Author Kathryn “Katie” Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women’s Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her Web site at www.kathryncushman.com
Savanna: Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Katie! Congratulations on your recent release, Finding Me. We’re so glad you could join us today! What was the hardest part about writing this story and what proved to be the easiest?
Katie: I always REALLY REALLY REALLY struggle with getting the initial idea, and then turning that idea into a complete story. The idea for “Finding Me” came from a combination of true stories I saw in the news. Taking those two true stories, unwinding them, then combining them into a new story was difficult. It became a daily walk of faith, to ignore that “this is not working” voice inside my head and keep doing the work. When I start getting into the edits and re-writes, then it becomes more enjoyable, because I can see that the story really is working.
Savanna: It’s a long road, isn’t it? 😉 Out of all the characters you’ve written, which one do you relate to the most and why?
Katie: I’m most like Andie in A Promise to Remember. We both tend to let people push us around a little too much. 🙂 Thankfully though, we both have strong-minded people in our lives who love us.
Savanna: Where would we be without those people who love us for who we are, right?
I read on your website that the pets in your books are named after your real pets. What a cute idea! And I love their names. Which animal should your readers expect to meet next?
Katie: Chance the dog is currently waiting his turn to make an appearance. Even now, I’m trying to decide if he fits in the book I’m just starting. We’ll see.
Savanna: What is your favorite genre to read? What are you reading right now?
Katie: I read a little of everything. I like to mix it up, so once I finish a heavy book, I’ll read something light next. I just finished The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins, and am currently reading Emma and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel by Emma Hooper.
Katie: I like connecting via Facebook. It’s a great way to get to know people a bit. I also enjoy my chats with book clubs, that is always fun.
Savanna: Thanks so much for joining us here, Katie. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
Katie: Thank you so much for thinking of me! I’m just starting on a new project. It’s early days, but I can say it involves a lot of glamorous vintage gowns. It’s making for fun research.
Savanna: That does sound like fun! Happy Writing. We’ll be watching for your next release. 😉
Katie has graciously offered to give away a copy of Finding Me to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends May 12, 2015. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!