Katie Weiland – Authorview

Authorview welcomes K.M. Weiland, writer, mentor, teacher of writers. Whenever I meet a new writer who’s struggling with the basics, I send them to K.M. Weiland. Not only am I certain they’ll be welcomed and helped, but her growing library of “how-to” workbooks almost guarantees success to those who are willing to put in the required work. Welcome to Authorview, 2015.


K.M. Weiland

Author/Artist Name:  Katie Weiland
Pen name (if different from above):  K.M. Weiland
I am a…Writer, a fighter, a child of God.
You would like me when I’m…On a story high, after reading or watching something wonderful. The crash afterwards? Not so much!
You wouldn’t like me when I’m…Stuck on revisions, with no clear path forward on a sticky plot problem.
What qualities I like to see in others:  Tenacity, self-respect, conviction, kindness, humility, generosity.
Favorite way to spend an evening:  Eating pizza on the couch while watching a movie, then eating chocolate truffles and reading a wunderbar book.
Who I love to spend an evening with:  My family.
Am reading (or want to read):  Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesteron, Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander.
If I had a hammer…I’d probably put a nail through the wrong place in the plaster and have it rip out from underneath a painting in a few years.
My favorite genre is:  Fantasy.
My work-in-progress:  Wayfarer, a historical superhero story, set in the underbelly of Regency London.
My favorite food is:  Chocolate and coffee!
I’m a collector of:  Hats, scarves, and the occasional bit of Snoopy memorabilia.
My favorite happily-ever-after:  Disney’s The Kid.

  • Thanks, Katie!  Important information about Katie (K.M.) Weiland:

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.
Books by K.M. Weiland

Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, showed writers how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, inspiring, and easy. 

Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, identifying plot holes, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.

 “I have long wished for a book like this. Structuring Your Novel is so much more than a writing craft book—it’s a recipe to help writers structure a deep, meaningful journey for their hero that will captivate readers from beginning to end.”— Angela Ackerman, Author of The Emotion Thesaurus

“There is absolute gold in this book—and I am grateful that the author has a real talent for distilling some of the somewhat clunky information found elsewhere, into really simple-to-understand and easy-to-follow techniques.”—Robert Scanlon

“This book shows a writer how to structure their novel from beginning to end in a no-nonsense manner. It’s fast and easy reading, and MAKES SENSE!”—Carrie C. Spencer 

Next Month on Authorview: Rachel Hauck

Future Perfect

I’m so excited about 2015. Moving ahead always excites me though. I’m the daughter of a nomad. We moved so many times, I lost count. But one thing developed in me in the midst of all that. I could leave the past behind and look ahead. Out of necessity, to protect my heart and mind, I learned to turn my back on the place we were leaving–keep my eyes on the horizon–the place we were headed.

This attitude served me well over the years. My husband and I moved a lot less. We settled into a home in the suburbs and stayed put, raised our sons, and still stayed. The house is not large, so it’s quite comfortable now, with just the two of us. Well, until the sons come to visit with all of theirs. Then it can be a little over the top, but still fun.

Now the things I have to leave behind are different. They aren’t friends and houses and schools and countryside. They tend to be old habits and wasteful ways. Spring-cleaning takes on new meaning! Revamping, revising, renovation! I’m excited!

I’m also excited about Authorview this year. I started these interviews as a way to help friends find new writers and also, to help authors and writers promote their work. It’s always best if someone else promotes you and your work and accomplishments, don’t you think?

So out of these desires, came Authorview. In 2015, it will be a monthly post, every third Tuesday. Occasionally, I might plug in an additional post when I have a special request from an author.

This new addition to my blog has already been exciting, but 2015 promises even more. I’ve changed the interview questions, but they’re still lighthearted and fun. My purpose? To bring out some of the true character of the author, let the readers gain a little insight into the real person behind the book.

Next week begins the 2015 Authorview year. My very first interviewee is Katie (K.M.) Weiland. You’ll love reading about Katie, and if you’re a beginning writer, I highly recommend her workbooks. She’s committed to helping writers become authors.

I hope you’ll stop in on Tuesday, January 20th for Katie’s interview. If you’re on Facebook, you can “like” (yes, please!) my author page to get reminders of these posts and more (Betty’s Author Page). I promise not to overwhelm you with posts. Or you can have my blogposts delivered to your email. Just fill in the blank on the upper left-hand side of this blog.

I hope your 2015 is going well so far, but if it isn’t, perhaps you need to let some things drift away in the rearview mirror. Forget the past and set your sights on what lies ahead. The road lies before us. Where will it take us this year? I’m excited.

Forgetting what lies behind … stay focused on the goal … Philippians 3:12-21

Authorview 2014 Roundup, Part 3

Here are the final five authors who participated in Authorview 2014. Click the author’s picture to see her website. Click the link below the picture to read her Authorview interview. As I said in the introduction (click here for Monday’s Post), these Authorview interviews made my year! Thanks so much, all of you who participated (see full list below), and may your 2015 be your best year yet.

Julie Arduini

Diane Tatum

Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes

Shirley Connolly

Linda Yezak
2014 Authorview List
1. Hallee Bridgeman
2. Victoria Bylin
3. Jerusha Agen
4. Rose McCauley
5. Fay Lamb
6. Ruth O’Neil
7. Dianne Butts
8. Deanna Klingel
9. Jennifer Hallmark
10. Sheryl Holmes
11. Julie Arduini
12. Diane Tatum
13. Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes
14. Shirley Kiger Connolly
15. Linda Yezak

Happy New Year!