Interview with Kate Robinson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Iowa and then spent many years in Arizona. My best stories are intimately tied to the places that I've lived or visited.
When did you first start writing?
Probably about the same time that most everyone begins writing, in early childhood. The process of learning to write begins with learning the alphabet and learning to read. Reading and writing are inextricably tied together, and why it's important to the writing craft to read well-crafted prose.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That's a great question and there are quite a few stories behind my latest book, Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux.

The novel began as a flash story based on a dream that became a scene in the final chapter. I've drawn many life experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary into the story, and indulged myself in many flights of fancy as well. I had a lot of fun mixing fact and fiction in this novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a freelance editor and creative consultant and more than half my clients are indie authors. Science fiction is a highly competitive genre and after I tired of getting rejection letters for Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux from publishers , I abandoned the novel for many years and moved on to other projects. Eventually I decided it made more sense to release it myself than to let it sit in the dark recesses of my computer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating something from "nothing" and getting paid for it is the best feeling in the world!
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm thrilled when readers get in touch to share their thoughts about my work, good, bad, or indifferent. There's little point in writing fiction unless you have readers - and true fans are precious!
What are you working on next?
I usually have multiple projects in progress, whether editing for individual authors or publishers, or writing and revising my own work. Right now I'm copyediting an academic narrative nonfiction manuscript for a major publisher, and also doing what I hope is the final revision of a collaborative collection of short stories linked with a connecting novella.

If there's enough interest in Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux, I'll write a sequel. Otherwise, I plan to make an addition to my unpublished magical realism novella, Loop: Life is But a Dream, and turn it into a novel. And my imaginative gears are turning on a sequel to Loop, which is based entirely on my dreams.

I'm a big believer in "writing by the seat of my pants" meaning writing whatever happens to come through without extensive outlining or plotting, so it's not unusual for me to suddenly jot down a short story, an essay, or even a poem while working on bigger projects. Whatever my mind wants to channel is what ends up on paper or screen.
Who are your favorite authors?
Without a doubt, most of my favorite authors dabble(d) in speculative fiction or fiction with extraordinary features - Ray Bradbury is probably my top, perennial favorite. I also love Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murukami, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, Philip K. Dick, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Franz Kafka, Isabel Allende, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and many others!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Besides my beloved humans and four-leggeds, writing and editing is what gets me out of bed each day. Or staying in it with a laptop and notebook!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing. Also hiking, beach days with lots of reading, watching film or TV series I think will enhance my imagination and writing, more reading, going to writing groups, chatting with other writers online about reading and writing. Sometimes I stop to eat or take a shower now and then!
Published 2014-10-31.
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Books by This Author

Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 110,380. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2014 by Tootie-Do Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
You heard nothing happened on December 21, 2012, right? Not exactly. Here’s where the cosmic shift began: As election year 2008 unfolds, Tess Vaughn’s deepest desire is to give up romance and live a quiet life in rural Arizona. But when the former investigative journalist jogs into the arms of married presidential candidate Senator Harris Cantrell Henry, she finds trouble galore.