It’s my pleasure today to have esteemed author, Kathi Macias on the blog. Kathi is one of those rare gems of an author, someone who gives back to the writing community in wonderful ways. She’s also someone who graciously offered to read my debut novel for endorsement and gave me the amazing gift of a glowing review and some pretty wonderful encouragement. So I’m biased. 🙂
But, if you have not yet discovered Kathi’s books, you’re in for a treat!
Her latest book, Special Delivery, from her Freedom series, sounds amazing!
In book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her
attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery even while wrestling
with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of
another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and
save her own life, as well as her child’s. Halfway around the world in a
brothel in Thailand, a young girl is rescued with the promise of being
reunited with her younger sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in
the States, friends of Jonathan’s family. Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who
held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge
for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life. Will his underworld
connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes
she has finally won her freedom?
Kathi is sharing some great thoughts with us today, please enjoy!
Author by Night
I was once asked what my “author by night” life was like. My first thought was, Hmm… When was the last time I was up late enough that it qualified as “night”? Been awhile, I’m afraid.
Seriously, I am NOT a night person. The problem is, I’m not really a morning person either, though my current lifestyle requires that I get up most days at dark o’clock. And I must admit that once I’ve rolled out of that warm, cozy bed, I really do accomplish a lot in those early morning hours.
For one thing, my husband heads off to work before the chickens are out and about, and I almost never get phone calls that early. Hence, the house is quiet and I can actually grab some alone time with the Lord before jumping feet-first into my daily to-do list. And that, I suppose, is the secret to pretty much everything I do—before or after dark, as an author or otherwise. If I miss that beginning-of-the-day time of prayer and Bible reading and worship, I’m definitely starting off on the wrong foot, and my day almost always goes downhill from there.
I’m actually quite blessed (and have been for some years now) to be able to write (my own books and scores more for other people, as well as being a regular contributor to various online publications) and edit fulltime, rather than trying to squeeze in a little writing time after getting home from a “real” job. (Yes, through the years I’ve had several of those. Do I miss them? Only when I realize that if I had a “real” job I’d also have a “real” paycheck. But the flexibility and freedom of working at home is worth the tradeoffs—most of the time.)
In addition to being a writer/editor, I teach at writers’ and women’s conferences, workshops, and retreats, and have recently been doing some national and international TV appearances, all of which require being away from home for several days at a time. It also requires a great sense of humor because I DON’T DO PUBLIC SPEAKING! At least, that’s what I always thought. When I became a Christian at 26, I explained that to God, but apparently He didn’t pay attention.
On a more personal level, in addition to being married to my junior/senior high school sweetheart, Al (whom I’ve known since we were six, though we didn’t like one another much at the time), I’m a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. (Trust me, I still have trouble absorbing that one!) And, of course, I can’t finish up an explanation of my “author by night” life without mentioning my wonderful church family at Nuevo Community Church. What a supportive bunch! I miss them when I’m doing my “road warrior” thing, but always glad to check in for hugs and warm welcomes when I’m home.
I also am active in several writers/speakers’ groups, including AWSA (Advanced Writers/Speakers Association, where I received the Member of the Year award in 2008—yeah, ME, the one does NOT do public speaking!); CAN (Christian Authors Network, where I serve as spiritual adviser—which should give you pause if you’re considering joining the group); Christian Writers Fellowship International; Orange County Christian Writers’ Fellowship; ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers); ICFW (International Christian Fiction Writers, where I blog regularly); The Christian PEN (Proofreaders/Editors Network); and Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. In addition to blogging regularly on my own “Easy Writer” blog, I also post regularly at the ChristiansRead blog. I am honored to say that one of my novels, Red Ink (set in China), was named Novel of the Year by Golden Scrolls and also a finalist for a Carol Award from ACFW. Most recently I was named 2011 Author of the Year by BooksandAuthors.net, all of which never ceases to amaze me.
And that about sums it up! It also brings us full circle to why I grab myself by the hair of my head and haul myself out of bed before the sun is up. Without my quiet time with the Lord each morning, the rest of this would simply overwhelm me and I’d throw in the towel. (Trust me, there are easier ways to make minimum wage or less!) But God has called me to be a communicator, and so—in spite of myself—I am (and grateful for the opportunity). At the same time, I stand ready to lay it down at a moment’s notice if God calls me to do something else or when He calls me home. My “author by night” life begins and ends with Him, and that’s the Truth that keeps everything else in perspective.
Connect with Kathi!
Can you relate? Have a question for Kathi? Ask away!