Interview with Kaitlin Ann Trepanier

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in a southern Ontario farming and industrial community, my family's French Catholic beliefs also played a significant role in oppressing my dreams to become a writer. My late-in-life discovery that my personality type falls within a three to five percent of the American population has also explained the traumatic and tragic events I have also experienced since childhood. Fortunately, my personality's drive to learn has empowered me overcome many of the ingrained limitations in order to become the person I knew deep down I was meant to be.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a child, but was told writing was a waste of time.

Instead, I started telling stories, but writing continued to crop up at different stages of my life. In my teen years I began writing poems and little ditties that I gave to friends. Local events also inspired me to write letters to editors to stand up against injustices and disrespectful acts.

A year and a half working with a psychologist in my thirties to deal with the repressed memories and emotions from childhood and teen abuse inspired my starting university in my late thirties. Both events opened the floodgates of mostly oppressed silence for twenty plus years. In just a few year's time, I wrote almost 600 poems, 40 short stories and essays, plus my first book that was a stream of consciousness book which also attracted a small press in Arizona, but I declined knowing I would write a better book one day.

Several works were published professionally under my previous first legal name, Debra, and my married name Webber. Stopped writing around 1998 and resumed tentatively in 2007 when I wrote and recorded in a studio the short story, Charles' Choice, in response to the bullying in schools and communities I also experienced. In August 2018, I finished transforming into script format for schools, communities, and organizations to produce to raise the "Respect Levels" of their community, individually and collectively. The play is now available in print form for purchase and production.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After two attempts to convey in two books, plus blog writing, a third book version is now in the works to reveal why respect as a global principle will yield significant benefits and rewards for everyone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To share my writing in another venue.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provided the opportunity to publish my work, reach out to others, to help them, and to learn from the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching words come to life that will move a reader and add positive change to his or her life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writers are gifted with the talent to write for the reason of sharing.
What are you working on next?
Working on the third version to show how and why respect as a global principle is logical, practical, and compassionate and holds the power to serve as unified foundational belief to overcome and dismantle prejudices. Also writing the "Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle" talk for the school, community, and organizational play, Charles Choice, plus for my TED Talk and TED Fellow applications.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many books ... to read and to write. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird still resonates today as I am inspired by stories of social justice, people who step up to right wrongs. Currently reading the Bible to get to the source of much that has been written. Shakespeare is next. Also enjoy teen fictions because I hope to write fiction books for them, as well as for many others. Research means I also read a lot of nonfiction and some fiction, but I also watch a lot of movies rather than television.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The wonder of it all.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an outdoor enthusiast and I head for the door when I have sat at the desk long enough. Love movement too, such as dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, cycling, horseback riding, motorcycle driving, and plan to learn how to surf. Also like to create my abstract relief artworks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Oh, you caught me! At this time, I haven’t read too many eBooks because I work from home and don’t travel much, so I enjoy the tactile delight of reading print books mostly from my local library or my own library.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I recall writing was an essay for a junior high English class. Unsurprisingly, the story was about horses, not just because I like horses and riding, but because of what they did and still do represent to me … power, beauty, grace, freedom, and vulnerability. My ebook, Dark Horses More Than You Believe, available now uses horses as a vehicle to share a story of abandonment and the struggle to choose life or death.
What is your writing process?
Depends on what I'm writing. Non-fiction is driven by a message. Research, news stories, and experiences fuel the message's direction, then longhand writing ideas to get a feel for where it's going and later organizing the structure, then the actual writing begins. Fiction to-date has been more of an outpouring like my short story Dark Horses was, but I imagine that may change somewhat as I work on longer fiction works. Or not.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read that altered my way of thinking about writing is To Kill A Mockingbird. I missed reading a lot of great writing because of my lack of high school education and the mindset I had been taught that reading and writing such were not real jobs for people like us, proven by the fact that even though I have gone back to school four times, the focus has never been on studying English, but on business, design and communication arts, visual arts, and at university, psychology. However, I now consciously focus on further developing my English, grammar, and writing skills to complement my natural talent and passion for writing. Fortunately, my love of words and a natural affinity for spelling, along with my knack for numbers, mathematics, and logic also serve my writing passion. Becoming the best writer I can be is now a for-the-rest-of-my-life endeavor.
How do you approach cover design?
As a professional artist also, cover design provides me with the fun of creating visual art.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Since I was raised a Catholic, I never read the Bible, except for the extracts the church provided, so I am greatly enjoying reading for the first time what they call an amplified Bible that also has comments provided by Joyce Meyers. I find it fascinating how much of the language and ideas used in life are directly attributable to the Bible, just like many people are not aware of how much of language and ideas of Shakespeare’s influence our language, beliefs, and lives. As a result, I am also studying more of his work too, so I would say Shakespeare’s collection of works is also one of my favorite five.

