Plan of Action

I have a shiny new idea I’m playing with.

With my last MS I kept messing around with my intention with the book. Like, I knew who was in it and what they were doing, but my stakes seemed too low. Or not right. Or just boring. So, while it’s got a lot of meat to it, it’s still in pretty bad shape.

But, while I was thinking the other night this new idea sort of slithered into my brain. It’s an idea I’ve wanted to write for a while, but I hadn’t nailed down my main character. Like the whirling dervish that she is, her personality sort of solidified itself in my brain.

But, to make sure I don’t struggle like I did with my last MS (which had other issues outside of just my own poor planning), I want to nail down eight to ten key points before I move forward. I don’t want to rush this either.

I’m hoping if I have this, I’ll be able to write and not feel too stalled out at times. Sort of an almost out-line. If I detail too much, then I get bored with the story and don’t want to finish.

Are you a plotter? Is it intense with lots of notes and ideas? Or is it more loose? Please tell me how you write so I can maybe be better at this whole drafting thing.

Cancer Still Sucks

I’m in a raw state at the moment.

A friend that I really wanted to read my book, to be able to hold it in her hards and see herself in my words, has died. Because cancer sucks.

Childhood cancer really sucks.

I will continue writing stories that she could see herself in. And I will hold her joyous smile in my heart.

She was Brave.

She was Enough.



I am still proud of the fact that I have BLATANTLY stolen this idea from Alyssa.

Todays joke!

Q: What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?

A: I don’t know and I don’t care.



Bad Joke Thursday

I’m stealing this from my dear friend Alyssa who does this most Thursdays on Facebook. It’s something I look forward to every week and because I do, I’m adding it here.

So, from now on, every Thursday I will post a truly horrible joke.

Q: What was a more important invention than the first telephone?

A: The second telephone.

Thank you, thank you, I’ll see myself out now.


Poll and a GIVEAWAY!

Heeelllooo? Is this thing on?

Sorry. It’s been a minute.

But, to be honest, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to keep on my blog longer than a post about my book deal. Let’s be honest, that’s info that’s worth keeping around.

But, I’ve missed shouting my thoughts to the internet, so here ya go. Also! I’ve started a new Instagram account! Feel free to follow me at AuthorKatiGardner over there. I’m sure it’ll be incredibly interesting stuff, like vague pics of my writing, my dog, and probably shoes. But, if you stick around I’m sure there will be giveaways and book stuff too!

I do need some help from you, my loyal readers (I think there are a few of you). Here’s a poll. I want to know what you’d like to see me blog about.

To encourage ALL THE PARTICIPATION! I’ll pick one person to receive your choice of a hand-drawn Eevee from K or a copy of the anthology Welcome Home (US and Canada only).

Book Deal

I can FINALLY talk about it.

I have a book deal.

Brave Enough will be published by Flux in the spring of 2018.

And y’all…. I probably started writing this book in 2008 (well, not really, but it sure feels like it).

Here’s the announcement in Publishers Weekly.

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And here’s a little summary thanks to my amazing agent, Eric Smith. 

In BRAVE ENOUGH, readers meet Cason, a ballerina pushing herself to the limit, with the opportunity of a lifetime on the line… a scholarship and the chance to join one of the most prestigious ballet troupes in the country. And then there’s Davis, a recovering drug addict, volunteering in his old oncology unit, with the same people who saved him from the cancer that drove him to drugs three years ago.

The two of them collide when Cason is hospitalized, setting them on a path of physical and emotional recovery, as they navigate their new relationship and get ready to attend cancer camp together.

It reads like a mashup of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and I can’t wait for you to read it.

I sat down and decided to write a book about a ballerina with cancer. I wanted a book where the girl loses her leg and doesn’t receive a miracle. I wanted a book where I could talk about some of the things I saw as a cancer survivor. I had no idea that this would happen.

But, oh, I am so glad it is.