Katharine Grubb is an amazing writer and human being. Just thinking about everything she does makes my head spin. I have one little girl who just about runs me ragged; Katharine has five, who she home schools and still she has time to write and to inspire so many of us time-stretched writers. Katharine is the author of the amazing Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day, published in 2015 by Teacher Yourself (Hodder & Stroughton). She has also published her two novels, Falling For Your Madness (2012) and Soulless Creatures (2105) through her publishing company, Plume of Doom. She is currently working on a contemporary comedy set in a border town between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, about a gang of neurotic senior citizens.
Do take a look at Katharine’s Facebook group, a wonderful community of international writers who long to fit writing into their busy lives. Katharine also leads a weekly Twitter chat, #10MinNovelists for time-crunched writers everwhere.
What’s more, Katharine lives in my favourite part of the world, New England, Massachusetts.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Neurotic, Creative, Short
What do you love most about writing?
I love tapping into characters to the point that they surprise me. I like it when they say just the right thing to make me laugh.
What do you find hardest about writing?
Finding time to do all the things I want to do. And I’m not as strong in grammar as I’d like to be.
What kind of child were you?
Oh! Depressed. Quiet. Secretive. Sigh. All that’s past me now. I’m making up for those tough times now with my stories, my family and my online connections.
Where’s your favourite place in the whole world?
Around the table laughing with my five kids. The National Seashore on Cape Cod is a close second.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
I can spot a narcissist by the words they say when I first meet them. I can make dinner in 30 minutes. I can organize my five kids to completely clean my house while I write. I have all the superpowers I need.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
I imagine that walking through the countryside with Lizzie Bennett, our petticoats six inches deep in mud, would make for some delightful conversation. But then Mr. Collins would probably join us and ruin everything.
What book do you wish you’d written?
All of them. No wait, not those with half naked people on the cover. I wish I had written A Prayer For Owen Meany or Pride and Prejudice or A Fault In Our Stars. I’d like to think my books were a combination of those.
Do you have any writing tics that you’re forever editing out?
YES! I have yet to fully apply all rules concerning commas. I have too many ‘that’s. And sometimes my brain works faster than my fingers and I omit words. My proofreader keeps me humble.
What’s your greatest fear?
That I return to the dysfunctional relationships I once had and I allow their evil to control me again.
What are you reading at the moment?
Homeschooling curriculum. Ugh. It’s that time of year.
What’s your favourite word?
Freedom. Not in a political sense, more in a personal sense.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
I am responsible for my own happiness.
Which writer do you most admire?
What song or piece of music would you choose as the theme tune to your life?
My kids and I created a playlist called Queen Katharine’s List of Awesome and I play it when I need a reminder of what I’ve struggled for, so we talk about this often. Impossible by Building 429 is a good choice for today.
Where do you write? I have a corner office in one part of my bedroom.
What or who inspires you? My kids often inspire me. Unusual situations sometimes inspire me. I also enjoy the quirky, the misfits and those who are underestimated.
When were you happiest?
Aw! Last fall, three dear online friends paid for me to fly to Miami, Florida. We all went to dinner together. We had never met in person. That night, they all expressed such gratitude to me for how I’ve coached them in my writing. The key lime pie and the mojito was pretty good too. It was such a sweet night. I never want to forget it.
What keeps you awake at night?
Flashbacks. Sigh. That’s life as a PTSD survivor. Sometimes my feet are just cold.
What three tips would you give aspiring novelists?
Work really hard.
Read great books.
You can find out more about the wonderful Katharine Grubb on her website, through twitter @10MinNovelist, on Pinterest where she has over 60 boards on writing and you can join her amazingly inspiring and helpful Facebook group for busy writers.