Author Interview with Kate Smith (the Hamilton series)

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Q1: Hello, Kate, and welcome to my blog! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi, and thank you for interviewing me!

I’m an Indie author/publisher, and I live an hour’s drive from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Western Canada. My favourite things are travelling, hiking (when our weather cooperates), a great cup of coffee and chocolate. I love swimming in the ocean and in particular snorkelling at the gorgeous beaches of Maui, Hawaii.

I have two lovely daughters, and, of course, love a great read!

Q2: When and why did you start writing? Was there anyone or anything in particular that inspired you to write?

I’ve always had a love of books, even as a young child. There had always been a thought in the back of my mind that I’d like to write a book. However, as with many people, life got in the way, and I never pursued it.

About two years ago, as my two daughters grew up and became self-sufficient, I decided to put down a short story onto paper. As I wrote, the idea grew, and over time it developed into a full-length novel. At that point, I’d fallen in love with the characters, and it seemed natural to continue their stories.

Q3: Any big achievements that you are proud of?

Anyone who writes will tell you that writing can be all consuming, and it’s not as easy as just putting words on paper. To finish and publish full novel is an achievement in itself. Today I look back and feel a huge sense of accomplishment, having written almost four complete novels, and have the planning stages for a fifth underway. To me, that is a huge achievement, especially in the short time frame, from starting my first writing ventures two years ago.

Q4: Who is your biggest supporter and what would you like to say to them?

There have been many people who have surprised me with their support, both friends and family, and I have made some incredible new friends during this journey. However, there are two who stand out, and the first of those is my friend and fellow author Katerina Bray. She has been a daily support, allowing me to bounce ideas and we chat regularly and keep each other on track. Writing can be very solitary, so I thank her for being there. The second is my friend and fellow author Ana Simons, who has also been incredible with support and sharing resources. A heartfelt thanks to both of these amazing and talented ladies, I couldn’t have done it without you!

Q5: What kind of audience would enjoy your books? Who are they aimed at?

My books are primarily directed at adults over eighteen, though I have a wide range of readers. My novels lean toward contemporary fiction, and deal with real life issues, but they all have an element of romance to them. I’d compare them to the Nicholas Sparks genre, where there is certainly romance involved, but usually deeper issues as well.

Q6: You recently released Reunited and are about to release its sequel – Forgiveness. Tell us about the series they are part of.

The Hamilton Series grew from a short story. I became particularly interested in pursuing the adoption angle. There are many issues to explore and presenting the viewpoint of the different parties involved in a realistic way is challenging, as was writing from a male point of view for the character of Aiden. The book comes from two points of view. The second is Savannah’s, who is a teenager.

Book 2 turns more to romance for Aiden, but there is still the undertone of the characters dealing with the reality of adoption. Book 3 will delve into the after effects as the characters’ lives change and Savannah matures. I am currently developing a Book 4 in this series as well.

Q7: What’s your next project and when will it be available?

After Forgiveness is released, I will be editing and readying another project titled Dance in the Rain for publication. This book is not directly part of the series. I consider it an offshoot as it features two characters from my series, Alexis and Joel Nichols, as they experience ups and downs in their marriage after the birth of their son. I would class this book as contemporary fiction with a romance element. I expect to release this novel by fall of 2017.

After Dance in the Rain, the next up is publication of Book 3, Redemption, which is part of the Hamilton Series. I expect to release this by spring 2018.

Q8: Traditional or self-publishing and why?

Good question, and it’s not been an easy decision. There are many pros and cons and I did quite a lot of research into both. For me, self-publishing seemed to be the best option. I don’t mind handling the business side of publishing as well as writing, and I wanted to get my books into the hands of readers and retain full control to the rights of my books. Not to say I won’t change my mind at some point and pursue traditional publication, but either route is an enormous amount of work, and self-publishing seems the right fit for me at this particular moment.

Q9: Did you encounter any obstacles when publishing? If so, what were they?

The biggest obstacle was the learning curve, and ensuring I hadn’t missed any steps. There are many details to attend to especially when you self-publish, and there were many bumps in the road. Thankfully, I had some assistance and shared resources with another author and learned the ropes. This second release is much easier as I have learned from the first publishing experience.

Q10: Any advice for writers who might be reading this?

Oh, so much advice I could give now that I’ve been through writing, editing and publishing two novels! If I had to pick one thing to say, it would be—believe in yourself. If you have the dream to write and publish, then it’s absolutely worth it, don’t give up. It’s not an easy road, and writers often become discouraged too soon. Keep at it. The end result is worth every moment of the journey.

Q11: Where can people find you?

Q12: Thank you for doing this interview!

Thank you so much for reviewing my book and thanks everyone for reading! I always welcome questions and comments from readers, please feel free to contact me through my website.

Books by Kate that I’ve reviewed:

 

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