To Kill A Mockingbird remains a favorite because of how it is written, the beautiful cadence when read aloud, and the power wielded by shining the light on the darkness of ignorance and apathy through great literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s collection of essays still lifts my heart when I think of his prose, especially when I take time to read his work aloud.

Jane Austen’s collection of works I’m now discovering I also find compelling and humorous.

And as someone who relates to the main character of the Twilight series because of her introversion, quiet boldness, and her discovery and claiming of her unique self, I hope to write young adult fiction myself to connect with the upcoming generations to inspire hope and instill confidence, particularly to those struggling to overcome barriers trying to keep them small and limited, as I had been.

Of course, there are many more yet to be read as well as written.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Since I was raised a Catholic, I never read the Bible, except for the extracts the church provided, so I am greatly enjoying reading for the first time what they call an amplified Bible that also has comments provided by Joyce Meyers. I find it fascinating how much of the language and ideas used in life are directly attributable to the Bible, just like many people are not aware of how much of language and ideas of Shakespeare’s influence our language, beliefs, and lives. As a result, I am also studying more of his work too, so I would say Shakespeare’s collection of works is also one of my favorite five.

To Kill A Mockingbird remains a favorite because of how it is written, the beautiful cadence when read aloud, and the power wielded by shining the light on the darkness of ignorance and apathy through great literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s collection of essays still lifts my heart when I think of his prose, especially when I take time to read his work aloud.

Jane Austen’s collection of works I’m now discovering I also find compelling and humorous.

And as someone who relates to the main character of the Twilight series because of her introversion, quiet boldness, and her discovery and claiming of her unique self, I hope to write young adult fiction myself to connect with the upcoming generations to inspire hope and instill confidence, particularly to those struggling to overcome barriers trying to keep them small and limited, as I had been.

Of course, there are many more yet to be read as well as written.
What do you read for pleasure?
My work requires extensive reading, mostly nonfiction, and writing, so for a change, I prefer watching movies, which I also watch to learn about book adaptation, script writing, film making, and directing, as they are all part of my creative and company interests. But I still take out a variety of books from the library, which recently included some of Hemingway's books, plus popular culture fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At present, my favorite e-reading device of choice is my laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Currently studying public relations, marketing,and social media to develop the best tools and methods to market and sell both my fiction books and the books, products, and services focused on the concept of respect as a global principle.
Describe your desk
A spacious room with multiple large work surfaces, and window views, especially overlooking a large body of water, are my favorites.
Why have you chosen to self-publish your books as ebooks?
While waiting for traditional publication, I saw publishing ebooks as a great opportunity to share and sell.
Do you create the artwork for your book covers or do you hire someone else?
As a professional visual artist, designer, and merchandiser I enjoy working on the visual parts of a book, mostly the book covers at this time. Recently I started using my artwork as background for the thoughts I share on my blog and social media.
Have you won any awards?
A few though I have not entered many contests.

Honorable Mention Literature adjudicated by a university English professor for an early short story, plus a few contests for poetry. Like many writers though, I'm hoping that will change, especially since I know I still have so much in me to write, I continuously work on becoming a better writer, and I know I have not written my best work yet.
Do you create the artwork for your book covers or do you hire someone else?
As a professional visual artist, designer, and merchandiser I enjoy working on the visual parts of a book, mostly the book covers at this time.
Published 2018-09-24.
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Books by This Author

Dark Horses More Than You Believe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Jaded by abandonment, his broken spirit struggles to find the will to live. Just in time, she arrives, but is it too late?