K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.
1: What is your deepest regret?
I wish I hadn’t bought an entire print run of my first book A Man Called Outlaw. I still have boxes sitting in my barn. POD is so much easier (and cheaper). But, really, I love my mistakes. I’ve learned from all of them.
2: Please explain more what you do?
I’m a very stereotypical writer chick, hibernating in my make-believe worlds, most of which are either historical or fantasy. I’ve published three novels A Man Called Outlaw (western), Behold the Dawn (historical set during the Third Crusade), Dreamlander (fantasy), and the non-fiction writing how-to books Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.
3: How people can get in contact with you?
4: What is your biggest life lesson?
Write every day. If you don’t make your writing a priority, no one else will. It can be difficult not to feel guilty about spending time writing, when you could be spending it doing something more “productive” (like vacuuming the house). But don’t allow yourself to use guilt as an excuse. If your writing is important to you, don’t let anything stand in its way. Set aside a specific amount of time every day (whether it’s twenty minutes or five hours) and make sure you’re at your desk at that time, no matter what.