Author: Kat de Falla
Pub. Date: May 24, 2018
Publisher: Kat de Falla
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than she bargained for. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica?
Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love in this fast-paced chick lit romance.-->
1.What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
I have a brilliant flash of an idea…of a book I MYSELF would like to read and go from there. I do a lot more plotting now than I did when I first started my writing journey. But I love and need the whole process to be as organic as possible, less scripted and more from the heart. Plotting helps tighten your story arc, helps scenes flow and makes the whole book more cohesive. Truth be told, I love the whole process.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I believe it’s best to write the book. Just GO and let if FLOW. Write it and come back and fix things later. This gives the writer’s emotions free reign to fully express themselves. If a book is too structured or outlined, and the writer has a strict schedule, it becomes too much like a job. Writing is my creative outlet so when I’m in a recliner with my feet up…words flow. Of course, after the story is done, I write, re-write, have my writing partner tear it apart, then write more. Writing is rewriting. But as a writing teacher once said, “Fiction is about a character in a story with problem.” Starting there is the best advice I’ve ever had.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
For many years, I was a member of RWA. I met so many great authors and made connections I still have. I have a core group of people who read and critique my work for overall content, then it’s back to the drawing board. I also had an amazing content and line editor for this book, Kelly Hashway.
4. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
That’s a great question! For The Seer’s Lover, I had a creepy experience late at night in the pharmacy. That’s how The 7 Archangels Series started. I lived in a VERY haunted house and that’s where the idea for First Contact and the Haunts for Sale series started. We had a pet rat and that’s where the idea for Flying Mutant Zombie Rats came from. And after my vivid imagination ran wild during a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, NOT FOR ME was born.
5. How long have you been writing?
As long as I can remember. I was writing poems and stories in elementary school. I sat down to write my first novel in November 2009. The time just felt right. I’ve never looked back and haven’t stopping writing since.
6. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Open your computer. Create a new word document. Type your emotions. Dreams. Ideas. Feelings. Fears. Let the story evolve and grow.
After you write a few chapters, stop and go read anything, everything on how to create a beautiful story. Work with a creative writing teacher. Join a community of authors that write what you write and read each other’s work. Grow and become a better writer and above all else, never stop learning or trying to be better than yesterday.
Then step away and go outside. Walk people. Get in their heads. Ask people questions. A writer shouldn’t exist in a bubble. Even if you write space operas, you can glean so much information from talking to strangers and sitting outside people watching.
7. How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I love looking up the meaning of names. All of my names have been researched and my gut tells me if name fits the character. If the name doesn’t fit the character, I change it until it feels right.
8. What are your favorite:
I’m a Shakespeare buff…always have been, always will be!
Anything on Gaia
Rock ‘n’ Roll – I’m an 80’s girl all the way!
Pizza and cupcakes…ahh!
Kat was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch. The Seer's Lover was Kat's first book and she is working feverishly on four different series at the moment!
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