If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.
Hello there! I’m Kaitlin and writing is my passion–one I want to share it with you!
I’ve been studying and practicing the craft of writing for 10 years. I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Creative Writing and History (Sort of like a double major, but more complicated. Basically, it just means I’m smart. Ha.). And I find teaching others how to write stories rewarding!
I know you love writing too, and I believe you have a story that needs to be shared with the world. That’s why I’m here–to help you accomplish your novel goals!
I want to teach you how to write spectacular stories your readers will adore and editors will want to publish.
Writing a novel is no small task. But I have faith in you! I know you can do this, and I’m going to share my hard-earned knowledge to help you get there.
What else about me? I love to teach myself new things, which is probably a result of being homeschooled since the 3rd grade (yes, I did school work in my jammies. Be jealous). I enjoy travel, yoga, archery, and horseback riding, and I have a strange obsession with mint (the color, not the candy. Although those are fantastic too).
So just how did I get into this writing thing?
Story time! Once Upon A Time, I was a small child scribbling little stories. But at 14, I discovered the wondrous world of the novel. I finished my first YA Fantasy novel at a ridiculous 164,000 words (Yes, I was a tad overenthusiastic). That was when I knew I wanted to be an author.
I threw myself fully into learning the craft. I studied stacks of books on writing, read loads of novels, and put what I learned into practice in my own stories (You could say I was an obsessive learner, but “passionate” sounds nicer). During my high school years, I wrote two more full-length novels.
How did I figure out I wanted to teach?
Fast-forward to college. I struggled to find the time to write, and started several novels but never completed them. I was also conflicted over my major because people told me I couldn’t make a living off writing (Lies, by the way. Don’t ever let someone talk you out of pursuing your passion). In short, I became an Education major because I thought I would enjoy teaching English.
What I really wanted was teach others how to write novels. But this little light bulb didn’t go off in my silly brain until I had spent over four years working toward an Education degree. And I was supposed to graduate the following semester. So what did I do?
I slammed on the brakes and took control of my life.
I quit the Education program and switched to Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, which allowed me to study my two loves: Creative Writing and History. It was a terrifying decision, and it took me another year to graduate. A lot of people thought I was nuts.
But I never regretted it. I didn’t want to spend my life in a classroom teaching what someone else told me to teach. I wanted to teach what I was passionate about, I wanted to share the skills and knowledge I had spent so many years building. I knew I could help other writers.
What am I up to now?
Now I run this little blog where I can finally teach my passion! I’m also currently working on a YA Historical Fiction novel, which I hope to finish in Fall 2015. Unlike my other novels, which I consider learning experiments, I intend to pursue publication for this story. I plan to start querying agents by the end of the year. I can’t wait to share this story with you! I think you’ll really enjoy it 😉
Want to get in touch?
Have a writing question, or just want to chat? Hit me up on social media, or shoot me an email!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Why can’t hedgehogs just share the hedge?
Why yes, I do have a ball of spikes for a pet. And in case you haven’t noticed, she’s a sexy model. (Draw me like one of your French girls, Jack).
Camilla is my co-writer and editorial assistant (although we’re still working on her typing skills). She was also the inspiration behind the name Ink and Quills. She’s an African Pygmy hedgehog, and her pet peeve is being confused with a porcupine (yes, she is full-grown, and no, her quills will not stick in your hand).
Camilla is persnickety about grammar, and helps keep my writing in check. She’s also a sharp critic (har har). In her spare time she enjoys crunching on kitty kibble, running on her wheel, and napping. And don’t let the quills fool you–she’s a fabulous snuggler.