Kathryn McIntyre is a creative person through and through. From soap-making, beer-brewing and tea blending, she’s probably dabbled in it. But her constant passion is reading, writing and editing. Kathryn mainly writes Steampunk Adventure and Paranormal Romance.
Could you share your background as an author?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was little I loved to draw as well, so I had thousands of pictures and stories, little comics created. Once I hit high school, writing took over, and I would start thousands of stories even though I never finished anything. It wasn’t until I hit eighteen and I wrote a Celtic romance about reincarnation that I finished a story and since then I’ve continued to grow. While I’ve got a reputation in the steampunk community for my Take to the Skies series with An Airship Named Desire, my favorite genre to write is paranormal romance and urban fantasy. My latest series, the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles is staunchly in that genre, and book #3, Rising for Autumn recently released.
What do you use your mailing list for?
I use my mailing list for freebies and sneak peeks. Every month I update with the progress of my latest works, and let my followers know what’s coming up on the horizon. I’ve enjoyed connecting with people through it and giving readers a glimpse of what goes on in the month to month workload of an author. I also include a cat picture, because I have three adorable cats.
Do you have any advice for aspiring or new authors?
Marketing is always a crapshoot. What I will say is what works for one person might not work for you. What I’ve come to realize is that while some people do fantastically at blogging, I hate it. Some folks love Twittering, or Facebooking, or Instagramming. By all means, try the vast majority of social media and see what’s working for you–and then once you find what works, drop it to a couple. I have a Tumblr and Pinterest that pretty much go untouched because that form doesn’t work for me well, while Instagram and Facebook DO jive. Blogging has never done much for me, but what I actually excel at is in person promotion, because I’m that unicorn-rare extrovert author. The best advice is just keep trying to new things and have fun with it!
Thanks to Kathryn for her time. You can check out her website here.
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