Getting to Know the Author: Katharine Smith

KSauthorpicWelcome, Katharine. Let’s find out more about you … 

hand-shake-love9 

 

 

Thank you!

 

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I find this quite hard to answer. My writing is largely character-based, contemporary, women’s fiction. That’s not a very short answer is it? Or an actual genre come to that.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

I really prefer not to. My ‘daytime job’ as a publisher and editor gives me enough in terms of other writing to be thinking about. I like to be able to focus on one book  of my own at a time, otherwise I find characters can get confused and there is not as much clarity of vision with regards storylines.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

No I don’t. I can see how that would be a really helpful and enjoyable thing to do but I really have so little time for actual writing that it’s not something I could fit into my life right now.

Can you remember your first reading book?

I can’t but I do remember reading loads as a child, and my parents reading to me. My dad read me The Hobbit when I was really quite young, I remember learning the word ‘throng’ from that. I don’t know why it’s stuck in my head but it has. I also absolutely loved the Magic Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton, and a book called Teeny Tiny and the Witch Woman which I lent to somebody and never get back (Dave if you’re reading this…)

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

I love crisps of most sorts. Wotsits are a firm favourite but leave orange fingerprints everywhere. When I’m trying to be healthy I go for rice cakes with Marmite, and fruit. Always plenty of cups of Yorkshire Tea as well.

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

Ideally tidy, generally bombsite.

Writing_the_Town_Read_EBOOK_COVERAre you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

I am self-published, via my own publishing company – Heddon Publishing. I had sent my synopsis and three chapters off to many agents, received some encouraging feedback, but nothing in the way of a contract. Having worked as a freelance proofreader and editor for a company producing ebooks and print books, I realised that I could probably do the whole lot myself and should do so for my own books. With a young daughter, and a wage to earn however, as with everything, it was a matter of finding the time to really work out how to do it. When I was on maternity leave with my son, in 2012, a lovely man called Michael Clutterbuck got in touch, from Australia. He was looking for a publisher in the Shropshire/Cheshire area where he originates from and where much of his book Steaming into the Firing Line was set. I explained I was not yet a publisher but offered to work on his book as a trial, with the understanding that it might take a while (working while my son napped meant my hours were erratic). In September 2012 I published the book while Mike was visiting so he was here for the very moment I instructed Amazon to publish the book (slight anti climax when I realised it would take about 12 hours for the files to be approved). So that was the beginning of Heddon Publishing and in 2013 I published my own first novel, Writing the Town Read. I’ve published 13 books for other authors, including a sequel for Mike, and my second novel is due for release in late 2014.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, U.A. Fanthorpe – who I had the pleasure of learning from on an Arvon Foundation course when I was at sixth form.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Write the whole thing without reviewing it. Just go for it, the editing will come later. Once you’re finished, read it through once and make the amendments you want to make. Then find some people who are willing to read it and give some honest feedback. Gather all the feedback together and give yourself some time to mull it over. Don’t make any amendments without having thought about them for a few days and making sure you are happy with them. If the same advice is given by a few readers, even if you don’t like it, give it some serious thought. However, at the end of the day it’s your book so the most important person when it comes to being happy with it is you.

Given my profession, I would say this, but get somebody to at the very least proofread your document. Editing is even better but can be expensive. If you are lucky you’ll have a pedantic friend or family member who’ll be delighted to alert you to all the errors in your manuscript. And there will be many – big or small. It’s hard to see them when you’re so close to the writing.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

I have thought and thought about this but I really have no idea! I would probably try and slide Colin Firth into it somewhere, maybe Jamie’s dad, in case I got to spend a lot of time on the set.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

Nothing in particular springs to mind. I’m sure it will after I’ve submitted these answers.

Links to my book on Amazon:

http://amzn.to/1qj8ose

http://amzn.to/1sr0VpF

Link to Heddon Publishing website:

http://www.heddonpublishing.com

Facebook:

http://facebook.com/smithkatharinee

Biography: I live in sometimes sunny Shropshire with my husband and two children, and I run a small publishing business working with other independent authors. I always, always wanted to write yet I chose to study Philosophy at University, not English. With my interesting but not very practical degree tucked under my arm, I set out into the world in 1998, ready to take on some interesting and creative jobs. I ended up processing building society account applications, followed by a range of similarly unsatisfying jobs for various companies. I eventually moved on to more interesting roles within the ICT and charity sectors, but all the while I wanted to write.

I began and gave up on a couple of novels but once the idea of Writing the Town Read had hooked me, I was committed, though it still took a long time to complete. In parallel, I was taking a course in proofreading, with the Publishing Training Centre.

In 2009 I set up as a freelance proofreader and I completed the first draft of Writing the Town Read… and I gave birth to a little girl. It was a busy year. Since then, all of these things have grown and progressed. I now run a small publishing house, freelance as an editor, proofreader and copywriter, and my little girl is not so little. She also has a brother now, and Writing the Town Read has a novel to follow in its wake, hopefully later this year.

Advertisements

About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
This entry was posted in Amazon, Author Interviews, Books. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Katharine Smith

  1. Glynis – Thanks for introducing us to Katherine.

    Katherine – Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us. I couldn’t agree more about the importance of starting a writing project with a draft – in any form – before worrying about the finer points. I wish you success.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Margot,

      Hello and thank you! It’s nice to hear you think that way too. I just enjoy letting a story take its course really, and characters develop over time. Maybe it helps that I’ve got less time to write than I’d like as I have far more time to think about it all!

      Thanks for your message,

      Kath

  2. Wonderful answers, Katherine.

    Jane Austen’s a great influence as a writer.

    • Kath Smith says:

      Thank you William 🙂 I tried to answer them without giving them too much thought, as though I was responding face to face. Hence the fairly rubbish answers about having an exciting real life story (still cant’ think of one, very sad) and who would play the characters in a film.

      At least online you can’t see me panicking trying to come up with something interesting to say!

      Thanks for taking the time to send a message,

      Kath

Speak To Me

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s