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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Kathryn Bain Talks About Catch Your Breath. An unmarried, pregnant woman searches her way back to God, but a killer might do her in.

Kathryn will give away a free e-book. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address.

Welcome Kathryn. Tell us a little about yourself. There’s not a lot to tell. I pay my bills by working as a paralegal. I’m also a mother of two grown daughters. Of course, there’s also my baby, Gretchen. She’s my dog. Half German Sheppard, half Greyhound.

Lots of writers also like to read. How about you? Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read? I read a lot as a kid. Mostly mysteries. The Hardy Boys were my favorites.

So many people, myself included, read The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Often readers ask writers why they write. Why do you write? If I didn’t the voices in my head would attack me.

LOL. I think lots of writers know that feeling. Tell us about your latest book. Catch Your Breath is my latest release. My heroine is a pregnant, unmarried woman who is trying to find her way back to God. Too bad a killer might do her in before she gets the chance.

 What inspired you to write this particular book? This is the sequel to Breathless. For those who read it, this story involves the quiet, extremely serious Sheriff Riley Owens.  A lot of readers seemed to like his character and wanted a book on him. Read an excerpt.

Where do you get ideas for your books? All over. I might hear a song and get an idea.  Breathless, my first book was inspired by the Toby Keith song "God Love Her". I liked the idea of the Bible on the motorcycle so much, it became a whole book.

In three words describe your style of writing. Not very deep. You won’t need a dictionary to read my work.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer? I’m a bit of both. I do a mini-synopsis with ideas I want to use, and that is basically my outline. Things change as I go along, but it’s there as a guide if I need it.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how? Oh yeah. I sometimes cross the line with God. He lets me know it, too. I also write secular books so I have to be careful there. Sometimes I like to put my toe over the line, but I bring it right back.

Do you put yourself in your books? No. Nothing exciting about a 51 year-old woman who does nothing but work and write all day.

Speaking of writing all day, what are you working on right now? My current manuscript is titled Repent. It’s secular suspense. Here’s a blurb: A specialized department of the U.S. government was formed directly to catch killers that could cause panic with local citizens. They call themselves the Dispatch Unit because they “dispatch people to the great beyond”. Mica Jorgenson is a member this team. She isn’t easily frightened. She doesn’t recall the last time she’d been scared of anyone else. Too bad she can’t say the same for her own mind. It's the one thing that terrorizes her. Showing signs of schizophrenia could get her kicked off the team. And work is the one thing that seems to delight The Voice in her head.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Read a lot, get in a good critique group, and join writer’s groups. Writing groups are a good way to keep your sanity. Other writers know what you’re going through when it comes to rejections, edits, etc. It’s nice to have others who understand when your publisher changes your release date at the last moment. (That happened to a friend of mine. She found out the day before her release date.)

What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done? I’m boring I tell you. I don’t do anything wacky. My goal is to commit a murder (in writing) behind the scenes of the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) Championships in Las Vegas though. Does that count?

 Sounds good and risk-taking! Thanks so much, Kathryn.

About Catch Your Breath:
Calley Regan only wants to get through her cousin’s bridal shower without anyone discovering her secret—she’s pregnant. Her sanctimonious family would never understand. Then the one person she confides in happens to tell the incredibly handsome, but seriously uptight, sheriff, Riley Owens—who’s just given her a speeding ticket! How can she trust the brooding, inflexible lawman when he’s everything she’s not? Riley Owens is instantly attracted to Calley Regan, but it won’t come to anything. For years, he’s lived mired in guilt, and carefree Calley is his polar opposite. But, when someone attacks Calley, Riley is determined to protect her no matter what it takes, and when her family deserts her, he takes Calley into his home. Years ago, he couldn’t save the woman he loved. He’s not about to let that happen again.

Kathryn J. Bain began writing more than ten years ago. Her first release "Breathless" came out January 13, 2012. Her novella “Game of Hearts” was released in March 2012 followed by her inspirational romantic suspense "Catch Your Breath".
She is the former President of Florida Sisters in Crime and is currently the Public Relations Director and Membership Director for Ancient City Romance Authors.
To survive and pay bills, she has been a paralegal for over twenty years and works for an attorney who specializes in elder law.
She has two daughters and a dog named Gretchen.
Kathryn grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 1981, she moved to Boise, but it apparently wasn't far enough south, because two years later she headed to Jacksonville, Florida and has lived in the sunshine ever since.

Learn more about Kathryn at here


valariemccoy said...

Sounds like a great book!

valariemccoy said...

Sounds like a great book!

June Foster said...

Hi Kathy, It's fun to see you here on Gail's blog. Congratulations on your second release. It sounds sooo exciting. Since Kathy is an old critique partner, I know it's got to be good read.

KJ Bain said...

Thanks for stopping by Valerie.

KJ Bain said...

June, It's good to hear from you. I see your books all over Facebook. Good job yourself.

Finbar said...

Interesting plot line, might be a possibility of Tom Selleck playing the lead in a tv movie, similar things have been done. Keep it up, you never know.....

Skyewriter said...

I like this sheriff already - My Kindle decided to misbehave and I'm awaiting it's replacement. Then I'm going to download Catch Your Breath and start reading.

KJ Bain said...

Finbar, Tom Selleck's a bit too old for the part, but I won't complain if Hollywood calls. As long as they don't ruin the story by taking out the Christian elements. Actually the character of Riley Owens is based on contry singer Chris Young. The man looks good in a black hat!

KJ Bain said...

Skye, thanks for stopping by. I understand your book is doing wonderful. Perfect time for some political intrique. Congratulations!

Donna B said...

Great post! Loved this story! I still find it hard to believe you don't plot your stories! They're absolutely wonderful, not so much misleading as sidetracking me every time. Your next one sounds great, too!

KJ Bain said...

Thanks Donna. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Vickie said...

Can't wait until Repent gets published. Sounds great!

KJ Bain said...

Thanks Vickie. I hope you have a good week.

marja said...

Terrific post! It's nice to learn a bit more about you and your books. They sound like something I'd enjoy, so I'll have to look into them.
Marja McGraw

KJ Bain said...

Thanks Marja. I hope you have a wonderful day.

tickmenot said...

Wow this sounds like quite the story. I would love to win a copy!


KJ Bain said...

Becky, Good luck in the drawing. Thanks for stopping by.