I think the most common question I get is, “Have I always written?” Nope! I am a reader, first and forever. Well, of course I tried my hand at writing . . . alot . . . when I was younger, but writing was work, so I read instead. If you were to ask, I suppose I would tell you that although writing is tough, it’s not as hard as my worst job.
Gail: Alright Katy, then what was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Katy: I didn’t have to think too hard on this one. My worst job was when I was in my senior year of high school, and I answered an ad for an “educator” in the paper. I thought it would be great experience since I would be starting college to be a teacher soon. Before the day was through, I had a leather bound case over my shoulder and a street of doors to knock on…and have them slammed in my face. I was selling encyclopedias. Ugh!
So Gail, can we move onto a more pleasant question: You’d like to know if I prefer oceans or mountains? Can I say both? One of my favorite states is Washington because it offers both at the same time. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. The power of the Pacific Ocean with the majesty of Mt. Rainier in the backdrop. Stunning. And the sunsets on the horizon are breathtaking and serene.
Gail: Speaking of horizons, what’s next on yours?
Katy: I have a new series beginning December 1, 2015 for Love Inspired Suspense. The first of three books to take place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire will include an army captain and his faithful service dog, Promise, a golden Labrador retriever. I spent some time with the service dogs being trained for their masters returning home from war with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The series will include a racing theme that follows more like the Fast & Furious movies rather than Nascar racing, but the series name explains it all. It’s called “Roads to Danger” and the first book is Silent Night Pursuit.
Gail: What is your writing process? Honestly, I’m still testing what works, especially since what used to work for me suddenly stopped. I used to write at night after 7PM. My children had me all day, and the evening became my time. I enjoyed my late nights, but I noticed my writing slowing down, my brain shutting off when I needed it to perform. I started to get nervous that I wouldn’t make my deadlines. But I had no other time in my day to write. Then I read an article about productivity, and the question the author of the article asked was: When is your brain most functional and who do you give that time of the day to?
I thought about it, but I already knew the answer. My mornings have always been my best time, my afternoons the worst. In college, I knew never to take a class in the afternoon. It was snoozeville all the way. So, okay, I had the answer to the first part, but what about the second? Who’s getting my best time?
I realized I spent one to two hours every morning answering and responding to emails and requests made by other people looking for me to help them be productive. They were requesting things from me, and I was responding, believing I was getting things off my plate so I could go about my day. I’m not saying ignore people, especially if it’s your boss, but now I choose to begin my mornings each day with 500-1,000 words in my manuscript before I even open my email. It takes me about one hour to reach that number, so I know if I start at 6AM, I can get my writing out of the way when my brain is most efficient. Then, bring on the emails, and the kids looking for breakfast, and my employer sending requests. Writing is my career, and I want my stories to be the best they can be. But that requires me giving it my best time of the day.
Since starting this regimen, I have been extremely productive, even making my deadlines early. I am seriously thinking I might be able to write another book a year at this rate, increasing my productivity to three books a year. The process has been golden to me, so we shall see.
Gail: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Thank you for having me today. I enjoyed sharing.
Gail: Katy it’s a pleasure, thank you for visiting us today.
RITA® nominee Katy Lee is the author of six published novels. She writes suspenseful romances that thrill and inspire and believes all of her stories should stir and satisfy the reader—from the edge of her seat. A native New Englander, Katy loves to knit warm wooly things. She enjoys traveling the side-roads and exploring the locals’ hideaways. A homeschooling mom of three competitive swimmers, Katy often writes from the stands while cheering them on.
Katy is an active member of CTRWA, (Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America). Visit Katy at www.KatyLeeBooks.com
Readers, do you have any questions for Katy, please ask away.