Interview with Sue Krawitz, author of “His Kate”

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

Most people love love, and want to read about love.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I use a laptop and sometimes, will write thoughts on paper if I do not have another way to capture it.

How often do you write?

I write every day. Even if it is only for a short time, I write something every day.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I don’t have a set schedule. My schedule changes daily so I write when I have the time, sometimes noon, sometimes 3 am.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I like to have a general plot, but the characters will take on lives of their own. They dictate what is happening and I can tell when I am writing something that is not right for the character, something the character wouldn’t say or do. Then it is time to delete, take a step back and listen to the characters.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I love to read. Some of my favorites are Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Picoult, Jane Green and Emily Giffin.

Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?

I wrote His Kate in 2007 finished the first draft in 2008. I put it on hold when my children were young and I had little time or energy to do it. I got back to it in 2014 when they were in school.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

The cover should show the reader what the book is about without any words. The title should be catchy and clever. If a reader does not understand why the author chose the title before reading, they should absolutely know the reason by the time they are finished.

Do you attend literary lunches or events?

I am going to Book Expo America and BookCon 2016 in Chicago. I can’t wait!

Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?

Read as much as you can. Write anything and everything. Write what you know. Practice, practice, practice makes perfect!

Do your novels carry a message?

His Kate carries the message of: speak your mind, do not have regrets, be true to yourself and understand that sometimes sacrifices must be made.

Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes. My book is loosely based on my life. It is based on a love I felt for someone, someone who I couldn’t have. I fictionalized the story as a tribute to how I felt for him.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

I am working on a second novel. It is similar to the movies 13 Going on 30 and The Family Man, in which the book starts in reality, then enters a dream and then returns to reality. It is very fun and I am excited about it!

It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?

Yes, I have had had my heart broken several times.

What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?

Keep at it, do not quit. Let your work sit for a week and then read it again. More often than not, it becomes clear how to move forward and/or fix any issues.

What is your motivation for writing more?

I love to write and I hope I can bring humor, love and joy to others through my writing.

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Love stories, thriller, romance, chick lit, drama.

Can you tell us about your current projects?

I am writing a second book about a mom of three kids who has always wanted more out of life. It is fun and is similar in theme to the movie 13 Going on 30 in which it starts in reality, enters a dream and returns to reality.

It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?

I believe it is important to write what you know.

Have any of your past loves inspired characters in your books?

Yes, Greg Janera, the main character in my book, was inspired by my past love. He is the type of person who always does the right thing, a traditional good guy, sports fan, dog owner, down to earth, fun, romantic, sexy and sweet.

How many children do you have? Do you see any young writers in any of them?

I have two boys, ages 7 and 5. They love reading and writing so maybe someday!

Do you encourage your children to read?

Yes. I am passionate about children’s books. I maintain a Goodreads.com account for my kids and we currently have over 2,370 books read.

Do you blog?

Yes, I just started a blog on my website at www.suekrawitz.com. I post one blog per week.

How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?

I have social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and I am a Goodreads author. It doesn’t affect the way I write, it enhances the ability to connect with readers, authors, book lovers and many others.

If you had to pick one other author to write your biography, who would it be?

Nicholas Sparks

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