Anita Klumpers is the author of Winter Watch, a fast paced romantic suspense set in Northern Wisconsin. She lives in the Madison area and was willing to give me a few minutes to share a glimpse into her writing journey.
When did you decide that you would be an author? Was it something you fell into, felt called to . . .?
I’ve always enjoyed beginning a story. When I was little I’d start long rambling tales. Sort of the print version of The Song That Never Ends. In college I even looked forward to writing term papers! Until the time came to finish them. That was always my problem. Pulling it all together.
My mom wanted me to write children’s books but that was a skill I just don’t possess. I wanted to write a novel just to see if I could develop a plot all the way. This tiny core of common sense said it couldn’t happen because I’d need to actually complete something. So I got stubborn, rebelled against my common sense, and did it.
What’s your pet peeve?
Inanimate objects. They stub my toes, drop on my head, need to be turned when I want to push, burn out, break, freeze up, topple, and are oblivious to my scoldings.
When the barista at the coffee shop said she liked my book but saw a couple of typos. And I had to admit that for the most part, they were my fault.
What has been your most difficult challenge as an author?
Writing. Promoting. Quadruple each of those and you have my most difficult challenges. I love to write but seem to think I require long, uninterrupted, isolated days. But that isn’t the real world. Neither is expecting the book to sell itself. I practically apologize when I ask if someone would like to read it.
How do you process rejections and/or negative reviews?
Pretty well, actually. I don’t think I have a particularly fragile ego, and know that I have a long way to go as a writer.
I’m at the infant stage of my writing career. So I guess just being born. In other words, I got published!
Anita can be found on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anitaklumpers
Her blog: http://www.thetuesdayprude.com