Novelist Karly Kirkpatrick Offers Tips to NaNoWrMo Participants


Karly Kirkpatrick is the successful author of five novels and numerous short stories. She recently spoke with GEPL staff members about her writing career and to offer tips to aspiring writers who will be participating in National Novel Writing Month.

How many books have you published?

I have published 5 novels, Into the Shadows, Darkness Rising, and After Dawn (of the Into the Shadows Trilogy), Bloody Little Secrets, and The Green. I have also published a number of short stories as well.

How many years have you been writing?

I have been writing for just over 6 years

What inspires you to write?

I’m a big daydreamer and I feel like I have so many stories in my head that I have to at least get some of them out on paper. I’m often inspired by reading great books. Sometimes, the books I read will spawn stories as I think about the ‘what-ifs’ of the characters I’m reading about.

What do you find frustrating or difficult about writing and what do you do to overcome it?

The most frustrating thing for me is the matter of time. I work a full-time job, so writing has to come second. I find that this sometimes cuts into the flow of writing and makes it tough, always stopping and starting. I’m attempting to remedy this by fully plotting out my next novel, so there is no confusion about what comes next.

What do you find rewarding about writing?

I find that just telling a good story is rewarding. It’s fun to look back and read what I’ve written, I sometimes stop and think, “Did I really come up with that?” Sometimes I surprise myself.

What writers do you admire?

I love so many authors, but a few of my favorites are Agatha Christie, L.M. Montgomery, J.K. Rowling, and John Steinbeck. They write/have written stories that I will remember my entire life and I hope someday I can be like them, even just a teensy bit.

What tips or advice can you give to beginning writers who will set out to write their first novel this November?

For those of you beginning your novel this November, just remember the hardest thing about writing a novel is butt-in-chair. If you can, as they say, write with reckless abandon, do it. Just get that story out there and tell it the best you can for now. You can polish it and make it pretty later when you’re not sleep deprived and running on pure coffee! Everyone says ‘it would be neat to write a book. I’ll do that someday.’ Don’t just say it, do it! I’ll be in the trenches with you!

Karly Kirkpatrick’s novels are available at most major retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Kobo and Smashwords. You can visit her website at


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