My new author website K.T. Andrews is now live

As you know, I have been working on my first novel, the first of a series of cozy murder mysteries, since I returned from my Grand Adventure. I have used this blog for blogging about the writing process until now, but the time has come to move all writing related content to a dedicated blog,┬áK.T.…

Writing a book series

As I’ve mentioned before, most cozy mysteries are part of a series that feature the same protagonist and a recurring cast of characters. The readers tend to prefer cozies in serial form, as they get to know and (generally) like the characters, they know that since they liked the first book in the series they…

Writing when traveling

I wonder how I managed to write a blog post every few days on my Grand Adventure and not a word when I was in London for almost a week just now. Well, on my travels I had to: I would be gone for over a year, so I couldn’t get behind on my blogging.…

The first draft is done, now what?

To recap for anyone new to my site: I was traveling around the world when a fellow traveller said “You should write a book about this”. So I did. I finished the first draft of what will be the first book in a series of cozy mysteries a week ago. I had planned and researched…

The first draft. It’s done!

Funny story. You remember how I said my goal was to write 50 pages a week, aiming to be done with my first cozy mystery in about five weeks? Yeah, about that. It turns out I was counting Mac Pages, not book pages. One Mac Page has about 550 words with my formatting, whereas a…

The first hundred pages

My second week of actually writing, not planning or researching it, and I managed to get another fifty pages down! This is about the halfway point of my first draft. As I mentioned in my blog post about the first fifty pages, I am aiming for about 250 pages of finished novel. With a goal…

The first fifty pages

Being a novice writer, I am still finding my writing process, but I am finally making progress. In fact, I just completed the first 50 pages of my first draft! As they say, the first fifty pages are the most difficult (actually, I do. I say that). They do also represent a good 20-25 %…

Reading about writing, part 2

This is the second part about the research I have done prior to writing my first book. The first part focused on general writing tips, research into writing a book series, and finding my genre. This part focuses on research into the specifics of that genre, cozy mysteries, and other odds and ends. Cozy mystery…

Reading about writing, part 1

My process into writing my own book started with research about how to write a book. What can I say, I have a background in academia, and my tried and tested method was doing a lot of research before writing a single line of my theses. So what kind of research have I done for…

Writing a book is like decorating your home

As I was looking around my new home, thinking what else it needs to be both functional and beautiful, I was struck how decorating a home is similar to writing a book. In both cases you start with the big necessary things, like a bed or a heroine, then layer on interest in the form…