The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm a debut author, and my novel, The Aura of Love, is a romantic suspense with a supernatural twist. Since I'm an avid reader of speculative romance, it was natural I would take this route when I started writing.
I came late to writing and only discovered I wanted to do it because a friend convinced me-by convinced, I mean harassed me into a deathlike state-I should write because I have a good sense of story, quite the imagination, and a serious love affair with words. I laughed-English Comp and I had hated one another during every phase of school-and she yapped, and yapped, and yapped until, fed up, I fictionalized a personal airplane mishap. To my chagrin and her most vocal gloating, I discovered I loved writing.
In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, sewing, computer games, and building Legos. As you can see, I'm quite a nerd, which carries over into my job. I work at a local university where I handle all of the computer issues for the Business Office.
My son is grown and married, and I have one grandson.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I think I would be Dani because she's a free spirit. She stands up for what she thinks is right, and lives her life in a way that works for her.
Who or what influences you when you write?
My biggest influences have been Anne Rice's vampires and witches, L.A. Banks' vampire huntress series, and Tananarive Due's immortals.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
On a typical writing day, I plop down in front of my computer as soon as I'm dressed. I have to get as much written as I can before my middle-aged brain freezes. :)
Please tell us what you have planned next?
My next book, Suddenly Younger, is about a middle-aged woman who finds that she's suddenly getting younger. As she tries to figure out what's happening with her, and why, I explore feminine ageism. Once she gets involved with a much younger man, who just happens to be her doctor, I explore secrets, and the dynamic between an older woman and a younger man. The fact that she's chronologically older, but physically younger, adds a new twist.
Thanks to my many fans, a sequel to The Aura of Love is up after Suddenly Younger.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
In fiction, it would have to be the vampire Lestat from Anne Rice's vampire series because he is so freakin' cool. He entertains me like no other.
Leaving fiction behind, my hero is my aunt, who took me in and raised me to be the person I am when she didn't have to.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I've loved the supernatural since I rushed home from school to watch Dark Shadows, so romantic suspense with a supernatural twist is it.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I love the research process because I'm an information junkie. When I was writing The Aura of Love, one of the things I needed to find out was when and why the New York Stock Exchange started. That was big fun!
What would you like to tell your readers?
To pick up a copy of The Aura of Love and lose themselves in the world of the Auralites. Once they have, I need comments, comments, comments. I can't improve my writing without their input, and I'm always striving to improve.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice I've ever had was to finish college before getting married. I didn't listen to it, and oh, how I wish I had.
Career-wise, the best advice I've received was to enter contests because I'm a 2007 IPPY Award winner in Multicultural Fiction and a 2007 African American Literary Award nominee in Romance.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
My critique group is invaluable to me. They point out awkward sentences, stale writing, etc. But most of all, they tell me where I need more descriptions. I'm not a big fan of descriptions when I read, so I tend to leave those out.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The best way to contact me is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do have a MySpace site, www.myspace.com/kathyjmarsh, and my blog, where I'm having a contest, is www.kathyjmarsh.wordpress.com. The contest, which ends on December 12, 2007, invites readers to solve a crossword puzzle based on The Aura of Love. Readers who submit the correct answers are entered in a drawing for a $50.00 gift card. And of course, there's a wealth of information on my website, www.kathyjmarsh.com.
Thank you for this opportunity Kathy. I must say your website is a relaxing place with soothing music. A must go place for any reader.