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Dawson woman has 4th novel published

| Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 1:40 p.m.
Kaidia Pickels | For the Independent-Observer
Katherine McClelland of Dawson - with her daughter Jordyn - holds copies of some of the books she has had published.

Katherine McClelland's motivation for writing is simple — write something she would want to read.

With that in mind, the Dawson woman recently had her fourth novel published.

“Second Chances” details the romance between Cole Baker, a military man, and Grace Summers, a ballerina. The pair, seemingly opposites, find that they may not have as little in common as they think.

“There's a lot of structure in being a ballerina, a lot of rules,” McClelland said. “I thought that their relationship would be interesting because both of their jobs are really based on rules and routine.”

McClelland, who lives in Dawson with her husband and daughter, finds writing to be very cathartic.

“I wanted to find a way to channel my energy into one thing, to help me concentrate,” she said. “It was never about being famous.”

“We live in an age of technology where a lot of information is easily accessible, so we forget that everything we learned growing up was from books,” added McClelland on why it was important for her to publish a book. “I started writing at 26 and my goal was always to publish a book by the time I turned 30. Two years after I first started writing, I published ‘Ruthless.'”

Even though writing has been therapeutic, getting her books published hasn't always been easy for McClelland.

“I sent out a lot of emails to many agents and got a lot of rejection letters from publishers,” she said. “But if you're worried about rejection, writing to be published just isn't for you. The publishing world has gone haywire and it isn't free, it takes a lot of work to get your work published.”

Despite this, McClelland has gained a lot from her writing.

“When I first started writing, grammar was difficult for me,” McClelland admitted. “It didn't come as naturally as it does now, not for the first few books. Since I've started writing more, the plot has come faster to me and with that practice, my grammar has improved as well.”

The Scottdale Writers' Group has been very supportive of McClelland's efforts.

“Once a month a group of Scottdale writers, some published and some not, meet at the Scottdale Public Library,” said McClelland. “It's definitely a support system where people can kind of bounce ideas off of each other.”

As a customer service representative for Teletech and a mother of a 6-year-old, McClelland finds time to write whenever she can.

“I normally write in the evenings or late at night. I definitely have a lack of sleep,” she said with a laugh. “Typically, I can write a chapter a day. Ideas pop into my head all the time — it's kind of like a carnival. I never know exactly what I want to write because I don't usually work with outlines, but in my experience one small detail can take a book in an entirely different direction so I just let the books unfold.”

Since completing “Second Chances,” she has started work on another book.

“It's a young adult romance, which is more of a challenge because there's certain content that might be acceptable in adult romances but just isn't in the young adult genre,” said McClelland. “But I enjoy the challenge.”

McClelland has published “Second Chances” through Tate Publishing and Enterprises, a departure from her previous publisher, Publish America, which prints novels by demand.

“With Tate a bigger supply can be produced and the book has become available in stores like Costco and Barnes & Noble,” she said

Under the name K.J. McClelland, she has published three other books: “Thirty Days in Scotland,” “Patience” and “Ruthless.”

“Second Chances,” along with McClelland's other novels, can be purchased in stores or online at

Kaidia Pickels is a contributing writer.