Interview with Katherine Ann Melton; Author

Tell me a bit about yourself...


I grew up in Northern California. Then moved to Virginia about 11 years ago. When I’m

not writing, I’m spending time with family and friends. Usually at a winery or a brewery.


What genre/s do you write in:

Right now I write Urban Fantasy. I would like to branch out eventually and write in

other genres. I’m usually working on 2 or 3 other stories at a time. I’ve written poetry and I

have written about 12 screenplays.


How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first screenplay in seventh grade


Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what

publishing route you took:


I just published my first book in February of this year. It is part of a series. I tried

traditional publishing first. I queried agents and emailed publishing houses. I did not receive

any feedback, or my manuscript was not what they were looking for. After that, I decided to

self-publish because I have more control over my work.


Did you use an editor? If so who?

I did use an editor. I realized that there is a lot of work that goes into editing a book and I

am just not that good at figuring out how to make a book flow properly. I just wanted to focus

on writing. The editor I used was Lauren Taylor Shute Editorial. Her team is amazing. I am

using her for my second and third book as well; and hopefully for others down the road.


Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?

Yes I did. It is the same team I used for publishing.


Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?

I self-published. Sometimes I wish I would have

been picked up by a traditional publisher because it is very hard to market your book on your

own.


How do you market your work and promote your brand?(Include links)

I market my brand using my social media and my website.

Website: www.katharineannmelton.com

Twitter: @joy2write21

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katy.melton.5

Instagram: katharineannmelton

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/katharineannmelton


What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?

Out of all the social media platforms I use, Facebook and Instagram might be the best. I

get more interaction from those two than the other. I feel like with all of them; you need to

spend a considerable amount of time to get anything out of them. I do as much as I can, but I

also work a full-time job, so it can be difficult.


Do you use an agent?

I do not use an agent


Do you use paid advertising? If so what?

I did pay for advertising a few times when my book was published to get reviews, but I

was told by others on Facebook do not pay for reviews because Amazon will take your book

down if they find you have paid reviews.


Do you have a blog or website?

Yes. My website is www.katharineannmelton.com


What inspires you most to write?

The hope that one day, I can turn it into a career


What do you do to help with writer's block?

This happens to me a lot. I work on other projects. I feel like if I focus on something

else, I might be able to come back to my original project. Sometimes it works.


How do you plan your writing and start?

What I find works for me is just writing scenes. I write a few of them and eventually tie

them together. I sometimes write the ending first, then the beginning, then fill in the rest. It

feels awkward for me to write from beginning to end at first. That is actually how I got writer's

block.


Is writing your full-time job? If not what else do you do?

Writing is not my full-time job, I work in the financial industry


What are you working on at the moment?

Right now, I am working on the third book in my series. The second is in the first stages

of editing, so while that is going on, I am writing the third.


What is your target audience?

My target audience is the early twenties to late thirties, forties. I do not write young adults.


How long does it take you to write a book?

It took me over twenty years to write my first book. Life happened, and I was busy living

it. I wish I hadn’t taken so long to finish the first, but better late than never, I guess. Took me

less than a year to write the second in the series.


When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?

I write in a lot of journals. I would write about everyday things, nothing particular. It

started out as an escape. I just found a way to get out everything I was feeling. I guess I

discovered I enjoyed it from a really young age.


What is your writing schedule look like?

Since I work at a regular full-time job, my writing schedule is after work and on the

weekends


What does your family think about you writing?

My family started out on the fence. Most thought it would never go anywhere. I needed

to get my head out of the clouds. The only people who really stood by me from the beginning

were my maternal grandmother and my mother.


What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m usually hanging out with family or friends


Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

Some of the ideas I get are from other books I read. If I am putting things in the book

that need to be factual, I internet search. Of course, I do not use exactly what I read from other authors in my book. But reading does spark my thinking a bit.


What do you think makes a good story?

The story has to grab you at the beginning. It has to flow and make sense. Even if the

characters are imaginative, maybe find a way to relate to them, see yourself as the main character in the book. I think writing what you know definitely makes a good story because you can imagine what happens in the story. It's different depending on if you’re writing fiction vs non-fiction.



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