Katherine lives with her husband and puppy-dog in the beautiful Northwest region of the United States.
What are your writing goals? Your plan for meeting them?
My goals are to send the reader into a historical world where he can feel what it is like to be in the era, to live there, breathe and taste it. In order to do this, I research the dickens out of the time frame, in this case 1662, right down to the weather.
What do you want readers to take away from your book?
That it was a good read. When they look up from the book, they blink and realize they are back in their own time and space.
Do you write only when the mood strikes or are you disciplined to a schedule?
I like to write in the mornings with my three cups of tea. If the story is going well, I will run with people I’m learning to care for. It’s like being lost in another time, until my body reminds me I’m still in the present and must move around a bit.
How much do real life experiences influence your tales?
Writers seem to be watchers of humankind. My stories include actions I’ve seen and heard in people past and present.
When self-editing your work, are you writer or reader?
I am a reader, and will see if something doesn’t work. I can slash and burn the best of sentences. If I feel they can be used again, I put them into the ‘scrap’ file.
How methodically do you plot your tale structure?
I know how it ends, how the characters will meet certain situations. Other than that, my characters take me on their own journey.
Do you pluck some characters from real life? How much of you is in those created?
My characters have a tendency to be ‘similar’ to those in real life. Beatrice in Of Carrion Feathers is a caricature of my mother. Like good music, one recognizes the core of the musician. It’s the same way with a writer. After a while the reader will recognize the core of the author, their soul. Once one reads a few of my books, I think they’ll see some of my soul.
When writing, do you listen to music or prefer silence?
I allow life to carry on around me as I write.
How do you resolve plot problems that arise?
I meditate over it, and soon all the problems are resolved.
Do you find a character can start pointing your way to what should follow?
Absolutely. The characters in my stories are their own people. Their destinies should point the way. I’m often startled by the turn they take as my fingers tap the keyboard. Later, I say to whoever will listen… “That came as a surprise, and I like it.”