Interview with Kathleen Ayers

What's the story behind your latest book?
We were optimistic about living and working in Canada. After we arrived, the problems with work kept piling up, as did the frustrations. When my husband's 3-year contract was 2/3 over, we decided to look for work elsewhere. We ended up back in California--making it the third time we've moved there!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I feel more confident, even though I don't have lots of sales. I'm able to get my story out there so others can benefit from what I've learned.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling my story.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a self-help book for parents of disabled children, so they can improve their moods and cope better with their situation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy activities with my family and working at my two other jobs (with a possible third one coming up).
What is your writing process?
I start off with the general idea, make an outline, then start filling in bits and pieces when I have time.
Describe your desk
I have a small desk built into a bookcase, from Ikea. The books and supplies I use the most are right next to me, and the other books are placed at other shelves.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A former supervisor had done some research and told me about Smashwords (Peter Yellowlees, with whom I have a publication on this site). We put our projects online, and I began thinking about what I could write.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like the classics--Jane Austen is my favorite.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to go through my own photos, and find one that has meaning to me. For the cover about our move to Canada, I used a photo that my son took, showing the river just upstream from Niagara Falls. The calm waters are deceptive about the turmoil ahead.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My teen age daughter, who has cognitive and physical disabilities, along with my husband, who works hard at his job. Our dog, Mac, also helps, as he loves to go on walks.
Published 2014-08-01.
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Books by This Author

Our Move to Canada: The Ups, Downs, and Sideways
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Healthcare Practitioners
This brief book provides details of our move to Canada for new jobs, and why we returned to the US after 3 disappointing years.
It Hurts All the Time! A Resource Guide for People With Chronic Pain and for Mental Health Clinicians Who Treat Them
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 30,090. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
I wish I had this information when I started working with people who have chronic pain. It contains numerous resources for pain-related books, articles, and therapy techniques. Both patients/clients and therapists will find helpful information, suggestions, and techniques. Therapists can also use these resources for individuals and groups. Topics cover aspects of life affected by chronic pain.
Metric conversions charts for your traveling
You set the price! Words: 190. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
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This contains temperature conversions for Celsius and Farenheit along with mileage conversions for kilometers and miles. Download this for traveling so you don't have to remember calculations!