Katelin Ballinger

Biography

My name is Katelin Marie Ballinger; I was born in San Diego, California in 1997. At the age of eight, my family and I moved to New Mexico. Pretty much my whole life I'd been home schooled. My mom taught both me and my brother for the majority of our lives. When I reached my Junior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to go to a public school. So both my brother and I were enrolled in a small charter school in our town. I graduated from the charter school in May of 2015 and was valedictorian of our class. I received a full ride scholarship, so in August, I will be attending a college in Colorado. I will be studying Elementary Education and English.
Going to the charter school was an extreme blessing to me, I accomplished a lot there and it set me up for my next few years of college. However, I feel that being home schooled is the reason that I love to write, and have done so much of it. You see, with home schooling, I had a lot of extra time on my hands. I grew up in a community with very few children my age. Even if we did have a lot of kids here that were my age, I'm not the most outgoing and I find it difficult to make friends. So I had a lot of free time, but no one to really spend it with. So, due to those factors, I began to write.
In the Spring of 2010 my writing really took a large leap; I had a dream and I decided to take the idea from the dream and mix it with my passion for writing. In the late summer of 2010, I had finished my first book in the book saga "Ever-Presence." I decided to share my ideas with the world and that's how I got here! The publications of the Ever-Presence Series on Smashwords is as follows:
Book 1: The In-between Stage- 07/03/2012
Book 2: The Fool's Poem- 08/04/2012
Book 3: Delirium- 09/24/2012
Book 4: Blood Lust- 10/23/2012
Book 5: Insomnia- 06/15/2013
Book 6: Indomitable Thirst- 09/27/2014
In Fall of 2014, I began to write the seventh book in the series, "Eleutheromania."
I'm now out of school for the summer and am working on my next book nearly every day! Though I have a lot of traveling planned over the break, my book should be done by the end of summer 2015, before I go to college!
If you guys have any questions or comments I really love hearing peoples' opinions on my books! So email me at kate15513@yahoo.com and I'll email you back! Also, thank you to all of the people who 'like' my books and leave comments on them! It means the world to me! Thank you so much! :)

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing process includes several steps:
1. I have to think of the general idea for the book. I'm not going to lie, a lot of the content in my books comes to me as I'm writing the book. However, I have to first come up with what I want the book to be about. I have to decide what I want the characters to do in the book.
2. I have to write the book. I think this is the process that takes the longest. I have to take all of the ideas I have and put them down on paper. Some authors type out their books rather than write it down on paper first but I like to write it down on paper before typing it up.
3. I type up my book, using the written book as a guideline. When typing up the book, I keep the written book with me and I use it as a guideline. Typically, a lot changes when I type up the book; a lot gets added to the story.
4. I read through the book and look for errors. I have to look for grammar errors and spelling mistakes. I don't have an editor so, unfortunately, there are still errors after I proofread it.
5. I get a friend or family member to read the book and critique it. I like to have a friend or family member read my book and tell me if everything makes sense to them and ties up.
6. I publish my book on Smashwords! This is the part of the process that is the most rewarding. People can now download my book and read it and I get a lot of emails and comments on it.
So that's how my book writing process works.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a huge inspiration to me! They are the people that are willing to take their time to read my work and that is such a special thing. I started writing my books merely because I loved to write. Now though, I find that my fans are one of the main inspirations that fuel my writing. My fans are a blessing and are very appreciated!
Read more of this interview.

Books

Indomitable Thirst (Ever-Presence)
Series: Ever-Presence, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 132,680. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
When Vanessa Howell goes to Dartmouth College, she knew that things were going to be different. Little did she know that she was going to get caught in the middle of something dangerous. When Vanessa's roommate, Sarah, goes missing, she discovers that her life is on the line as well. To find the kidnappers, Vanessa must seek help from Victor Malorne, who holds more secrets than the case itself.
Insomnia (Ever-Presence)
Series: Ever-Presence, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 160,160. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.80)
We can never be positive of the events that will occur in the future, however, all the things that occur in the past,the lies, the heartbreak, they all happen for a reason. I asked myself why my parents had died and I also asked why I was chosen to bring peace to the vampires and shifters. I know that I can't change the events of the past but I also know that those past things will form my future.
Blood Lust (Ever-Presence)
Series: Ever-Presence, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 59,320. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
Everything is fine in an ecosystem until you take away one small thing. Well, vampires took away one of the most important things in my ecosystem, my mate. He was kidnapped and I fear the worst. I need to get him back, but to do that would imminently put me into extinction. The odds aren't good but you have to come to a point where you decide what's more important, your existence or your "life."
Delirium (Ever-Presence)
Series: Ever-Presence, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 78,240. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
What a concealed world we live in. Things like vampires and werewolves shouldn't exist, but they do. Innocent people shouldn't have to die or be hurt because of them, but they do. My friends and I, we're innocent, yet we're being hunted. The vampire hunting us, wouldn't hesitate to kill us. The answer seems simple, just kill him, but taking a life to protect your own is much easier said than done.
The Fool's Poem (Ever-Presence)
Series: Ever-Presence, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 48,430. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
How far will I go to get the truth? Well, I've put faith in a vampire, so pretty far. Our kinds, the shape shifters and vampires kill each other, however, the differences between us don't matter. Years ago, my parents disappeared, they were presumed dead until now. This vampire says that my parents are still alive, maybe trusting a vampire isn't the farthest I'll go to get the truth, just maybe...
The In-between Stage (Ever-Presence)
Series: Ever-Presence, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 53,700. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00)
When orphan Selena Resse is adopted by a strange couple who live in the middle of nowhere, she begins to question why they would live so far from civilization. She soon discovers that her adopted parents are not who they appear to be and a turn of events put her and the people around her in danger...

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