I guess it is true what publicists say about the importance of getting lots of media exposure BEFORE a book is released. I was busy doing interviews several times a week in the months leading up to the publication date (pushed up to June 14, 2016) of Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow.
When I checked Amazon this morning, I was thrilled to see that we had hit #1 New Release in two Amazon categories. 🙂
John Vonhof, who interviewed me for his excellent podcast, Writers & Authors on FIRE asked some great questions about the creative process and how to write a book based on some pre-defined goals for the book. I am thrilled to share my interview with him here.
- Kathryn Kemp Guylay is a nonfiction author and speaker out to change the world through wellness. She defines wellness as encompassing mind, body and spirit – a holistic way at looking at life. Her new book, Mountain Mantras, is filled with stories with takeaways about leadership and wellness. She shares how our writing can change the world as it appeals to different unique people who connect with your writing. She explains her writing process and how the book evolved differently from what she had first envisioned. It’s important to listen to her decisions to change her publishing model based on decisions from her heart and then forming a team of beta-readers and coaches to help with the project. Kathryn takes us behind the scenes of the new kid’s picture book done with her son, Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow, a resource to support Rainbow Days in schools. For those writers struggling to get their work out there, Kathryn talks about the importance of knowing your goals and conquering your fears. She shares how other writers inspire her when they put their creative process into the world. She also shares her experiences at the recent Book Expo America (BEA).
Quote from Kathryn at the Book Expo America 2016 Expert Panel
- The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be a year from now is found in the books you read and the people you meet.
- Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes
- A book with her son, Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow.
My Writing Motivation
- For me, motivation comes through the positive interaction I get from reviews, online comments, and with face-to-face connections.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- My most difficult challenge is definitely the blank page. I really dislike the blank page. When I sit down to write I try to pick up something I’ve already started.
On Knowing If Your Idea is Worth Writing
- My advice is to listen to your heart and not your mind. I have found that always the right decisions come when you listen to your heart.
What Has Helped me to Better Understand Writing
- I’ve learned to never start with an empty page. I would never finish with a period or the end of the page or the end of a chapter. I would always write a start to the next part so when I came back I could continue the momentum.
My Most rewarding Moment as an Author
- There should never be just one rewarding moment. There should be many small moments along the way. When something awesome happens, however small the steps are, write them down and put them in a jar and celebrate them. When you get in a rut, pull one out of the jar and build on the positive reminder.
- Marketing equals love. If you love your messages, your writing, and the creative process, then when you are marketing, you are spreading love.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- It’s so simple, but it’s profound. It’s just to write – to just sit down and write.
My Best Advice for Writers Trying to Become Published
- It’s the idea of overcoming fear. Your can push past your fear to put your work out into the world. You have to think about your goals and the process itself. If you have been working on a project and haven’t published, you have to ask what are your goals in writing.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- Don’t try to be perfect with your first draft. Perfectionism is the enemy of get it done.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- You have to figure out what success means at that moment because it might mean something different at different moments.
My Favorite Book on Writing
- It’s a book about the creative process – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.
The Author That Inspires Me
- Every author out there inspires me because they have overcome their fears and doubts and have put their creative process into the world.
Resources that I Like
How To Find Me
- Kathryn’s Make Wellness Fun website
- Kathryn’s Facebook page
- Kathryn’s Twitter page
- Kathryn’s Instagram page
- The Instagram page for Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow
- Kathryn’s website for Mountain Mantras book
- Kathryn’s website for Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow book
- The Kickstarter page for the Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow campaign
- The Nurture Your Family website
- The Healthy Kids Ideas website