The Best Thing You Can Do Is Read With Kate Pawson Studer

The Best Thing You Can Do Is Read With Kate Pawson Studer

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About Kate Pawson Studer

In addition to being an author, I also work as an editor for my day job, so I’m always surrounded by books! I started my editing career working in-house for Harlequin, but now I run my own freelance editing business called Paper Poppy Editorial, where I’m lucky to continue editing books for Harlequin in addition to working with a fantastic group of self-published authors who never cease to amaze me with their talent!

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How And When Did You Get Started Writing?

I’ve been writing since I knew how to write. Fun, little stories when I was young, and longer, more ambitious ones as I got older. I completed my first novel in my late twenties, which is when I started writing with the goal of being published and I’ve continued to focus on novel writing in both the YA and adult romance genres ever since!

What Does Literary Success Look Like To You?

My idea of literary success has changed over the years. I once thought being traditionally published was the one and only goal, but the landscape of publishing has shifted and many authors find great success self-publishing. I think true literary success is just being able to finish what you’re writing (because that’s hard and a very big deal!) and then getting to share it with other people is just icing on the cake.

What Actionable Tips And Tricks Do You Have For New Writers That They Can Apply Now On Their Journey As Budding Writers?

One of the best things writers can do is read! Read in the genre you’re interested in writing for sure, but also read all kinds of things! Reading is inspiring–when you read something fantastic, it makes you want to write–but it’s also helpful if you want to get a strong sense of tone, pacing, character building, and plotting.

What Are Common Traps For Aspiring Writers?

Writing to trends can be a big problem. By the time you write to a trend, there’s a good chance the trend has passed. Be aware of what’s selling, sure, but at the end of the day, write what you know and write what you love. Write the book you’d love to read.

If You Could Tell Your Younger Writing Self Anything, What Would It Be?

Don’t worry about writing something other people will like. Write what *you* like and other people will like it too.

What Are Your Favorite Books? Fiction And/ Or Non-Fiction?

This is an incredibly difficult question! I’m not sure how to answer it, so I’m going to give a shout out to author Rachel Hawkins, whose enchanting Hex Hall series played a big part in me realizing YA was the genre for me.

Anything You’d Like To Plug?

If you haven’t already, please check out my contemporary YA debut, IT FALLS APART. I promise it’s a lot of fun.

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