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Interview with Fiona at authorinterviews.wordpress.com

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Hey, Fiona kindly asked me if I would do an interview for her blog and of course I said, “YES!” She is so sweet to think of me and I am super excited to be listed among so many wonderful other authors on her blog. Thank you, Fiona. Thought y’all might like to read it… xo

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Name – Kathryn Andrews

Age – 38

Where are you from – I live in Tampa, Florida and I love it here.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  – I have been married for almost 12 years, and I have two boys. My three guys make me so ridiculously happy that I often feel like I need to pinch myself to see if I am dreaming. I went to the University of South Florida and double majored in Biology and Chemistry. I know, you are probably scratching your head because this is nothing like English or Creative Writing, but I do love science and medicine too.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Personally, I am excited about 2015. Every year my best friend and I pick a word to define the year and this year it is Simplify. Declutter the house, free up our busy calendars, cook simpler healthy meals, etc. Professionally, I am working on Unforgettable Sun. It is book 3 in the Hale Brothers Series. I am looking to release it the last week in Feb/beginning of March.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always been writing, for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my next door neighbor taught English and Journalism at the local middle school. My elementary school was next door and at the end of the day I would walk over and wait for her to take me home. In second grade, I remember sitting in this small storage room that she had, it was filled with old yearbooks and it had a desk, and I wrote a story about a rabbit. I’ve been writing ever since. Stories and scenes pop into my head, and I have to get them out. J


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

This is a tricky question, because mostly I still don’t feel like one. Coming from the science background, it is fair to say that grammar and I are not friends, which leaves me feeling sometimes insecure. I am working on believing this though. I saw a quote once that said, “I didn’t change, I just found myself.” Every day I get a little more comfortable calling myself an author, and that makes me smile.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

In many ways, my husband. His work schedule is super crazy, so we decided it would be best for me to stay home and be fully engaged with the boys. Eighteen months later we talking about one of my stories and he asked if I was ever going to finish and publish it. The grammar conversation came up and he says, “Who cares. Write your story and I will pay to have it fixed.” So, that’s what we did. Starting January 1, 2014, I started Drops of Rain and it took me 72 days to finish.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Someone once called my writing flowery, and I’m okay with this. I write contemporary romance stories. I love description and details. I want to feel like I am completely immersed in a scene when I read it. I also like to write in first person and with a dual point of view. I love getting to see inside the heads of both characters.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Not quite sure. When it comes to titles, I like them to have dual meanings. Take Drops of Rain, the main character is Ali Rain. There are two pivotal scenes that take place in the rain for her, but at the same time, it’s drops of her that slowly affect and change my male main character Drew. I hope that makes sense.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I think overall in the Hale Brothers Series, it’s that bad stuff happens all the time to people and it’s how you handle it and how you handle yourself that really matters. Life goes on and it’s up to you, the individual, to make the best of your own life.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Realistic to my life? None. It is all fictional, except for the setting. Anna Maria Island is one of my favorite places in the world. You’ll see that it is the setting for several of my books, including one that is coming up next.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, and I’m thankful for that. The brothers lived under the hand of a horribly abusive parent, and although I know these things happen, in my world I don’t know of anyone.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

 I don’t really have one specific book that influenced me, but it was more like all of them. I’ve always loved to read, but it wasn’t until after I stopped working that I found ebooks and Indie Authors. I read really fast and was reading a new book nightly. Over and over again after reading the profiles of these authors, I always finished feeling motivated and encouraged. If they could do it, so could I. As for a mentor, I read the Fading Series by E.k. Blair, started following her on Facebook, and then one day she posted and the location popped up as my neighborhood. Wow!, right? I reached out to her, we met, and we’ve been friends ever since. She has been a huge help to me with the mechanics of self-publishing a book. I can’t thank her enough.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Last night I finished book 4 in the Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken, and the two up next are Archers Voice by Mia Sheridan, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I don’t know. I don’t think so and that’s not due to a lack of interest, but since I started writing full time, I’ve mostly stopped reading. I think in 2014, I might have read 10 books. I find when writing, I can’t read anything else. I stay completely absorbed in my current work in progress. I reread nightly what I’ve written to make changes and add to it. I do take breaks every now, I still love getting lost in a love story, but mostly it’s all me.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Unforgettable Sun, book 3 in the Hale Brothers Series. Chasing Clouds, a spin off from a character in book 2. And, I have a new series that should kick off later in the year, title still undetermined


