Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Kindle Countdown Deal - December 8-10

Grab a discounted Kindle copy of Dreaming of Laughing Hawk on December 8 through 10. (The price returns to $4.99 on the 11th.) My novel is also available in print for $17.99 and makes a good gift for a reader who loves romantic suspense--a touch literary, a touch new adult. Read or download a sample on Amazon. The following link will direct you to the appropriate Amazon site for your country:

My book is also being featured Saturday December 7th at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 40 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It's pretty cool -- check it out!

"DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK was a story that delivered on its promise of grand romance and suspense, against a backdrop of racism and hope in a time of historical significance for the civil rights movement in America."
"Katmarian blends literary fiction and romance gracefully. . . Her poetic and intense writing style was a breath of fresh air, and her characters were sublime."
"A cleverly written story of tangled love, difficult decisions, and a restless soul in search of true happiness. I enjoyed the historical insight into the 1960s. I simply couldn't put it down."
Available on Amazon in U.S. / Canada / United Kingdom / Germany / France / Italy / Spain / Mexico / Japan / Brazil / India / Australia

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