Kathy Zebert: Guest Blog
Hi, John! Thank you so much for having me!!
2. Tell my readers a little about how you came to be a writer?
I’ve been writing for most of my life, beginning with my first fictional author/short story in high school. I never understood the importance of a book report, and so I thought I’d get away with creating a fake author/book for English class. I got an A+ on the project, but couldn’t resist telling the teacher that I’d made it all up. To my chagrin, she already knew that, but she told me I got the A+ because she’d never had a student who had taken that sort of initiative, and she loved the story. I’m a storyteller by nature, but that was the first step in the journey that brought me to where I am today.
3. How long have you been writing professionally?
I began my writing career about 22 years ago, when I wrote my first article for a trade publication. As a practicing court reporter (stenographer), I’ve written numerous articles for that same trade pub, and my career as a writer grew into what it is today.
4. What do you find the most difficult thing to do as a writer and why?
The first sentence is always the struggle. For me, that’s because everything flows from that first sentence. I don’t work like many authors, with storyboarding and outlining, et cetera. My brain finds outlines confining and confounding. Thank goodness, my daughter is my editor, and she keeps a journal of my thoughts.
5. What do you find the most exciting thing about writing?
The absolute best thing about writing for me is to hear that something I’ve written has evoked the exact same emotion I felt when I wrote the passage, sentence, whatever. I write because it makes me happy, and if I can give the gift of a smile to even one person, it’s a huge blessing.
6. What have you learned from your readers?
Oh, my goodness… so many things! They tell me what direction to take my writing. They feed me little bits of the things that they enjoyed and the things they wish I’d included, but most importantly, that they’re connecting with my characters. I’m always eager to hear reader feedback, because once the books are made public, they no longer belong to me.
7. Would you like anyone reading this to become a reviewer for you? And if so, how should they contact you?
I’m always looking for great reviewers. If you like clean romantic mysteries, cowboys (who doesn’t?), wine, chocolate, with a little corruption thrown in, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. What made you write your current series? What sparked you into going in that direction?
Quite simply, grief. I lost my dad, who was also a judge, and I was struggling terribly and needed joy. I’d always wanted to pull the court reporter out of the quiet corner of the room where they normally sit and create an amazing character, so the plot began. Of course, I had no idea I’d go past one book into three in the series, but the readers spoke and wanted more.
What forced me through the gate was my daughter’s comment that I wouldn’t finish the book. I had to show her what her mom was really made of. All of these things together have helped me discover so many things about myself, and it appears that I’ve found my place in the world. I’ve just recently secured a literary agent and plans are underway to pitch the series for film!
9. Are you a full time writer? And if not, what do you do on the side to keep you going until you can be a full time writer?
I do many things. Until writing pays the bills, I’m still a practicing freelance court reporter, and I speak professionally and provide continuing education webinars for my colleagues.
10. Tell us about your proudest moments as a writer? You saddest?
My proudest moment was probably my first book signing on a return visit back to my hometown of Pearl, Mississippi, where one of my high school teachers showed up to get a book signed… and then e-mailed me to tell me how much both she AND her husband loved it!
My saddest? The day after the launch of a book. It’s sort of like the day after a huge wedding. The party is over, so now what do I do? Well, more writing, of course, but we have to take the time to celebrate first, right? That’s hard to remember, but so important.
11. How would you like your readers to think of you as a result of your writing?
I hope that I’m thought of as an author who brings laughter, a few tears, excitement, and a breath of fresh air.
Thanks, John, for allowing me to share a little about myself and my writing. The entire Callie and Dom series, Incredulity, Madame Court Reporter, and Hand in Hand, can be found on Amazon, iBooks, Nook and Kobo! Feel free to sign up for my newsletter at www.kathyzebert.com for the latest in discounts, news, and even a few recipes from the books!
It's been a real pleasure having you guest on my blog, Kathy, and I look forward to seeing your work on television and maybe even the motion pictures. I know how fun that can be.
Thanks for being my guest this week.
And if you would like to read something of Kathy's, please check below for images of her books and links to where to purchase them.
Torn between the love for a Texas cowboy and the love for her profession,
a court reporter must make difficult choices when both worlds come crashing together in what seems to be a hopeless set of circumstances. Incredulity is full of over-the-top romance, with murder, mystery and corruption thrown in. The plot doesn't stop twisting until the end... maybe not even then.
Purchase Incredulity on Amazon now. Available in paperback or Kindle.