ideas (and already have four covers) so those will be the first. I’ve outlined them all and am going to try to write all four “books” in one month. Probably won’t get much else done. I sometimes have trouble with work/life balance but…I feel like gathering momentum is the key and the key to momentum, at least right now, is finishing more books.
Do you believe in writer’s block? I know a lot of writers who suffer from writer’s block and I’ve come to believe that it’s more of a confidence issue than anything else. I have a friend who’s a terrific writer but she’ll analyze what she’s writing to death. And the more she analyzes it, the more she hates it and the result is she doesn’t write very much. But I came to fiction with a reporter’s mindset. There’s no writer’s block in journalism. If you don’t write your story, you’re out of a job. I spent a year working for aol.com as a writer-in-residence, creating weekly chapters of a serial novel. Halfway through the gig, AOL wanted twice-weekly instalments. There were times I uploaded the stories just hours before they ran, but I never missed a deadline. Because I couldn’t.
What is your writing Kryptonite? Distraction of any kind is the bane of a writer’s existence, especially when we’re juggling multiple tasks and multiple roles and multiple deadlines. For me, the absolute biggest distraction is the news. I’m a former reporter and a lifetime news junkie and no matter what side of the political divide you’re on, the news cycle right now is constant and it’s never boring. If there’s something unusual going on—a hurricane approaching Florida, where my brother lives—or something controversial, like the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, I constantly click away from whatever I’m writing to see what’s happening on CNN or Yahoo news or the BBC or whatever. I have wasted hours doing that. And unlike email, which you can click off, I can’t really turn off the internet because I am always fact-checking or looking something up for my writing. (Research can be a huge time-suck too but it’s RESEARCH!!!)









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  1. I enjoyed the interview with Kat it was so interesting and it's great to know more things about an author.

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