Let's get to talking about The Writing Life
Karina: This year, I’m doing something different. I’d had writing as a high priority for a few years now, but this year, my husband is in Baghdad, our oldest is a freshman in college in our town, our daughter a senior, and two in junior high—plus, we have a new puppy. I so my only routine is to do a little each day, and spend the rest of my time with my family.
Karina: That’s what I’m trying to figure out this year. I’m an obsessive personality, so I tend to immerse myself in things, which can be a little chaotic. I schedule and have routines, but if something grabs me, like a story or a project, I tend to put things aside. This year, I can’t afford that, so it’s taking a lot more discipline.
Karina: Whenever I can, so it varies, but usually for an hour or two while the kids are in school, at least.
BRoP: What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written?
Karina: I edited an anthology of Christian Science fiction, Leaps of Faith. The stories were written by people of many denominations and about people of many denominations—but I had one reviewer who said that the anthology gave the impression that there are only Catholics in space.
BRoP: Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?
Karina: I have many online friends, and three wonderful groups in particular—the Catholic Writers Guild, BroadUniverse, and the Writers Chat Room. They are not just friends but also critiquers, idea people, and publishing leads.
Karina: I don’t take them personally. Rejections and business, and I can’t expect everyone to like my work. If there’s something I can learn from them, I do, but otherwise, I move on.