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Books In Sync Author Spotlight Interview With Kaylin McFarren

Books In Sync Author Spotlight Interview With Kaylin McFarren

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Books In Sync Award-Winning Author, Kaylin McFarren Publishes Flaherty's Crossing, A Powerful, Life Changing Book And Severed Threads, A Romance Suspense Guaranteed To Capture Your Imagination.

Please Visit Kaylin McFarren Author’s Page At Books In Sync
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Books In Sync Award-Winning Author, Kaylin McFarren Publishes Flaherty's Crossing, A Powerful, Life Changing Book And Severed Threads, A Romance Suspense Guaranteed To Capture Your Imagination.

Please Visit Kaylin McFarren Author’s Page At Books In Sync
http://www.booksinsync.com/kaylinmcfarren.html

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Books In Sync Author Spotlight Interview With Kaylin McFarren Books In Sync Award-Winning Author, Kaylin McFarrenPublishesFlaherty's Crossing, A Powerful, Life Changing Book AndSevered Threads, A Romance Suspense Guaranteed ToCapture Your Imagination.Author Kaylin McFarren’s Bio: 
Linda Yoshida, aka KaylinMcFarren, is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers tohug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Althoughshe has virtually been around the world, she was born in California,relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with herhusband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in hisbusiness endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their threedaughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals,and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoysspending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopesto have many more.
 
Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of hertalented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in bothbusiness and personal writing projects for many years. As thedirector of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognitionthrough promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings,she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozenliterary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received herAA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. Inher free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of variouscharitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Screenplay:
Kathy Slevin, a screenwriter from Los Angeles, completed a screenplay for Flaherty's Crossing and hasalready received positive feedback from several television and movie producers. Fingers crossed thatmore great news will soon be forthcoming...
Fun Tidbits:
She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII,was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels,Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, about her dangerous, harrowing experiences.She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heartbreakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.
 
2She loves her husband of 36 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin',well... their marriage just might be put to the test.
On A Personal Note:
Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTY'S CROSSING as a source of personal therapy afterlosing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world ingeneral. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul andconsider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worsesituations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about theresolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, orwin literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation's colon cancer research department in herfather's name. She's now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of theworst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart.
*****************************What makes you proud to be a writer from the United States?
I love hearing back from readers whohave enjoyed my stories and the great letters I continue to receive.
 What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Tuttle, encouraged meto write but after watching the Notebook years ago, I was inspired – like so many other authors – to trymy hand at writing novels.
When did you begin writing with the intention of being published?
Following the death of my fathereighteen years ago, I became more passionate about writing – perhaps needing to get a message out. Ihad hoped to get published after the completion of my first manuscript and was delighted when Ireceived my contract from Champagne Books four years ago.
 Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why?
I suppose the beststories come from the most dramatic times in our lives and mine have definitely impacted the words I setto paper. As far as environment, I’ve been fortunate to travel extensively for the past twenty years,which has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life and incorporate them into my stories. I guessthat’s why my characters and their dialogue seem so real.
 Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript(s)?
I always begin witha title, since I have an idea of what I’m writing about before I start.
 Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen?
I tried my hand at inspirational romance firstand thoroughly enjoyed it, but I felt like I was pouring out all my feelings, which can be incrediblydraining at times. Then after reading a zillion books, I realized I preferred romantic suspense stories.Using my rather vivid imagination, I decided to involve my heroes in wild adventures around the worldand to this day truly look forward to writing.
 What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process?
I would have to sayreceiving awards for my work, which helped to validate my writing ability, and especially being notifiedthat ‘Flaherty’s Crossing’ was selected as a mainstream fiction finalist in the RWA’s 2008 Golden Heartcontest. That was quite a day!
 
 
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What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process?
I suppose this wasrealizing I needed to be more open to constructive criticism after receiving feedback from a first draftand to realize that it takes hard work to become a credible writer.
 What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?
Probably receiving the2010 Publisher’s Award of Excellence from Champagne Books. I’m still enjoying the little trophy Ireceived which permanently resides on my computer desk.
 
What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey?
I was discouraged tosome degree after receiving rejection letters from twenty of the top publishing firms in the U.S. Butaccording to these editors, the reason wasn’t because of my writing ability, it was because I crossedgenres in my novel – making placement on bookshelves incredibly difficult at the time. I have sinceelected to write with marketability as the main focus while keeping the enjoyment of my readersconstantly in mind.
 What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors?
Read as many books as possible,especially in the genre you’ve interested in pursing as each one brings different elements into the writingarena.
 Who is your favorite author and why?
I love reading books by Pamela Clare and Suzanne Brockmannbecause they tend to write fast-moving, riveting stories with unique characters and unexpected twistsand turns.
Please tell us the title(s) of your current book(s):Flaherty's CrossingbyKaylin McFarren  Severed ThreadsbyKaylin McFarren  What format(s) are your books in: Print Only - E-Book Only - or Both? ‘
Flaherty’s Crossing’ isavailable in all formats; ‘Severed Threads’, which is due out on July 1, 2012, will be released in tradepaperback first then e-Book on July 15, 2012.
 

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