Welcome to Writing for Christ Katy Lee, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
In my latest release, Real Virtue, my heroine is a gamer. I am not. So many readers can’t believe I gave such a clear picture of the gaming world without personal experience, but thanks to my best friend, I was able to world-build with accuracy without getting pulled in. She opened multiple accounts to play and helped me tremendously with my research. However, during my research, I did read many interviews with gamers, mostly teens and young adults, where they admit to preferring their virtual lives over their real ones. Video games can become super appealing, especially if the player’s real life is not so great. In a game, a player can zap out of a situation they don’t like. They can’t do that in real life. In a game, a player is rewarded for beating the next level or quest. In real life, it’s hard to accomplish things, and even when you do, people don’t always notice, or for some, care. Still, as for me, I choose real life.
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
Well, I write romance because I read romance, usually with some suspense in it. I do enjoy stories where the main characters have to grow in some way, and in following them along their journey, I grow, too. Whether it is a desire to be a better wife or mother, or inspiration to try something new, books like this for me become keepers.
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
I’ve always loved creating things, which also means learning how things come together from idea to product and everything in between. Sewing and quilting were big hobbies in my life, and then knitting. But everything I did had a plan, a pattern to follow. If I skimped, it would not come out right. If I didn’t fix my mistakes, it would ruin the finished product, or worse, get thrown into my basket, never to be finished.
I’ve also always had a love for reading and admired the talents of many writers who could perfectly place words down on a page to make them flow like music, or bind together like a perfectly knitted piece. I’ll admit I had tried my hand at writing a few times, starting back in fifth grade, but it wasn’t until 2005 when an idea for a story came to me that I decided to try writing again. But this time I did things a little differently. I researched on how a story comes together. The idea to product and everything in between, and three months later I had completed my first novel. It was when I learned that every kind creation has a plan, a pattern that needs to be followed that I could now call myself a writer.
5 things you love?
Chocolate Mint Tea – All the flavor without the calories!
Homeschooling my three children – I wouldn’t trade the relationship I have with them for anything.
Traveling – ANYWHERE.
No humidity that gives me good hair days.
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
I really enjoy the Love Inspired Suspense books, and surprisingly, my son likes them, too. My daughter also loves Zondervan’s Halflings series. She’s always raving about them. I’m encouraging her to try some LIS books, too, since I recently sold a novel to Love Inspired Suspense. I’m looking forward to being a part of the LIS family come October!
Places for readers to learn more about you?
Thank you for having me on your blog! Readers, I love comments and would love to hear from you. One commenter will receive a paperback copy of Real Virtue! It's getting rave reviews, as well as finaling for awards. I hope you enjoy it and are blessed by it.
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