Interview with Katheryn J. Avila

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was twelve. Reading was my major hobby, then, and at some point decided that I wanted to write a book. I'm not sure where the idea came from, or why, but it just happened. So I started writing a story that eventually, over the years, evolved into what I now call Reckoning, my first book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was extremely helpful through their formatting guides and requirements! Their requirements made it so my manuscript was as professional as possible, giving my book much more credibility in the market. Their instructions were also very easy to follow. My experience with Smashwords has been great, and most of my exposure has come from them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is being able to tell the story that's swimming around in my head. I've always loved telling stories, and it's great to have people actually hear or read them. It's also an escape for me, from everyday life. Reading has also always been an escape, so knowing that I'm also providing that for others is very satisfying to me as a writer.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on a sequel for Reckoning. It's untitled, for now, as that's usually the last bit I come up with. The story follows a whole new set of characters, dealing with the aftermath of Reckoning's events. I hope to have a rough draft by the end of his year (2014) and publish it by the end of 2015.
Who are your favorite writers?
My all-time favorites are J.K. Rowling, Holly Black, Shakespeare, and Marlowe.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm inspired by the thought of a new day. Each new day holds new challenges and victories, whether they're in writing or everyday life. I look forward to the victories, no matter how small, and learning from new experiences.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a computer programmer, so when I'm not writing, I'm working. When I'm not doing either, I'm probably reading, drawing, hanging out with friends and family, anything like that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll just browse eBook stores on my tablet or just browse the internet for them. I've come upon the best ones just randomly looking, with no goal in mind. I also browse bookstores and take down the names of authors and stories I want to buy as eBooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was actually the first draft of Reckoning. It didn't really have an end to it, but it was the first time I decided to write a story. It only made it to about twenty pages on MS Word, and was pretty bad, if memory serves (I was twelve). It was a completely different monster back then.
What is your writing process?
An idea will come to me, or a scene, and I'll just start writing. I'll write until I've run out of material, and then I'll sit down and actually think about it. Usually, while I'm free-writing, the details come to me as I go. I go through multiple rewrites before I actually complete a first draft. For example, I'm on rewrite four or five for Reckoning's sequel right now, and I only started that a few months ago. It'll be a while (probably on rewrite 10 or later), before I complete a draft from start to end.
For character development, I just throw them into any and all situations and see how they deal. Once I have a good handle on the characters, the story builds itself. I usually do some research, depending on the topic I'm writing about. For example, for Reckoning, I did some research into mythology and lore for some of the monsters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I was in fifth grade, and had never picked up a book beyond Dr. Seuss. I thought reading without pictures was dreadfully boring, and no matter how much my teachers wanted me to read, I refused. I barely did the required readings for school. Then, the first Harry Potter movie came out and all I heard about was how the books were even better than the movie. So, I decided maybe I should start reading. I walked into my school library and told myself I would pick up the biggest book I could find, and read it. It happened to be Goblet of Fire. I took it and tried to read the first few pages, getting bored almost instantly. A week later I tried again, forcing myself to get through it. It took me two or three months to finish, but it was the best thing I'd done in my life up until then. It basically set off a chain reaction, and I made my way backwards through the series until I was able to get through a book in just a day and a half. Now, I devour books in less time than that. Harry Potter inspired the bookworm in me to blossom and grow, eventually giving way to the writer inside.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I just take my laptop anywhere I go and do my writing there. The world is my desk, I guess.
Published 2017-03-24.
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Books by This Author

Reckoning (The Breach #1)
Series: The Breach Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,020. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
After discovering suppressed psychic ability, Lexia struggles to keep her family safe, learning more than she bargained for along the way. As demons and wraiths break their way through to the human world, she does her best to stay in control - unaware that the supernatural war dates back to before she was born.