Hi, I’m Kathryn M. Hearst, or Kate, and the author of “Twelve Spirits of Christmas,” Book 2 in the Tessa Lamar Novels, a paranormal romance series with a Southern twist. I’m also a self-proclaimed nerd. When the Harts asked me to write a post about what it means to be an author nerd, I didn’t know where to begin. So much of what makes me, me, is off-the-wall. So, I did what any nerdy author would do, researched it.
Merriam-Webster defines a nerd as, “an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially: one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.” An author is a person who has written books, duh. So, an Author Nerd is an unstylish, unattractive, or socially awkward person; slavishly devoted to intellectual pursuits who writes books? Not exactly.
Let’s break it down.
As a full-time author my uniform of choice is PJ pants and a T-shirt. However, at public events you will find me in pin-up style dresses, or jeans and Chucks (low-top, black, converse sneakers). I’m from the South. I don’t leave the house without my face on and hair done. It’s a fact of life. I also adore shoes, the funkier the better. I’m pretty sure I have style.
Hmmm. This one is tricky. I don’t want to seem conceited, nor do I want to come off as fishing for compliments. I’m somewhere in the average attractiveness area. Not a supermodel, but I can go out without scaring young children.
Oh, heck yes! If you see me at an event, I will smile and chat, but inside I’m a nervous wreck. I say the weirdest things, snot when I laugh, and feel like a complete imposter. I’ve learned how to hide my social anxiety and plaster on a smile. However, I’m far more likely to pass on social engagements than to attend. It takes time for me to psych myself up before an event. I will talk myself into and out of attending a hundred times. The worst is when I get home and remember all the goofball things I said. Ugh.
Slavishly devoted to intellectual/academic pursuits:
Guilty. I loved college so much that it became cheaper to keep earning degrees than to pay back my student loans. I love learning. When working on a new book, I will spend twice as much time falling down the research rabbit hole than actually writing the book.
I’m also an avid reader of the uncool. I like to read psychology textbooks and theories. My favorite of these is “A Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Frankl. I also read a ton of fantasy/scifi. I used to game quite a bit. When I say game, I mean Dungeons and Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Mage… the list goes on.
Still not convinced?
The Ultimate Author Nerd Activity.
I purchased “The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures.” This book contains 645 pages listing every magical or mythological creature throughout history. Cool, right? I assigned ev
ery creature an elemental classification (earth, air, fire, water, ambiguous) and color coded them with highlighters. I’m dying to have the time to enter the data into a spreadsheet so I can sort by classification, geographic region, type of creature, and alignment.
Thank you. I hope you enjoyed poking fun at myself. I write paranormal and contemporary romance with characters who are as quirky as I am. Born and raised in the South, my Tessa Lamar novels feature down-home humor, old-fashioned manners, and families that will make you cringe.
Want to know more? I’ve included the first chapter of my published novels on my blog.