My Life Outside of Words by Kathrin Hutson – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kathrin Hutson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

My Life Outside of Words

I chose this topic because one of the editors I supervise (yes, I’m an editor as well…) told me she couldn’t think of a single besides writing and words she could connect to me. She followed that with, “No one believes you have a life outside of words.”

I am here to prove her wrong (though, admittedly, I found the statement oddly complimentary).

So, I’ve got a list of the top five things outside words (writing and editing) that make up Kathrin Hutson.

1. Music —I’ve been playing piano since I was five years old. Definitely longer than I’ve been writing. I was classically trained for twelve years by the most amazing piano instructor, who became a huge role model for me and a pillar of my young life. I learned music by an uncountable number of ‘the great’s’: Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Czerny, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian, Beethoven… Won some pretty high marks in piano adjudication and competitions, and even starred as a ‘guest pianist’ in a two-piano duet with my teacher’s teacher (who was from Poland, escaped to America during WWII, and performed internationally). I was seven at the time, and only vaguely remember it (with help from the concert program). When I was seventeen, I had the natural teenager disdain for order and structure, and I stopped taking lessons. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t, but I moved my focus to composing my own pieces, most with lyrics, and singing and performing. I definitely enjoy that other creative outlet, and I go back periodically to some pretty fun open mic nights.

2. Yoga —No writer can sustain their creativity without also taking care of their body. I rather enjoy yoga, and I practice in my living room just about every morning first thing. It keeps me flexible, my muscles strong, and works better (and quicker) than a cup of coffee for waking up (though I also drink coffee). Lately, though, I’ve been unable to keep to my yoga schedule. I recently had surgery on my foot to remove a pretty nastily painful bunion, and I’ve been taken out of the game (mostly physically, at least). I got the stitches out last week, and so far we’re healing well, my foot and I—just no physical activity for a while yet. I very much look forward to future months, when I can return hiking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains in which we live, playing in the woods, and rock climbing back into my daily life, along with yoga. Good thing my recovery coincides with Spring coming.

3. Meditation —This comes in so many different forms for me, but it rounds out my self-care. I studied Tibetan Buddhism under the Venerable Geshe Dakpa Topgyal at the Charleston Tibetan Society Dharma Center in downtown Charleston for about six months before we moved to California. I wish I had found the Dharma Center way sooner. I never took Refuge—the ceremony of declaring one’s dedication to Buddhist teachings and way of life—but I learned so many valuable things. I still try to meditate for at least twenty minutes every day, and though that’s not much, it helps keep me centered. I also consider dream interpretation (which I’ve been doing since middle school) and reading Tarot (which I started in high school) forms of meditation as well. I do read for others, if they ask me to, and I definitely enjoy helping them see in front of them what they already know.

4. Food —Boy, am I ever a foodie! My husband Henry is one of the most talented maestros of the kitchen I’ve ever met, and I’m incredibly lucky that he loves cooking so much. Our dinners consist of gourmet meals (and I’m a terrible cook). He also has a keen eye (and some special access) to fantastic restaurants, and he treats me to them every once in a while. But our mutual favorite? Sushi! Holy moley, I could eat sushi all day every day (literally raw fish and nothing else) for the rest of my life if it wasn’t so horrifyingly expensive.

5. Sadie and Brucewillis —What is this, you might ask? No, Brucewillis is not spelled incorrectly—it is, in fact, one word. Henry and I have two silly, dopey, super loving pit bull mixes. Our dogs are our babies. Sadie just turned three and embodies the brooding teenager mentality. We get our love from her when she smooshes in between us first thing in the morning for a wakeup cuddle. Brucewillis isn’t quite a year and a half yet and is completely indiscriminate with both his kisses and the things he carries around in his mouth (he’s a quarter lab). And the monster’s already 85 pounds. They’re best buds and have managed not to get into too much trouble, and they’re the perfect companions for hiking, swimming, and of course, the dog park.

See? I do things besides words! And thank goodness I’m fortunate enough to have the freedom and the time to enjoy this ‘other world’ to my heart’s content (and more completely once I heal this dang foot).

Thank you so much, Long and Short Reviews, for hosting me on your site today. Thank you, fantastic readers, for having followed along, commented, and supporting Daughter of the Drackan and me through the last three weeks. You’ve made this so much fun, and I can’t wait to hear what you think about it all. I do so hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves. –Kathrin

MediaKit_BookCover_DaughterOfTheDrackenKeelin is the only human fledgling, weaned by the drackans of the High Hills and given their instincts, ferocious strength, and fierce hatred for humankind. But even the drackans closest to her cannot explain why she has violent blackouts from which she wakens covered in blood.

