Author Interview: Katherine Lowry Logan
Today I bring you Katherine Lowry Loagn, romance author.
My Interview with Katherine
- What is the title or working title of your current book?
- Please provide us with a brief synopsis of your book.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin
Can a 21st century paramedic find her heart’s desire on the other side of time?
From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman’s journey as she searches for the truth on the other side of the heather-scented mist.
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 as a baby and 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.
After studying the journal, she decides to continue her father’s twenty-year search for her identity and solve her birth parents’ murders. For safety reasons, she adopts the persona of the Widow MacKlenna. Although a perfect cover for her eccentric behavior, she will be forced to lie and MacKlennas don’t lie, or so she thought. Finally, dressed and packed, she utters the incantation inscribed on the ancient stone and is swept back to Independence, Missouri, in the year 1852.
Upon arriving in the past, she meets 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 embrace for seventy-three days, she might be able to find the answers she seeks, and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time.
- What genre does your current book fall under?
- Romance (romantic suspense, time travel)
- Do you always write for the same genre?
- Yes. I think my writing will evolve into more suspenseful stories, but they will always have romance at the core.
- Who or what motivates or inspires you to write?
- Recently, I was reading a section of my WIP that I hadn’t read in several weeks. I read it, then reread the paragraphs while goose bumps peppered my arms. “Gosh, that’s good,” I said. I love it when I put words on a page that give me goose bumps—that’s motivation.
- Tell us about your writing background.
- I started out writing poetry in high school and still dabble a bit. Fifteen years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing fiction. Ten weeks later, I had a story of 110,000 words. It took fourteen years to get the story to print, but I used the time to learn the craft of writing. It’s been a great ride.
- How long does it typically take you to write a first draft?
- THE RUBY BROOCH took 10 weeks. THE LAST MACKLENNA took a few weeks longer. I wasted time trying to write by the seat of my pants. I had to stop, scratch what I’d written, and write an outline. Then I storyboarded. I wrote a blog post on my process. I’ll never start another story with storyboarding first.
- Do you employ an editor to assist you in your writing process?
- I used three editors while writing THE RUBY BROOCH. Two early in the process and the last one after I finished fixing plot holes. I also had two critique partners who read and critiqued every word. Finally, I had a line editor who fixed little things everyone else missed.
- Are you self-published or represented by an agency?
- I am self-published, and I’m so I glad I went that route. I did go through the process of querying and talking with editors and agents. Early last year, I knew the time was right to do it myself. I’ve never regretted the decision. I have a local group of indie authors who self-published before I took the plunge. There is a wealth of information in the group, and we all support and encourage each other.
- Do you have future projects we can look forward to?
- THE RUBY BROOCH is Book 1 in the Celtic Brooch Trilogy. Instead of writing the second book, I wrote a sequel to THE RUBY BROOCH. The heroine’s godfather demanded his own story. I couldn’t say no to him!
- Do you have any tips or advice to offer fellow writers?
- Don’t ever give up. If you love to write, write and write and write. And after you write, read and read and read, and not only in the genre you’re writing. Explore.
- Is there anything else you would like to share with your potential readers?
- THE RUBY BROOCH is the story of my heart. It’s been part of my life since 1997. My husband died five days after I wrote THE END. I’ve since had two weddings (my daughters), five grandchildren, and I’ve run a marathon. I wanted to quit after my husband died. I also wanted to quit during the last weeks of training for the Air Force Marathon last September, but I didn’t. I’ve learned how important it is to just show up. And as long as my toe is on the starting line, I’m a winner! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to finish the race.
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