I’d like to welcome our Second Spotlight Author Winner Katie Hayoz. I ask that you give her a warm welcome. While this is my first introduction to Katie I feel as if she is one of us. That is one of the wonderful features of being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. So Katie, thank you for visiting. And now take it away!

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

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. 

KatieHayozUntethered 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

On Twitter: www.twitter.com/katiehayoz

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiehayoz.author

Buy Untethered on Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZH2qzY


RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is pleased to announce a new Facebook “Question of the Day!” In an online Scavenger Hunt, participants will need to find the daily answer  SOMEWHERE on the many Blog Tour Host sites! Please LIKE our FB page and play along:

Katie’s questions & answers on THIS site:
Rave Reviews Book Club: What has been the highlight of this journey?
Katie Hayoz: Meeting people. There are so many fantastic, supportive and interesting people in the Indie community. I’m grateful to have crossed paths with some awesome writers
RRBC: Any tips for someone considering going Indie versus Traditional Publishing?
K.H.: Indie isn’t easy. In fact it’s a lot of work and the learning curve is steep. Know as much as you can BEFORE publishing your book. That said, you can’t beat Indie publishing for control of your work. You’re your own boss from A-Z.
THANK YOU for stopping by! Please visit all Blog Tour Hosts as found on: www.RaveReviewsByNonnieJules. wordpress.com
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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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  1. Katie has such an awesome energy, it’s contagious! Her smile says it all! Great post, great job and Shirley, you did good hosting!


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


  3. Kathy Golden says:

    Hi Katie,
    That’s an interesting slant on a paranormal book. Congrats on your spotlight,and thanks, Shirley, for supporting Katie.


  4. Congrats Katie for being this week’s SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR! Thanks to Shirley for hosting her 🙂


  5. terigarringer says:

    Shirley, THANK YOU for sharing Katie with your audience! I love seeing such a supportive community of writers!


  6. Katie, all the best with Untethered, though it sounds like you’ve done a lot of tethering along the way, which already makes it a mystery to me! You’re so right about knowing when to say enough. I don’t do watercolors, but rather digital painting, which tends to make that decision even tougher.

    I love my popcorn too, but not I’m looking forward to trying some with black licorice…ha ha.


  7. beemweeks says:

    A well-deserved honor, Katie! Congratulations. Thank you to Shirley for hosting!


  8. Congrats Katie. I will try to get to Untethered after Nonnies’s book arrives. 🙂 RaveReviews will certainly keep me busy this year.


  9. Shirley L. Slaughter says:

    To everybody who commented. Thanks for visiting my site and supporting Katie. I appreciate all of you.


  10. Thank you so much for hosting me on your site, Shirley! I’m super thrilled to be here!


    • Shirley L. Slaughter says:

      Katie, I am so glad you are here. I love the look of your book, so much so that I downloaded a copy to read. The first page grabbed me. This darn blog wouldn’t let me increase the size of the bookcover. Oh Well, I’m becoming a reader again. CONGRATULATIONS!!


  11. Thanks for hosting this week’s Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author! Congratulations to Katie Hayoz!


  12. Shirley – Thank you for once again hosting one of Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Authors. Congratulations Katie. I am very excited for you and all that will come your way as a result of being in the Spotlight.


  13. jgrwriter says:

    Congratulations Katie! Untethered seems like a fascinating read. I am really looking forward to reading it.


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