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Author Interview: Katelyn White

August 5, 2018

Each Sunday, I'll be interviewing a different author about their writing journey. If you are an author and would like to be interviewed for this series, please complete this application form. If you have any questions, or if you want to recommend an author, please get in touch by emailing me at bryony@bryonyleah.com.

 

 

About Katelyn White

 

Katelyn White is a 21-year-old Wattpad author who writes from the male point of view. She is a Fiction Track English Writing student at the University of Pittsburgh and devotes her free time to writing her first teen fiction novel, Pace Yourself.

 

Katelyn grew up in Cape May County, New Jersey, but has relocated to Pittsburgh, where she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, and her cat Draco. She is an active reader and loves binge-watching Netflix movies and shows.

 

 

 

Click here to read Pace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

Where and when did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?

 

English has been my favorite subject since I was in grade school, I just never knew that my writing was good.

 

 

 

 

Who is your favourite author, and can you give us their best quote (in your opinion)?

 

John Green is my favorite author. My favorite quote of his: 

 

“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

 

 

 

 

Do you plan out your novels or just start writing?

 

I just start writing and then, once I get to the middle, I outline the ending so I can stay on track.

 

 

 

Click here to read Brace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

Description or dialogue? 

 

Dialogue, definitely. I love writing conversations between my characters.

 

 

 

 

Have you ever read your book reviews/comments, and if yes, what did you think of them?

 

I read every one of my comments on Wattpad, and try to respond to all of them. I think my readers are genuinely interested in my material and it sparks interesting conversations.

 

 

 

 

Do you believe in writer’s block?

 

I have yet to experience it, so I hope I never do.

 

 

 

Click here to read Pace Yourself by Katelyn White

 

 

 

What has been the most difficult challenge you’ve had to face as a writer?

 

My first Wattpad story was a fan-fiction of The Kissing Booth from the male MC's point of view, and it received 170,000 reads in less than three weeks. It was unfortunately removed due to Copyright issues and that was probably the biggest challenge of my writing career thus far.

 

 

 

 

What is the best purchase you’ve ever made as a writer?

 

I’d say my iPad, because I can take it wherever I need and write whenever I have an idea. I also love having an iPad because it makes for easy reading when I’m trying to catch up on my friend’s Wattpad stories.

 

 

 

 

Which software or platform do you use to write your books?

 

I type my novels into Word and then copy and paste them into Wattpad. When I was writing my fan-fiction of The Kissing Booth, I started writing into Wattpad and not adding the chapters into my Word document, so I lost A LOT of content from that when it was removed from the site.

 

 

 

Click here to read Brace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

What does literary success mean to you?

 

In my opinion, just having people read my writing is the biggest form of literary success. Knowing that my words touch other people makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

 

 

 

 

Are you working on a novel right now? If yes, can you tell us a little about it?

 

I am. It’s called Skinny Love. It’s about three girls who are working towards opening their own literary agency in New York City. They met in college and became best friends. It kind of takes a spin on the TV shows Younger and The Bold Type, but with more drama and romance as the main character finds herself in the middle of a love triangle.

 

 

 

 

Which book are you most excited to read next?

 

I’d say the next book that I’m excited to read is The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. I’ve had it downloaded on my iPad since it came out, but I haven’t had the chance to sit down and read it yet (partially because I forgot that I had pre-ordered it haha).

 

 

 

Click here to read Pace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

Where is your favourite place to write?

 

Anywhere that it’s quiet. I need it to be completely quiet when I write, or else I’ll start typing what I hear around me instead of the words flowing through my head.

 

 

 

 

Has a reader's opinion ever impacted on your plans for a novel/series?

 

Sort of. Sometimes, if a reader guesses what I’m going to do with the next chapter, I’ll change the chapter’s direction because I don’t want my writing to be cliche or predictable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of all the books you've written, do you have a personal favourite? If yes, which book, and why?

 

I really thought the Pace series was going to be my favorite piece of fictional work, but since starting my current work in progress, Skinny Love, it is slowly passing Pace Yourself. I guess maybe whatever piece I am currently working on may be my favorite? I’m biased because it’s my own writing, but I think all of my pieces have a bit of me in them, and that’s what makes it really hard to choose a favorite.

 

 

 

 

What is the coolest experience you've ever had as a writer?

 

Whenever a famous author tweets at me or likes my tweets, I literally fangirl so hard. Beth Reeks, the author of The Kissing Booth actually mentioned me in multiple Instagram Lives and I about near passed out. Camille Perri, author of When Katie Met Cassidy (GREAT READ!!!), tweeted at me one day and I had just finished her book and I felt like I knew her for a second. It was super cool.

 

Aside from fangirling over other authors, I also think it’s amazing when my readers click on my chapters faster that I can snap my fingers... It’s just amazing that they want to read my words so much that as soon as they get a notification they click on it.

 

 

 

Click here to read Brace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

Do you write full-time, part-time, or just as a hobby?

 

Just as a hobby for now, but I have been querying Pace Yourself to agents and hope to one day make it at least a part-time job. Maybe if I don’t make it as an author, I’ll freelance or something after graduating with my English degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

Is there any part of the writing process that you really hate?

 

Editing. UGH. Editing.

 

 

 

 

What time of day do you prefer to write?

 

Any time of day that I can get my hands on a keyboard.

 

 

 

 

What was your most embarrassing writing-related mistake?

 

Anytime I am typing so fast that I put the wrong 'there', 'their', or 'they’re' (just because I’m simply typing so fast I don’t catch it), I literally cringe so hard.

 

 

 

Click here to read Pace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

Do you prefer to write series or standalone novels?

 

My first novel written ending up turning into a series, but I think Skinny Love may wind up being a standalone novel. Maybe. Who knows. I have a feeling I may not ever be able to write a standalone novel because I will never want my character’s stories to end.

 

 

 

 

Do you research your books before you begin writing? If yes, how long do you spend researching?

 

I research while I’m writing—and I spent A LOT of time doing this research. I want my stories to feel authentic, and to really connect with the readers. I also want potential readers who may live in the locations that I write about to feel I’m doing their hometown justice.

 

 

 

 

If you weren't a writer, what job would you like to have?

 

Either a freelance writer for a magazine, or a literary agent.

 

 

 

Click here to read Brace Yourself by Katelyn White 

 

 

 

Do you weave personal experience into your writing?

 

Yes, I find that some of my most successful chapters are those in which I include details of my real life with a twist of fiction added to them.

 

 

 

 

What is your best piece of advice for aspiring writers?

 

Apart from writing as much as you can, READ as much as you can. Reading not only opens up the creative flow, but it expands your vocabulary. Also, watch TV and movies when you’re experiencing a block in your writing. Watching something that you love could inspire a new chapter, or a new character, or even a new novel idea.

 

 

 

 

Enjoyed the interview? Connect with Katelyn!

 

 

Twitter: @k8lynnnwhite

Instagram: @k8lynwrites

Wattpad: @k8lynwrites

 

 

If you are an author and would like to be interviewed for this series, please complete this application form. If you have any questions, or if you want to recommend an author, please get in touch by emailing me at bryony@bryonyleah.com.

 

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