Hellur, I’m Kat. I’ve been writing professionally for over 20 years (here are some of my very early published bits if you want to have a laugh), and in general for over 30. I’m a working (WAH) writer with one child, one partner, several pets, a large wild garden that I don’t tend to nearly as much as I should, not enough hours in the day, and undereye bags.
I have written two books I am trying to get published, and am working on several other projects, including, perpetually, the next book. Being a mother and writing are the two things I’m most proud of in this world, and I want to continue to do both, for ever and ever, amen.
Here’s more of my journey, updated every year since I started this blog in ’12.
Writer stuck in rat race (albeit, a fun rat race in the Mediterranean), determined to get out (of the race, not the Med). Determination sometimes (almost always) hindered by Daily Mail, Sky Showbiz, and, on pay-day, ASOS.com… but I will get there (with my showbiz knowledge and wardrobe intact).
Writer who managed to get out of the rat race and is now teaching yoga (and loving it) in a bid to sustain the “writer” lifestyle and maintain a little equanimity. Still bashing away at the book and screenplay and still has big dreams (and obviously a big opinion of herself). Is also maybe a little too honest. Still in the Med. Still loving it.
Writer who (to my own surprise) is actually making a living writing. Has a weekly column on StyleLove called Convo (it’s so much fun), and is the editor at lotsofyoga.com (watch this space – it’s up and coming). Has gained five dogs and two cats since last updating this About page. Is a few strides closer to The Dream.
Writer who is still making a living writing (mainly here and here), while also teaching yoga and HIIT, trying to keep up with my animals, my friends, my TV shows, and my dream. Aiming to (a) increase motivation and word output, and (b) reduce food and alcohol intake (although at this stage I’ll be happy with just (a)).
The years are rolling by and I’m still writing the goddamned motherfudging book, but, I’m happy to report, I’m actually nearly finished! Can you believe it? No, me neither. Hoping next year’s update will read: “Writer and published author, still enjoying a care-free life with lovely people and lovely animals.” For the time being, all of that is true, sans the “published author” bit.
I finished the book (and also created The Yoga Music Company). Not published yet. Sent it to eight trusted readers (a la Stephen King). Edited the book. Attended a creative writing course. Re-edited the book. Made a spreadsheet of agents to send the book to. Put finding an agent on hold (as well as pretty much everything else) because I’m busy creating something else. The baby in my belly.
I made a baby. OK, I had some help making it (but why does it feel like I pretty much did it alone? Ah, yes, that would be because I was the one who wasn’t able to sit for a month). I am in love with said baby. Writing my second book (while still trying to get the first book published) and raise a human child. Does anyone perhaps know how to do all of these simultaneously? Please? Anyone?
Finished second book and have been frantically editing it ever since. Feeling hopeful about this one (says every writer every time they finish a new book). Met some wonderful people, fellow writers and like-minded people—highly recommended. Reading a lot, writing a lot, parenting a lot. Not a lot of social life going on right now but I manage to live vicariously through my friends’ Instagram stories.
If you’re reading this from the future (I’m going to take the liberty of assuming you are), 2020 hasn’t killed me. Yet. This year is making history in more ways than one; let’s hope it’s also the year that I get signed. Two novels and six children’s books down (oh, btw, I wrote six children’s books this year!), third novel, first script, and first university degree (English Lit; what else?) all starting this year. Watch. This. Space.
*EDIT* 2 weeks after I wrote July ’20’s update, I got an agent. I repeat. I. GOT. AN. AGENT.