“No. NO. NO!” I turned the wheel toward the road. It didn’t work. Fast running water pulled the car into the flooded river.
Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.
Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.
This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!
Today we welcome Kathryn for an interview!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Writing never came to my mind until I started reading a ton of teen fiction after graduating from college and becoming a stay-at-home mom. In 2010 I read the last book in a trilogy and was so upset that I told myself to write my own book!
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
I've only written one book! Writing was a new thing for me. It took almost three years to finish writing my novel. I changed it over and over again before even finishing it. When I finally finished I then had to go back and read through and change even more things. I did that more times than I can count.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
When ideas fly into my mind I write it down.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
It was on and off. I went from having only 2 boys to 4 boys when I finished writing and editing Aspen Everlasting. My schedule changed every few weeks. I'd write in the early morning like 5am, nap time, or evening around 8pm.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
As much as I would love to have writing as my occupation, I can't right now. I'm a mother of 4 boys between 3 and 10 years old. I read and write when I can, but being a mom is number 1.
What elements do you think make a great story line?
The first sentence needs to pull readers in. It can be funny, intriguing, or exhilarating. The first chapter needs to throw you into a story that pulls you in.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Finding the time to write!
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
ONLY 1!!! It's my Fave! :D
Do you have a favorite character?
Of course I love Aspen the main character, but I think her older brother Ash is my favorite. He makes me laugh.
Where do you write?
At home in my office
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I found out I had a brain tumor just as I was finishing editing from beta readers and an editor friend. I decided to finish editing and send it to agents before my surgery. After my brain tumor surgery I started hearing rejections from agents. I'd worked so many years on this book and was about to go through radiation and chemo so I didn't have the patience for more agent rejections. I went straight to publishers I'd worked with as a book blogger and was accepted by Cedar Fort!
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
Yes, my family and friends have been buying my ebook and reading it. They love it. My college roommate loved how Aspen reminded her of me in my college days. I laughed not realizing that. It's true though.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I love music. I'm a music teacher at a twice a week Parents' Day Out. The kids are 4 months to 5 years old. They are precious. I love my 4 wild boys. They're my Coop Crew. I love spending time with my husband. He is the inspiration to my romance writing.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Go for it! It's very fun and addicting. Make time for it when you can. Reading is the most helpful thing for writing, so read!
What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
There are so many amazing authors! Jennette Rallison. Shannen Crane Camp. Lisa T. Bergren. Jenni James. Ally Condie. Ally Carter. Kasie West!
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I had 4 amazing beta readers! My go to person would be my husband.
Are you working on anything now?
I'm wanting to write more on my current book but post brain tumor surgery treatments took my energy. The energy is starting to come back so hopefully I get back to writing more soon.
Tell us 5 things that make you smile
BlueBell Ice Cream (I'm a Texan!). Dr. Pepper. A sweet kiss in a novel. Watching my 4 boys do something hilarious. Looking at my husband.
If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Kathryn. It was great having you here.I am the author of Aspen Everlasting published by Cedar Fort Publishing. I have four energetic young boys. My husband and I get some good laughs and exhaustion with their wild energy running around our home. I was born and raised in Texas. My country life gives me peace.
I hope you enjoy reading Aspen Everlasting. Visit my website to see the many books I've read. My clean teen fiction book blogging days started back in 2011. And I do occasionally read adult books too.