Kathleen Glavich is an author, editor, and international speaker. For more than thirty years, she has produced faith formation materials especially on Scripture, including over seventy books. Her latest is a debut novel, a historical romance called The Fisherman’s Wife: The Gospel According to St. Peter’s Spouse. A visit to the Holy Land provided background for this book. Kathleen has also traveled twice to Arabian countries to speak and will return again in 2014. Previously Kathleen taught every grade from first to twelfth. Her talks and workshops are always spiced with humor. She makes her home in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a member of the Notre Dame community.
What inspires you to write?
When I see the impact my writing has on others’ lives, I’m motivated to write. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Write! for if your writing will make anyone more aware of God and their neighbor, then you must write.” People who have read and liked my books encourage me to continue writing. Moreover, I find joy in creating with words. I’m also inspired to write whenever I see someone using their gifts to the utmost, such as an athlete, a musician, or a singer. It makes me want to use my gifts to the best of my ability.
Tell us about your writing process.
The first thing I do is gather information. Then I spend days thinking and planning the book as a whole. I usually do this while walking. When everything is set in my mind, I settle at the computer and begin to write. When I was writing my novel, I felt as though I were right there with the characters in Capernaum. When I stopped writing, I wouldn’t know if it was morning, noon, or night! When a chapter or two was finished, I let it sit for a time. Then I returned to it and improved it by substituting better words, adding metaphors, and clarifying ideas. I handed the finished manuscript to readers and then incorporated their good advice.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I didn’t find myself doing this. However, they became very real to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Read. Read. Apply the seat of your pants to the seat of the chair. Many people who would be outstanding authors never get around to writing. They have unfulfilled dreams. Craft sentences carefully. Imagine you are in the situation you are describing and think of how the five senses would come into play: what do you see, hear, smell…? Check your facts to avoid errors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Although I’ve had many books published by a publisher, for my novel I self-published. I used the Internet to locate one that fit my needs. The downside was that I had to pay to have the book published and do the marketing myself (unless I wanted to pay even more!) The advantage was that aspects of the book were in my hands: the cover design, the title, and the inside format. I also did not risk working with a poor editor.
New authors will discover that it is difficult to be accepted by a traditional publisher, especially if you do not have an agent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be avid readers. Sites such as this one, the popularity of e-books, and the number of book clubs indicate that book publishing will continue to be strong.
What genres do you write?
Biblical studies, Christian fiction, spiritual growth, romance, educational, humor, crafts
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print