Interview with Kate McPhail

What do you read for pleasure?
I am always "trying out" new authors! I love children's and YA books, but have recently been reading some dystopian fiction, mysteries, and historical romances. I enjoy history, especially English and Scottish history, because that is where my ancestors originated.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I traded in my old Kindle for a Kindle Fire. I love that I can read my books, but also watch movies!
Describe your desk
I have a brand new L-shaped desk with a large hutch. It has lots of cubbies for storage and three drawers for organization. On the one side, I have messy stacks of half-finished manuscripts; notes about book, character, or scene ideas; and several "real" books I am using as references! I have a new large screen which makes it easier for me to see around the cat or two which are usually decorating my desk. In the beginning, I thought having a bigger desk would help; however, it means the editor-cats have room to stretch out better than before! They love to grab at my typing fingers or chase the curser on the screen. Aw well, they are great company and sometimes make me laugh instead of pounding my head on the desk in frustration at the blank page!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had tried several of the "big" publishing companies, which the expected results: I am not an actress, a politician, or a famous person. All I had going for me was a love of telling stories. For several years, I told stories to my kids and their friends, my students, and my friends and co-workers. Eventually one of those stories, The Money Tree, was written down! I started shopping for publishers and got sucked in to a couple of the less-than-reputable "publisher" scams. I finally discovered other authors had done well on their own. Now that I am retired, I want to write down and share all the stories in my head!
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am writing a sequel to my children's mystery series: The Adventures of the West Main Five. I am also editing a book for those who want to set up and run their own Preschool business. I have several other books in mind: a paranormal mystery, several children's picture books, and a book of childhood memories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play violin for the Salem POPS Orchestra in Salem, Oregon. I also play guitar (for my grandkids). I read everything I can and love visiting and playing board games with friends. I am also researching my family history on Ancestry.com.
Published 2016-01-03.
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