|Sometimes I climb on top of the planes..|
|Christmas Photo 2014|
|1961 Chevy Truck and my siblings and I|
All types of animals inhabited the farmstead and with four stock tanks, fishing and swimming were a regular past time. K-Trina’s responsibilities included taking care of cattle, a twenty-year-old barrel racer horse named Girly, and an orphaned calf named Thanny. Over the years, there were geese, peacocks, ducks, rabbits, chickens, roosters, and numerous cats and dogs. In addition to the fun times, K-Trina and her siblings had to watch out for the coyotes, panthers, wild hogs, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and bull snakes.
All through Junior High and High School, K-Trina was active in sports and excelled in basketball. In addition to sports, K-Trina also participated in the local 4H and, then, FFA where she showed both rabbits and sheep.
Even though K-Trina always enjoyed writing and participating in creative writing classes in school, her first writing success occurred as a junior during the “say no to drugs” campaign. The high school held a competition accepting posters, videos, music, and/or short stories. K-Trina submitted a story called No Way Out and won first place, along with a fifteen dollar check. No Way Out was born out of sheer panic of forgetting the assignment, and it was written within forty-five minutes.
Looking back, if she had to do it again K-Trina would have chosen to attend college, studying writing as a career. Although aviation has given K-Trina a rewarding career where she has met a variety of people, writing is her first love.
The best part of being an author is when K-Trina holds the finished product in her hands and thinks, “Wow, it is done.” The scariest part of being an author is reader feedback- not everyone is going to like her work.
Editing is the most time consuming and often tedious part of the writing process. Marketing is even less fun for her because K-Trina shies away from publicity. Away from the public eye, K-Trina relaxes by hanging out with friends, hiking, or visiting state parks in the area. She enjoys photography and often finds inspiration in nature.
K-Trina was asked when she found the time to write in addition to having a family and a career. K-Trina writes whenever and wherever she can. She has scribbled on a napkin at a diner, pulled a vehicle over and written an idea down on a spiral notebook she carries with her before forgetting the thought, or wakes up in the middle of the night to record her dream before it slips away.
What about writers block? How do you get through it? a reader once asked. Writers block is something every author experiences, but the key is to work through the scene. This point separates the less experienced author with the experienced author. An experienced author will make themselves sit down at their desk and write through the block; an inexperienced author will give up.
|Uncle Jim and I|
|My Dad and I - the farm in the|
background with the rainbow
|Road Trip with Nicco (left) and Pete (right)|
|Celebrating my birthday on the Big Island|