Hello there! I’m Kaitlin, and writing stories is my passion.
I know you love writing too, and I believe you have an amazing story that needs to be shared with the world. Which is kind of why I’m here…
I help new and growing authors develop the skills they need to write spectacular stories that readers and publishers will adore.
I also want to make learning how to write a novel fit seamlessly into busy lifestyles so that learning and writing become a way of living. In 2017, I plan to introduce writing courses to Ink and Quills in addition to my articles and e-books to make this vision a reality.
Why I Started Ink and Quills
I created Ink and Quills so that writers like you wouldn’t have to struggle when it came to learning how to write a novel.
When I started my first novel as a teen in 2005, there weren’t as many resources available to authors then as there are now. Many of the writing websites I have grown to love didn’t even exist yet. There were no fiction classes available in my area, and I couldn’t afford to go somewhere like New York City to take a 3 month course on how to write a novel. Online courses were also limited, not to mention out of my price range.
I struggled along, figuring out everything for myself as I went and making every mistake there is. Finally, I discovered the world of craft books and it was a game-changer for me. These books on writing fiction became my teachers—and I read as many as I could get my hands on. I spent years studying the advice and techniques in these books and putting them into practice in my own writing.
It took me years of trial, error, and hard work to build the knowledge and skills I have today. Still, the memory of the frustration I had felt as a new author trying to figure out how to write a novel always stuck with me. I didn’t want other writers to have the same experience.
I thought, “There has to be a better way!” So I decided to make one.
I created Ink and Quills so I could share my hard-earned knowledge with you to make your path to publication easier. I want to provide you with the resources and help I wish I’d had starting out. I want your learning experience to be enjoyable, not a struggle. I want to give you a short-cut to learning the skills it took me years to learn. And perhaps most importantly, I don’t want you to go through this journey alone.
That’s why I’m here, and that is my wish for you, friend. That’s my story, and now I have a question to ask you: will you let me be a part of yours?
A Little More About Me…
>>I’ve been writing novels since I was 14, and though I mostly write Young Adult fantasy, sometimes I write historical fiction as well. I self-published my first novella, These Savage Bones, in 2016 and intend to query literary agents to represent my full-length novel, Hood, in 2017.
>>I have an Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies degree in Creative Writing and History.
>>I’m a huge nerd when it comes to anything related to history or fantasy. (Which are somewhat contradictory interests, but hey, that’s how I roll).
>>I have an obsession with learning and a curious mind that’s interested in way too many things. (Netflix documentaries for the win!)
>>I love to travel, and so far I’ve been lucky enough to visit Ireland, Scotland, and England.
>>I’ve always had a love/knack for teaching, and I spent 4 years as an Education major before switching degrees at the last minute when I realized I wanted to teach fiction writing, not middle school English. (Yes, my parents thought I was crazy and so did I, but it all worked out!)
>>I own an African Pygmy hedgehog named Camilla, and the name ‘Ink and Quills’ was originally created as a bit of a play on words.
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).
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 😉