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Hands down this would be Author Elle Brooks. I met her about a year ago in a group for another author. She replied to a comment that I had posted and so began our friendship. She too is a new author. We were in exactly the same place in the process of self-publishing, and in the end we did it together. Having someone to go through this experience with me, who understood what I was feeling, has made it so much more meaningful. Together we have laughed and cried and I am so blessed to have found her. I live in the US and she lives in the UK, and that has never mattered.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. I love writing and the more I write, the more I love it. Starting in 2015, I will be attending signings hoping to meet current readers and new ones. As long as people want to read my stories, I will write them. For me and for them.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I know that over time I will get better and my style of writing will become more defined, but at the moment when I was ready to hit publish for both of my current books, they were the best I thought they could be and I have no regrets. I love those stories for who I was when I wrote them and how they’ve made who I am today.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

No, I’ve just always been jotting scenes and story ideas down. It’s the voices Fiona – they never stop talking LOL.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Unedited from the prologue of Unforgettable Sun…

“Matt, I said to run!” He shoves me again and that’s when it clicks. I really do have to get out of here.

Turning, and never looking back, I head for the beach.

With one foot in front of the other I start running. Over the dunes and into the sand, I push as hard as I can. With tears streaming down my cheeks, visions of the fire play out before me. Gasping for air, the smell of smoke fills my senses. I didn’t notice it before, but now it is so strong I almost gag. Wiping my nose with the back of my hand, I desperately try to find some fresh air. But no, there it is again, the smell, it’s on my skin. It’s like it isn’t just following me, but it’s now permanently a part of me. Charging into the water, I dive under into the silence. My hands run over my arms, my face, and through my hair. I’m frantic and I have to get rid of the smell.

Washing up on to the shore, I curl up into a ball on the wet sand. My heart is broken for Beau and I’m so afraid. So very afraid. He’s the one and only person who has ever shown me love and the thought of losing him paralyzes me. My sobs are still silent, I’ve been taught not to make a sound, but they hurt so much. Without a voice, I mouth his name over and over again. I just want Beau. I need Beau. He’s the only one who can make this all better, and everything about this night disappear.

But he isn’t here and he can’t.

With my eyes pinched shut, the smell of smoke in my nose, and the feel of a nonexistent heat against my skin, I know, that no matter what, everything about this night will be . . . unforgettable.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I don’t write from page 1 to the end. I write in scenes as they come to me. One day it can be a scene from the beginning and then the next from ¾ of the way through the book. It’s like I can’t move on until it is out of my head. So the challenge sometimes comes when I try to connect the scenes. Getting from point A to point B. But I still love it!


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I don’t really have one, it’s hard when there are so many beautiful books out there. But I would have to say with these authors it is the creativity of the plots and how I connected with the characters. These authors always leave me feeling moved: Colleen Hoover, Amy Harmon, Karen White, Charles Martin


