K.M. Weiland is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.
Katie, please tell us something about you and what you are working on.
I am the award-winning and internationally-published author of Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. I write historical and speculative fiction from my home in western Nebraska and mentor authors on my award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.
I’m just starting final edits on Wayfarer, which is scheduled for release this fall. It’s a “superhero historical,” set in 1820 London, about a blacksmith’s apprentice who discovers his sudden abilities to run faster and jump higher than anyone else are the heart of a deeper plot against England.
How did you come up with the idea of writing books about “helping writers become authors”? It is worth to mention that people love your books and all the reviews on your Facebook page are just 5-star
I stumbled into blogging about writing because, hey, every writer needs a blog, right? And you’re supposed to blog about what you’re interested in, and that would be…writing. Then one day I woke up, and the blog had just sort of taken off. The books were a natural extension of that.
I’ve been writing fiction since I was twelve, so I was an author long before I was a teacher of writing. I’d published one book and was close to publishing another before I started the blog. Really, I think the site has been as much of a blessing to me as it has been to anyone. Other than the marvelous writer folk I’ve gotten to meet, I’ve also learned so much by writing about writing.
What are your sources of creativity and Inspiration on daily basis?
I like to say that inspiration is everywhere – and it really is. I’ve picked ideas from such disparate places as the dust on my windowsill (I’m a terrible duster) to my pets to the grapefruit I had for breakfast. It’s really just a matter of being open to whatever you’re experiencing at the moment.
But I will say that most of my inspiration is usually the result of other people’s art. The three big ones are most definitely:
I feed off other people’s stories and glean little tidbits that inspire stories of my own. The characters and themes in books and movies and the half-answered questions in songs are endless sources of inspiration for me.
Could you share with us what will be your future books/projects about?
Dreambreaker is the sequel to my portal fantasy Dreamlander. I’m currently about halfway through its first draft. It follows up on the adventures of a man who learns he can visit the parallel world of dreams, where he now must struggle back to his lost love, the fierce and conflicted Queen Allara, and help her overcome dangerous international intrigue and discover the impossible truth about their still intertwined destinies – before a mysterious heretic can commit the ultimate abomination of permanently fusing the worlds.
Do you have any formula for success? If yes, could you share it with us?
Awareness and discipline. Writers need to be rigorously aware of the and honest with themselves about what they find. They also need the discipline to treat writing as a discipline, on a daily basis.