Kathryne Kennedy [kathrynekennedy]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I started reading at a young age, and my first book was a fairytale collection. I began writing because I longed for stories that equally combined my two favorite genres: fantasy and romance. Like most authors, my first readers were family.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Fantasy romance, which is really the combination of two genres. At least in my case.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I build the world, including charts, maps, etc. if necessary. I'll do research. Then I create the characters with their conflicts and motivations.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
History and fiction.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
A good story is one that you can't put down once you've started reading it.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I love reading first person. But romance is rarely written in first, so I stick with third.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Too many to count, but I do have a list of some on my website.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Believable characters have flaws, just like real people.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
It's been a long time since I have. I used to tell my little sister stories before we went to sleep.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Sometimes, but not always. It differs with each book.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I love getting mail from readers. It always inspires me.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Not often, but yes, I've earned a few.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Uh, no. I can't let anyone read it until the entire story is written.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
Yes, I have my own voice, but I believe it is always evolving.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I set page goals, and try very hard to stick to them.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
As little clutter as possible.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I do everything on computer now. I've probably saved several trees by now.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
My RWA writing loops.
What has been your experience with publishers?
In one word: awesome.
What are you working on now?
The fourth book in the Relics of Merlin series: Everlasting Enchantment.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
That depends. If your writing has progressed, you may not want to show them to anyone. But the basic rule of a writer is this: submit, submit, submit.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA