Creating a Novel…This is the way I roll…

Do you ever wonder where an author creates, imagines, and unfolds the story that has to be told? Like a few of my author friends, I find myself jotting down notes on just about anything on hand. Even using grocery or restaurant receipts if I’ve changed purses and forgot to toss in my trusty notebook. Without pen and paper, I’ll never keep remember the one line that’s a must for my story.
A vast majority of my writing has been spent in the comfort of my oversized recliner. And thank goodness it’s big because I share the space with my precious apricot poodle named Macy. She happens to think she shares the space with me instead of the other way around. I couldn’t resist sharing her usual spot with her head sprawled out on my keyboard.
Other favorite places to write include, my bed (especially in the mornings) or enjoying beautiful cool temperatures on the patio. Too many hours to count are spent at the dining room table with dozens of hummingbirds swarming the feeder. There’s something about those beautiful birds that help me relax so I can get through the pits of hell AKA writers block. (Notice the Sonic drink….keep reading and you’ll see they are everywhere!)
…And for those moments the story takes off in my mind and I’m all to thankful when I’ve harbored my laptop deep inside a too-big of a purse while sitting at places such as Sonic. (Don’t judge me, LOL!) Several of the best scenes I’ve written came from sipping a Route 44 Coke Zero in the middle of cars zipping all around 🙂
And then there’s the junk food that help make it happen, LOL!!!
For the most part creating characters, plots, and scenes are fun and exciting…but it can also be a pull your hair out/bang your head against the wall journey. Along the way of writing, editing, and re-writing, I found I needed a place to be serious. Where I can shut out the world, and focus with a do-not-disturb sign on hand. With the house still filled with kids, I didn’t have a room to spare to call mine. However I did have a place! Several years ago, we purchased an inexpensive armoire from Wal-Mart and placed it in our foyer for an old desktop. There’s a partial dividing wall separating the area from the living area. Since no one ever uses this space anymore, I decided to stake claim and call in my own. With a few small purchases to brand it the way I wanted, I now have my own writing cave. Yes, it’s tiny…but it’s mine! And I adore it.
There’s a ton of dreamy writing spaces on Pinterest and I have some on my boards. Browse over and enjoy 🙂
And for Kathryn L. James, this is a sneak peek at how it’s done!
Happy reading and writing!
Until next time,
Kathryn L James (KJ)
Kathryn James lives in a southern small town with her husband and kids. Being a hopeless romantic, she loves to read and write about bad-boy sexy alpha males and a strong heroine. She weaves her characters along a roller coaster ride full of angst before they reach their HEA. The beach is one of her favorite places to relax and write. But most days, when she’s writing, you can find her snuggled under a blanket in a recliner with her sweet apricot poodle curled up beside her. She’s loves diet coke, and is certain it helped her stay awake pecking away on her laptop writing her debut novel Crazy Beautiful Lies and a short Crazy Beautiful Kiss in an anthology Story of a Kiss. She’s currently working on a wicked hot novel, Chasing Wicked. 
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All About Emotion by Kathryn L. James

Have you ever read a book that stayed with you? One that you could read several times over, and come back and re-read the entire book? Or just maybe certain scenes over and over again? There are some books either on my shelf in paperback/hardcover, Kindle, or Nook that pulled me deep inside them. Continue reading

Getting Organized By Kathryn L. James

Getting organized.


Writing my second novel has proved to be just as hard as writing my first. It’s been five months since publishing and I wrote it entirely panster style. This go around, I’m learning the art of organization and creating story board plotting. Hanging out in writer circles, I found a few of my writing friends use story boards to get their plot, characters, and development off and running. Continue reading

Is Writing Easy? By Kathryn L. James

I’ve been asked, “Does writing come easy for you?” My answer is easy. Hell no.

Maybe it’s my writing style of being a panster that makes it challenging. If you aren’t familiar with the term panster, it means fly by the seat of your pants and write what comes to mind without a plan of where the story is going to go. I’ve tried to plot out an outline and it just didn’t work for me. Another habit that surely slows me down is how I write and edit at the same time. After each paragraph, I tend to stop and re-read my work. Sometimes I simply change a word or two, or I may delete the entire thing and start over. Getting a chapter just right takes takes more than several attempts before I’m satisfied. At this point I’m only in phase one of my writing process. Continue reading

A Million Butterflies by Kathryn L. James

Life in my neck of the woods has been hectic in the most exciting way. Many followed my journey from the beginning, cheering and supporting me along the way. On December 14th, I published my very first novel, Crazy Beautiful Lies. All of my hard work was set free for the world to read.

