Although it’s been a few weeks since I posted, I didn’t miss you ‘cuz I played in my mountains and found my heart again.

OkayIdidkindamissyou. But I really didn’t. —-> Mostly because I ate FAR too many cupcakes over the last week. No, I didn’t eat ALL of those. Close, maybe. Everytime I look at that heart on top of the bottom left one I think: you’re adorable.


cupcakes, frosting, deliciousness

On the flip side, I ran lotsa mountains this past week also. I promise this post has a point, but you won’t find it until the very end. Shout out to Karen and Parker, for massively improving my downhill trail running form. My knees and quads thank you.

Karen and I sped-hiked over 3,000 ft in 3 miles. It took 2 hours up (ending at 8,500 ish feet elevation) and 48 minutes down. That’s less than half of the time for those of you not math inclined.

This below is a hike that I could only go 4 miles into because of snow. Mount Timpanogos, I’ll be back to dominate you in August.

Hiking, Mount Timpanogos,

Timpanogos Snow fieldBut the real reason I’m here is to tell you about THIS below.


My novella, a kind of prequel to Miss Mabel’s School for Girlsreleases at the end of June! Don’t judge the blurb either. It’s in working stages. Oh, unless you can think of ways to improve it. Leave those in the comments.

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Isadora is an aged witch living alone in the fog-strewn forest of Letum Wood. Her magical power is great, but her foresight is even greater.

As a Watcher, Isadora has the ability to see into the heart of every witch she meets, a talent that makes her the perfect guardian of the prestigious Miss Mabel’s School for Girls.

Any witch that wants to enter the school must first pass an interview with Isadora. No secret insecurity or sinister motivation can be hidden from a Watcher, as four teenage girls will soon find out.

Join Leda, Camille, Michelle, and Priscilla, as they each encounter Isadora in their quest to join Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. It’s a collection of short stories that fans of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls can’t afford to miss.

Shout out to Cory Clubb at Go Bold Designs for the stellah covah. So deeply in love again, as usual.

So here’s the big question to this post that really has no definable purpose but to brag that I got to run in the mountains last week:

Have any of you written and sold a novella, and/or read a novella from an author you like? I’m hoping it will help spur sales along whilst I’m whittling away at book two, Antebellum Awakening. <— Gives me shivers every time I read it.

Just tell me that a novella is a good thing, guys. That’s it. Reassure my blistered soul. I don’t cope well without the mountains, and now I’m gone from them again.

*hangs head in defeat*





  1. says

    Wow! All that exercise! You’re doing the complete opposite of me. In fact, I’m seriously contemplating selling my overpriced bike to pay for a new gaming PC so I can sit on my ass all day to play video games.

    Speaking of novellas, the one I read recently was fantastic! Omegasphere:

    And they do sell. Fellow author friend, CS Janey, published a couple of novellas under a pen name, Violet Haze, which have done quite well in sales:

    And let me know if you spot Bigfoot on your hikes….or a UFO. I love that stuff. :)

    • says


      Tuan, are you a bigfoot lover? If so, we need to meet, and then go bigfoot hunting. ‘Cuz obviously that’s better than gaming, right?!

  2. Kirstin Pulioff says

    Yes, novellas are Great! Gives us fans another something of yours to read :) and it is nice to get more depth on your world.

    And those cupcakes looked way too good!

    • says

      Oh, some of them WERE way too good! I’ll probably never eat another cupcake again. Okay, that was a lie.

      And I ADORED your novella, Boones Journey! So yes- you’re right. It is great to have a novella!

  3. says

    First of all I’m glad you are back even if you didn’t miss us. Second I have not published a novella, but have written over 50,000 words of short stories. I think writing outside the mainstream of a novel is healthy. Who cares about sales (um . . . let me re-phrase that) Who cares about what happens in the marketplace as it should be all about you as a writer and what you want to do. Finally your blurb is your blurb, but here is how I would write it: Old crone witch Isadora whose great magical power is only surpassed by her foresight is the very particular guardian and final obstacle for young girls desiring entry into the prestigious Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. No secret insecurity or sinister motivation can be hidden from Isadora, as four teenage girls will soon find out.
    Join Leda, Camille, Michelle, and Priscilla, as they each encounter Isadora in their quest to join Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. It’s a collection of short stories that fans of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls can’t afford to miss.

    • says

      Funny, because I would totally consider you an expert, Cristina. Have I told you how much I love your blog name and stalk you on Ericka’s FB page? Cuz I do. And you just got back from traveling. Jealous.

      • says

        What?! Shut the front door and all the windows.

        Let’s see, Katie – Novella and rock hard thighs from climbing what could be (for me) the Himalayas

        Cristina – Blog and calloused feet

        Katie wins. Cristina gets the door prize of a half eaten box of Fruit Loop cereal.


  4. says

    Very VERY cool. The hiking, the novella….I can’t say I’m a big fan of cupcakes, but I occasionally binge on Guylian’s chocolate shells. Totally worth it!