A desperate, reckless search for the source of this secret brings her face to face with the human world and memories from a locked-away past, long forgotten. Keelin becomes a terrifying legend among human assassins while she hunts for answers, and the human realm’s High King is murdered.

While a sickly steward hides within crumbling walls, commanding her every move with a magic he should not possess, Keelin’s journey to track him down threatens her loyalty to the drackans who raised her. The rogue who crosses her path hides familiar secrets, echoing her own terrifying bloodlust and forcing her to consider that there may be something human about her, after all.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Igetheyr stood unmoving, and E’Kahlyn gently unfurled her red-brown wings. The child sat atop the drackan’s scaly back, legs huddled up to her chest. She too stared at Igetheyr, eyes glowing from beneath the shock of tangled hair.

The others snorted and growled at the human, their hatred and bloodlust already thick in the air. The drackans’ centuries-old feud with the scale-less race ran deep within their blood. Seeing one now in their home stirred timeless memories of the war, so long ago, that had started their hatred in the first place, and memories of the last human fledgling who had turned astray.

Igetheyr shifted his eyes toward the child, expressionless until he chose to speak. E’Kahlyn shot her mind-voice in a direct, shielded stream to the child, hoping to reach it before Igetheyr did. ‘Have you heard our discussion?’

A light, purple-gray blotch found its way slowly to her mind with the feeble words, ‘I did.’

‘Then go to him, young one.’

The child slid to the ground, gazing at the drackan with pleading eyes. E’Kahlyn nudged her forward with her snout. The child stumbled toward Igetheyr’s great figure and placed her hands behind her back. Her narrow chest stuck out vulnerably, head held high, and she met eyes with the black drackan. Fear did not exist in the child, as if it never had. She was part of the new world around her now and still so disconnected.

Igetheyr snorted, seemingly entrapped by her boldness. E’Kahlyn opened her mind to just the two of them, eagerly awaiting the important exchange, the final word.

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_DaughteroftheDrackenKathrin Hutson has been writing fiction for fifteen years, editing for five, and plunging in and out of reality since she first became aware of the concept. Kathrin specializes in Dark Fantasy and Sci-fi, and the second novel in this series, Mother of the Drackan, will be released this February.

Kathrin runs her own independent editing company, KLH CreateWorks, for Indie Authors of all genres. She also serves as Story Coordinator and Chief Editor for Collaborative Writing Challenge, and Editing Director for Rambunctious Rambling Publications, Inc. Needless to say, she doesn’t have time to do anything she doesn’t enjoy.

You can grab your copy of Daughter of the Drackan, in print or as an ebook, on Amazon.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Hi Peggy! That’s a great question, and I love the chance to answer it 😀

      I choose not to believe in ‘writer’s block’ (maybe it’s a cop-out, or maybe it’s a strength. I haven’t decided yet). I have never sat down to write and been completely unable to produce anything. However…I find that ‘writer’s procrastination’ is totally a thing for me.

      Sometimes, I’ve worked all day with editing and can’t find the brain power to write. If it’s not that, then I don’t sit down to work on my fiction because I’m terrified, for whatever insane reason, of ruining the story that day. Or I just don’t want to write (that’s rare, but it DOES happen, and I will willingly admit it).

      There are two things that help me get out of this weird mindset. 1) Working on other projects. I collaborate on a few things with a group of other authors, and the pseudo-timelines for that kind of force me to write my piece. I won’t be kicked out if I don’t contribute, but I’ve definitely told them to ‘skip my turn’…and that feeling sucks. So I force myself to do it for the project, and that gets my creative pump primed.

      2) Talking to others about my work specifically. I have a group of writing buddies with whom I share my works in progress, and they know when I’m in a slump because I reach out, tell them, and ask them to shove some encouragement in my face. More often than not, it’s a short conversation (everyone needs encouragement), I ask questions, they answer and give me their opinions, and I say, “Okay, great. Thanks! I gotta go now to write more!”

      People usually like to think of writing as a solo gig. But it doesn’t have to be. I’ve found that using others’ brains, even just a little, can open up huge worlds for my inspiration and motivation to write on my own.

      Thanks so much for asking the question and I’m so glad you stopped by today!

  3. Congrats! What is your favorite part about writing a book?

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Hi, DebraG! Thank you!

      My favorite part about writing a book is when I get ‘in the zone’. Time, space, and my bodily needs (sleep, food, etc.) cease to exist in the realm of ‘the zone’. I’m fully enveloped in the scene and the characters, and a lot of the time, when I go back through the novel to revise and edit, I find parts I don’t remember writing. That’s how absorbed I get.

