a book in the oven
Weekly Guest Spotlight.
This week's guest is Kate Moretti, author of Thought I Knew You.
Visit Kate's blog here.
Oops!…. I’m pregnant!
It started with too much wine, as these things often do. And now I’m lying here in the dark, my mind is racing. I don’t have time for this! I’m a mom of two little kids. I work a full-time job. And yet…I find myself planning and plotting and excited. I’m losing sleep, daydreaming in meetings, You guessed it… I’m (book) pregnant!
Um….book pregnant? What the heck is that? Book pregnant is what you find yourself when an idea for a novel, a seed if you will, gets implanted in your brain and you know the rest of your life will never be the same.
Two years ago, I was out to dinner with my girlfriend. She leaned across the table, over her plate of chicken parmesean, half- drunk on Merlot and whispered, “I wrote a novel!”. YOU WHAT?! This is something I’d always wanted to do, and here she was, treating it like some secret. I was motivated, I was envious, I was in awe. The next day she sent me the file and as I read, I thought, Well, heck, this is awesome. And also, pfffttt I got this. Then, out of nowhere, an idea came to me: Hmmmmm, what if my husband disappeared? That sounded interesting. Where would he go? My mind was off and running. Conception.
For the next several months, I was consumed with the book. Ate, slept, breathed Thought I Knew You (although that was not the original title). I chattered on about plot twists and characters. As the word count grew, I lost sleep, ate too much junk food, and went far too much time between showers. I was consumed by the world I was creating. Gestation.
And finally, one night, around midnight, I typed The End. I scrolled back through my words, all eighty-five thousand of them, gooey-eyed and in love. Look what I created! I was sure it was perfect (ahem,…unlike babies, I was pretty freaking wrong about that). But I couldn’t believe it – I had birthed a book!
Since then, Thought I Knew You has been published by Red Adept Publishing, and it’s out there for the world to judge. I’m a little (sniff) sentimental about it turning one. It’s been a helluva year. You know what they say: Writing a book changes everything.
6 ways writing a book is like having a baby:
- Initially, it seems like a really awesome idea and generally, conception is a TON of fun
- During gestation, showers are minimal and yoga pants are abundant. Bras are optional.
- You have never craved wine more in your life.
- It doesn’t matter how many you have, you’ll always wonder if you actually suck at it.
- Neither books nor children ever stop demanding your money, and neither one brings in ANY income.
- You love the outcome unconditionally. But only sending it out there into the world will tell you if you've done your job or not.
Thanks for celebrating the big O-N-E year bookiversary with me! I’m excited to give away a signed copy of Thought I Knew You to celebrate, so make sure to enter the giveaway!
Buy the book on Amazon here.
Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.
She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.
Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.