Author Interview – Kat Yares : Part 1

Within the Indie Author Hub, you can learn about other authors, their thoughts and opinions, what makes them tick and how their writing process works for them.

All this week I will be releasing segments of an interview I conducted with fellow fantasy author, Kat Yares. Have a look at her profile and books here.

Part 1 : Kat’s writing process

Profile picWhat inspired you to become an author? I’ve been a writer since I learned to spell. Wanting to be a published author came sometime during high school. Achieving that goal came when I was in my mid-twenties. It was just a short story, but it was in a print magazine and I thought I had struck gold. I’ve had at least 36 short stories published, either in print or on the web. Have also had hundreds of web-content how-to’s published over the years, both in my name or under a pen name.

As someone who studies history, did you think about writing historical novels? Historical horror – that would be interesting. But honestly, I don’t think that would work well, at least not for me. Although since Beneath the Tor is basically a rewritten take on the New Testament – I suppose, in a way I have combined them.

Do you write full time? Do I write 40 hours a week, no, but I think about it at least 80 hours a week. I’m up between 3 and 4 AM, drink coffee and make lunch for my husband. He leaves around 5:00 and I get online.  Check email, Facebook, book sales and a few other things. At 7:30, I do yoga and meditation for an hour.  From 8:30 to Noon, I write (generally), then read for a few hours and at 3:00, I turn into a domestic diva and clean house and prepare dinner. Offline around 4:00 and in bed usually by 7:30 or 8:00 pm. Saturday’s and Sunday’s are reserved for family time.

Do you have daily word targets? No, I like to hit between one and two thousand words a day, but that doesn’t always happen and I don’t get upset when I miss the goal. Life does have a propensity to get in the way sometimes.

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Do you plan you books? Depends on the story. If I have the whole thing in my head, I just write. If not, I’ll do a simple outline of plot points that I think have to be included in the story and work from point A to point B and so on.

How do you decide on your characters? I first come up with my main point of view character, the one who we see the story through. From there, I decide what other characters are needed to see the whole story.  While I give each basic character traits, they usually define themselves as the story unfolds. Character names generally just come to me as I work up their basic traits. I’ve never really thought about whether the name suits dispositions or not as, at least for the main characters, I’m already thinking of them by name before I begin writing the story.

How do you get over the fear of a blank page? You mean the darn blinking cursor? Generally, I’ll pick up a notebook and start writing by hand – it’s less daunting.

How do you keep yourself motivated? For me, motivation isn’t hard. I’m doing what I love and I have the freedom to follow my dreams.

In Part 2, Kat talks about her thoughts on the publishing world.

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