Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol award for Debut Novel. Kate’s third novel, High As The Heavens released in June 2017. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at www.katebreslin.com.
Welcome back to the blog, Kate. I’m so excited to have you here today!
Savanna, I’m happy to be here and thank you for allowing me to share time with your readers!
Which of your books proved to be the most fun to write and why?
It seems every book has its challenges, but I really enjoyed writing my second novel, Not By Sight. The storyline was much lighter compared with the WWII Holocaust setting in my first novel, and I had fun writing the interaction between my characters.
Ohh, I loved that one! It’s probably my favorite of yours, but I’ve loved them all. 🙂
What’s one of the strangest things you’ve had to research for a novel?
Years ago I was working on a ranch story and had to research the step-by-step process for a breech-birth calf delivery. The closest I’d ever been to a cow was in the meat and dairy sections of the grocery store, so I found that research very enlightening.
Haha! I bet you’ve never looked at hamburger the same way again, huh? 😉
What book(s) are you in the middle of reading right now?
Aside from research books, I’m listening to the audiobook, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner and WWII Army Air Corps bombardier, who struggles to survive some pretty incredible war-time circumstances. I’m always inspired when I read about the strength of the human spirit!
Oh wow! That sounds amazing. I hadn’t heard of it before now. I’ll have to check it out!
Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? If so, can you tell us why it means so much to you?
My first choice would be the Book of Esther, not only because it’s a beautiful love story, but it was also the seed that grew into my first work of inspirational fiction as a writer. Through Queen Esther’s story, I was offered a more intimate understanding of God, and it helped to deepen my Christian faith.
What is one of your most unforgettable moments from your writing career to date?
Oh, Savanna, without a doubt it was the night my debut novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol Award. 🙂
I’m still so happy for you! It was well-deserved! Just wish I could have been there to give you a hug in person. 😉
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I recently returned from a trip to Barcelona, Spain—one of the settings for my fourth novel with Bethany House, scheduled for release in spring of 2019. This latest WWI story will include at least one character from Not By Sight, along with more British espionage, romance, and I hope—a few extra surprises!
Oh yay!! I can’t wait to read it. And what an amazing trip that must have been. I’m jealous. 😉
Thank you so much for joining us today, Kate. It’s a joy to have you here. Have a blessed holiday season.
Thank you for hosting me today, Savanna. It’s been my pleasure!
Readers, be sure to stay connected with Kate online too!
Kate has graciously offered to give away a copy of High As The Heavens. Enter below and it could be YOU!
Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends December 5, 2017. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉
I’ve read Kate’s debut novel and greatly enjoyed it! I’d love the chance to read more from her. 🙂
My favorite book of the Bible… that’s a hard one! The Psalms are always so good. Acts has so much adventure. I also really like Isaiah because of all the promises of God’s faithfulness.
So glad you stopped by, Erin. Yes, you must read more of Kate’s books. They’re amazing! Good luck in the drawing.
You mentioned some of my favorite books too. It is definitely hard to choose just one! 🙂
Thank you so much, Erin! It is difficult to decide on a single favorite book of the Bible, isn’t it? I also love Isaiah, and the gospel of St. John!
I love the book of Romans because it’s a great study on how to live a Christian life.
I totally agree, Susanne. Romans is one of my favorites too. Thanks for sharing!
Enjoyed the interview. I have read and loved High as the Heavens.
Glad you could join us, Ann! Happy Holidays!
Thank you, Ann, I’m so glad you stopped by the interview!
There are so many but Ruth is one of them, It show how God is faithful to us when we follow and obey Him.
Such a beautiful book! Thanks for stopping by, Faith. Good luck in the giveaway!
Psalms. So many good ones! 😀
I know, right? How can you even pick one favorite Psalm?! 🙂 Thanks for joining us, Sabrina. Have a great week!
Judges–besides the fact that it’s full of great stories about ordinary people God called to His purpose, it also paints a clear picture of what happens when God is (and isn’t) King of our lives.
I love this, Rachael. You make me want to go back and read Judges again now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I’d say recently, it’s the Psalms.
I can never get enough Psalms. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Arletta!
Though there are many books of the Bible that I like, Psalms has been a great comfort to me in troubled times. I can always turn to it to find hope.
Me too, Pam. They feel like a gift every time I read them. Blessings to you this holiday season!
Hi Kate & Savanna….I’m so excited about this book!! Kate, I wonder if you remember I had sent you the review article in our local paper for High As The Heavens. That was such a fun surprise to see and read. I’m also a little jealous of your trip to Barcelona, Spain 😉 I pray you got lots of research done for your book.
My favorite book in the Bible is Ruth. How she followed Naomi and then her love story with Boaz. It was awesome to see how God worked all things out for good for them.
Thank you for the giveaway and fun author interview! Blessings!
Always love having you here, Trixi, and reading your comments. Doesn’t Kate’s trip sound amazing?! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the giveaway!
P.S. I love the book of Ruth too, btw! 🙂 Love seeing God work in their lives.
