Hi, everyone! As mentioned last week, I’m so honored to have author Katherine Wilson here for an interview. Kat (as she likes to be called) is such an inspiration to me, and I hope that whether you are a writer or not, you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did. As a review from last week, Katherine is the author of The Stolen Princess and Amira’s Secret, as well as one more book on the way and a stand-alone book called A Girl’s Guide To Tea Parties.
Hey, Kat! I’m beyond excited to have you here today. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, first of all, thanks for having me. 🙂 Like you said, my name is Katherine, but I mostly go by Kat (or Kitty, as one little boy mistakenly called me). I’m a Christian, saved by grace. I’m 19, with two older brothers, four younger brothers, and a little sister. I was homeschooled through high-school, and now attend cosmetology school full-time. When I’m home, I’m usually writing. 🙂
Your writing, as reviewed here, is rich, wholesome, and inspiring. When and how did your journey as a writer begin?
Thanks! I’m glad you think so! As far as I recall, my writing journey began when I learned to read. 🙂 I was a voracious reader, devouring children’s books, historical-fiction, mysteries, and classics. I remember *starting* to write a story called Emma when I was 9 or 10, *starting* to write a story about someone named Jessica, *starting* to write a fantasy when I was 12 or 13, and writing plays that would make you shudder (believe me . . . they were terrible). 🙂 When I was 14, I wrote to completion, A Girl’s Guide to Tea Parties. That same year, having learned that it was possible, I wrote my first work of real fiction, The Stolen Princess. Over the next two years, I wrote rough drafts of what would later become Amira’s Secret and The Kings’ War, and published The Stolen Princess.
The Maidens of Malidone series takes place in a medieval time period. Why did you choose this time in history for the series? Are you interested in pursuing any other periods?
I like to write what I like to read, and I find the Medieval time period fascinating. 🙂 Besides, for a romantic, like myself (who wanted to be Cinderella for the longest time), what’s not to like about fair maidens, daring adventures, and chivalrous knights? I’ve played around with historical and modern-day fiction. 🙂
What’s the #1 mistake you’ve made in writing that you’d like to steer writers away from?
Well, for starters, I still make mistakes. 🙂 But if there’s one thing I try to avoid, it’s uniform sentence structures. That may seem like an odd mistake to stress, but if you read a paragraph of 5-word sentences ONLY, you’ll see what I mean. The same goes for a chapter of long, winding sentences, sentences that make you pause for breath, sentences that, while interesting, might lull one to sleep if repeated too often. See what I mean? 🙂 Break things up with a two-word sentence. Like this. Balance, and knowing when balance becomes monotonous, is key to keeping your reader interested. That goes for he said, she said phrases, too. 🙂
What are your dreams for the Maidens of Malidone series, and what do you see happening in the near future with your writing career?
My dream is that moms and dads will feel confident handing their daughters The Stolen Princess, Amira’s Secret, and The Kings’ War, that Maidens of Malidone will become a series parents trust, and that girls won’t have to look further for wholesome, edifying, INTERESTING reading material. While originally intended to be a trilogy, there is the (strong) possibility of a fourth book, introducing new characters. 🙂 And I would love to start a blog. 🙂
What is your favorite part of being a writer? What is your LEAST favorite part of being a writer?
My favorite part of being a writer is creating. Creating characters, creating lands, creating problems (and answers to said problems), creating friendships, creating stories I want to read. 🙂 My least favorite part is re-writing those stories (for the second, third, and fourth time) so my readers can understand. 🙂
Is there an inspiring bit of advice someone gave to you as a beginning writer that you’d like to pass on to us? What is YOUR advice to a beginning writer?
My dad (who happens to be the author of more than a dozen books), once said that I probably wouldn’t write a bestseller at age 16. 🙂 He went on to explain how legends like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien wrote MANY books, most of which the general public will never read. Movie-makers can invest as much time and money in a flop, as an instant classic. So, don’t get discouraged if your first book isn’t an overnight success. The important thing is to keep writing. Who knows? Maybe your next book will be a bestseller. Also, listen to critics. 🙂 They might be right.
God has given you a mind that understands words, my writing friend; use it for His glory.
Well, thank you, Kat! Give her a round of applause, readers! I’m looking forward to keeping up with “the news” as to Kat’s latest books, and you can be sure this is not the last time she’ll be mentioned on this blog. 🙂 I know from experience that the best way to support someone beginning to write books, sell greeting cards, or any sort of business is to buy their products. As I wrote here:
I would certainly have given up if no one had taken the time, money, and love to order a whopping 121 Christmas cards. You all have no idea what it meant to me to have you like my work and choose to use it.
No one will hold it against you if you never buy the Maidens of Malidone books, or anything I produce and sell here! But know that it means so much more than a few dollars profit to us. It means that you chose to use the product we created. Take it from someone who’s been there.