Interview with Katherine Owen

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "The Truth About Air & Water", is a follow-on storyline to my bestseller, "This Much Is True". I really felt that I was done with the characters, Linc and Tally, but readers wanted more so I wrote "The Truth About Air & Water" for my fans. My ego foolishly thought that writing about characters I already knew so well would be easy, but it wasn't. I'm very proud of how this book turned out though. I wrote it as a standalone for those readers just picking up my work for the first time. That was a challenge. And yet, I wrote it so readers who had read "This Much Is True" would recognize the character growth in both Linc and Tally with this latest book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I came very close to signing with an agent out of New York. Of course. And yet, I'd been reading so much about the success writers were having with self-publishing, and I was getting impatient. I'd spent many afternoons waiting for the mail looking for that acceptance letter from an agent and/or constantly checking my email awaiting requests for full manuscripts; and I got those too. But the waiting was killing me. The archaic nature of traditional publishing astounded me. The waiting, the non-responsiveness, the lack of follow-through after I made the changes suggested by more than one agent and then nothing. I grew less enchanted and more determined to do it on my own. I do not regret that decision at all. I love being my own boss and writing the stories that I want to write. I've been successful at a grassroots level and have five quality novels out in the marketplace and a growing number of fans. I did that. My work resonates with readers. I love it.
How do you approach cover design?
I do all my own cover design work. I spend a great deal of time looking for just the right photographs to convey the feeling for the book. It takes days (weeks, actually) to figure it all out. Then, I tie the final design to the branding and overall look of the latest cover to all of my previous books. Designing book covers is an evolutionary process. It takes time just to find the right look and I spend many hours refining the book cover. I've been at this a while now--book cover design--my graphic skills have vastly improved over time. I think the care and thoughtful design show up on the covers as well as the interior pages of my novels.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have a list of all-time favorites on my Goodreads profile but here are the ones that stay with me: "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, "April and Oliver" by Tess Callahan, "The Sea of Tranquility" by Katja Millay, and "Falling Under" by Danielle Younge-Ullman. Each of these writers take chances with their books in writing dark, flawed characters and unpredictable storylines. These are elements that I attempt to reflect in my own writing which is probably why I gravitate toward reading and writing these kinds of novels.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've developed quite a following on Facebook. The ability to target your reading audience with Facebook advertising is phenomenal and I use this all of the time. Many fans tell me this is how they found my books.
Describe your desk
My desk is on the edge of order and most likely appears to messy to everyone but me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Paperwhite for reading outside in sunlight but I tend to use my iPad mini for reading most of my ebooks. I love being able to set the background to black with white text. That's my preference anyway.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy for writing is developing characters in such a way that readers emotionally respond to them. My books are not for the faint of heart. These are not light reads. And yet, many readers write to me to let me know how much they loved the book(s) and have read them all. My greatest joy is garnering an emotional response from my readers--that I've touched them in some way. I love that feeling most of all.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a huge fan of Gillian Flynn, Audrey Niffenegger, Jodi Picoult, Tess Callahan, Jennifer Egan, Dylan Landis, and Katja Millay. Each of these authors have a unique writing style that I really admire. I strive for uniqueness in my own work and these are the authors that inspire me to stay true to myself in my own writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I treasure my fans. I respond to all their notes and messages; I think they appreciate that.
What are you working on next?
Fans of my Truth In Lies series want more of Linc and Tally, so I'm writing a third book, "Tell Me Something True", which will release in 2015. I'm also working on another novel, "Saving Valentines", which will also be finished in 2015. And that's about all I can say about my works-in-progress.
Published 2014-12-21.
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Books by This Author

When I See You
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,000. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
She believes that love can never last, promises are usually broken, and true happiness is extremely elusive in the long run. He believes most risks are worth taking, the promises he makes can be kept, and love doesn't factor into his relationships any longer. They're both wrong.
Seeing Julia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,290. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00)
A desperate widow questions her ability to start over and battles grief, guilt, and an undeniable attraction to a handsome stranger, but then, she learns of a betrayal by the one person she thought she knew. A betrayal that leads her to question everything and everyone she believes in, including herself.
Not To Us
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,970. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00)
There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, irrevocably; it’s the endings that we’re unprepared for. Ellie Shaw's perfect world unravels, but she discovers she can't outrun heartbreak or even cancer. Not To Us is an insightful look into one woman’s personal journey in learning that revealing her secrets and trusting herself is the only way to keep her only wish.