Flaherty's Crossing | Champagne Books | Mainstream Fiction (with Romantic Elements) | February 2010 | Available at Amazon.com and BN.com (eBook and Trade Paperback)
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Kathy Slevin, a talented Los Angeles screenwriter, has adaped "Flaherty's Crossing" for the screen. She is pitching this week and has already had interest by two movie producers.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have to say attempt to keep my story limited to one genre in order to make it more marketable to publishers. However, it would have been difficult to limit the story line in this particular novel and still get its message across.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen are high on my list...it's so hard to choose just one favorite author! However, after picking up a copy of "Tilly" by Frank E. Peretti, I was totally inspired. His true-to-life characters, spot one p.o.v, and attention to detail totally captivated me. This book presents two views woven into one touching story that will have it readers turning page after page. Although Peretti is most known for his hard to put down, spine tingling suspense stories such as "The Oath", "Prophet" and "The Visitation", he was truly my inspiration for becoming an author.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I enjoy writing third person and with dual points of view. In a sense, most examples of writing in the third person have well-developed stories and characters because all of them have their say in the plot. And personally, I find that this type of writing adds to the effectiveness of the story.
Do you see writing as a career?
I absolutely love writing and have made it a career through my involvement in public relations. As far as living off my income from novels...unfortunately, not likely.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a teenager, I became an avid reader - everything from historical romance to murder mysteries. I wrote poetry and even had short stories published in my high school newspaper. In college, I majored in literature and over the years became actively involved in both business and personal writing projects. Then shortly after my father's passing, I knew I had a story to tell that came from straight from the heart. Passion is perhaps the strongest incentive for anyone to write and it's the reason I'm still typing away.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read, do it often, and explore all kinds of genres. Every book can inspire and open your eyes to new possibilities.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
They constantly encourage me and with my eldest daughter being a fellow author, I'm fortunate in having a great support system built right in. She's my sounding board, critique partner and chef editor. Kris reads my stories right along with all the members of my family and motives me to write on a regular basis.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
You might say I've done it all: wife, mother, cheer leading coordinator, fashion model, interior designer, retail sales, public relations manager, gallery director, spokesperson, state arts commissioner, restaurant designer, fund-raising chairman. At present, I balance my days between family, leadership board meetings, social affairs and writing - attempting to get in at least 5 hours a day. It can be challenging at times!
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Although I probably should outline, I'm a consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, writing and editing as I go. I also often use photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize my characters. No charts, but lots of interesting people on my walls...
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
I keep a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on my desk while writing heart breakers, and have been known to empty a box of chocolates when I'm completely stumped.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
Hmmm...my daily routine? Walk 2 miles on my treadmill to get my juices going. Take a quick shower, grab hot chai and toast, then sequester myself in my cozy library/office. I answer a few emails, post on my favorite sites, scan my previous chapter and turn my imagination loose.
What main genre do you write in?
Mainstream Fiction, Suspense / Mystery
Thank you for the opportunity to share a bit about myself. Hope everyone has an opportunity to pick up a copy of "Flaherty's Crossing" - which benefits cancer research at Providence Medical Center. If you'd like to read more about this inspirational story, including an excerpt, be sure to visit my website.