Tell us a bit about your writing – How long have you been writing? How many books have you written and in what genres?
I’ve been writing for about eleven years now. I started writing children’s books and then decided to try an adult novel. It turned out to be a romance and the start of the greatest adventure ever. My love affair with romance hasn’t ended yet. I began writing inspirational romance, then tried a contemporary. Soon after that, I was published. How many books? I have about fifteen to twenty books on my PC but only a handful have found success.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Even as a child, I dreamed of writing my own books. I showed some talent at school but never pursued it. My dream began to resurface when we were living in Zambia and I was bored.
Where is your favourite spot in which to write? Garden? Study? Kitchen table? In bed?
I enjoy the study the most. I like a neat place and I prefer my computer on a desk than on my lap. My best moments of writing though are in the car on a Tuesday waiting for my daughter to finish Cubs as I don’t have any person or the internet to distract me.
How long does it take you to write the first rough draft of one of your books?
It depends. Most times it takes about four to six months. I have written a rough draft in a month for Nanowrimo but that was very rough.
Do you prefer to write with pen and paper or straight to the computer?
I touch type much faster than I could ever write so prefer the computer.
Do you plan a plot out in great detail before writing or start with the basics and let the book evolve that way?
I plan the basics of my plot in my head – sometimes including quite a bit of detail and then I write. When I take a break and do other things, the next step in the plot becomes clear.
Do you ever get part way through writing a book and find the characters are leading the story off in a different direction to how you had envisaged?
Oh yes, many times! That’s why I never plan a book too rigidly because something always changes. Mostly though, the ending works out how I planned.
Who is your favourite character from all the books you have written and why?
Winston Harper from Three Tiers for Win is still my favourite. I love a tough yet wounded hero.
Is there such a thing as an average writing day for you and if so what is it?
Lol, I’m very sporadic. Because writing isn’t my day job, I try to fit it into any free time I have. Some days, I just work on promo and other days, I write like crazy. I write in spurts. One day, when writing becomes my day job – well, I would really like that, then I could say I write maybe 4k a day.
How do you create the characters in your books?
I normally start off from what they do for a living – what they’re passionate about and then work from there. To me, that often shows the essence of who they are and creates a background for the story.
What is your favourite book of all time?
I honestly do not have a favourite. There are too many good books out there.
What is your favourite film of all time?
What was your journey to being a published author?
I started writing romance in 2007. I self-published my first novel in 2009 – not a good idea. I wasn’t ready to be out there and the sales were absolutely dismal. Since then, I’ve written so many books but many of them were just learning curves. My first ever contemporary novel was taken under Stephanie Taylor’s wing – the owner of Astraea Press. She worked with me to get it into shape. It actually never materialised and I can see why when I go back and read it. Armed with all she’d taught me and what I’d learned from my fellow writers of the Romance Writers of South Africa group (ROSA), I wrote “Wedding Gown Girl.” It was published in September 2012 and to be honest, I’ve been quite overwhelmed by my life since then – I actually now have three other books out with Astraea Press and another out with Decadent Publishing.
Biggest myth about being a novelist?
That it’s easy. That you make lots of money as soon as you get published.
Advice to aspiring novelists?
Don’t give up on your dream. Keep writing, learning and get some critiques from seasoned writers. Take criticism from them because it will propel you into your future.
Three Tiers for Win
Three Tiers for Win is a story of adventure, romance, and family passion that unfolds with the backdrop of the 2012 London Olympics. Elaine said she would never date an athlete as they’re too driven. That’s until she meets kind, yet intensely focused and ambitious South African Olympic swimmer, Winston Harper. He stands for everything she’d chosen not to go for. Win also has a bad family history which keeps him from opening his heart to her. When intense attraction and affection breaks through some of their barriers, family secrets and conflicts pull them apart again. Only Elaine’s support and Win’s brokenness can draw them back together, but will that be strong enough to wipe away the past?
Her hands shook as she spooned the mixture back into the food processor and he came closer to peer into the bowl. Electricity seemed to ooze out of his pores instead of sweat. She had a strong desire to rub the raised hairs on her arms.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“I’ll mix the baking powder into a paste and add it in.” Wish he would go away so I can do this in peace.
“Aren’t the guys missing you?” she asked.
“Trying to get rid of me?”
Her cheeks throbbed, and she steadied the dish she was holding with all the willpower left inside of her.
“I’ll only go if you let me make myself some coffee. The other guys are drinking sports and fruit drinks. I feel like coffee.”
She laughed. “Are you eating right for your training?”
“Okay.” She couldn’t help smiling. This guy was becoming more and more appealing with each minute.
“Ooh, there’s biltong.”
“It’s Mick’s. But I have some chocolate if you’re in the mood for being naughty.” Why did she say that? Now her face must be as red as a tomato because of the thoughts running through her head.
“Do you think he’ll mind if I grab some?”
She considered offering to buy Mick some more. The poor guy was starved. “What exactly did my brother buy for you all tonight?”
“Chicken salad.” The face he pulled forced a strange squeaky giggle out of her. She would have given her usual trill laugh if she didn’t feel so embarrassed and overwhelmed with strange feelings for the guy.
“I wish I had something else to offer you.”
“Come out to dinner with me. Then I can order a man-sized steak.”
Flustered was not a strong enough word for Elaine at that moment. She could swear the temperature in the kitchen was as hot as the oven and that the room was about to explode. “I have to bake a cake.”
“That can wait, can’t it? Tomorrow’s another day. If you want, I’ll help you with it.”
The guy was probably aiming to get into the Olympics team. They had two months left before the trials. He couldn’t be serious about giving up a training day to help some silly girl bake a wedding cake? That idea didn’t match the solid, oozing-with-masculinity man with piercing steel blue eyes, standing a mere two feet from her. She must be dreaming. Maybe she’d fallen asleep next to Peggy on the sofa, and she would wake up to find this all a crazy dream.
“I think a cup of coffee will have to do then.” He turned around and pushed the kettle button on. She hadn’t said ‘no,’ and now he was giving up. Her heart plummeted to zero in two seconds. She’d just missed the opportunity of her life to go on a date with the hunkiest piece of male on the planet.
What was she thinking? Of course it wasn’t a good idea. She wasn’t setting herself up for disappointment going with someone smooth and driven like him who would hurt her as soon as the athletic or model type woman came along.
Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three children, one a teenager, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
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