This weeks author spotlight is one of my favorites. Katharine Grubb! She created one of my favorite Facebook Groups and is always happy to help/talk to a newbie writer! I highly recommend joining up in #10minutesnovelists, http://www.10minutewriter.com/
Tell me a little bit about you!
I am a 46-year-old, married, homeschooling mother of five kids, ages 8-16. I live in the beautiful Nashoba Valley in Central Massachusetts and I miss my home state of Oklahoma during football season. I like to cook and bake, crack wise on Facebook and last week I hit 2048! (a cool new game. I play the free app on my phone)
Where are you at in your career?
This is an interesting question. I’m right on the cusp of this could be where things get crazy place, but that’s really been the last 15 months. Since 2013 I’ve self-published two novels, Falling For Your Madness and The Truth About The Sky. FFYM is a romantic comedy that promotes chastity and chivalry and asks the question, who has the most power in a relationship, the man or the woman? And TTATS is inspirational women’s fiction (with touches of snarky humor) that describes what it’s like to be in a dysfunctional pastor’s family when they face scandal. I also have been blogging for the last six years about writing in 10 minute increments (see, I have these five kids . . . ) and as a result of the novels and the blog, I got the attention of Hodder & Stoughton, (big UK publishers). They asked me to write a book about How To Write A Novel In 10 Minutes. This meant a contract. This meant an agent. This meant a new sense of purpose and credibility and professionalism. This also means that I have to write in longer increments! The book is now in the editing stage and will be released in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, I formed a Facebook group for time-crunched novelists who would be interested in my practical tips. Since April, we’ve grown to nearly 400 members, had 35 chats, created a book club, started a critique group and reached writers all over the world. It’s with this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/488365771285615/
that I get to totally be myself. I LOVE IT.
What do you write and why?
I write a lot of things. I write my blog — which is fun for me because I get to “teach”. I love explaining concepts to people and encouraging them. I write thoughtful comedies like my novels, because I like big ideas and questions, like chivalry and grace, that can be demonstrated in the lives of characters. I see that I may write more non-fiction books to help writers, maybe something like Market A Novel in 10 Minutes just because I think we all need practical help and no one has the time to do it the way they want to. I only write what I’m passionate and excited about. (So, I’m through writing about aluminum siding on textbroker.com!)
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m in between projects. Once Write A Novel In 10 Minutes is sent to the publishers this fall, I’ll probably pull my much neglected third novel, Soulless Creatures, out of the drawer and clean it all up for my agent to see. Then I’ll come up with a publication plan for it. I’d like to start another novel, but I only have the smallest pieces of ideas right now and it may take Nanowrimo for me to really address the story.
What compels you to write?
I’m compelled to write because it has always been an emotional release for me. I’m compelled to write because I like explaining ideas to others. I’m compelled to write because I would like to think I’m funny and getting an RT on Twitter is sweet feedback. I’m compelled to write because I love encouraging new writers in their journey. I’m compelled to write because I think nothing has the power to change people better than story.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is messy. Every day I put in 1000 fresh words. Sometimes this is for a blog post, sometimes it’s for a book, sometimes it’s just an inspiration, my reaction to someone’s stupid news on Facebook or maybe to answer interview questions! Then I address the needs of the day — right now I have to organize my kids’ homeschooling plan, which is hardly glamourous and I want to spend time thinking about my new website. If I have a chapter or a section to write, I usually free write first — as quickly as I can, and then I use that mess as a starting point for organizing my thoughts. This is especially useful for the nonfiction. I normally rewrite a chapter a minimum of six times before I move on. Then once the entire document is done, I make even more rewrites and revisions. I also let the piece rest between big drafts, I find time helps me gain perspective.
Who are you favorite authors?
I have a million favorite authors. I love Jane Austen, John Irving, John Green, Flannery O’Connor, Garrison Keillor, and recently I’ve been reading the classics and fell in love again with John Steinbeck and Jules Verne. For my writing tips, I LOVE Victoria Mixon and Robert McKee, but there’s more I’m sure.
And to check out her books, Pictures below.