Romance Author Katie Hamstead Talks About Prioritizing

Please welcome romance author Katie Hamstead today, romance author and busy wife and mother. She shares how she prioritizes, and a little bit about her books, Branded, her New Adult romantic suspense, and Dancing in the Athenian Rain, due to release in September.

Katie, how do you save time during the writing process and/or boost your writing productivity?

In all honesty, I don’t think I have anything to save time or boost productivity for writing. As a pregnant mother with a highly energetic four year old and husband, promoting published works, editing soon to be released works, doctor’s appointments, and a busy lifestyle, writing is often hard to fit in.

My biggest trick would have to be making it a priority. During the day, my focus is on my kid, work, housework, and so forth, so squeezing in time is nearly impossible. Even out and about, my phone helps me promote and work through emails etc. But because I need to keep writing as something important on my to do list, I make sure my day stays very structured. I have “quiet time” in the afternoon for my kid (because she won’t nap anymore.) This is a time I get on my laptop and make myself as busy as possible. The other times I use is after my hubby has gone to work to before he wakes up and in the evenings when he is distracted with other things and the kid is in bed. The evening time slot isn’t very frequent though, so I make use of it when I can.

It really is something everyone has to address in their own way. Everyone gets in “the zone” differently, and everyone has different circumstances they have to work around. So I believe, as long as it’s important to you, you’ll find a way to make it work.


Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.
 Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers.
But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.
Links for BRANDED: Goodreads | Amazon 


When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she’s furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.

She’s forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.


Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She currently works as an Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills Press to help support her family.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.



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