I recently asks the members of my Kathi Daley Books Group page to ask me questions which I would then attempt to answer in my blog. I had so many that I have had to answer them in two parts. This is part 2. The questions will be answered in the order asked.
Spunky Laferrera How did you get started writing? It was really kind of a fluke. My husband and I owned a transportation company in Lake Tahoe which we sold after twenty years. We spent the next couple of years traveling and having fun but even that gets old after a while. Ken decided to get his Real Estate license and I kicked around the idea of writing. I began working on Pumpkins in Paradise but was sort of in “hurry up and wait” mode for some feedback when I got the idea to share a Facebook Page with my dog. I jotted down the paragraph in Halloween Hijinks that begins with: My name is Zoe Donovan and according to my Facebook bio which I share with my dog Charlie …. I just kept writing and a week later I had a book. Brian and Melanie Jackson, both published authors who I met as a fan and reader of Melanie’s books, made a cover for me, I uploaded it to Amazon. The rest is history.
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Dent How old was you when you started writing ? 55
Sheryl Rhoades Was there someone who inspired you to begin writing? No, not really. It just seemed like a fun way to make a living and the idea that I could travel and write from anywhere appealed to me.
Marlene Ezell Do you do outlines of your books before writing? I know that William Faulkner used to outline his books on the wall in one of his bedrooms and then paint over them when he started a new book. There is still one on the wall of his home in Mississippi. No, I never outline. I really couldn’t since I never know what I am going to write until I write it.
Toni King Not a question. But a comment. Thank you for all the stories you tell. They have kept me company during stays in the hosp and at home. Your books make me smile. Thank you so much Toni.
Joanne Kocourek Your Berners are beautiful. Do you have a go to breeder or did you search and select treasured furry friends that seems drawn to you? All of my Berners have been acquired from high quality breeders. When I decided to get my first Berner I had to fill out a 10 page application and then drive two states away to meet the breeder. Once you have the first one and can show that you are a responsible doggy parent getting the next one is a bit easier.
Pamela Dennis Petteway What inspires you when deciding on a plot? It can be anything. A few of my books began with a cover. I saw a graphic that I liked and wanted to use so I came up with a story idea to go with it. A few others began with a title. I wanted to use Kitten Kaboodle for the next Zoe so I decided to write a story about the murder of a woman who runs a kitty mill for purebred kittens. I really don’t have anything at this point other than a cover, a title, and a general concept.
Cheyenne Harmon How often do you write ? It depends. Some weeks I write every day and other weeks maybe only a few days out of the week. Overall, I put in a LOT of hours. I’m sure I average well above 40 hours a week if you look at an annual total.
Sharon Braswell Do you log and keep up with the time you write, computer time use, and products used to write, travel for research, home office expense etc for tax purposes? I know writing is a full time job and a lot of these are definitely Home Office Expenses from my own experience with a home office! Thanks! My husband and accountant keep track of whatever needs to be kept track of. Kathi Daley Books is a corporation so it is treated a bit differently than if I was simply claiming income as an individual. I don’t claim a home office on my taxes since I don’t really have an office. I usually write on my kitchen counter or maybe at the beach in the summer.
Robin Coxon I enjoy when you visit areas to do research towards a future book, like Alaska. What future destinations are you considering including in your next books? I am going to Hawaii in April to do additional research for my new Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery Series. I’ve been to Maui many times but I’ve only been to Oahu once and since the series is set on Oahu I want to make another trip. I also plan to visit the east coast in the fall to do some follow up with an idea I am kicking around for a new series. My son lives in Ireland at the moment so I’d like to find a way to combine a trip with a book set in this awesome location.
Vivian Shane Do you read the reviews people leave on Amazon or Goodreads for your books? Sometimes, especially if one of my readers let’s me know they have left a review. Between all my books I get new reviews almost daily and it really isn’t practical to keep up with all of them but I do try to go in every now and then and read a few. Most of the time the reviews really lift me up and give me a new energy if I start to feel depleted.
Jan Phippen I met you several months back at post office – I asked you how it was possible to write so many books so quickly and have them all be so VERY good. I realize God gifted you the ability to write, but so many so quickly so good??? Thank you Jan. It was fun to meet you. I’m not sure if there is a question in this comment but I wanted to print it anyway since you took the time to comment.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment. This has been fun and I will do it again. If you are not currently a member of Kathi Daley Books Group page and would enjoy an intimate group setting here is the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/569578823146850/
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