Saturday, August 29, 2015

Learning to be a good boss--to myself

I've been working professionally as an editor since 2008 and I first started freelancing in 2011. Originally, freelancing was designed to pay down debt while my day job salary was designed for everyday expenses. But over the years, I started wondering more frequently: what if I freelanced full time? Could I make it? The answer always seemed to be no. But then I got an editing assignment that completely changed my outlook. It was a book by Trevor Blake, a name that I had never heard. But as I made my way through his book, I realized he might be the most important person in my career. Trevor is the author of New York Times bestseller Three Simple Steps, a guide to succeeding at business and life. The work I was editing was a followup that focused more on succeeding at home-based business. Reading that book made me realize that I could succeed working at home, but only if I worked a lot harder than I was used to.

So here I am, thirty days in to being my own boss. I wake up at 6 AM seven days a week. 6-7:30 AM is devoted to breakfast, walking the dog, and reading. Right now I'm working on The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott. From 7:30-9:30, I work on writing my next book. After a half hour break, I dive into the work I'm actually paid for. I write about 20 short product descriptions a day and spend however many hours I need to finish editing the novels, dissertations, and admissions essays I've been assigned.

I'm working a lot harder for considerably less money, but I love it. Getting up at 6 isn't taxing without the 45-minute drive to work waiting for me. I do get a little pissy when I have to work past 8 pm, but that isn't every day. I am able to work on my own books for two hours every single day, which is something I could never do while working for someone else. Afterall, those useless morning meetings had to happen, amiright?

I also have some benefits not all writers have. As a veteran, I have insurance through the VA, meaning illness and injury will not lead to financial ruin. I am also married to a man who makes enough to cover our expenses with only his salary. Finally, now that I'm back in Kansas, I have a community of other self-published writers who have great resources for me to tap into.

Maybe one day I'll do well enough at this to let the husband retire early and I'll be the bread winner. Only time will tell.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Moving is hell

I bet you thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth, didn't you? Not exactly, just dropped into Kansas. Before you roll your eyes, this is exactly where I want to be. Let us not dwell on the fact that I (once again) got jerked around by an incompetent mortgage officer, resulting in a delayed closing. I also had to leave my beloved Gemma with my sister for a week and then at the Pet Hotel for another week after that.

But I am in my house now, quite a bit poorer, but I am settling in nicely. I have my own office, see below, and since I am working entirely from home now, I am able to perfectly schedule my day to have maximum efficiency without ignoring my beloved husband. This coming Monday I will be returning to my writer's group, which I have sorely missed during my exile to Nevada. All in all, I am very content.

Gemma is my office assistant. And also my foot warmer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Casting for the Sunder Movie

I don't know about other writers, but I generally have an actor or public figure in mind when I'm writing a character. I can't help but seek out a familiar face when I imagine my characters. I do the same thing when I read books. I definitely know I am not alone in that respect, as my voice was one of many shrieking "why?" to the heavens when Tom Cruise was cast as Jack Reacher. Wrong! Actor Kevin Durand is Jack Reacher! I will accept no substitutions. So I thought I would give a little insight into who I had in mind when I first wrote Sunder. Just keep in mind, I started writing in 2006, so the majority of these fine people look a tad different and one of them is no longer with us.

Alana de la Garza as Isabella

Paul Walker as Etienne

Alfred Molina as Alfredo

Tom Hardy as Caedda

Taylor Momsen as Saoirse

Jeremy Sumpter as Thorstein

Emilio Rivera as Julio Guerrero

Faran Tahir as Councilman Paul Canaan

Did I forget your favorite character? Who did you imagine as you read through?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Newly released book offers positive portrait of Catholic characters

Date: 07/20/2015
Contact: Christine Williams, 702-245-7440,

Newly released book offers positive portrait of Catholic characters.
Kristin McTiernan's Sunder offers powerful combination of a strong female protagonist and Christian morals.

Las Vegas, NV  – Kristin McTiernan's novel, Sunder, introduces a bold new voice in the world of sci-fi literature. Available exclusively at Amazon, Sunder tells the story of Isabella, an over-privileged and spoiled woman. It takes a murder attempt and a forced trip into the distant past for Isabella to discover herself and the spiritual forces acting on her life.

“I've never liked the trend that smart strong women in popular culture must always be non-believers. I thought it was time for a book with outstanding writing that is kind to religious believers.” McTiernan's writing uses a magical realism style that takes a hard look at the real world, while also accepting the spiritual undercurrent that flows through it.

In Sunder, Isabella has spent her 27 years with wealth and status, thanks to her father’s ownership of the country’s sole time travel corporation. Living such a charmed life, it is easy for her to be thoughtless—so blissfully unaware of the secrets in her own home, the secrets that may get her killed. In a bitter act of revenge, Isabella’s planned time travel to 1921 Brussels is sabotaged, propelling her into the distant past. Captured, brutalized, and facing worse than death, Isabella makes some surprising allies and discovers the truth behind her father’s rise to power and the terrible price the entire world paid for it. She must somehow break free and find a way home, not only to save herself, but to restore history to its rightful direction.

McTiernan's recent interview with affirms her presence in the genre and the impact of her powerful characters, riveting plot, and Sunder's place as the first book of America's next great trilogy.
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