About Kathy Kulig:
Kathy Kulig is a science geek by day and works in a lab; at night, she indulges her creative side as a romance writer. She enjoys writing a variety of erotic romances, including paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction and contemporary. Her books can be dark and edgy, passionate and erotically-charged, but there’s always a steamy romance and a happy ending. She’s also a member of a number of writer groups and speaks at conferences. Besides writing she’s a part time health food nut, an occasional cat sitter, loves mountain biking and working out, and she’s an adventure movie junkie. She lives in a 100 year old Victorian house with her amazingly support hubby who is also a geek and shares her love of travel.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration is found everywhere. An overheard conversation, a movie, a song, a new city, a dream…That’s why I love to travel. New places and people inspire new ideas all the time. Of course, books spark ideas too. Writers are book lovers. I know I’ve loved books since I was a child. From Fantasy and Science Fiction to Romance and Thrillers, they all entertain and inspire me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Most authors have a day job. That’s me. I write in the evenings every day (and sometimes take notes during my lunch breaks). I also write all weekend. I like to get a rough outline first of the major plot points using Save the Cat or Michael Hauge’s Plot structure outlines. Then a little background and description for the main characters, setting, details, etc., then jump into writing the story. I’ll do some research on the way. The story evolves and may or may not follow my outline. Many times twists in the plot pop up and that’s cool! So the end product may look completely different from the original outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I imagine a scene in my head, visualize it like a movie. So I guess I imagine them talking out the scenes. Sometimes I even dream about my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day. Read, read, read both fiction and writing how-to books. Learn your craft! Even after you’ve written 100 books, keep learning. I learned that lesson from a NY Times bestselling author with over a hundred books published. She was taking an online class with me. I asked her why was she taking the class? ( I wasn’t being snarky. I was giving her a compliment). She said she is always trying to improve her writing. There’s always something to learn. Writers need to stretch themselves to develop their skills.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m published with a small press and also indie published. And I’m really glad I started off with a small press. When I was first published in 2007, indie publishing wasn’t that prevalent. I’d like to continue working with small presses and maybe a traditional publisher in addition to indie publishing. There are advantages to all. I learned a lot about publishing and writing with my publisher and met a number of awesome people. Indie publishing has advantages too. It’s a lot of work and can be expensive, but it’s very rewarding.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there are a lot of opportunities for writers now and that will continue. But the publishing world is constantly changing and writers need to keep in-the-know and change and adapt with those changes, not try to ‘game’ the system. Write the books you love, be the best writer you can and be a professional. Also stay educated by networking with other writers and writing professionals.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotic Romance – Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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