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!