Today I’ll be hosting my friend and fellow self-published author, Kathryn White.
Now, Kathryn! Welcome to my humble, albeit electronic, abode! I see we’re both looking lovely in this resolution, quite the cluster of pixels you have there. Can I offer you some digital chocolate? No calories unless we’re in high res, you see.
Ooh, digital chocolate. How can I resist? Wait a second … This is digital Haighs, right?
Aprille: Of course! Wouldn’t stock anything else!
So, Kathryn. I understand that you have a new book coming out soon. Would you like to tell us about it?
Cats, Scarves and Liars is an offbeat thriller—that’s to say, it’s a thriller but with a fairly unconventional plot. This isn’t the final version of the blurb or press release, but it’s the best I can do for now:
Meet Peppa Grove.
Peppa is just your average Australian young woman, really. 23 years old, widowed and the owner of a black and white cat who can speak perfect English. (But no one will believe her about the cat.) And why is she being stalked by one of her customers from the City South Post Office? What secrets does the mysterious Ivory Black know about Peppa and her past? And was it really necessary of him to steal her boyfriend’s red scarf?
Cats, Scarves and Liars is an offbeat thriller from the author of Being Abigail and Behind the Scenes. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll discover the meaning of life. (Actually, we lied about that last part.)
And this will be book number…
Five. My other novels are, Lochie’s Crush (2009), Being Abigail (2010), Best Forgotten (2012) and Behind the Scenes (2013). Lochie’s Crush has been out of print for a long time now, but all of the other titles are available on Amazon and at the Book Depository. With a bit of luck, I’ll also be releasing another book late this year, titled Tales of a Teenage Social Reject.
What made you go into self-publishing?
Years of hawking my work to publishers and getting ignored. (Or more to the point, being asked to submit the whole manuscript and then getting a rejection slip eight or nine months later.) That aside, I love the creative control that goes hand in hand with publishing my work independently. It means I, the author, can tell the story how I want it to be told and can be responsible for my own errors. I’ve also discovered that I enjoy other elements of the process. I’m not sure how many other authors think that typesetting is fun and maybe I’m a bit odd, but I love typesetting my own work and creating the interior files.
Aprille: I love typesetting! I just did my Steampunk, so I got to have fun with all kinds of interesting fonts.
If you had to pick a favourite, which of your books did you enjoy writing the most?
Definitely Being Abigail. I think out of all of the characters, Abigail is the one is most like me. Throughout the whole writing process, I had a lot of fun putting her through a number of awkward situations. My favourite part is where she is driving along Brighton Road in her fiancé’s car and runs down a guy who has just robbed a deli while dressed as Father Christmas. But the scene I get the most feedback on is the one about the Christmas cards. Usually people who know me want to know if I was talking about them. I wasn’t, I swear …
I’ve also had a lot of fun writing Cats, Scarves and Liars. It’s not so serious as Behind the Scenes and Best Forgotten. It was nice to take time out and write something a little bit silly and a bit implausible.
What advice would you give to writers thinking about self-publishing?
Think about why you want to self-publish. If your goal is to make lots of money and to quit your day job then I suggest buying a lottery ticket instead. You’ll have better odds. Go into self-publishing if you think that you have a story that other people will want to read.
And don’t go into it expecting that you’ll be an overnight success. It takes time and a lot of hard work, networking and promoting your work. Be prepared to shop around to find a good deal—there are a lot of people out there willing to exploit self-published authors. CreateSpace and Lulu are two companies who offer very reasonable deals for self-published authors. As far as eBooks go, Amazon and Smashwords offer good deals to authors.
Finally, be prepared that there are going to be people out there who will not like your work. Accept that as part of the process and don’t let it bother you.
So what’s next for you in your writing career?
Hopefully I’ll be releasing Cats, Scarves and Liars soon and Tales of a Teenage Social Reject sometime later this year. I’m also making a bit of a name for myself writing book reviews …
And lastly, where can my readers find your books?
Here is the quick link to my Amazon page:
Writer. Bookworm. Poet. More of an enigma than an entrepreneur, Kathryn White lives in comfortable surrounds on the South Coast of Adelaide, where she spends her time writing fiction and poetry and reviewing novels for her website Kathryn’s Inbox. By day, she works at a busy inner city Post Office. She graduated from Flinders University with Honours in English Literature and later studied Marketing. Kathryn began writing when she was in her teens, never believing that anyone else would be interested in reading her work. She has never been happier to be wrong about anything in her life.
Kathryn enjoys writing about misunderstandings—the kind of things that could happen in real life—and giving them an unusual comic or dark twist. Sometimes both.