Spotlight: Katherine Reay -- Writing every day

 
 


Katherine Reay is the award-winning author of DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY, LIZZY AND JANE and THE BRONTE PLOT, an ALA Notable Book Award Finalist.
 
Her latest novel, A PORTRAIT OF EMILY PRICE, released in November 2016 and received Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and a Romantic Times TOP PICK! 
 
Katherine is also a rehabbing runner, former marketer and avid chocolate consumer – who happily resides in Lake Forest, IL.

 

"It’s an exciting yet anticlimactic experience any time a book comes out really--you work so hard to 'launch' it that when it finally goes you wonder how it hasn’t happened earlier because you've been so deep within it."

 

Where are you writing right now? Send us a picture!

Here is my office. I recently got a desk that moves from standing to sitting. It’s at standing height in the picture and I love it! The exercise ball I sometimes sit on is lurking underneath it.

 
 

 

You have a book, A PORTRAIT OF EMILY PRICE, that came out last fall. What does it feel like to have a book go out into the world? Has the feeling changed from when your first book was published?

It’s an exciting yet anticlimactic experience any time a book comes out really. You work so hard to “launch” it that when it finally goes you wonder how it hasn’t happened earlier because you've been so deep within it. But it is fun–especially when you see it for the first time on a bookstore shelf. 

Is it different now that Emily Price is my fourth? Yes, I’m not as surprised now to see it out and about. I really do expect it to happen. :)

I've just completed edits (last night) on my fifth book, and it will release in November this year. So I'll go through all these feelings yet again. 


What project are you currently working on?

Well, I just finished edits on THE AUSTEN ESCAPE... so I guess I'm not working on that anymore. Yippee!

I have two new books I am writing. I have never tackled two at once, so we'll how that goes.

One is another novel and the other is an extraordinary nonfiction story about a woman and what she did when faced with the unimaginable. It's not my story, but I get to write it!
 

What were the highlights of your attendance at the BONI workshop? 

I loved digging into story and looking at the finer points of construction with others on the same page. 

How would you describe its overall effect on your professional/creative trajectory? 

I know BONI helped me become a stronger writer. I believe I see story weakness faster now. 


What advice do you have for writers in seeking out workshops that best suit their needs? 

I think I’d say look at the level of writing.

If you are a beginner, start there because you’ll feel comfortable to share and can digest all that’s imparted to you.

If you’re more advanced and ready for that next step, you’ll need a different type of workshop/course.

Be honest with where you are and what you want and you’ll get the most benefit.
 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that's helped you as a writer?

Writers write. It sounds trite, but it’s true.

If you want to be a writer, you have to get to the job of simply writing.

There is so much to learn about the craft, but if you aren’t writing each and every day, all the craft books in the world won’t help you find your story, refine your voice, stretch you to your limits.

 

". . . if you aren’t writing each and every day, all the craft books in the world won’t help you find your story, refine your voice, stretch you to your limits."

 

Where do you hope to be as a writer in ten years? 

Still writing… I honestly hope I can continue to create stories that connect with readers for years to come.

 

FAST FACTS

  • Currently reading: 
    I just finished TRULY MADLY GUILTY and am moving onto FRENCH RHAPSODY– then DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY is next.  
     
  • If you could enter the world of any novel, which would it be?
    C.S. Lewis’s Narnia after THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE battle, but before the Pevensie children leave.
     
  • Do you write to music, or do you prefer silence?
    Silence. 
     
  • Is there a specific food or drink that fuels your writing?
    Nuun… Hydration tablets in water, hot or cold, and chocolate.  Lots of chocolate.

You can find out more about Katherine at her website, www.katherinereay.com. All of her books are there as are her social media links. There are even cute buying tabs!