    My husband and I did the Spartan race last year, which is basically an 8 mile hike/run in the Pocono mountains in NJ. It took us more than 4 hours up and down those steep hills. I sprained my ankle half way through, but I finished it, limping and all. My husband hyper-extended his knee tossing the monster tire (I wish I had photos of that – it was really freaking cool!) That was the longest I’ve ever hiked, and I learned the hard way that I was wearing the wrong shoes. My running kicks were so beat up I had to throw them away after the race. My toes took a nice beating. I was lucky NOT to lose a nail!

    Did I already tell you how much I love the theme to your covers?



    • says

      You had me at chocolate, Tanya. Which you usually do.

      Here’s the thing: I’m obsessed with my book covers. I’d sleep with them if I didn’t already have to share my bed with two dogs and a husband. But just you WAIT until the second one comes out. Whew. It’s going to be . . . WHEW!!

  5. says

    Katie, keep up all the awesome work! You’re such an inspiration, not only to me but to your many fans, I just know it! I love the beautiful photos, BTW.:) As for your question, I’ve never written a novella personally, though my current project (which I’ll be embarking on shortly,) may just end up being one. Or possibly a novel. YIKES! However, I have read a few, such as Stephen King’s novella collection, Different Seasons, The Mist (from Skeleton Crew,) and a few others. So yeah, if it’s cool and totally acceptable for such a HUGE name as King to do it, why not anyone else? What’s stopping you?

  6. Michelle Morrison says

    Those cupcakes look yummy, now I want some. :-) I have read short story collections from different authors but I don’t know that I’ve actually read a novella…If I have it’s been awhile. From what I understand, although I’m by no means an expert, there is a good market for novellas and short story collections and I’m looking forward to The Isadora Interviews, and the cover is gorgeous.

    • says

      Novella, short story collections, same diff, kind of. But not really. But it is.

      Actually, this will be a short story collection, so you are all set Michelle! Woo hoo!

  7. says

    I’ll read whatever sounds interesting, length really doesn’t matter. Congrats to you for your novella! I think putting out any kind of writing on a regular basis is a good thing. They say the more books you have out there, the easier you are to find. I’m trying to write short stories of my own for exactly that reason. Best of luck to you, Katie!

  8. says

    I love reading novellas. One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that I tend to feel grumpy if I buy something thinking it is a full-length novel and then I find out it’s a shorter work, so I really like the ones that say right in the description “novella” (or novelette, or short story, whatever it is).

    • says

      That is a fabulous point. When are you going to write me a blog post on ‘little-tips-no-one-but-Kella-thinks-about-before-publishing’ guest post?

      You’ve saved my trash far too often. But, for real. You always give me the best tips and advice, Kella!

  9. Samantha Shaw says

    First, I’m glad you had fun in the mountains. The view looks amazing!
    Second, I think a novella is a great idea! I loved Stephanie Meyer’s novella about Bree Tanner. I’m sure yours will be fabulous as well! Plus it will give your fans, like me, something to read related to your series before Antebellum Awakening comes out. I can’t wait to read them both!

    • says

      Stephanie did a novella about Bree Tanner? I didn’t know that. Look at you, Sam. Teaching me all this new literary stuff.

      You’re definitely going to be one of my advanced readers, crazy girl. I hope that leg heals soon!

  10. says

    You are too funny. And, yes, I am judging you. Cupcakes? Mountains? Totally smug. : P

    I did release a novella as a prequel to Spireseeker, and I was disappointed that it didn’t really generate any sales, even when we put it up for free. But you have a larger following with the Network, so hopefully it’ll work out better for you.

    Best of luck – I’m seriously excited to read your novella *and* the next book.

    • says

      Emily, I ain’t scurred. I have my doubts that your judgments are even harsh 😉

      But seriously, I did eat way too many cookies. Just a few days left until the novella comes out. Woot woot!

    • says

      Brooke, me too! Sometimes all you need is a quick little fix that you don’t have to invest a lot in, you know? Glad I’m not the only one!

  11. says

    I think having more books just helps in general, even novellas. Especially prequels that are super cheap or free. It gives something for people to sample.

    The mountains look fun! I wish I could run like that but I have to settle for my walks for now.

    • says

      Mo’ books is always a good thing, I think. If not just to keep me in the writing/forward momentum mojo, you know? It makes sense to me. Then I don’t have time to spam the world. 😉

      You rock, Candace, as always.

  12. says

    This is great Katie! I can’t wait for end of June to read it. You go girl. Great idea. Wow and congratulations on all the hiking and climbing. I would have dropped dead at just the sight of that mountain.

    • says

      Sometimes I do feel like dropping dead at the sight of a mountain, but mostly from sheer joy. If I believed in reincarnation, I totally would invest in the thought that I had been a mountain goat in a previous life :)

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