by Kathryn M. Hearst
Merriam-Webster defines a nerd as, “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially: one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.” An author is a person who has written books, duh. So, an Author Nerd is an unstylish, unattractive, or socially awkward person; slavishly devoted to intellectual pursuits who writes books? Not exactly.
Let’s break it down.
As a full-time author my uniform of choice is PJ pants and a T-shirt. However, at public events you will find me in pin-up style dresses, or jeans and Chucks (low-top, black, converse sneakers). I’m from the South. I don’t leave the house without my face on and hair done. It’s a fact of life. I also adore shoes, the funkier the better. I’m pretty sure I have style.
Hmmm. This one is tricky. I don’t want to seem conceited, nor do I want to come off as fishing for compliments. I’m somewhere in the average attractiveness area. Not a supermodel, but I can go out without scaring young children.
Oh, heck yes! If you see me at an event, I will smile and chat, but inside I’m a nervous wreck. I say the weirdest things, snot when I laugh, and feel like a complete imposter. I’ve learned how to hide my social anxiety and plaster on a smile. However, I’m far more likely to pass on social engagements than to attend. It takes time for me to psych myself up before an event. I will talk myself into and out of attending a hundred times. The worst is when I get home and remember all the goofball things I said.
Slavishly devoted to intellectual/academic pursuits:
Guilty. I loved college so much that it became cheaper to keep earning degrees than to pay back my student loans. I love learning. When working on a new book, I will spend twice as much time falling down the research rabbit hole than actually writing the book.
I’m also an avid reader of the uncool. I like to read psychology textbooks and theories. My favorite of these is “A Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Frankl. I also read a ton of fantasy/scifi. I used to game quite a bit. When I say game, I mean Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Mage… the list goes on.
Still not convinced?
The Ultimate Author Nerd Activity:
I purchased “The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures.” This book contains 645 pages listing every magical or mythological creature throughout history. Cool, right? I assigned every creature an elemental classification (earth, air, fire, water, ambiguous) and color coded them with highlighters. I’m dying to have the time to enter the data into a spreadsheet so I can sort by classification, geographic region, type of creature, and alignment.
Thank you. I hope you enjoyed poking fun at myself. I write paranormal and contemporary romance with characters who are as quirky as I am. Born and raised in the South, my stories have down-home humor, old-fashioned manners, and families that will make you cringe.
Want to know more? My website is the best place to learn more about my books. I’ve included the first chapter of my published novels on my blog.
The Order of the Sinistra Dei is her first series and includes titles, Feast of the Epiphany and Feast of Mercy. Kate's novel, The Spirit Tree, won a publishing contract with Kindle Press through the Kindle Scout contest. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies.
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Kathyrn's Newest Paranormal Tale: Twelve Spirits of Christmas
Tessa Lamar is dreading her first Christmas without her beloved grandfather. They say the holiday season brings out the best and the worst in people. This year, it’s brought out a serial killer, who chooses his victims based on the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
As Tessa comes to terms with her life as a Nunnehi, the Cherokee equivalent to fairy, she finds herself in cahoots with a ghost to stop the Christmas Killer before he strikes again. She must wrangle her magic, manage family responsibilities, juggle the men in her life, and discover the person she was meant to be, in order to save…
Seven Swans a Swimming
Eight Maids a Milking
Nine Ladies Dancing
Ten Lords a Leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Twelve Spirits of Christmas is the second of the Tessa Lamar Novels, Paranormal Romances with a Southern twist. If you like Southern humor, supernatural creatures, and a healthy dose of romance, then you'll love this series. Be sure to check out Kindle Scout winner, The Spirit Tree, to read the beginning of Tessa’s journey.
Available Here: Amazon