About the Author
Kathryn Perez is a Ph.D. Student, she is a college level professor, she has skills in Information Technology, Psychology, and Writing. She has lived a diverse and eclectic life from her youth and forward.
Writing is something that she has always begun but never completed until she read some very good advice. “Write the book you want to read.” Inspired through reading historic eBooks based in the Scottish Highlands and England, she has found the books she wishes to write.
Her dedication to writing comes from the realization that college is expensive. Instead of stacking on her student loan debt, and refusing to ask for hand-outs, Kathryn Perez writes her books, charges only a few dollars, and hopes that her writing can be the path to her own academic success.
She is no stranger to hard work. She pulled tassels from corn as a teenager, joined the United States Marine Corps, worked in various physically and mentally taxing careers. She believes that all things she has done become the culmination of her own success.
What inspires you to write romance books?
When one has an ‘itch’ or they feel that they need more than what they have, they find an outlet to gain that. I find that my itch involves romance. Love I have, but romance is kind of fizzled out.
I am inspired to write about Scotland because I would love to go there and visit the history that has compelled me to write. History is one of my favorite things, and the strong, dedicated men, and the powerfully strong in spirit women have made me feel that I was not born when I was supposed to be.
I love the idea of warriors. I love the idea of good overcoming evil, and I love the idea that true love always prevails, no matter what.
I write what I desire to live, so that, through the pages of my stories, I can somehow connect with the past I never got a chance to live.
Tell us about how you write:
I write down scenarios as soon as they pop into my mind. Then I find characters that fit my scenario. Most of my books write themselves. It is like they are born, fed, and they grow and develop on their own.
I write in a free-flow style, where the words just come from my fingers into my keyboard. It is like my hands know what I want to say.
Every 5 or 6 chapters, I go back and read what I’ve written to make certain that I have not left holes in my story, or have gone off on some odd tangent that makes no sense. In this way I keep my characters pure to their goals without all the muddling around in-between. This also keeps me from the need for so much editing at the end of the process.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have talked to some of my characters, to guide them on their adventure. However, mostly the characters are people that I watch grow, as if they were my children; people I gave life to, nurtured, and watched grow into their own beautiful selves.
What advice would you give other writers?
Close your eyes. Think, feel, react. Read what others have written. The inspiration can come from within, but it can also come from getting into the mindset.
Romance is wonderful. We all, or mostly all, thrive on being appreciated. Let your characters become appreciated, not only by the other characters in the book, but make them yours.
The more alive they become in your mind, the more alive they become on paper. You fall in love with them and they come to life.
Remember the flaws, too. Behavior, appearance, even choices can all make the heartstrings become tightened and pulled to their limits. The more you can make your reader “feel” for your characters, the better you will become.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am poor. I decided to publish my books on Amazon.com for now, until I can make a good following for myself.
I have no budget, so my choice was made for me. Amazon.com Kindle books are published for free, which is within my price range.
Self-publishing is so easy now with tips, tools, and web sites available for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books are wonderful. They teach, they make you think, they inspire, and they can take you to a world you might never be able to visit on your own. Publishing should take these things into consideration.
Hard books may becoming more obsolete, but personally, I love the feel of pages between my fingers. I think that publishing e-Books has a great future since reading devices have become so much more affordable.
The future of book publishing will be electronic. Easier to carry a table with your titles on it than carry that many books.
What genres do you write:: Historic Romance/Adventure
What formats are your books in: eBook