I'd like to thank Maer Wilson conducted the interview below:
Maer: Welcome, Kathleen. Thanks for joining us to tell us about your new book, A Brand New Address. What is the funniest or oddest thing that has happened to you as an author?
Kathleen: I dream about my characters, and this accentuates the twisted nature of suspense.
Maer: Do you use beta readers, and if so, what qualities do you look for a beta?
Kathleen: Yes, I do, as well as paid editors. I ask them to let me know if the scene makes sense. Or, do my tags clarify who’s speaking? I self-edit at least five times before enlisting help from a beta reader or editor, but they do find errors. We miss some things in our own writing.
Maer: What is a one-line synopsis of your book, A Brand New Address?
Kathleen: Yardley is reserved, Marchand has communication issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.
Maer: Is this a stand-alone or part of a series?
Kathleen: It’s the first book of my INTERVENUS series, but each book is a stand- alone as well.
Maer: Which character, other than your main characters, is one of your favorites to write and why?
Kathleen: Sharlene Mantis is Yardley’s competitor on Ice Age Earth. After they’re thrown together, during the dangerous space race, Yardley and Sharlene appreciate qualities under their surface personas.
Maer: If you had to pick a color to describe your heroine, what would that be and why?
Kathleen: Green because Yardley is a gardener and nurturer of life.
Maer: Who are your favorite authors to read?
Kathleen: I read across genres, but to name a few: Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Jennifer Lyons, C.C. Hunter, Beth Yarnall, Clive Cussler, and Dorothy Garlock. I always finish reading books from these talented writers.
Maer: Can you share a bit about the project you’re working on now?
Kathleen: I’m writing a sensuous romantic suspense for my Waterfront Series.
Maer: What do you do when you’re not writing?
Kathleen: On a daily basis I swim laps. After showering, throwing in laundry, I tidy up the house, head to the farmers’ market and get dinner started. These activities support my love of home. Other activities I enjoy with my husband and family are world travel, entertaining, and sailing on Newport Harbor.
Maer: What influenced you to write in your genre? Do you write in others?
Kathleen: I love suspense, and if there’s a love story with it, it’s even better. If I’m choosing a movie, it’s action-suspense with a love interest. My favorite T.V. series list includes (Danish Noir) The Killing, The Bridge, Top of the Lake, Twenty-four, and Homeland. There’s subtle romance in all of these!
Maer: What music, if any, do you like to listen to while writing?
Kathleen: Usually none, but if I do, music is country or pop. I like Adele, Jennifer Nettles, Luke Bryant, Jason Aldean, and Ray LaMontagne.
Maer: Do you have anything you’d like to add?
Kathleen: With writing, I want to get to the next level-- deeper, better, and that's the fun.
Do you enjoy box sets?
A group of author friends and I are working on Secrets of Moonlight Cove. Publication date is fall of 2016. We are coordinating our stories so that our characters intersect. My stand-alone novelette within Secrets of Moonlight Cove is Lily's Pad and will be released separately as well as within the box set.
Lily's Pad is a "lunch box" novella, included in the Secrets of Moonlight Cove box set. Author friends wrote stories that intersect in our fictional town of Moonlight Cove, California. Lily Holmes knows enough tricks to attract celebrities to her beachside bistro. She knows the rules but breaks one when she falls in love with her valued client, Scarlett Royale’s man, Creed Taylor. I hope readers enjoy Lily's Pad, a lovers' triangle.
On May 5th, 2018 I will present a class at the East Valley Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Here is a snippet:
Does your writing resonate with your readers? Spin reverberating scenes with romantic suspense Kathleen Rowland, an in-house author with Tirgearr Publishing. Her suggestions work for romance of any genre: comedy, fantasy, horror, thriller, cozy, or erotic. Her workshop consists of two parts, plot and dialogue.