While I may have listened to others who have already experienced this roller coaster ride, I never dreamed the different emotions I would feel. The night before release day, I couldn’t sleep. Each time I closed my eyes and drifted off, the peace only lasted minutes. I stared into the darkness worrying if readers would buy a book from little ‘ole me, a writer from a small southern town.

I chose InkSlinger for my release day launch, cover reveal, and they lined up blogs to review and share the word. (They’ve been amazing, by the way.) On the morning of, I can’t even begin to express how I felt the moment I saw the cover pop up on facebook, twitter, and blogs. And then, there was my first review on Goodreads and Amazon…FIVE AMAZING STARS, and the great reviews kept coming. I giggled like a young school girl when I received my first message from a fan. An overwhelming amount of happiness, giddiness, and joy filled my heart. Tonight as I write this, I’m still in awe.

February 1, 2016, the same million butterflies that have been fluttering around in my stomach for the last two weeks will be back. Crazy Beautiful Kiss, my second official published work will be birthed in A Story of a Kiss, an anthology. Thirteen authors with thirteen amazing stories that will make you smile as you read about toe curling kisses.

SOAK Teaser 2

With each publication, I would like to think the nerve-racking anxiousness, heart palpitations, and stress will get easier, but for me I don’t think it ever will. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I LOVE the million butterflies!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my insight on what it’s been like going from a writer/author to a happy published author.

Until next time,

Kathryn L. James

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What I’ve Learned Along The Way by Kathryn L. James


Next month my status will change from aspiring author to published author. Crazy Beautiful Lies will be going into the wild for the world to read. I had hoped it would be ready for publication in October, but I didn’t have a clue how much preparations are involved. Currently it’s in its last round of editing. Continue reading

Capture The Moments by Kathryn L. James

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. – Bob Marley

Writer’s inspiration can come from anywhere. It’s the same as feeling the rain instead of simply getting soaked. Don’t just be amidst the world, look around, see it, feel it and embrace your surroundings. Inspiration can come from the least expected places, people and time.

Take for instance, a stunning sunset. Seize the moment regardless if your characters are relaxing on the beach, picnicking in the country, hiking on a mountainside, or having mindless sex on the balcony of a penthouse. A dreamy sky painted orange, yellow, purple and red are the same everywhere and add to the romantic scene.   Capture the moments and feel the beauty.


Sunshine can be found in the middle of a storm. Many times rain is thought of as dreary, but add a couple sharing a passionate hot kiss and everything changes.

Young hugging couple kissing under a rain, in passion

Young hugging couple kissing under a rain, in passion

Picture an old barn sitting in the middle of a pasture. Visualize a lone oak tree with KG + JP 4-ever carved in the center of an etched out heart. What if a the high school couple who placed those initials broke up after graduation and met back up, say ten years later at a mutual friends wedding. Chapters later, he finds her standing beside the tree tracing her fingers over their initials. . . and so a story is birthed all because the writer caught sight of a big red barn along the highway on his/her way to work.


What about waiting in line at a fast food drive through. Summer is here. People are shuffling about the parking area. Music is in the air. Cars moving forward. The vehicle in front exchanges money and head to the next window. The driver of a sleek SUV following reaches the payment window only to find the car in front purchased the meal in “A Pay It Forward”. Maybe he recognized her vehicle from the gym, parking garage or perhaps personalized license plates. Regardless, it all unfolds because the writer paid attention during a frantic lunch break.


*Find inspiration everywhere.
*Embrace it.
*Be observant. In all things, there is something more.
*Let the mind wander and explore.
*Take pictures using a phone so when writing the vivid colors come to life in the story.
*Listen. There is inspiration in people talking and music. One word can spark a story.

Happy Writing and Until Next Time,

Kathryn L. James (KJ)

Editing: A Love/Hate Relationship

Last week if you had asked me if I liked to edit, I would have replied “Hell, no!”. This week, ask me again and I’ll be happy to say, “Hell, yes!” All along, I considered editing to be a necessary evil, but a required step toward perfecting a novel. So you ask, “What made you change your mind, KJ?”


Before I answer, I think it’s only fair you have a little background on Kathryn James. For one, I don’t have a lot of patience and like instant gratification. Second, I like to plan everything and yet I don’t plot a single story. I still haven’t figured out how that one works. I mean how can I panster write when I plan my entire week on a calendar. Continue reading

A Sneak Peak at A Romance Writer’s Life

What if Cinderella hadn’t lost her slipper? How would the story have turned out? Would the prince have gone to great lengths to find her? Even blackmail? Then there’s the idea of maybe she wasn’t a sweet perfect girl. What if there was a love triangle between the Prince, Cinderella and the Step-Sister. Sensing a lot of angst creating our voice! Continue reading