Hi Trixi! Yes, I remember and thank you again for sending me the review article for High As The Heavens. I was thrilled to receive it! I did gather lots of good research while in Spain, and enjoyed a great time with my mom, who is 86 years young and still going strong. 🙂 I also enjoy reading the Book of Ruth, it’s a wonderful love story and our assurance that God is always faithful, we need only trust in Him.
Blessings to you!
What’s one of your favorite books of the Bible? Why?
Isaiah! Affirmation and assurance. Chapter 43.
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
Yes! Love that chapter too, Kathleen. So glad you stopped by!
One of my favorite books in the Bible is Ruth. I don’t know why – I just love it. Always have. 🙂
I totally understand! It has always stood out to me too. Such a special story.
Psalms and Proverbs. I love the encouragement I get from Psalms and Proverbs tells us a lot of good things to do and lots of bad things not to do. I just enjoy them.
I read those often as well, Brenda. They’re poetic and inspiring. Words of wisdom, for sure. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
My favorite book is James. I love his straight forward way of talking and it’s so interesting to read a book by someone who grew up with Jesus! There’s lots of great advice on that book!
I agree, Brooke. I did a study on James by Beth Moore a few years ago and memorized the entire book. I never thought I could do it, but was so blessed by the practice. That book will always be special to me now. 🙂
Luke is probably my favorite Bible book, especially this time of year, because it tells of the birth and life of Christ.
Yes, that’s a staple for me this time of year, especially. 🙂 Still can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Happy Holidays, Winnie!
Thanks for a chance to win
Good luck, Martha. I appreciate you stopping by!
Thanks for stopping by, Martha!
Psalms. I enjoyed the article and have read the book she mentioned, Unbroken, which was a fantastic read. My parents were young adults during WWII and I heard many stories from them.
How neat to have your parents share their stories with you. So special. I’m glad you could join us, Cathy. Good luck in the drawing!
I love Psalms. There is so much encouragement and how to live. There is a lot of life lessons.
SO many life lessons. 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Lori. Good luck and have a great week!
I love the Psalms and the book of John. My mom memorized the whole book of John after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Blessings
What a huge accomplishment to put the entire book to memory. Wow! What a great book too. Blessings to you and your family, Lucy!
Genesis. Perhaps it often overlooked, but I love reading about the creation and some of the earlier events in the Bible.
I love that you mentioned Genesis, Laura. I’m totally with you on this. It’s such a unique book from the rest of Scripture. I never grow tired of reading the creation story. 🙂
I LOVE Ruth! I always have and I’m not real sure why I just love her quiet strength. I also love the psalms and the Peters and Johns. 🙂
Yes, her quiet strength is such a part of her story. Love that you pointed that out, Amada. And the Peters and Johns, haha. That’s awesome!
I’ve always loved the book of Esther. From rags to riches.
Yes! Such a good one. You definitely need to read Kate’s debut then, Kim. 🙂
Romans is a favorite book because it tells us how we should live and gives us pitfalls we should avoid and gives us confidence in The One who can make our Salvation true! Romans 8:38&39, have become comforting verses for me!
That’s one of my favorites too, Paula. You described it perfectly. 🙂
All 66 books!
🙂 Love this answer!
The psalms. There are many beautiful verses.
Every time I read one, I want to add another one to memory. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Joan.
My favoite book in the Bible would be Ruth. She and Naomi overcame so much death and then had to relocate. I admire their strength and faithfulness. That trip to Barcelona must have been fabulous! Thank you for the interview and giveaway opportunnity.
So glad you could join us, Perrianne. I love hearing what everyone’s favorite books are. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by, Perrianne!
The book of John always amazes me. I get something new every time I read it.
Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 The book of John is a special one, for sure!
I’ll say Proverbs. Lots of good advice.
Love Proverbs. So happy you’re here, Joan! 🙂
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Psalms because they provide comfort and strength in many frustrating life situations.
So true for us all, Joyce. Thanks for taking the time to visit!
One of my favorite books of the Bible is James. It is so rich and challenging for every day living!
Thanks for the wonderful interview, Kate & Savanna! I always enjoy getting to know more about an author 🙂 And thank for the opportunity to win Kate’s newest book, High as the Heavens!
Thank you for stopping by, Alison! I agree, James is timeless and full of wisdom. A wonderful choice. Good luck on the contest!
So glad you could join us, Alison. The book of James is a favorite of mine too. Blessings to you!
I love Psalms, Proverbs and Galations. They are so encouraging and uplifting!!
Galations! Now that’s a new one here. 🙂 I really like that one too, Megan. Thanks for visiting!
I like to read Philippians and Psalms. So encouraging.
Thanks for visiting, Kelly. Those are go-to books for me too. 🙂
Savanna, thank you for hosting me on your blog and allowing me to share time with your readers! This was a wonderful discussion, and I agree with so many of the Bible favorites. I’m thankful that God is able to connect with each of us through Scripture, regardless of our walk in life or where we are on our faith journey. Always He is present, offering comfort, guidance, and giving us strength through His words. I wish you all a joyful and holy Christmas, and many blessings in the New Year!
I loved having you here, Kate, and I totally agree with you. God is so good to speak to us through His word. Merry Christmas and hugs!!