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No. We travel a lot, so I have a general idea about settings. But should I have any questions, I’ve thrown them out on Facebook and readers have helped me.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Ari, from Cover It Designs.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Deadlines. Editors and Formatters book so far out in advance that I often feel stuck because I know they are coming. In a way it makes me feel like the creativity is a little confined. But, if I wait until I’m done, I will then wait months to get on their calendars.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes, that I could do it. Lots of people have write a novel on their bucket list, it was on mine and the accomplishment that I felt when I was done is indescribable. I did it.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, write every day. Even if it is just one sentence. And if you are reading this and have any questions, please reach out to me I’d love to help you. The book community is so giving, I feel honored to be a part of it.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 Thank you. Thank you for reading, loving, and sharing my stories. I am humbled by the readers.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes. LOL. A Dog Called Kitty. It was my first chapter book. After that I remember being completely absorbed in Anne of Green Gables and the rest of the series by LM Montgomery. Gilbert Blythe was my first book boyfriend.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I’ll laugh at just about anything. My husband and youngest son are so funny that I can’t help but walk around smiling. I will also cry at anything sad. I have a very tender heart and love so huge that pain of any kind hurts me.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Not that I can think of. Although, I wouldn’t turn down a lunch with an editor from Simon and Schuster/Atria Books.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

Character is important to me. We are constantly trying to teach the boys about positivity, giving, loving, and being kind. I want to be remembered for being kind.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

 Hmm, when I am not chasing boys and their extracurricular activities, I like to make quilts (there’s something about beautiful fabrics and piecing them together to make beautiful designs), running (my best friend and I run a lot, we’ve run quite a few half marathons and one full one), and I am in the Junior League of Tampa. The JLT is a nonprofit that gives back to our community through volunteerism. I am extremely proud of the JL.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

We don’t really watch TV. By the time homework, dinner, showers, and bedtime is done, I mostly face plant into the bed exhausted. I do DVR So you think you can dance. Films – romance and drama.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Food – Pizza. Color – All, hurts my feelings to leave one out. When I was a kid it was orange because no one ever loved orange. Music – All, I was in an orchestra growing up, 80’s and pop who doesn’t love those, and I’m from the south. Country music is a way of life here.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 I don’t know. In my past life I was a pharmaceutical rep and worked in lipid disorders. I may have ended up going back to that, but… I still would have been writing.

 Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

 www.kandrewsauthor.com

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Interview by Susan Whitaker From Book Pimpers

book pimpersHey Hunny thanks for taking the time to do a interview for book pimpers.

Thank you so much for asking me! This is my first interview and I am super excited!

Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself:

My name is Kathryn Andrews. My close friends call me Kathy, my boys call me Mama, and my husband always calls me Wife. “Hey Wife, where would you like to go to dinner tonight?” or “Wife! I love you.” Bless him, he makes my heart squeeze.

A little bit about myself: I drink almost a whole pot of coffee every morning, I have a huge sweet tooth, I love to run (gotta do something to burn off the sweets), pizza is hands down my favorite food (insert the running again here LOL), I hate spiders (insert running again here too!), I’ve been married to the most wonderful man for over 11 years, I always wanted two boys and I got them (they are perfect), we take old-fashioned road trips every summer, I love a late afternoon thunderstorm, sangria is my adult beverage of choice, and I could never decide between the mountains or the beach I love them both.

Tell us the name of your upcoming debut novel and the release date.

My upcoming debut novel is called Drops of Rain. The release date is…drumroll….August 11th!!! Yay! And the fans go wild. 

When and why did you begin writing?

I think that I have always been writing. When I was in either 1st or 2nd grade, I used to walk from the elementary school to the junior high across the street and I would wait in my next door neighbor’s classroom until she was ready to leave. I remember sitting at a little desk, which looking back I think was in a closet, and writing a story about two rabbits. Stories and ideas constantly flood my mind. My best friend Brandie once asked me how and where I came up with these ideas and really I don’t know… they are just there.

What inspired you to write your first book?

So that would be my husband. He has watched me for years write down bits and pieces of stories and several years ago he came across http://www.nanowrimo.org. In November, they have a 50k, 30 day writing challenge and he challenged me to do it, which I did. Now you may be wondering what happened to that story? It is sitting on my desktop waiting for this series to be finished. It is the next project to be tackled.

This past New Years, I finally said I was going to do it. I made writing and completing my first novel my resolution. Another thing to know about me is that if I say I’m going to do something I always follow through .

