Country: New Zealand
Contact Info: Website- www.katherinehayton.com
Q & A TIME!
Q1. What comes to mind when you hear ‘first draft’?
A. Complete and utter freedom. I love writing the first draft because I don’t have to worry about my sentence structures or where the plot is going. I usually start with a beginning and an ending and the bit in between is entirely open until I get there. It’s a treat to write without having to worry about how many adverbs and pronouns and split infinitives are going on.
Q2. How often do you write?
A. If Twitter posts count, then every day. If I’m writing a first draft, then I write something every day and once I get onto rewriting and editing I do that every day. Even when I’m finishing up a book and thinking more about marketing and formatting and all those fun things I have my weekly newsletter and weekly blog to write. So, lots of days, but not always every day.
Q3. How do you juggle writing with your daily life?
A. It really eats into my TV watching time. I try to write before I start work for the day when my brain still has some measure of alertness and on the weekends when I have nothing better to do. I write about 1,200 words an hour so as long as I have a stretch that long in the morning I’ll be done for the day. If I’m stuck and don’t know what comes next, then often I’ll have to sit down at night and hammer out a few words to make up the difference and get back on track. Luckily (or unluckily if you like them) I don’t have children or pets so my time doesn’t need to be as closely managed as some writers I know.
Q4. Favourite Word?
A. Lollipop. It sounds like such a happy word and it contains a whole lot of joyful memories of my youth where a 5c sweet was the best treat in the world ever. I’d use it more often except for the sexual innuendo which has been attached through no fault of its own. The poor words that we malign for no reason other than they’re associated with sucking.
Title: Breathe and Release
Elisabet wakes with amnesia. The care offered to her by a husband she doesn’t remember descends within weeks into aggression and violence.
Lillian lies hogtied in an underground cell. Forget about escape; unless she can manage the necessities of life she’ll be dead within days.
Kristen lost her house, her friends, and her confidence when her parents separated. Now her injured stepmother has moved back in. Has she lost her memory, or lost her mind?
Will the secrets hidden in Elisabet's locked memory be enough to set them all free?