Please give a warm welcome to author Kathryn MoonTell us a bit about yourself
I just turned thirty this past year and I’ve been writing longer than I can remember. I love knitting and crocheting and baking to chill me out in my free time. Pies are my specialty. I’m an indie music junkie and I love all kinds of movies. I’m…fairly obsessed with my cat, Coraline.Have you always wanted to become an author?
Not really. My mom wrote down the stories I told her and when I was old enough I wrote stories on the computer, back when AOL dial up JUST arrived on the scene. I never really stopped writing but I didn’t think of it in terms of wanting to share those stories until I was in college studying fashion design. I was totally miserable, I hated sewing machines, and I was writing in all my spare time. I ended up dropping out and switching majors after my freshman year and I’ve been pursuing writing pretty single-mindedly since then.What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
I love writing about witches and all different kinds of magic. My new release, Command the Moon, is heavily inspired by folk magics and also Russian fairy tales. Originally in my head it was titled The House on No Legs and had a pretty heavy Baba Yaga theme, but that trickled out in the writing and me getting caught up in the romance angle of the story. It eventually became more about personal power but there are still little Easter egg secrets in details left over from old ideas.What are you working on now?
I’m working on Book 3 of The Librarian’s Coven, titled Scrivens. I’m really excited about returning to my coven of characters and the surprises I have coming in the book. Written was my first published book so it’s fun to continue that journey and I love the romance between Joanna and her men.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
I like to have a candle or incense burning and I cultivate playlists pretty meticulously. They don’t always make sense for the mood of the story but if I find myself not being too distracted by a song playing and really pounding words out, I add it. I like to pretend my ears have muscle memory and playing those songs again will keep me motivated.
What are your hopes for the future?
I sometimes feel rushed to produce new works and keep audience attention, and I try to ignore that feeling in favor of producing the story I want to tell in the moment. I’d like to get to a slightly more comfortable spot where I stop thinking about sales and numbers and write with a little less stress. (But I’m an anxious person so that’s probably wishful thinking, LOL.)
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Writing the stories you want to tell is an incredibly joyful and thrilling thing, but at the end of the day it IS still work. Don’t be afraid of those moments where words won’t come or you hate your story or you want to tear your hair out. Power through them with a frown on your face the whole time if you have to. There’s always going to be a second draft, help from betas, your editor’s advice. And after the book is out you won’t remember the struggle quite as vividly. Or at least that’s how it works for me.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully say thank you, not with the strength that I feel every day. Finding you and having you find me and sharing my work is the exact thing I wake up for in the morning. I cannot tell you how lucky you make me feel. Thank you from the end of my hair to the tips of my toes.♡