Published by: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Romance, Time-Travel, Young Adult
Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…
Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.
But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?
Can a dream become a reality?
Today we welcome Kathryn for an interview!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Writing is the one thing I’ve consistently wanted to do throughout my life. It’s always been either in the forefront or the back of my mind.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
I like to have a first draft completed in ninety days.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
Ideas for stories pop into my head literally 24/7. The idea for DREAM ME came to me in a dream which is why it’s a bit surreal in places. I might read about something or hear something in the news. Or I might just see something in my daily life or be puzzling out an idea that comes up in conversation. Last night, I was walking late at night. It was quite dark so I was carrying a flashlight. It was a gorgeous, warm summer night and I walked past an SUV parked alongside the road. The windows were open and music was playing and three people were sitting on top of the car looking out at the city lights. Another guy was leaning against the car talking to them. A story started to write itself in my head. Sometimes I just think of a great title and write the story to fit it. I keep a file of my story ideas.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I have a daily word count in mind so I start in the late morning and don’t stop until I reach that word count.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Unfortunately, when I’m in the process of writing a novel there is no balance. I pretty much don’t do anything until my word count has been reached. And then I try not to think about the story until the following day—but that usually doesn’t happen. I always take an hour or so to exercise no matter what.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
I’m the kind of writer who favors character development and the beauty of words. I like to get inside people’s heads. But I also love to read a good action-focused novel. Anything that entertains. If the reader wants to keep turning the page, that’s a sign of success.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Ending it and saying to yourself “this book is now done and it’s time to move on.”
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written nine books. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite because they’re all like my children so I must (and do) love them equally.
9. Do you have a favorite character?
I have about four or five favorite characters in all of my books but to name them would make my other characters sad ☹
10. Where do you write?
I write in a reclining chair with my feet up and a lap desk to hold my computer. I wrote my first novel in bed.
11.When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I took the normal route that most authors take. Querying to agents. Querying to publishers. I’ve been fortunate and had wonderful publishers and editors. I’m also very impressed with my many friends who choose to self-publish so I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way—just whatever feels right to the individual author.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My family is very supportive and they generally offer very helpful advice. My husband has gotten me up and going when I’ve been in a slump on more than one occasion. He can be critical but he’s probably the person most responsible for keeping my career on track. With him around, there’s no such thing as writer’s block.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
Movies are a huge part of my life and have been ever since I was a child. I watch tons of movies—almost everything. And TV series as well (Netflix, etc). I love to go on long walks and exercise and travel. And of course, I love to read. I’m an insatiable reader.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Read, read, read. I believe that reading is the best education for a writer. But you also must write. So, pull out your laptop and start writing. Anything. You can dream about being a writer but if you don’t write something your dream will never come true. I’m a solitary writer—I have never used a critique group. But whether you work best by yourself or with input from others, just do it.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
My favorite book ever is EARTH ABIDES. My favorite author is Margaret Atwood.
16. 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?
No. I’m a solitary writer. But I will bounce things off my husband and kids.
17. Are you working on anything now?
Yes. I’m about to start as soon as my calendar is clear. But the story is brewing in my head already. When I actually sit down to write a book most of it is already written in my head and in background notes.
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
Elephants. Dolphins. Owls. Warm summer nights. Beaches.
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
When my kids or husband are sad. Children who don’t have enough to eat. People who don’t listen to each other. Mean people/bullies. Anyone who suffers in silence without a support system.
20. 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?
Good question. I’ve traveled a lot and there are so many amazing places I’ve seen in the US and abroad. I suppose I would say India or Vietnam.
Thanks so much for being with us today, Kathryn!
Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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