Friday, August 20, 2010

Author Interview with..

I had lined up an interview for this Friday, but some wires got crossed. I’m heading to Idaho today for the launch party of The Stone Traveler, and I really wanted to have an interview for you, so I thought I’d tell you a little more about me (sorry, but I'm desperate and crunched for time).

Because I’m the interviewer and interviewee I can pick and choose which questions to answer. And how do you like that picture of me in my younger days? I don't even know where that was taken, but the setting is pretty.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
 I have always loved to write. I remember when I was in high school my English teacher made me get up in front of class and read my short story. I vaguely remember the story was about the Jolly Green Giant, but that’s about all. It wasn’t until I’d had my first child that I started thinking I could write a book.

Tell us a little bit about your book.
The Stone Traveler is about Tag Quincy, a sixteen-year-old boy who is going through some trouble in his life. He is given a stone that sends him back through time to Sabirah, Samuel the Lamanite’s daughter. (Didn’t know he had a daughter, did you? I didn’t either until I created her while writing this book.) Tag goes with Sabirah on her quest to rescue her father and brother from the wicked King Jacob. The king’s men capture Tag and strap him to a sacrificial alter. Just as he’s about to be killed a violent storm sweeps the land and the earth breaks into jagged pieces. Tag doesn’t know what he fears more: the terrible storm, his captors blade being thrust toward his body, or the men who later appear glowing more brightly than the traveler’s stone.

I loved writing this novel.

Tell us about your other books you’re working on.
Next spring I have a romantic suspense coming out. I’m not sure what title my publisher will give it, but the working title is River Whispers. This is a complete switch in genres for me, but I’m very hopeful to write in both young adult time travel and romantic suspense. At this moment I’m working on a sequel for River Whispers. It will take place in Alaska. I’m dying to go up there. But I’ll have to be content to do a lot of research instead.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
Hmm. Inspiration is a fickle thing. It can strike any time and anywhere. I’ve thought of stories while watching a movie, while camping, and while on the road and playing the “what if” game. As for motivation, if I’m excited about my story that’s really the only motivation I need. For instance, right now I can hardly wait to see how Samuel Tanner (a character in my sequel) is going to react to being kidnapped. While I plot my stories, I really don’t know all the little details or what characters are going to say and do until I get into the scene. Yes, my characters have minds of their own and no I’m not crazy. (I don’t think.)

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now.
I grew up in a little town in Idaho called Rigby. I loved it there. I was able to walk to the movies at night without my parents worrying about me. I swam in the canal in the summer, ice-skated in the winter. I grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting. My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but they taught me right from wrong and I grew up with a love of God and country. Now, I live in Midvale, Utah which is a twenty minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. I love it here as well. I’m still walking to the theater that is less than a block away, but I certainly wouldn’t let young children go alone. The world has changed since my childhood.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?
I just moved my office early last spring, and I love my new digs. The room is painted an off-white color. I have a huge white board on the wall where I plot, list tasks, and draw stick figures. My desk is usually littered with books and papers of the story I’m working on, or promotion that needs to get done. Most often there is a glass of water on the corner and a small bowl of almonds mixed with white chocolate chips. My husband gave me the cutest little green dragon that clutches a pencil. He sits directly under my monitor beside a large, clear stone that looks very much like…the traveler’s stone. ;)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my interview. Sorry for the self-promotion, but what's a writer to do?

In the next several weeks I’ll have reviews of Hometown Girl by Michele Ashman Bell, The Fourth Nephite by Jeff Savage, Cold as Ice by Stephanie Black, and The Silence of God by Gale Sears.

Plus, I’ll throw in an interview here and there.

I’ve noticed that on Fridays I don’t received nearly as many comments as on other days.

Is there something else you’d like to see on Fridays? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

8 comments:

  1. This is great, Kathi! I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing life. Have a wonderful time in Idaho!!! Congrats again on The Stone Traveler's release!

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  2. That was fun! I'm looking forward to your rom susp novel! :)

    I don't think as many people comment on Fridays as other days- weekend planning and anticipating!

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  3. Laura,
    Thanks! I looking forward to tomorrow. Not sure what will happen at the signing, but I love coming home and being with family. :)

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  4. Thanks, Jemi!
    I hope my publisher let's me keep the title for my rom. We'll see.
    You're probably right about the weekends. :)

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  5. Hey! I had a roommate in college that grew up in Rigby! It was so fun to get to know you a little bit more! =)

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  6. Carolyn,
    Rigby was a great place to grow up. I was home just last weekend. I really miss the quiet of a small town. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. Wow, Kathi! You did a great interivew with Kathi. (wink) I didn't realize the Stone Traveler was a ya book.

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  8. Sharon,
    I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Yes, Stone Traveler is ya. I've never really grown up. :)

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