Author Archives: caitlinrantala

April 13

ATWN Interview: NA Author Katherine Locke

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Katherine Locke’s debut album was released today! I had a chance to read an ARC a couple months ago and YOU GUYS, YOU NEED THIS BOOK! You do. If for some weird reason, you need some more convincing after you read this, you can check out my Goodreads […]

December 12

Cover Reveal: Industry Darling by Caitlin Rantala

I’ve been dying to share the cover of Industry Darling with you all! Honestly, the suspense is killing me. But before I do, in case, you have no idea what I’m talking about – I have a book coming out on January 20, 2015 called Industry Darling and here’s a quick run down of it

October 19

Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate

This weekend Kathleen Hale shockingly admitted to stalking and harassing a blogger who gave her book a poor rating. The Guardian gave her a platform to tell the entire internet about it and everyone was shocked and dismayed, even more so because she seems to believe she was justified. In case you didn’t know, you […]

June 05

How To Write Like Taylor Swift and Win

Real talk. Your creativity is not always on point. That last 10k words you just wrote? Crap. Oh, you have an agent? Still crap. You have an editor? Doesn’t matter. Okay, well, that’s harsh. It’s probably not all crap and you’re awesome for having an agent or editor or both or whatever. My point is […]

March 10

The Reason You Create Matters

Now, this is my job, I will not quit it; pulled me out the depths when I thought that I was finished. I’ve had very little sleep. I just drove six hours from North Carolina back to Tennessee. I listened to the radio the entire way back because I blew out my engine on the […]

January 30

A Lesson in Following Your Arrow: The Myth of Overnight Success

Sunday night, my Twitter exploded with tweets like “WHO IS THIS KACEY GIRL?!” And honestly, I was kind of appalled because I thought I’d already told everyone about her and realized I’d totally failed. Sorry.

November 11

Fangirling: Stop Singing into Your Hairbrush

I should just start a Taylor Swift series. Would you guys be cool with that? Because, seriously, as a writer, you should be watching her and taking notes. Last Wednesday, Taylor performed her song “Red” at the CMAs. If you don’t know, the CMAs stand for “Country Music Association Awards.” But if you’ve heard the […]

September 26

So You Wanna Break into the Industry?

Secret’s out: I work in the music industry. I’m just a graphic designer, so I don’t make or break people or anything crazy like that. But I am around this crazy industry almost 24/7 and it’s taught some very valuable lessons that I use to navigate the publishing industry.

August 12

You’re a Writer: Where’s Your Surprised Face?!

The last time I posted, I talked about how other people’s success doesn’t take away from yours (and I talked about Macklemore + Ryan Lewis because they’re pretty rockin’). But the fact of the matter is even if you know that about success, even if you’re a hard worker and you love your craft, you’re […]

July 08

A Life Lived For Art Is Never Wasted

Authors want to be published. I feel comfortable saying that as a blanket statement. They want to be published as much as a singer wants to hear themselves on the radio. No one blames us for this. People write stories to be read. People record songs so that they might be heard. But when I […]

Are You Trying to be the Singer, Songwriter and Producer?

When I was little, I had this idea that singers always wrote their own songs. I thought it was incredible that one person could write, sing, arrange and produce a song or a whole album.  Of course, I grew up and learned that was not how it worked. It takes a whole team of people, […]

And Entertainer of the Year Goes To

Every November the CMA Awards come to Nashville and the whole city loses its mind over it. For good reason, it’s a pretty awesome event. And while every artist nominated would be happy and honored to receive one of the show’s awards, what everyone really wants is the award to end all awards: Entertainer of […]

Tuning Into Writer’s Block

I’m the Nashville girl, which I guess makes me the country girl? Well, something like that.  I live in a town that is so fueled by music, we earned ourselves the official title of “Music City.” There is music everywhere–good music too–new, talented artists flock here on a daily basis, looking for a chance to […]