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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


I am proud to introduce you to Katie Hayoz, an author and mutual Rave Reviews Book Club member. This week I am highlighting her novel Untethered. Some reviews have said, "delightfully surprised," "wonderful," and "solid and surprising." So, I invite you to read the book and submit your own comments here and on Amazon.

                 That Novel Will Never Be Perfect
                           From Katie Hayoz

     I’m not a perfectionist.  Little mistakes don’t bother me.  But when it comes to my writing, I take pride in what I do and I want what I put out there to be not just decent, but good.  I rewrote Untethered at least eighteen times.  Literally.  And I’m talking full-on, rip-it-up and make do with the shreds kind of rewriting, not moving sentences around. What started as a five page story ended up (20 years later) to be a 340 page novel.  That novel went through so many critiquing sessions and beta readers that I was sure it would be perfection by the time it was published.

                                                                   Ha.  Not quite.

   Writing is art, and like all art there is a point where the person creating the work just has to stop. She just has to tell herself that particular piece is the best she can make it right then.  That’s the sticker: right then.  Because the truth is that you can always go back and make it better.  There will always be holes you missed or mistakes you made or words that paint a clearer picture.  But if you keep going back and going back and going back you never move on.  Never get on to the next book; the one that first one prepared you for.

    My dad paints watercolor. I can’t tell you the number of times he’s looked at a picture of his, already framed and on the wall, and said, “Why did I think this was finished? This whole section could use reworking.”  My mom rolls her eyes.  I understand.  I totally do. 

    But there was a point when I just had to quit trying to make Untethered perfect. A point where my writing group and my family and friends said, “Stop already!”  So I did.  I’m proud of this novel -- the characters, the world, the writing itself.  However, that didn’t keep me from face-palming myself after its publication.  There were things that I see now that I couldn’t see then.  It kills me.  And yet…
And yet I could go in, change it all and six months from now I’d be face-palming myself again.  So, I’ve left it as is.  I’ve moved onto another novel.  It’s finished; sort of.  I’ve done three drafts – three pick away the fleshy parts and gnaw on the bone drafts.  I’ll rewrite it one more time. Then I’ll need to tell myself, “Stop already!  That novel will never be perfect.” 

                                                  But I’m hoping it will be damn good. 

Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, USA but ended up in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She devours YA novels like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities. 

Untethered is a paranormal coming of age novel that follows 16-year-old Sylvie on a unique and slightly sinister journey of self-acceptance. Sylvie has an ability to leave her physical body and astral project. While it could be akin to a superpower, she sees it as a curse.  That is, until the day she decides to play with its dark side. Sylvie then sets an evil plan in motion that she believes will change her life for the better.  But she does not count on it spiraling out of control.

Connect with Katie:
On her website: www.katiehayoz.com
Buy Untethered on Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZH2qzY

(Thank you to Rave Reviews Book Club and all the members who so generously agreed to host me on their site!)


Katie Hayoz said...

A huge thank you, Karen, for hosting me on your site! I really appreciate it.

Danica Cornell said...

Karen, thank you so much for featuring RAVE REVIEWS' 2nd SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR, Katie Hayoz! Katie, congrats and best wishes for your continued success! ((Hugs)) :)

Kathryn Treat said...

Karen, Thank you for featuring Katie Hayoz, Rave Reviews Book Club's 2nd Spotlight Author. Congratulations Katie.

Karen Ingalls said...

It has been my honor and privilege to highlight Ms. Hayoz, such a gifted author.

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B. Weeks said...

Thank you to Karen for hosting this author. Congratulations to Katie on this honor.

Teri Garringer said...

Karen, THANK YOU for sharing Katie & "Untethered" with your audience. I love seeing such a supportive community of writers!

Renee Shearer said...

Thanks for hosting this week's Rave Reviews Book Club's SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR! Congrats to Katie, I can't wait to get your book!

Anonymous said...

When an author ends a good story with a concise one line sentence, I feel like something is missing. I wonder what happens next. Often it doesn't matter, but when there is an Epilogue, that saves the day and I'm happy as a lark. I think that authors who make the effort to tie stray story ends together in the epilogue, giving some details closure, allows me, as well as the author, to move on.


Karen Ingalls said...

A wonderful and insightful comment. I will be sure that Katie knows about your thoughts.

Katie Hayoz said...

All of these congratulations are appreciated. And as for the epilogue...I have to say in a lot of ways I agree. We like things to feel rounded. That is, of course, unless it's a series and the author has to get you to want to know more! :)

Dale Furse said...

Congratulation, Katie. Untethered really looks more and more interesting as I follow these blogs.

Lorraine Pestell said...

Congratulations, Katie, on reaching that level of perfect imperfection! I wish you luck with 'Untethered'.

Ernesto San Giacomo said...

Congrats Katie! All the best with Untethered.