Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Catherine Stine's Heart in a Box Blog Tour - My Road to Publication

Please wave hello to one of my favourite YA writers, Catherine Stine. I'm thrilled to have her guesting here as part of her Heart in a Box Blog Tour. You can follow the rest of her tour by clicking on the banner above. Don't forget to enter the giveaway found at the end of this post.

Over to Catherine!

I’m a hybrid author. I’ve published with big companies such as Random House and Scholastic, and also with great digital first companies like Inkspell and Evernight Teen. I’ve also indie published with my Konjur Road Press label. It’s all good! I love the freedom and power that comes with indie publishing: choosing my dream team, cover artist, editor and setting my own deadlines and launch dates. But the distribution strength of a large established press is also quite alluring. Each writing project is unique and there’s no one right way.

It took me a while to get published because I was a visual artist first, showing my work in galleries, and I had a serious career underway. But I had a compelling desire to tell stories and I was always writing, even when I was doing art. In 2003 I decided to stop painting, in order to focus only on writing. It’s hard when you have more than one craft that compels you, but very worth it to focus on your one greatest passion.

In a writing class, someone announced that a publisher was looking for middle grade series ideas. I sent an animal-related novel to American Girl. They thought it was charming but not exactly what they were looking for. A year later, I got a call from them, saying that they needed a writer for a series about kids who volunteer at a vet clinic, and since they knew I was good at “animal stories”, they thought of me.

Bam! This was my first job, first real contract, and I had to write a chapter a day because those work-for-hire deadlines are manic. This proved that I could plot and write fast, and it fired up my confidence and passion.

Next, I earned an MFA in creative writing and sold my thesis, a YA called Refugees, to Random House. Skipping ahead a few years, I published more middle-grade stories and some YA novels. I decided I like writing dark fantasy and futuristic thrillers when I wrote my Amazon bestselling Fireseed series, and Dorianna, a new twist on Dorian Grey. I have also branched out into romance, using a pen name, Kitsy Clare. Heart in a Box is YA romance, yet for that I used Catherine Stine. You don’t have to stick to one genre, but you certainly can. Only do what you have a true passion and feel for.

In 2016, I have at least two novels launching, one is a historical romantic suspense, Witch of the Cards. I also have a romance out in June called Girl and the Gamer. There will both be under my pen name, Kitsy Clare. A likely third novel will be YA—the third in my Fireseed trilogy. You are welcome to subscribe to my newsletter for all the launch details (at

That’s my path. I’m curious to know about yours!

Thanks, Catherine Stine aka Kitsy Clare

Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home.  Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

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Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

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  1. Thank you for sharing with us! I always love hearing other writers' journeys. I'm a hybrid author too. There are so many choices for writers these days. It's wonderful!

  2. It's awesome how each new genre we write can become a new love, eh? Huge congrats on the book release!

  3. Congrats, Catherine! I enjoyed hearing about your writer journey.

  4. Thanks, Ellie! And to all who comment.

  5. Hi Ellie and Catherine - fascinating start to her writing life - and how wonderful to be an artist too ... congratulations all round - cheers Hilary

  6. What a variety of genres and publishing!
    It's tough when you have two creative passions. I'm probably more excited about music than writing.

  7. That's so cool that she's a hybrid author. I'm hearing more and more writers opting for that route. Very neat:)

  8. I loved this book! Thanks for sharing the guest post.

  9. So interesting to learn about your journey, Catherine. I'm so impressed by all you have accomplished!


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