Meet Guest Author, K. M. Allan…

My name is Kate. I’m a YA writer who also blogs about writing. I’ve always been a reader, which naturally morphed into being a writer. I can’t remember if I made a conscious choice to be an author, it’s just something I’ve always wanted to do, and another career path never occurred to me.
.
I was lucky enough to land a job as a beauty writer, so I spent nine years writing articles about hair and makeup for a virtual hairstyling website. After that job ended, I gave myself a few months to finish a YA series I’d been working on, and those few months turned into a few years (writing always takes longer than we expect!).
.
I launched my blog about writing, started querying, and even landed a contract with a small press. When that fell through, I decided to self-publish and released the first book from my YA series in February 2020, followed by the second in July 2020. Blackbirch was inspired by the books I grew up reading and shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where teens defend themselves and their friends against supernatural forces out of their control.
.
I’m not a planner when it comes to writing. I usually start with a spark of a scene, or a line of dialogue that has popped into my head. Walking really helps to bring out ideas. There’s nothing better than spending a day writing and then taking a walk where you can let the ideas continue to turn over in your mind as you get some fresh air. I’ve solved many a plot twist or come up with a better idea when out stretching my legs.
.
My favorite place to walk is out in nature, especially around trees or streams. It feeds my other creative habit, which is taking photos. I don’t use a fancy camera, just my phone, and have countless photos of every flower, tree, sunrise or sunset I come across on my regular walks.
.
I think finding creative habits is a great way to become a better writer and helps keep you in touch with the side of you that feeds your soul. Just as I couldn’t imagine a career as anything other than being an author, I can’t imagine my life without being someone who writes, even if one day the only person I write for is myself.

Website/BlogTwitter

FacebookInstagram

Goodreads

Amazon:

USAUKCAAUSIN

4 thoughts on “Meet Guest Author, K. M. Allan…

DON'T BE SHY - LEAVE A REPLY

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.