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I don’t know. Or well, at least I don’t remember. Most great brilliant thoughts seem to come to me in the middle of the night when I am trying to sleep. But I can tell you this, I wanted the title to have a double meaning. Drops of Rain. Allyson Rain is the female lead. She has a couple of moments in the story where being in the rain is significant and for my male lead Drew, the drops of rain are her. Whether it is interpreted as how she has dropped into his life, how her tear drops affect him, whatever… it’s how the reader views it.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My intended audience is anyone who loves a good emotional read and/or a romance story. It’s funny because when a few of my friends started reading the rough draft, they all commented on it being a YA book. I never really considered it YA or NA, just a contemporary romance. I can see why people think that, it’s their age, but I just wanted to write a love story about two characters who find each other when they most need someone. What do you think Book Pimpers, what genre does it fall into for you?

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I CAN’T pick a favorite character! LOL I don’t really have one. I know who the reader’s favorite character is… Beau. I do love Beau so much. He was only meant to be a secondary character. Drops of Rain was intended to be a standalone, which it is in a way, but all of the beta’s who read the story wanted more Beau. I am currently working on his story, it should be done and out late fall or early winter.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

My least favorite character is hands down the guy’s dad. Parents are meant to love their children unconditionally. Without giving away too much, it just needs to be said that he is a BAD dad .

What was the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part for me is connecting the scenes. A lot of writers start at page one and work their way through their story, not me. I think in scenes. One day it could be a scene in chapter 2 and then the next day it is a scene that takes place three quarters in. Most of them just lay out so vividly and clearly in my mind I have to write them down. Once the scenes are down, I have to make them flow. That to me is the hard part.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

I don’t think that I would change anything. I love it just the way it turned out…

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series.

OMGosh! (Smiling from ear to ear) If you have read my book or plan on reading any of these three books in the Hale Brothers Series, you should know that Beau is the King of fun facts. He and Ali banter back and forth, each trying to one up the other. An example: Did you know that the almond is not a nut? It is part of the peach family.

Another nice to know is that Anna Maria Island is one of my favorite places in the world. It is very quaint and we vacation there every summer. You will see the island pop up in other books of mine as well.

Also, in all of my stories, one person somehow, one way connects to another one of my stories. An example would be: I have another project started on my desktop about the girl who owns the condo that Drew and Ali rent in NYC, and the guy who owns the home in the Hamptons. So, be on the lookout between each book, the connections are there.

Whilst writing your book did you have much support from family and friends?

My husband and my kids have been amazing. There isn’t a word strong enough to describe the support that they gave me. Their excitement and encouragement, it just meant the world to me. My oldest son even wrote a poem about rain, you’ll find it after the dedication. As for my friends, yes they were there for me too. I didn’t tell too many, but those that I did, their daily support helped push me along. In a way, you have to feel a little bad for them… months and months of talk about teenagers and dragonflies, I’m sure at some point it just got old. LOL I am blessed for them all.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Racking my brain..??? Well, I don’t know about talents, but I do have several hobbies. I love to run, travel, read, write, cook, and make quilts. Yes, I am in my thirties and I love quilting. But that story is for another day…

What can we expect from you in the future?

Just more. I plan on being around for a while…

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Leave a review on Amazon and tell your friends who love to read romances. Word of mouth is probably best, especially for indie authors. I want to take a second here to say thank you in advance… Thank you for loving my story. People define success in different ways. Having people

love my story and the reviews that have already come in, no matter what happens when it goes live on the 11th, I already feel successful.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

If you are trying to get published, I am the wrong person to ask. I know nothing about trying to get noticed by a publishing house. If you are looking to publish your book yourself, reach out to me personally… don’t be shy. I will help in any way that I can. It’s all about pay-it-forward.

Did you learn anything from writing your book?

Yes… that I can do it. And maybe, just maybe I did it well. I am proud of myself. I accomplished something that has been on my list for years and that’s a good feeling. Yay me!!!

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Just thank you. Thank you for asking me to do this interview; and thank you to the readers who are interested in reading Drops of Rain. I hope that you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.