We have with us today Katherine McIntyre, here to talk to us about her new release, Stolen Petals.
Can you share with us the writing advice that you wished someone had shared with you early on?
So, the common perception of being an author is one route. The big book deal, the big six publisher, and a daily routine of sitting at coffee shops with laptops. Now, not to say that there’s anything wrong with that—if you have it, fantastic. But one piece of advice I really wish I got when I launched into this is that there are a million and one ways to become a writer.
Not everyone writes “the” book and makes ton of money, and not everyone has a debut novel that’s an overnight success. I’ve met writers who lean towards non-fiction and prefer blogging, or ones that found their path through novellas and shorts. Along the way, I’ve seen people work for years on different manuscripts with no luck, only to get published later in life.
What is so amazing about writing and publishing is that there’s no time limit, and you have a lifetime to explore. There are hundreds of books on the proper way to get published, but I will gladly tell you this: The proper way doesn’t exist, because every single writer has their own path, and their own hardships they must overcome before they’re successful. If you limit yourself to one method of how you’re supposed to do something, not only will you face a lot of heartache, but conforming to someone else’s methods is madness.
The drive in you that pushes you to write, whatever inspires you, is also the reason that you have to forge your own path. It’s the reason we have so many different perspectives, genres, topics, and stories, because everyone is unique. And you owe it to yourself to honor that uniqueness and forgive yourself if you stumble. Forgive yourself if the first book doesn’t hit it off, or the second, or the third, because what’s important in the end is that you keep trying, until you find your way.
What’s your favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise?
Alcoholic, it’s a Manhattan. I drink like an old man—gin and tonics, scotch, whisky, and beer. Non-alcoholic, I survive on coffee and whatever tea I happen to be in love with that month. Right now I’ve been in an herbal phase with one of my blends from my tea company, actually based on a paranormal romance novella of mine, By the Sea. It’s an easy breezy tea with lavender, peppermint, and chamomile!
Are you an outliner or a seat-of-your-pants writer? Why?
I have never been an outliner. While I love lists for organization purposes, they cramp my style with writing. One instance, I tried to fully outline a story, but what happened is it killed my creativity in the process. I felt confined, and bored, because I knew exactly what was going to happen. When I set a couple loose bullet points and let the story unfold, I’m usually as often surprised writing it as the reader is while reading. I find that method works for me best in keeping the stories engaging.
How addicted to Pinterest are you? Do you have dozens of secret boards?
Although I can see the appeal, I’m not super addicted to Pinterest. My social media weakness is Facebook, and I’m constantly putting #amwriting updates and discussing my latest projects. However, I did start utilizing Pinterest for the boards, because I realized how wonderful they are to get a taste of settings, or ideas for my stories. I have one for each of my published novels and novellas, including my latest release, Stolen Petals!
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through it?
I’ve definitely had my fair share of writer’s block moments, and I’m sure will have plenty to come. On the days when I’m just not feeling it, I set a minimum of a thousand words to write, and even if it’s not my best work, I slog through anyway. When I am feeling it, that’s when I keep pushing ahead. Once the discipline was established, it’s became a matter of having my cup of tea or coffee, and putting on my writing playlist to push past the writer’s block.
Now, tell us about your newest book, Stolen Petals.
Viola partners up with her rival Edward out of necessity, but when that spark ignites between them, their dance will only end in bad decisions, or heartbreak.
One man has swiped bounties from Viola, the Brass Violet, for years. Longstanding rivals, they’ve only had brief encounters, and if she had a choice, she’d avoid him entirely. When he saunters into her bar with an offer to work together on a job, the proper response would be to shoot him down and send him back to Shantytown. However, curiosity’s a wicked beast, and Viola needs to know why, after so many years of stealing her marks, he’d approach her now.
The man is insufferable, annoyingly cavalier, and tends to stir up memories she’d rather forget—but she needs assistance on this job and he’s offering aid and blueprints which could cut their work in half.
Given the intense way he looks at her though, working together isn’t all he has in mind. Van Clef is known for his persistence and, with his charm, he wins women over effortlessly. Viola’s not so easy though—she’s wise to his tricks. But if he wants to play the game, she will gladly rise to the challenge. By the end of this bounty, she’ll be the one leaving him in the dust.
Meet me at the Rusty Scupper tomorrow evening. You want word on Brownetree’s brother? I’ve got it.
Damn and double damn.
While the run-down tavern, the Rusty Scupper, was the last place a lady should dally, the opportunity was too good to pass. She’d been on this bounty for months and couldn’t let this chance slip. Viola focused on the name. Should’ve recognized the scoundrel.
A smile curved her lips. No, she couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Under her alias, the Brass Violet, she’d maintained a healthy competition with most, but none as much as the Fox. Like his namesake, he snuck in and snatched her targets before she had the chance to nab them. He stole the pickings of others, especially hers, for his own entertainment. So why the peace offering? If he had information, he wouldn’t share it unless he needed something from her. Which meant this bounty was about to get interesting.
A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. Not only can her poetry and prose be found in different magazines, but she’s had an array of novels and novellas published, including Poisoned Apple, Snatched, and An Airship Named Desire. For more casual content, she’s a regular contributor on CaffeineCrew.com, a geek news website.