Katherine L. Holmes lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where she does much of her writing in the winter. She also works with used books. Her first published book, The House in Windward Leaves, became a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the NIEA awards. She’s had three other books published. Those and more about her can be found at her website: https://sites.google.com/site/katherinelholmesauthorprofile/
What inspires you to write?
Experiences inspire me, especially when they are over. What is gone inspires when it would still be good in the present. I want to re-create settings and life that feels remarkable. This is also because life is perplexing and there seems to be a mystery to it. What perplexes me drives me to write, and often, I feel a definite desire to present issues or dilemmas.
Tell us about your writing process
I write drafts. The first ones are usually quickly written and are skeletal of the final, the bones sticking out. I don’t work with a traditional outline but I see a story in journey terms. Events are stars on the map while I’m not certain about the particulars in getting there. Often, I work that part out in my head prior to writing, and basically, I try out scenes and plot details in subsequent drafts, or I fill that in. The final drafts are for crafting the story and for editing it.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
It’s very creative and can contain more humor or spontaneous response. Action and consequences follow more directly. Adults have histories. Their responses come from experience and their personalities. Yet adult fiction often follows similar story lines.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. Once they are strong, they will bounce off each other and that is what I listen for – the reaction and response of one character in a situation and then another.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to self-publish because I worked in publishing some years ago. My children’s fantasy seemed the most ready and there were so many fantasies out there that the competition for publication was high. I submitted other books and had two published by small publishers. My book of short stories was published after winning the Prize Americana for Fiction.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That is a confusing topic. When publishing changed so radically in a matter of ten years, it’s hard to know what the future will bring. I can imagine that publishers besides the Big Six will hang in there and gain the trust of the book buyers. Self-publishing might offer what publishers don’t. Actually, I think of it like the restaurant business. It is possible that readers will want certain offerings and styles – they certainly have with regional publishers – and that these readers will look at the book industry differently. Or like the music industry, there might be more room for unique voices and grass roots endeavors. The readers might get used to trying new voices.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write:: Children’s, YA, Adult Fiction. Also one-act plays and non-fiction.
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