October 15th, 2017
Join me in welcoming author Kat de Falla today! Kat writes independently under her own name, and also under Kat Green (the alias of authors KAT de Falla and Rachel GREEN).
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
I was accepted into piano performance classes my freshman year in college at UW-Madison. I spent so much time in the Music Building, that I never did my Calculus or Spanish homework. After the year, I realized I either needed to focus on my major or go for it in music. Science won and I have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree…but I have a baby grand in my living room we’ve nicknamed “The Kia” because it was so expensive! I still play every day and my composer husband writes me amazing hard modern classical pieces to keep my playing up to snuff.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was a gung-ho English Major until I was walking up Bascom Hill in Madison with my Shakespeare professor. I told him how I wanted to get a Ph.D. in Shakespearean studies. He laughed and told me to look around the classroom. I was the only person paying attention. His advice was to focus on my love of science and wait for the right moment to come for writing. It did. I was working in the pharmacy late one night and a man came in and grabbed my hands and told me “They were everywhere.” I saw the story flash in my head. I had one book. No…two. Nope. I had the whole Seven Archangels Series. I went home and opened the laptop.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Like a mentioned, I play piano. Before writing books, I’d say it was my greatest outlet. But I play other people’s music. I compose words. The latter is more fulfilling because it engages my full creative potential. But music always has been and will always be a huge part of my life. Have I mentioned I’m married to a COMPOSER? Best. Life. Ever.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
My first book was The Seer’s Lover – which is the first book in my Seven Archangels Series. After that, I met Rachel Green through WisRWA who was super pregnant (an irrelevant but fun fact). We hit it off and both had weird paranormal experiences. She’d seen a ghost and I lived in a VERY haunted house. Thus began Haunts for Sale, our successful paranormal suspense series collaboration about a girl who is a paranormal real estate agent…she sells haunted houses. Then my four kids said, “Write us a book!” That’s how Flying Mutant Zombie Rats came into being. I’m publishing my seventh book this fall!
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I write because I can’t not write. Any author who says any differently is doing it for the wrong reasons. I love opening the computer. I love seeing my words, sentences, paragraphs, and chapters grow on the page. I love marketing. I love being in public selling and talking about my books. I love everything about this industry.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
Finding time. I’m a full-time pharmacist. Wife. Mother of four. I write professional pharmacy articles. I co-run SunMoon Arts with my husband where we put on community events to promote the arts. I love sleep. So, basically the only reason I have time to write is because my husband does all the cooking and my whole family is very understanding of my writing obsessions. Oh, and I rarely watch tv.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
I work at a busy pharmacy and love my day job. Coming home and putting my feet up and typing is the best outlet ever. As much as I wish I could be a full-time writer, I get nervous that I’d never shower or dress properly to leave the house. So it’s good I have to leave the house and go to work!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Enjoy the peace and quiet in your head for now, because once you start writing the characters will never be quiet! I love meeting other authors most of all. I am actually a slow reader, so when I read other author’s books, I take in every word. When I write a review, it’s heartfelt because I took my time with their words.
What do you love about writing romance?
I write about happily ever afters because they exist. I have one. Keep looking and dreaming. Your happily ever after awaits.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
My husband leaves me notes on the bathroom mirror, so when I’m rushing around getting ready for work and jump out of the shower, there it is…”I love you!” on the steamed-up mirror. That’s romantic. (That’s even how he asked me to marry him!)
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
Of course! If I affected someone enough to leave a review, I would be doing them a disservice not to read it. Whether it is good or bad, I can learn from it. Become better. I value reviews if they are constructive.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
I’d have to say having lunch with Ashantay Peters from The Wild Rose Press. I love my publisher and have connected with many different authors. Ashantay and I clicked and I adore her books. They really have a way of staying with you. On our way up to our cabin (9 hours away), Ashantay and I realized that my path went close by her mother’s house where she was visiting. She met me and my kiddos for lunch and I will never forget that amazing connection I felt with a person I never would have met if I hadn’t typed that first word.
Tell us about your most recent (or upcoming) release!
My next release is called NOT FOR ME. It’s a contemporary romance about a literary agent who falls for a Shakespeare actor who moonlights as an erotica author. But all is not as it seems. I think people will laugh and find pieces of themselves in the main character. It’s my first book without a paranormal or fantasy element. That scares me to write out of my usual box.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
The planning is well underway for our 2nd Annual Madtown Author Daze. This is a FREE event with dozens of local authors of all genres. It’s April 14, 2018, from 10am-3pm inside the lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on State Street in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a super cool event – check it out if you are an author or reader in the Midwest!
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
One by U2
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
An autographed piece of Japanese Anime
3. What were you like as a kid?
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
The 100 – teeny bopper-ish but i dig it!
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
Available now by Kat de Falla/Kat Green: