Katherine H. Brown talks to us about Love on the Rink and Rest, Relax & Run For Your Life
Welcome to cozy and romance author Katherine H. Brown!
What would you say are your strengths as an author?
I would say my strengths as an author are 1) neverending flow of story ideas and 2) strong characters / voice. Creating and being the characters as I write is really one of my favorite parts.
How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
This year, I’m working on getting back into a stricter routine. My baby girl was born April 2020 so I took basically 8 ½ months off – some willingly and others out of necessity because for the longest she absolutely wouldn’t nap without being held and I had zero time for anything, not even a shower lol. Now, at almost a year, she takes a nice morning nap and I focus as hard as possible on my writing during that time 5 to 6 days a week. Because it is a short time frame, I’m planning to release more novellas this year and return to full length novels sometime when she is older and we have a more structured routine with independent play.
Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Five years from now, I hope to be releasing two to four novels per year and to have improved in tightening up my writing style so that a very low level of edits are needed. I also hope to be earning enough from my author life to help pay some of our bills, which at this point is not where my income level is yet.
If you could offer once piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Do not stop writing. I took several years where I believed what everyone said about it not being possible to earn a living or break into publishing etc. And I don’t regret them, necessarily, but I wish I had continued to write and build up stories so that when I learned more about how to go about publishing my books I had more of them to release right away.
What would you consider to be the best compliment a reader could give your book?
The best compliment that I can think of is when a reader says, “will there be another one?”
What are you working on now?
I just wrapped up the Ooey Gooey Bakery Cozy Mystery series as well as a short clean romance novella, Love on the Rink. For the rest of 2021, my plans are to work on a holiday historical cozy mystery for a Christmas anthology, and to write a wonderful book that has been brewing in my brain for years about a librarian and a journey to Ireland to save a beautiful little village that she didn’t know she was connected to. Stay tuned!