Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a nurse by (the) first profession. A volunteer position at the local Rape Crisis Service turned into a paid position and eventually I was promoted to Director of a four-county regional program serving more than 1,000 survivors of rape and child sexual assault, and their significant others, each year. Eventually, I went back to school and became a paralegal which turned into my current job as a legal nurse consultant.
So, what have you written?
Under Kat Henry Doran, I’ve written two full-length romantic mysteries, Captain Marvelous and Try Just Once More, both published through the Wild Rose Press. Try Just Once More won the Barclay Gold for best in romantic suspense several years ago
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Writing as Kat Henry Doran and Veronica Lynch, I’ve been part of four anthologies for TWRP: Out of the Dark [Raising Kane] The Class of ’85 [ The List, Mad Dog and Archangel, Embraceable You]; Candy Hearts [For Keeps] and Haunting in the Garden [Caper Magic]. Each was a lot of fun to write. Currently, I am involved with an anthology out of the Maine Romance Writers group, Welcome to Serenity Harbor [my story is It Had to Be You]. Embraceable You was a finalist in the IDA contest a few years ago.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write when I can which isn’t often enough I’m sorry to say. Weekends are the best time for me, especially between January and April.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
If I do, I take a nap and wait for it to go away.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I just finished Stephen King’s “On Writing”. Loved it, laughed out loud in fact. I’m a huge fan of audio books and just finished Sandra Brown’s “Sting”. Great story, terrific ending. More recently, Nora Roberts’ “Obsession” knocked my socks off.
How do you relax?
I sew. I like to design and create tote bags and aprons. While I’m doing that, I listen to the audiobooks so I’m able to kill two birds with one stone. I sell those totes and aprons [along with other items] at craft shows so I travel a lot and listen to audio books while driving.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read what you want to write, particularly works by those authors whose message reaches out to you. Go to conferences, large and small, and take workshops. Listen to the pros who’ve been there and done that. Take rejection with a grain of salt and remember, your writing will always improve. Above all, listen to what others are saying about your writing. If more than two people say the same thing [as in weak POV or conflict or plot structure] about your stuff, pay attention. One person’s thoughts may be full of beans, more than one is telling you something. Listen to it.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Kat’s story TRY JUST ONCE MORE. ~Tina
Interesting “self-interview.” I like your advice to listen when two critics observe the same weaknesses. That has helped me in my own writing. Best wishes for continued success.
thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate the support.
Great interview, Kat. I’ve read the Class of ’90 series (a reprint of the ’85) and I definitely recommend it.
what a thrill to have you visit–and leave a comment. I’m glad you liked the reunion series Those characters hold a big place in my heart.
What a great interview, thank you. I totally agree you should read,read,read! Reading for me is as addictive as writing 🙂
thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the support for my advice.
I like your way of dealing with writer’s block. I’ll have to try it myself. 🙂
thanks for stopping by. I find naps solve any number of issues. Try it, you might like it!
Kat Henry Doran
Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your story in the Welcome to Serenity Harbor anthology. Wow! Never would have guessed the ending. I did read Captain Marvelous and few other books of yours years ago. Keep on writing…and I’ll keep on reading.
Thanks so much, Delsora.
First, for stopping by.
Second for the years of support you’ve given me unconditionally.
Third, for liking It Had to be You. The ending came quite unexpectedly. Glad it works for you.