7/27/13

Interview with Kathy Ree

Welcome to JBR! 
We are thrilled to have you visiting today. 

With the huge give away going on what item are you offering to our wonderful readers?

I can snail mail a signed paperbook or an e-version of “Be Not Afraid”, my first published book.  I have switched publishers, so these are limited-edition.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in California, and moved with my husband and son to Oregon when I was 30.  It’s easy to see why the Pacific Northwest is called “God’s Country”.  It’s beautiful here—even Portland has a beauty that permeates the urban landscape.  I’ve been writing all my life; the written word has always been my closest friend.  When I’m not writing books, I am blogging book reviews and author interviews.  And when I tire of the computer, I work in my yard or make quilts.  Our son is now in Brazil, working on his masters degree in biotech, and our daughter is more local, working on her art major and designing my book covers.

What genres do you like to write?

Believe it or not, NOT horror, which is what my book series can be partially considered.  I don’t really have any boundaries, but romance and poetry are right out.  Might as well ask the cat to do algebra.

What is your newest release?

The first book in my series, entitled “Pride’s Downfall”, will be released in October of this year.  It is called “UnHoly Trinity”, and it’s a prequel to “Be Not Afraid”. 

What are you working on right now?

Book 4 of the series, “Enoch’s Return”.  I think that will be the last book of the series, although I can’t be certain.

Any future projects you can hint about?

I have a lot of little moths of ideas flapping about in my mind, but when they get written is a matter of speculation.  The series may not be finished with me yet.

As a writer can you give an aspiring author any advice or some of your wisdom??

Most important—write to be read.  That is to say, make sure your book is as good as it can get before you market it.  Get beta readers, get an editor, just make sure the story flows and that the sentences all work together correctly.  There is nothing harder on a reader than mental whiplash from story lines that have great jagged cracks in them.

If you could meet one character from your books who would it be and why?

From a Christian standpoint, the answer is easy:   Jesus.  My one true love and the source and reason for my existence.

Are there any other people or authors that have inspired you or helped you along the way?

Every book I have ever read has prepared me to write.  Without knowing how to get an idea across, one of the best lessons books teach, my stories would just be aimless drivel.  I certainly hope they aren’t!!

How about some fun stuff?
what is your fav activity besides writing?

A lot of that depends on the season.  Summer sees me outdoors whenever possible, working in my yard or walking.  I love a good nature-trail hike.  Winters (and any night, really), I like to work on quilts.  I’ve been making them for fifteen years, and have yet to run out of a desire to make more.

Do you own any pets?

I have a 17-pound cat named Dusty.  She is half Maine coon.  The other half is, I don’t know, elephant or something.  Big girl.  It’s all muscle, though. 

Fav place to travel?

The best trip I have ever taken was a 10-day excursion to Scotland with my best friend and our daughters.  The visit was a lifetime too short.  First time I ever drove on the left-hand side of the road.  In a Mercedes.  Exciting times…

Fav author you can recommend to our readers?(can have more than one)

It really depends on the genre.  I like so many, I have a list I’ve drawn up just to keep track.  Every once in awhile, I peruse the book sites to see if they have published anything lately, then get the books at the library.  My favorites are Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, and Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

Fav book 

The Bible would be first, although I’ve only read through it once in its entirety.  Took three years…There are so many other books that I love that I couldn’t even begin to come up with only a couple.  If pushed, I would say Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

and finally where can we find you and your books (include links)

There are no buy links, since I have no desire to sell my book under the auspices of my previous publisher.  However, I have social links:
FB:   :  https://www.facebook.com/k.r.morrison.author?ref=tn_tnmn
Series page:   https://www.facebook.com/PridesDownfall
Blog:  http://krmorrison325.wordpress.com
Twitter:  @KRMorrison2

Thank you for coming to JBR. I enjoyed talking to you and we hope to see you again here on Julies Book Review.

Julie Ramsey
ADM JBR

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