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Kathryne Kennedy | Painting Pictures with Words

August 4, 2011

Kathryne KennedyTHE LADY OF THE STORMThank you so much, Fresh Fiction, for having me here today. It’s such a pleasure to talk with your readers once again! My publisher will be giving away 2 copies of my latest release, THE LADY OF THE STORM, to a couple of lucky commenters today (U.S. & Canada mailing addresses only), and I’m looking forward to responding to the comments.

A reader once told me “You paint pictures with words.” It surprised me, for I had never thought of my writing that way before, and I had to give some thought as to how I managed to do that for her.

So I talked to several of my writer friends, asking them their process. I was amazed to find that we all did it differently (okay, keep in mind, this was years ago when I was still new to even being around other writers). One gal told me she would write during commercials of her favorite TV show. Another other said she wrote while her kids were at ballet or ball practice. Another said she’d hide in her bedroom and bar the door to write. One used a very detailed outline, knowing each step her character would take. Another said she wrote up pages of character charts, outlining the way they would speak, the decisions they would make, the choices that would propel them toward the resolution of the plot.

Knowing other methods helped me to understand my own writing process. And that I did it the hard way. Not out of choice, mind you, but just because it was the only way I could tell a story. I do start with a general outline, but the magic for me is in the process itself. In getting to know my characters through the story. In immersing myself in the world and fully visualizing being there. And so I have to have complete focus in order to write.

Many of my friends can teach other writers how to write. Me, I’m not so good at teaching. I just write. And it’s difficult for me to explain exactly how, because it’s such an organic process for me.

With my latest release, THE LADY OF THE STORM, I wrote a scene involving a magical mountain, and in order to get it on paper, I had to be standing there myself, in that very moment:

Gray clouds moved over the skies, covering the brief morning sunshine, but even in that dimness the mountain of crystal blazed, as if it possessed some inner light. It sat in the middle of a field of tall grass, the enormous base of it a cluster of square-shaped stones angling inward toward the top into four-sided capped spires.

“Oh, dear,” muttered Cecily.

A river ran straight to the base of it, and they rode parallel alongside. Belle snorted at the tall grass that swished against her belly, the much taller Apollo eyeing her with a merry gleam as he stepped lightly over the growth.

“Do you hear that?” asked Giles.

Cecily cocked her head. The river gurgled beside them, the grass rustled in the rising wind of the coming storm, the leather of their saddles creaked, and from far away, she could hear the faint sounds of the city. And between and betwixt those soft noises shivered a song that she couldn’t quite catch the tune of.

“It’s the mountain,” she replied. “The crystal is singing.”

There’s no right or wrong way to write. It’s just whatever works for you. And for me, I don’t have a prayer of getting my reader to see what I’m writing unless I actually can see it myself. And even then, there’s no guarantee that I can connect with everyone’s inner vision.

Until Next Time,



Giles is bound to protect her…

In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.

But duty soon turns to desire…

When Cecily’s father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily’s father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever…

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Kathryne Kennedy is an acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in The Elven Lords series, THE LORD OF ILLUSION (February 2012).

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