Greetings! Good news is making waves and rippling across Reading Land. I’m happy to share with you news about a wonderful writer, Kathy L. Wheeler. She’s having a great year:
I hope you will enjoy getting to know this woman with a smile as wide as Texas and with a heart that’s even bigger.
Please meet Kathy:
Linda Joyce: What’s your definition of ‘Romance’?
Kathy: My definition of Romance is a happy ending. I know that the literary critics (and my own daughter) prefer stuff that makes you think. But does that mean its required to be depressing? Ha! Not in my book. And that hero? He’s going admit loving her first in every story I write!
LJ: What reference books do you use and why?
Kathy: The absolute book every romance writer should have is The Romance Writers’ Phrase Book, by Candace Shelton and Jena Salter Kent. It helps you deepen your characters emotions and point of view. Eventually, you won’t need it, but sometimes just picking it up will jump-start the words off the page.
LJ: Do you think contests are worth the money and why?
Kathy: I don’t do well in contests. That being said, I think they are helpful to learn your strengths and weaknesses. In addition to learning your strengths and weaknesses, you (usually) receive some kind of feedback. And feedback, good or bad, is helpful.
LJ: What philosophy/approach do you have about critiquing? Honesty. If someone asks your opinion, then give it. That doesn’t mean you have to be mean. But how can critique be helpful if it’s not an honest assessment. When I critique, I point out the things that I would hope someone would point out in my own work. And if you can’t take the criticism, then don’t put it out there. And most importantly, remembering to tell the person you are helping, these are my suggestions. Because, inevitably, everyone’s voice is different, which makes all opinions subjective.
LJ: What was the first Romance story you ever fell in love with?
Kathy: I was a homebody, introvert in high school. For those of you who know me, may not believe that, but it’s true. So I was all over Harlequin in the 70s to the point I never dated or went out. Eventually, I quit reading for years. Then, of course, I picked up Amanda Quick…aka Jayne Ann Krentz….aka Jayne Castle. Then I moved to the Chicago Star Series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips…and then….
LJ: What type of things do you do to hone your craft?
Kathy: It’s changed over the years. I started out attending conference workshops, migrated to critique groups, finally to editing others’ works. The most important thing any writer can do is WRITE! That’s where it starts and ends.
LJ: Words of advice for new writers?
Kathy: I believe I just said it, but I’ll reiterate by copying and pasting… The most important thing any writer can do is WRITE! That’s where it starts and ends.
Places to catch up with Kathy? Her websites:
For all the readers, nows the change to add Kathy’s books to your summer reading list. Check back and let us know which one of Kathy’s books you like best.
For all the writers, as Kathy said, “Keep writing!”