Hi, I'm Lianna.
Thanks so much for being with us, Katie! Tell us, where do you find the most writing inspiration?
I like to say inspiration is everywhere—and it really is. I’ve picked ideas from such disparate places as the dust on my windowsill (I’m a terrible duster) to my pets to the grapefruit I had for breakfast. It’s really just a matter of being open to whatever you’re experiencing at the moment.
But I will say that most of my inspiration is usually the result of other people’s art. The three big ones are most definitely:
I feed off other people’s stories and glean little tidbits that inspire stories of my own. The characters and themes in books and movies and the half-answered questions in songs are endless sources of inspiration for me.
What is one of your favorite books?
HMS Surprise by Patrick O’Brian. Quirky, intelligent, deep. After loving the movie adaptation of O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, it took me three of his books to truly appreciate how insanely brilliant he is. This was the book where I finally “got” it. O’Brian’s work is more than just fiction—it’s an experience.
Which authors are you friends with and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m blessed to count many, many fellow authors as my friends. The sense of community is one of the most encouraging things—knowing none of us is alone in our struggles. It’s also wonderful to be able to count on others to lend a helping hand, especially with beta reading and critiquing. I can’t say enough about the importance of an objective pair of eyes on each new story.
What ways did you grow a bigger audience as an author?
In the beginning, I tried everything. If there was a social networking site, I was on it. Twitter and Facebook remain my big guns. They’re where I connect with the majority of my readers and pull in most of my traffic. I maintain a steady schedule of posts and tweets, and one of my favorite tools has been my Writing Question of the Day (#WQOTD), which allows me to actively interact with people every single day.
What is your biggest piece of advice for other writers?
Don’t scrimp on the small stuff. Understanding the details of your craft—and the publishing industry—is what sets the pros apart from the amateurs. If you’re really serious about selling stories, perfectionism needs to be a constant goal. In a cutthroat market such as we have today, nailing the small details will make all the difference.
Thanks so much to Katie for doing this interview! And to all of you reading, please do leave us a comment letting us know your thoughts!
Keep on writing,