As a child, Erika Kathryn pondered what she wanted to become when she grew up, as all normal kids do. Every week it changed; she wanted to be a Firefighter, a Chef, a Teacher, a Veterinarian, etc. So Erika’s lovely mother went out and bought her book after book on every occupation Erika could think of. In the end it turned out that the books themselves, not the career choices, interested Erika the most!
Erika Kathryn has her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from East Carolina University, major in Criminal Justice, minor in English. She’s been dreaming of Angels for over 10 years. She started the story of Audie when she was still in college (but doesn’t wish to share how long ago that was). She has written several other novels and many poems but none of which pull at her heartstrings the way Audie the Angel does. She is currently working on a girl-empowering Young Adult story that should be finished in early 2013. Shortly after that will begin the journey of Volume 2 for Audie the Angel.
When she isn’t writing Erika Kathryn reads to her beautiful Angel-Daughter, Kathryn Kay, and tells her that dreams DO come true while residing in Crete, IL. She also slaves away at her day job always day-dreaming of becoming a writer and making her daughter proud.
What inspires you to write?
My daughter was what inspired me to start writing again a couple of years ago. But before that, I just truly felt I was born to write and it would feel unnatural not to. I get ideas from everywhere. People I walk past, places I visit, sounds I hear, I can draw inspiration from just about anything.
Tell us about your writing process
I always start with writing a chapter outline to develop the bones of the book. I don’t always have all of the bones lined up perfectly at first, but that is the most exciting part of creating the story to me. Once the bones are on paper—and I print a hardcopy so I can take notes on it as I go—from there I just start to write! I have always felt that writing is the easy part; it comes really naturally to me. It’s the editing, redrafting, creating a query, submission tracking, marketing, etc that gets difficult.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
It is a ton of fun writing for children and young adults because they have very vivid imaginations and are more willing to accept the unbelievable.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do. I try to put myself in their shoes and think…”If I was___ how would I handle this?”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a HUGE fan of Amazon. I think I bought most, if not all, of the items in my home from Amazon, so to me, the answer was easy. I wanted to start with Amazon.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the opportunity of anyone being able to publish now is incredible, but at the same time, it literally pains me to see someone just pick up and start writing, get published so easily, when others who have worked so hard at it for years get passed up.
What genres do you write:: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Chick Lit
What formats are your books in: eBook
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