      When I spend time pumping out a particularly tense scene, one that moves the story forward (and one I’ve anxiously looked forward to for quite some time), I get wired. Just last week, I spent three hours on a 3500 word chapter, and it took me an hour and a half just to ‘come down’ from the burst of awesomeness it gave me so I could go to bed. If I hadn’t quit smoking two years ago, I would have lit a celebratory cigarette.

      Great question! Thanks so much for being here today!

  4. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you!

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Nikolina, I’m so happy to hear that! Too bad it’s over so quickly (today’s the final day of the tour!). I’ve been so thrilled and grateful to see you follow these stops throughout the tour, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support. Hopefully I get to hear from you again – about my book if you chose to read it, or on another upcoming tour (there will be more…). Thanks!

  5. Marcy Meyer says:

    The excerpt sounds really interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway chance.

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Hi, Marcy! Thank you so much. I hope the excerpt helped you consider picking up the book a little more! I’d love to hear what you think if you find yourself reading it. And I appreciate the support so much!

  6. I enjoyed the post, thank you.

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Thanks, Rita! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And I’m so grateful to you for following along with this tour to the very end 😀 It’s been so much fun! Hopefully I get to chat with you again when Daughter of the Drackan’s sequel comes out (so soon) and I drag it around with me, too 😀

  7. kim amundsen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      I’m so glad, Kim! I’ve so enjoyed being able to share it with you! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment 😀

  8. I really enjoyed your comments. This book sounds fascinating.

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Thank you, Momjane! I hope the book fascinates you as much as, if not more than, the tour stops and the content you’ve read. I can’t thank you enough for sticking with me and following along with the tour. It means a lot to see people interested enough to stop by and read about the book and me every day. I’ve love to hear what you think of it should you get to reading!

  9. Kathrin Hutson says:

    Thank you so much for hosting today, Long and Short Reviews!

  10. I enjoyed reading your post, Kathrin, and finding out there’s more to you than words!LOL Do you practice yoga with a dvd and how long do you usually practice? I’m happy that you’re healing nicely from your operation and I hope that you soon have unfettered movement! I’ve enjoyed following your tour and I wish you great success! BTW, I love your picture!

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Thank you so much, Betty! I’ve used yoga DVDs before, but not in a while. I’ll use various websites for ideas, or the Daily Yoga app (which isn’t super advanced or comprehensive, but works as a backup when I don’t want to think too hard). Yoga Journal Magazine has some great stuff. That’s what I’ve used most recently. And I usually give myself 30-40 minutes in the morning. Of course, not lately.

      I’ve had so much fun seeing you at (almost) every stop and chatting with you. It’s been wonderful, and I truly appreciate it! If you end up reading the book, I would LOVE to hear what you think. And BTW…thanks on the picture compliment 😀

  11. Eva Millien says:

    Great post and excerpt, Daughter of the Drackan sound like a great book and I enjoyed following the tour!, Thanks for sharing and good luck!

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Thank you so much for following the tour, Eva! It’s been so incredibly fun, and I’ve loved having you here with me along the way. I really do hope you read Daughter of the Drackan and enjoy it, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! I so appreciate your daily support and comments 😀

  12. Great post!! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following the tour for Daughter of the Drackan and learning about you as the author as well as the amazing sounding book! Can’t wait to read it, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Victoria, that makes me so happy! Thank you so much for joining me through the tour. The support is fantastic! I can’t wait for you to read the book, either, and I hope it’s good enough to make you want to tell me all about it. 😀 Thanks again, it means the world.

  13. amy bowens says:

    Sounds like a great story. Also nice getting to know you

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Thank you, Amy! I hope you enjoy it. Also, it’s been nice ‘getting known’. I’ve really had a lot of fun, and can’t thank you enough for showing up and checking out the tour. It’s been a fun ride, that’s for sure. 🙂

  14. I enjoyed following the tour and especially liked the reading about your other interests. I agree sushi is one of the best things to eat. Thank you for sharing.

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Thank you so much for all your comments and encouragement, Ree Dee. I’m so glad you were able to follow the tour and had an entertaining time doing so. I loved being able to see you here in the group of people I recognized every day 😀 I hope you love the book!

  15. Great post! I really enjoyed learning more about the author and reading the guest post! We have so much in common! All things relating to yoga, music, and food! Lol! Also, Sadie and Brucewillis sound adorable!!

    • Kathrin Hutson says:

      Ahaha! Thanks, Ally! I’m so glad you enjoyed this, and that you had a great time with the tour. The dogs are pretty adorable…and sometimes not 😛 Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment – and I’m love that we have so much in common!

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