It’s my pleasure to welcome Kate Trinity to my blog!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Cactus owning, cat slave, cowboy boot wearing, coffeeholic, writer of horror and fantasy.
How long have you been writing for?
For as long as I can remember. I wrote stories, poems, and songs from a fairly young age. Then I would stop for a while and become interested in other things – horses, music, kickboxing. But writing has always been something I’ve gone back to again and again. Those ideas just keep popping into your head no matter what you’re doing.
What is your writing process like?
When I wrote It is the Demon in Me I started with pen and paper before typing it all up. But now I get an idea and open up a blank document on the computer (I can type faster now too). Sometimes I start the story straight away and other times I plot it so I don’t forget anything. Some days I can write 10k words, others I might only manage 500 – if I only write 500 it’s probably a difficult part to write or my character took the wrong path and I need to go back a way to change their choices.
Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?
I usually sit down at the computer at about 10am after I’ve done a few household chores and made a coffee. Then I deal with social media for an hour or so before opening whatever manuscript I’m working on. Some days I’ll write till 2 or 3 pm before taking care of other things like possible book covers or copywriting for people. Whilst other days I can happily sit at the computer till 8 or 9 at night because the story is just flowing.
What motivates you to write?
It’s more of a compulsion. The story plays around in my head until I agree to begin writing it down. Then I set goals for myself, figure out roughly how many words it needs to be, and what my self-imposed deadline is, before figuring out how many words I need to write a day. There are always days where I just don’t want to write and I’ve learnt that it’s better to take a day to myself than try to force myself to keep working because the following day I’ll be back at the computer and on schedule.
What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?
I went into my kitchen and made a huge chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting. And shared it with my kids.
Are you currently working on anything new?
At the moment, I’m working on a script. I began writing the story as a book and realised it would make a much better movie. So, I figured I’d give script writing a shot. There’s also the Moribund which is a story appearing in parts on my blog katetrinity.co I’ve written a few chapters and if people enjoy it I’ll post a new chapter about once a month.
If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?
Probably something sciency – I have two degrees (a BSc and MSc) in Forensics, and Fire and Major Incident Response. Or horses, I always enjoyed working with the horses.
What is the easiest part of writing for you? What is the hardest part?
The easiest part is the bit in between books, where you’re letting go of one story and allowing another to enter your brain. The hardest part is everything else because it’s a lot of rushing forward and hauling yourself back. There’s always a process of getting the ideas down before going back over them to see if they work, fit, sound right. Oh, and opening that email from the editor to say they’re done with your manuscript.
What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?
I always used to get the most incredible pain in my right hand and I put it down to the weather, writing too much, and past injuries from kickboxing and working with the horses. Turns out, it was the mouse. The best mouse is a gaming mouse – exactly the right shape. I’ve only had one for about the last year but the difference it’s made is amazing.
What is your favorite book or genre? Is there a special book that made you realize you wanted to write?
I’ve always loved Westerns, Horror, and Thrillers. And I can often be found curled up with a good fantasy or sci-fi novel but I’m a little bit more particular about those.
I don’t think there was ever a book that made me want to write but there were a few that influenced the first things I wrote. The first story I wrote -about novella length- was a western. I wrote it by hand and somewhere I still have it in a binder. Maybe one day I’ll get around to typing it up.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Do a little research on the story arc – once you understand how that works with the brain, to help the reader become involved in your story, you’ll find plotting that much easier.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
If you have a cat like me, get yourself a large bowl and put it at the end of the desk. Or nearby. Maybe with a little cat nip in. It’ll keep the cat from sitting on your keyboard – for a little while at least.
11 countries, 2 degrees, a love of animals, and all things supernatural. When Kate isn’t writing she’s baking and loves to decorate cakes in unusual ways. Brought up around steam trains, her father was an engine driver and her mother a nurse in St. Luke’s. The eldest of five siblings and with 2 children of her own her family is a large one. After the break up of her marriage and becoming unwell Kate began to write, and never stopped. Her world is filled with gods and demons, monsters and fae.
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