Today I am welcoming writer Katie Gallagher
So Katie, why don’t you tell us how you got into writing?
I loved making up stories when I was younger, and until I could write them on my own, I’d have my mother write them down for me. I always had a book with me and often got in trouble for reading when I was supposed to be paying attention in class. I enjoyed getting lost in books and knew then I wanted to write for a living. I even almost failed reading in the fourth grade because of my attention span, lol.
What was the first book you ever published?
I “published” my first book when I was seven years old. I still have them somewhere in my parent’s garage too!
What is your process for writing – do you plot it out, outline, panster?
I start out as a pantster, but once I’m halfway through my novel, I got back through it and make a detailed chapter by chapter outline, so that I don’t forget an event that I want to include in my novel. So, I guess you can say, I don’t just have one process when writing a novel.
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about writing?
My least favourite thing about writing is my self doubt. I can’t just write a story and immediately like it. Luckily, I back my writing up on my flash drive every time because I usually get frustrated and manage to delete it off my desktop once before I realize that it’s actually good. In fact, it took me 4 years from the time I wrote my novel to getting the guts to publish it. Right after I wrote it, I began sending it to agents, but didn’t get ANY responses at all and I began to wonder if it was any good at all. And, I think if it wasn’t for my husband, I’d still be treating writing as a hobby wishing that it were more.
My favourite thing about writing is the ability to lose myself in the lives of characters that I’ve spun from my imagination and make them do things that I would never do on my own.
Is there a genre you would like to write but haven’t yet?
I’d love to try and write a paranormal romance or a time travel novel.
What are you currently working on?
I’m writing a new adult novel, Stealing Cynderella. It’s about a girl, Cyn Clark, is starting college, away from her parents for the first time in her life. She sees it as the perfect escape to forget all of the family drama. But, college is anything but. She has the roommate from hell, a best friend who’s a lesbian and begins a relationship with the campus bad boy, James. Things are going great between the two of them until some bad news from home that makes Cyn rethink things. She falls into her best friends arms and regrets it as soon as it’s over. She confesses to James, but he breaks up with her anyway. If things couldn’t get any worse, she’s pregnant.
That sounds like a great story. I write cougar stories, is there a younger man you would love to go on a date with if you could?
Tyler Blackburn; Caleb from Pretty Little Liars
I’ve seen Pretty Little Liars, great choice!
Katie has a book out titled Catching You and here is a description. Please check it out and for more information about Katie and her books please click the links below.
After Lauren wakes up in the hospital and learns that her boyfriend Ryan has died, her life slowly begins to unravel. She soon begins receiving mysterious text messages that make her wonder if his death was even an accident like everyone is saying. She finds herself leaning on Nick, her boyfriend’s best friend, for support. He tells her tidbits about Ryan’s life that make her wonder if she even knew her own boyfriend at all. Now, she’s even more determined to learn the truth about Ryan’s death and she wonders who she’s able to trust. She starts confiding in her best friend, Bryn, until she remembers something about the accident that makes her wonder if she’s trusted the wrong person the entire time. She’s determined to get justice for Ryan, but can she do it without losing her best friend?
Emma Fitzgerald said:
Great interview Ginger and Katie! Love reading how authors tick!! 🙂 The book sounds amazing too!