We had the good fortune of connecting with K.E. Creighton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi K.E., can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Fifty percent of all donations and subscription fees collected through my website, to support my writing work, go toward literacy and or social justice initiatives. This month’s initiative is centered around helping the women and children of Ukraine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For many years I wrote content for a vast array of clients, as I built up my own content writing business. My journey began after I left the corporate realm back in 2015. And I loved it. I worked with some excellent people and learned a lot about my craft and myself in the process– practical things I never learned in grad school. I worked HARD. It took nearly two years to build out my professional portfolio of clients. Yet for the same amount of time, I was always talking about the fiction I was working on, including one idea in particular for a novel. Many of the individuals I worked with insisted that I take on the project I talked about all the time, claiming that I just HAD to do it. They really needed to read it, they said. So, eventually, I did. I reluctantly said goodbye to my fabulous clients who paid me well and started working on my novel this year, while blogging about my writing journey and other writerly things. Right now I’m working on my first novel, which will take the more dystopic version of the world in which we live and hopefully turn it on its head, in a good way. I’m hoping to create a narrative that helps us see a realistic way out of the doomsday world in which we currently live, without cutesy utopic visions. But without the heavy sarcasm and doom we all feel sometimes, too. I am adding a bit of suspense, action, drama, and of course, romance, to keep the narrative interesting. My experiences over the past few years have taught me that evolving as a writer is a good thing but not always easy, and that it’s a great idea to shake up what you’re doing every now and then to stay sharp and motivated long-term. As I write my current novel, I hope to raise funds on my website to keep myself and my LLC going. I am offering subscription options to access daily writing prompts that will help my fellow writers on their writing journeys too. All subscription fees and donations on my website go toward literacy and social justice initiatives. This month’s initiative is centered around helping the women and children of Ukraine.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I always take my friends and family from out of town to Fiction Beer Company on Colfax and Red Rocks. If I can get tickets to a show at Red Rocks while my friends or family are in town, that’s even better. It is hands down the best concert venue I have ever been to in my life. I’m also partial to Tattered Cover, and of course, Sudden Fiction Books in Castle Rock where I live. I would also make sure we went to Denver Biscuit Company and SubCulture at some point. Checking out Union Station would be fun too, especially around dinner time. I would definitely take them on any outdoor or hiking trail they’re prepared for with the altitude but especially love the drive through Georgetown in the Fall, on the way to go see the Aspens after they turn gold. I would also grab a few tickets to go see the Rockies, even if it’s just to visit the beautiful stadium (sorry to say, but this year has been rough for them). And last but not least, I would take them to as many local breweries as possible because there are so many good ones.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My story and career would not be possible without all the smart, persistent women entrepreneurs, authors, activists, and philosophers who keep me going every day. When I read something new and bold that they have written and advocate for, my faith is restored in humanity and what is possible… especially when times seem so grim, as they do now. Without the example and support of my close female friends who are authentic and warm, especially those who write and spearhead their own businesses, and seminal authors and philosophers like Mary Wollstonecraft, Hannah Arendt, Toni Morrison, and Sue Monk Kidd, I don’t know where I would be. I suppose I would dedicate my career and life to all those women out there who aren’t afraid to push the envelope with an equal amount of tenacity and grace. Especially those who choose to write about it.