About the Blog
I update this blog o’ mine when I can (see below re: the Day Job), often with commentaries or observations about story, character, theme etc. in pop culture. Many of my posts have to do with the latest television series or film that I’ve watched, and that has gotten me thinking about life, the world, and the mysterious ways in which the stories we tell each other compel us and weave their way into our collective culture. I also ruminate on process (writing, thinking, living) and on experience (day-to-day anecdotes as well as travels). If you like what you read, and are interested in getting notice of when I post, do consider following the blog or subscribing for email updates.
Bio: The Short Version
I am a lawyer by day and writer when I can fit it in. Kathryn Anthony is one of two pseudonyms I use for my fiction writing and as Kat Anthony, I have written two Regency Romances: An Immodest Proposal and The Clarendon Rose (the link takes you to my Amazon author page), an anthology of post-apocalyptic sf, the first novella of which is available as a free download, an anthology of myth and folklore-themed stories, and Konstantin’s Gifts, which is an historical fantasy.
The Detailed Bio
I am a writer, editor, and lawyer. For a number of years, I wrote romance and struggled to break into the field as a published writer. I had just completed, and was shopping around my second Regency-era Historical romance, when I suffered a series of personal, non-writing-related crises. By the time I had picked myself up and started processing everything that had happened, I had come to the realisation that perhaps romance writing wasn’t for me.
The irony is that this latest novel that I had been sending around had garnered enough interest from agents (I didn’t submit to any publishers) that I suspected that if I kept sending it around, it might actually have gotten somewhere. But I didn’t want to write romance anymore. Now, the industry is such that any agent or publisher will take a risk on a first time writer, on the assumption that as she publishes more and creates a “backlist”, she’ll start making back the advances they paid out for her early books. Given that, selling a single romance and then announcing that I wasn’t doing that anymore, would be a waste of any good agent or publisher’s time. I wasn’t interested in that.
So, I took it off the market, and uploaded it to lulu.com, so I could order a copy of it for myself, and “retire” it, so to speak (I also uploaded and ordered copies of my earlier books as well, all of which I am fond). I ordered the copy, stuck the hard copy on my shelf and forgot about it.
I wrote SF/F. The first story I wrote after making the decision to change genres, sold to an anthology–a good sign. A while later, I had a computer crash and lost my cover files for the novels I had uploaded. So I signed into lulu to grab copies from there, and found, Lo! and behold, people had been buying the books I had uploaded. How cool was that?!
That was when a friend suggested I upload the book to the Kindle store. When I had notification that the book was live–and that several copies had sold in the days since I had uploaded it–I was astonished. That’s what prompted me to upload the other books I had written. Within two weeks, I had exceeded the number of sales I had made on lulu–by a considerable number.
Since then, several of the books I uploaded have gone on to Amazon bestsellerdom and generated some nice pocket change. But mainly, it’s great to see the books being downloaded and read. I was even more delighted to discover repeat customers and to hear from people who had read the books and enjoyed them.
Most of these adventures in publishing took place while I was in law school. Now that I’m all growed up and a full time lawyer, time is considerably scarcer. But, I plug away at it, and try to clear small pockets of space in my day in which I can write. Much though I love writing (and I do love it), it doesn’t always happen, because the lawyering comes first (not just because of the extrinsic motivator of income, but also because I practice in family law, and if I don’t prioritize that work, then people don’t get to see their kids, or get support to pay their bills, or do end up stuck in the limbo that is the “division of property” hell of divorce for far longer than necessary).
If you have comments, questions, or want to tell me your thoughts, feel free to drop me an email. I’d love to hear from you! I’m at: writer [dot] katanthony [at] gmail [dot] com. If you’re more of a twitter type, I’m at @writekatanthony.