Welcome Katy! Thanks for taking time to answer these questions for me. What made you decide to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. My mum was reading a book to me when I was four and I announced that I was going to be a writer and get my stories published for everyone else to read.
That’s amazing to feel that calling so young! How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?
My first novel, “The Last Gatekeeper,” came out last year but it was a long time in the making. I’ve been writing seriously for about fifteen years. I tried to get published for a long while, and it took time for me to gather the confidence to self-publish.
Not only confidence, but there’s a learning curve, too. What would you do differently the next time?
The only thing I’d do differently would be to self-publish earlier instead of holding out for a conventional publishing deal. I spent a lot of time thinking I couldn’t self-publish because I didn’t know anything about sales and marketing. That was absolutely true but I wish it had occurred to me earlier that I could learn. I love self-publishing. I love being in charge and I wouldn’t change any of it.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
You want to write a book? Give up now. This profession is ridiculously over-crowded, the returns are tiny and success is horribly chancy. If you’ve read that advice and you know you won’t give up whatever anyone says, then keep writing and don’t let anyone put you off. But keep learning all the time. This is a very competitive profession – if you want to get published, learn how to make that happen, both in your writing and in the relationships you need to build. If you want to self-publish, learn how to do that successfully (a lot of which comes down to writing and relationships, too).
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I’m currently awaiting edits for my next YA novel – “Across the Metal Seas.” That’s set in the far future where the survivors of environmental disaster live on the last piece of undrowned land and on a floating city close by. It’ll be out next summer.
What is your latest release?
“The Last Dreamseer” is available now at Amazon and on Smashwords.
When you decided to self-publish, how did you handle revisions?
Finding an editor to improve the book was a real priority. I was lucky enough to engage Rachel Daven-Skinner who has done a brilliant job helping me make “The Last Dreamseer” much better than I could do alone.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
I play the flute and I have an allotment where I grow vegetables and keep hens for eggs. Weeding is a great activity to let plot ideas mull around in your head until they resolve into something writeable.
That’s a great idea! But don’t tell my husband. He currently tends our vegetable garden. I just deal with the flowers. I have to admit, though, the weeds usually take over after the first planting. Maybe this year my garden will look better if I do more weeding. Do you write full-time or part-time?
At present, I write part-time and also work part-time to pay the bills.
I know what you mean there. Where do you reside?
I live in Lincoln in the UK, home of the Red Arrows aerobatic flying team and a beautiful medieval castle and cathedral.
That sounds interesting. Tell us a little about your latest release.
“The Last Dreamseer”
The queen is dead. Long live the queen,,,
Deena endured her first dreamseer vision at the age of six. Now sixteen and having seen how her mother’s abilities were abused by Fane’s rulers, she would do anything to avoid the future that lies ahead when her mother dies and Deena inherits her role.
When she meets Zan, Fane’s last gatekeeper, Deena sees a chance to gain her freedom. But Zan is accompanied by Cal, rebel thorn in the old queen’s side. Deena can’t risk Cal discovering that she was once forced to betray him – but she needs him if she’s ever to escape.
That’s a tasty morsel. Katy can be found at www.katyhaye.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katyhayewriter, and on Twitter @katyhaye.