Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you as a person?
I’m a mother first and everything else second. I’ve been married to the love of my life for the last eight years and we have a rambunctious two-year-old who definitely keeps me on my toes. I work retail, which means I know how to smile on the outside while cursing you under my breath at the same time.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
It may sound cliché, but I just knew. When I was younger, I either had my nose stuck in a book or was scribbling a story idea on a piece of paper. For a while, I toyed with the idea of becoming a doctor, but didn’t think that I was smart enough, so I ended up majoring in English in college and the rest is history.
What is your favorite of all the things you’ve written?
Hmmm. That’s a good question. I’d have to say that the second novel that I attempted, a YA mystery novel has to probably be my favorite one so far. All I’m going to say is it’s Pretty Little Liars meets the Seven Deadly Sins. If that intrigues you, Catching You by Katie Gallagher releases this February!
What are you working on right now?
I’ve gone totally out of my comfort zone and decided to try and write a science fiction novel. In it my main character gets married to one guy, but the next morning she wakes up with a totally different life and has to figure out which life she really wants.
What is your best memory from your childhood?
Since we just got off the holiday season, I would have to say Christmas. My dad used to make me read T’was the Night Before Christmas every year while he videotaped it. He’d also let me and my older brother open one present on Christmas Eve and then we’d put out cookies and milk for Santa Claus and carrots for the reindeer.
Tell us about a book you’d recommend. Why do you love it?
Any book by Melissa Foster. If you like hot romances, then her series’s are for you. You can start anywhere, but if you don’t want to be confused, I would suggest starting with Sisters in Love.
How did you end up writing for Rebel Ink Press?
My former publisher got bought out and the new publisher didn’t take the novel that I’d just finished, so a writer friend, Anna Kristell, suggested that I submit it to Rebel and they liked it and I’ve now got the first two novels of my Forever series published with them, with another novel coming out next month.
Describe a perfect writing day.
I have a two year old, so my “perfect” writing days ended b.k. (before kiddo), but essentially if I am able to sit at the kitchen table with the laptop for an hour maybe two, if I let her take a long nap, I feel like I accomplished something. I can’t open Facebook or I get easily distracted chatting instead of writing. Or being able to write in my notebook while she watches cartoons.
Describe a terrible writing day.
Getting zilch written at all.
Do you ever make public appearances? Where can we meet you in person?
Unfortunately, since my books are mainly e-books, with the promise of a paperback set in the future, I don’t do appearances, but you can get a signed copy of my novel using Authorgraph if you want.
Where can we find your titles?
You can find my books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble under the pen name Katie Gallagher. Click on the book cover pics below for direct links!
Courtney is a most fabulous writer and elementary high-ability teacher. Her first novel, Cate in Flux, was released December 10! Watch for updates about future books that need to be part of your personal library. In the meanwhile, enjoy her pithy life observations.