Title: Echoes At Dawn | Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Please tell us your latest news!
I am excited to be on board with Decadent Publishing and working on the release of my first novel, Echoes At Dawn.
I am working on my next story, which is a contemporary romance, entitled, A Single Word.
Some of us from Decadent Publishing will be attending RT 2011 and celebrating at the Faery Ball.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would not change a thing about Echoes At Dawn. I simply love the story and the heroine Madeline Young. Her love and devotion for her family is one of her finest qualities. She triumphs throught her hardships and will not let anyone stand in her way. I adore the hero, Nat, too. He is a perfect match for Madeline, if only he could face his demons.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The first author that comes to my mind is Nicholas Sparks. I fell in love with his writing when I read The Notebook. I haven't missed one of his books since. His stories are heartfelt and draw me into the story. I always look forward to his new release.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write from the heart also. I like to add a magical element to my stories, too.
Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely take my writing serious and down the road would love to pursue it full time. If you want something bad enough, I believe it can come to fruition. You have to be willing to devote time and effort to it. It's crucial to learn from your mistakes. I am willing to take advice from the more experienced authors and face each challenge as it comes.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've been writing since I was a young girl. I recall sitting at my in my bedroom writing poetry and short stories. I wanted to be an actress originally and I love the theater. Since I did not follow that path, writing seemed like the ideal creative outlet for me.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice I can offer is to never give up you dreams. If you have a passion for writing, go for it. Join writers groups and network with people who have the same passion. You will be amazed at how much you learn from them. Another important tip I will add is not to submit your work too soon. Make sure someone else reads your work. Sometimes a new writer gets excited and starts submitting and gets discouraged when rejections come along. But, even if you get rejected at first, don't get discouraged. Take a breath and don't take it to heart. Keep going and you will succeed.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is extremely supportive to me as a writer. I spend long hours locked away in my office. Sometimes I make dinner late or not at all. My husband knows that I am doing something that I love, so he doesn't complain.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I am a registered nurse full time. I work three 12 hour shifts a week. I write on most of my days off.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I don't have an organized way of writing. I get an idea for a story and the characters come to me. I usually think of the hook and work in the conflict. I know the beginning and ending right away. It's the middle that takes time to put together.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
I have photos of my family on my desk. I glance at them as I'm writing. The smiles of my loved ones give me the strength to work through my stories.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
I have to begin my writing process with a cup of coffee. I usually have two in the morning. I sit at my computer with my cup next to me and it gets me going. I sit in a comfy chair at the desk in my office. I can not work anywhere else in the house.
What main genre do you write in?
Thank you for allowing me to be a guest today on Night Owl Reviews. I enjoyed spending time with you.
Kathleen Ann Gallagher
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