About 10 years ago, Kathy Harris returned to her childhood love of writing by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. She is published in women’s fiction, and now writes romantic suspense.
What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
Kathy: When I first made the switch from women’s fiction to romantic suspense, combining the three elements of romance, suspense and faith was my biggest challenge. Even though my women’s fiction stories often included the same three elements, romantic suspense has a unique way of balancing and intertwining them. I read a lot of romantic suspense books, including those my crit partner Rebecca Deel wrote, and redrafted a lot of pages. But once I settled into a rhythm, it became second nature. I love reading romantic suspense, and now I’m enjoying writing it!
When do you find time to write?
Kathy: That’s the big question, isn’t it? Especially for authors who also work, whether as a stay-at-home mom or in an office. My entertainment marketing career keeps me busy all day, so I write in the mornings before going into the office or in the evenings after supper. I’ve learned that I can write first drafts better in the morning when my mind is fresh and my internal editor is still sleeping (LOL). But I’m better at editing in the evenings when my analytical brain is warmed up.
What is your favorite spot for reading or reflecting on your current work-in-progress?
Kathy: Anywhere and everywhere. I’m not sure how a successful writer could live an exclusively reclusive life. For me, an active life, especially one that connects me with others—whether it’s working out at the gym or working at my desk in an office buzzing with co-workers—is a catalyst for creativity. A robust walk in the park or a hot shower are my go-to solutions for shaking loose a problem with a plot or a character who has a secret they haven’t yet divulged. A coffee shop is the best place for me to focus when I need to lose myself in a story.
Current book: The Road to Mercy
Tragedy, love and secrets meet on a journey of faith.