Katrina Anne Willis - Table for Six

http://www.katrinaannewillis.com

Katrina's memoir, Table for Six, received this Amazon review: "This page-turner of a book provides the reader with side-splitting humor, wit, and insight. She nudges us to get The Big Picture that is Life."

Katrina is a winner of Top 25 Book Author Moms - 2012

What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?

Writers write. You must sit down and do the work. That's the advice I would give anyone who wants to write a book. We're all awarded the same amount of time each day -- it's up to each of us to determine how we choose to use it. Writing with little ones can be a challenge, but for me, it's also an escape. If your soul calls you to it, you'll find the time. Some of my best words wake me in the wee hours, so I always have a notebook and pen on my nightstand. The writing process itself is in many ways like having a baby... the insecurity, the what-ifs, the angst, the fear, the pain. But when it's all said and done? There she is! Your beautiful baby book. Embrace the journey.

How do you balance writing and motherhood?

Balance? Ha! I would not say my life is balanced. It's sky-high and rock bottom and everything in between. The key, I think (the one I'm still trying to master), is to live in the moment. Right there. Grab that one, then the next, then the next. Forget about what you didn't do yesterday and what's scheduled for tomorrow. Write when the babies are sleeping, when you're in the carpool line, while dinner is in the oven. Let go of perfection and unrealistic expectations. Choose laughter instead. When I stop trying to make my life look "just so" and wrap my arms around the chaos and drama instead, things seem to fall into a much more natural rhythm.

Where do you find writing inspiration?

Everywhere I choose to look. (And looking is definitely a choice. I must constantly remind myself to slow down, shut up, and breathe.) I take great pleasure in eavesdropping on other people's conversations, watching strangers across a crowded restaurant and inventing their stories, taking the time to look at the world through a different lens. I love asking Why? and What If? Those seemingly insignificant little questions can unleash worlds of possibility.