APW: DIY Interviews – Kathryn Vercillo

Name: Kathryn Vercillo

Email Address: kathryn.vercillo@gmail.com

What is your blog URL? http://www.crochetsavedmylife.com

What is your website URL? http://www.kathrynvercillo.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

Where and/or when were you born? Tucson, AZ

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
I have a BAS in Public Agency Service from Northern Arizona University.

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember – always journaling, penning stories, etc. In my early  twenties I realized I really enjoyed working from home and started making an effort to find online writing jobs. It continued to grow from there.

Are you a published author?  Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?

  • ‘Crochet Saved My Life,’ 2012
  • ‘When Grandma Isn’t Crocheting, She’s Hunting Big Game,’ 2011
  • ‘Ghosts of Alcatraz,’ 2008
  • ‘Ghosts of San Francisco,’ 2007

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
My Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Vercillo/e/B001JPC6IO

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
I was asked to write a book about the ghosts that reportedly haunt the San Francisco Bay Area. I wasn’t passionate about the topic, so that made it really tough, but I enjoyed the opportunity to research the history and stories surrounding this city that I love.

I didn’t receive a lot of support from the publisher when it came to marketing, though, and since I wasn’t passionate about the book it was tough to get excited to do that marketing on my own. That was a tough experience but it was a stepping stone that got me to where I am today, with a book I’m really proud to share!

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
The toughest problem is dealing with doubt as a writer. Is my work “good enough”? Am I marketing in “the right way”? Is this the right time for this book? There’s a constant inner critic that wants to stall any projects. I’ve learned over time to just move forward with a belief in myself. I journal, talk with others and puzzle through the problems when I start to stall so that I can keep on going despite that doubt.

What genre do you most often write?

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
There aren’t any specific authors but I read many, many memoirs. I believe strongly in the value of our own personal stories and that has definitely influenced the material I choose to write.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Read widely and often. Write every day. Network in your niche and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

What is the name of your current project?
‘Crochet Saved My Life’ is a book about the therapeutic benefits of crafting (especially crochet). It includes a mini-memoir of my own experience crafting to cope with depression, stories from other women who healed through crochet and research to support the theory that “handmade heals”.

What is the expected release date?
Just released, August 2012

What is the genre?

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future?

Please provide some details of the project.
A book about creativity for crochet lovers.

What is the anticipated release date?
Spring 2013.

Are you involved in publishing in any other capacity?
Yes, I work as a professional blogger.

I’d like to thank Kathryn for her  interview.

You can submit your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interviews Submission Page and following the instructions.  It’s totally FREE and you don’t need to answer all the questions – only the ones you want to have us use in your interview.

Happy Writing,


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