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What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
In September 1996, I read my first Elizabeth Lowell’s book Winter Fire. I loved it. Over the next several weeks, I read her entire back list. Then I moved on to Linda Howard, Beatrice Small and several other romance authors. A year later, I’d read over 250 romance novels and had convinced myself I could write one, too. Without a plan in mind, I sat down at my computer and started writing. Ten weeks later, I wrote The End to a 115,000-word, time-travel romance. Of course, the story went through a dozen rewrites before it was published last month.
What book do you read over and over again?
I really don’t read anything again. There are so many books on my TBR list that to reread a book deprives me of the joy of discovering something new. I remember reading the Tolkien Trilogy in the 1970s. I cried when I read the last page, but oddly, I never wanted to read the books again. The first experience was too incredible to replicate.
1) Movie- My favorite movie of all time is Gone with the Wind. Second would be Somewhere in Time
2) Music- I love Adele when I’m running, but I listen to all kinds of music, except hard rock. While I’m writing, I listen to Michael Dulin Radio on Pandora.
3) Decadent Dessert- I’m hooked on Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. I like to mix vanilla and chocolate and sprinkle chocolate chips and strawberries on top.
What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
A week before Christmas 2010, I was researching guns and decided to visit one of our local gun shops. I walked through the front door of a very crowded gun store and stood there not sure where to go. A young man working the cash registered asked if he could help me. I said, “I need a gun that will shoot as many cows in the shortest amount of time.”
The store fell silent. A couple dozen men stared at me like I was crazy. I cleared my throat and explained that I was a romance writer and that my heroine was caught in the middle of a buffalo stampede and needed a weapon. The shock wore off and answers started flying. “She’s needs . . .” I still laugh when I think of that visit.
Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
I’m always reading several books at the same time—fiction, non-fiction, and craft or marketing. The three at the top of my Kindle list are:
Fifty Shades of Grey (I have to find out what all the fuss is about!)
Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong (A book about running and relationships)
How to Market Your EBook by Mike McCann
Whom would you cast as your Hero & Heroine if your book became a movie?
I’m open to suggestions:
· Cullen is from Scotland and graduated from Harvard. He’s a lawyer, 6’2, 180, black hair and blue eyes, born in 1822. He has a Kennedy-esque charisma and a terrible temper.
· Kit is 5’2”, long blond hair, green eyes, a paramedic with extensive survival training, and an expert equestrian, born in 1987, or so she thought. She’s spunky. Not particularly caught up in appearances, although she is an heiress to one of the top three Thoroughbred operations in the world.
From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga rich in detail and mystery, follows a young woman’s physical and emotional journey as she searches for her identity in the mid-nineteenth century.
As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned on her father’s doorstep as a baby. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a nineteenth-century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers. Following notes in her late father’s journal, Kit sets out on a quest to solve the murders of her birth parents and discover her true identity. Under the guise of the Widow MacKlenna, Kit calls on the power of the ruby brooch and is swept back in time to Independence, Missouri in the year 1852.
Upon arriving in the past, she encounters Cullen Montgomery, an egotistical Scotsman with a penchant for seducing widows. The San Francisco-bound lawyer happens to resemble the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. She quickly finds the Bach-humming, Shakespeare-quoting man to be over-bearing and his intolerance for liars threatens her quest.
If she can survive his accusations and resist his tempting and passionate embrace, she might be able to find the answers she seeks and return home without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time.
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KATHERINE LOWRY LOGAN
Katherine is a long distance runner and an avid reader who turned her love of reading into a passion for writing contemporary and historical romances.
A graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey, she earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, Katherine attended the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training earning a General Practice Certification. She returned to Central Kentucky and worked for twenty years as a paralegal and law firm office manager. With an educational focus on psychology and the law, Katherine’s plots typically involved a mystery for the hero and heroine to solve while on an emotional journey seeking love and forgiveness.
Katherine lives in Lexington, KY. She is a widow and a grandmother, and spends several weeks every year in New York City with three of her five grandchildren. The other two live in Northern Kentucky, making it possible to attend ballgames and Grandparents’ Day.
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