KateMarie Collins is no stranger to this blog – she featured here on 2nd July when she talked about her work as the chief operating officer for the Solstice Publishing House. She is also an author in her own right. Today she talks about her experience as a writer, and her latest book.
What is the title of your latest book?
My latest release is Consort of the Successor. It’s the sequel to Mark of the Successor and focuses on one of the characters from that book, Talin. It’s about discovering who he is, his past, and what it means to stand next to someone who will eventually rule.
What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?
Rewarding? Being told that a story affected someone in some way. Made them think, cry, laugh, whatever. If I get an emotional reaction from a reader, I did my job.
Challenging would be making myself sit down and write. I let a lot of things get higher priority than they should. Marketing is a close second, though.
What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
Don’t give up. If this is what you want to do, then go for it. The only difference between a published author and an unpublished one is that the first one hit send. They kept submitting until they got a contract. This job isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. You’re going to see months on end where your book doesn’t even sell one copy while you’re branding your name. You can’t do anything about those months. You just have to take a deep breath, let it go, and keep trying. This isn’t a get rich overnight type of career.
What are you working on at the moment?
Guarding Amber. It’s the follow-up to an urban fantasy novel I wrote in 2016 called Guarding Charon.
What do you like to read?
Fantasy. Have always loved the genre.
Where can readers find you?
- Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/KateMarie-Collins/e/B008I67BBE
- Twitter: @DaughterHauk
- FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492
- Her blog: http://www.katemariecollins.wordpress.com
- Via email: email@example.com