I’d like to welcome Kathy Ree to the Author Hot Seat today. We ‘met’ across the ether a while ago and I have discovered a stalwart, loyal and generous friend in Kathy. Her writing is a little on the special side, exactly the type of author I have fun interviewing. Go, Kathy!
J : Tell us a little about what you write, and since it’s something that interests me, which genre you would describe it as.
K : My writing doesn’t seem to have a niche of its own. It’s a hybrid of paranormal horror/suspense, with generous overlays of Christian spirituality. But even that is misleading, because I have a universality to my Christianity that transcends the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality that pervades, and makes a mockery of, the type of Christian bond that was meant in the first place.
J : Which piece of writing have you been proudest of? I don’t necessarily mean published work. Something you wrote at school perhaps, a poem for mothers’ day, a paper for a debating society? This is just me being nosy J
K : Carry on being nosy—it’s a good thing. I have to say that the work I’m proudest about is not something written by me. I proof-read for a living, and the times I have saved my company from looking like doofuses (doofi?) to the public are my greatest accomplishments—even if it is only my co-workers who praise me on this.
J : Having done my time as a translator, I can empathise with that. Even (especially) when you get no thanks for making a load of cobblers into something reasonably intelligent there is a great feeling of satisfaction to be got out of having worked a little miracle. That was not meant to be offensive, Kathy 🙂
Which authors’ influence can we see in your writing, and whose writing do you most admire?
K : Oh boy…that is difficult. I read so many authors, known and not-so-much, that I have to say that mine is a true Heinz-57. I love Tamar Myers and Rita Mae Brown, but their stylings alone are not what influence me. If pressed, I would say that visualizing scenes in my head and writing what I see are the biggest influences.
J : Good answer. I often think that if you are aware of being influenced by another writer there’s a big chance that what you end up with is pretty derivative.
Has it been a problem fitting your work into an Amazon category, or do you feel your book is at home with the other books it’s listed with?
K : They really need a hybrid category. So many books I’ve read can be classified in many different genres. To tell the truth, I don’t know which genre I am buttonholed into.
J : Spoken like a true oddball author. It isn’t easy trying to get your book noticed. How do you deal with promotion?
K : At the moment, not so great. We’re talking “zero sales”. Promoting to other authors is limiting, and I’ve yet to find out how to reach my genre’s audience online. However, between editing projects, I’ve been compiling info on the bookstores here in Oregon. I’ll be sending promos to them soon, and visiting all of them within an hour’s drive. Perhaps I’ll get a nice tax refund…
J : Good luck with that initiative! Reviews are usually cited as the open sesame to success. Without reviews your book will sink unnoticed. Have you had much success with getting reviews? Do you even agree with the statement?
K : Reviews are only as good as the audience they hit. I’m not there yet—but I now have thirty reviews—we’ll see. Three years to get thirty reviews. Hmmm… Okay, I have to admit, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of promo recently. Three years of hyping the same book is getting tiresome. But “UnHoly Trinity” will be out soon, and with it my renewed enthusiasm.
J : How do you feel about your writing now you feel confident enough to publish? Which aspects do you think are your weak points? What do you enjoy writing most?
K : God has given us all special talents, and writing is mine. And I stink at math. So there is a balance. My weakest aspect? Thinking I don’t need editing. Well, no doubt, it is needed. And I just love to write whatever I find in my brain at the moment.
J : On that one, I differ. I hang on editors’ suggestions with bated breath. Often they point out plot holes I haven’t noticed or make suggestions that make a scene stronger. Of course, when they suggest cutting bits out the advice is harder to take.
Finally, you have the stage. Sell us your writing. Tell us why it’s different, special, and worth reading. Or just tell us why you are passionate about it, why you love your characters, and carry us away with your enthusiasm.
K : It came as a complete surprise to me, since I don’t read these authors, to be compared favorably to Stephen King, Frank De Felitta and Just Cronin. I love it that people have, almost to a person, said that the book is impossible to put down. It has scared some to sleepless nights, and has taken others to a point where they have re-considered their positions on faith. My mission is to do just that—get people to realize that, no matter where they are on their walk in life, they are not far from the benefits of eternal life—if they are looking out for the welfare of everyone, friend or stranger. God is who He says He is to them personally—a good God, a just God, one Who loves them, no matter what they call Him. (Or Her) (Or It).
Thank you so much, Kathy Ree for appearing on my blog and I wish you the best of luck with the new release. You won’t convince me about God’s hand in what comes out right for me or anybody else, but you have convinced me that you write from deep conviction and a generous spirit.
You can find out all about Kathy and her books here.
FACEBOOK AUTHOR ACCOUNT: https://www.facebook.com/k.r.morrison.author
TWITTER HANDLE: https://twitter.com/KRMorrison2
BOOK SERIES PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/PridesDownfall
(available in all other Amazon sites as well)
BOOK TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4R25JI1hJg