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Books In Sync Author Spotlight Interview With Kaylin Mc Farren


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  1. 1. Books In Sync Author Spotlight Interview With Kaylin McFarrenBooks In Sync Award-Winning Author, Kaylin McFarren Publishes Flahertys Crossing, APowerful, Life Changing Book And Severed Threads, A Romance Suspense Guaranteed ToCapture Your Imagination. Author Kaylin McFarren’s Bio: Linda Yoshida, aka Kaylin McFarren, is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more. Although Kaylin wasnt born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition throughpromotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she hassince steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literaryawards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received herAA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. Inher free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of variouscharitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.Screenplay:Kathy Slevin, a screenwriter from Los Angeles, completed a screenplay for Flahertys Crossing and hasalready received positive feedback from several television and movie producers. Fingers crossed thatmore great news will soon be forthcoming...Fun Tidbits:She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII,was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels,Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, about her dangerous, harrowing experiences.She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heartbreakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when shes completely stumped.A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs ofmodels and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters. 1
  2. 2. She loves her husband of 36 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin,well... their marriage just might be put to the test.On A Personal Note:Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTYS CROSSING as a source of personal therapy afterlosing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world ingeneral. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul andconsider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worsesituations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about theresolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, orwin literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale ofthis book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundations colon cancer research department in herfathers name. Shes now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of theworst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart. *****************************What makes you proud to be a writer from the United States? I love hearing back from readers whohave enjoyed my stories and the great letters I continue to receive.What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Tuttle, encouraged meto write but after watching the Notebook years ago, I was inspired – like so many other authors – to trymy hand at writing novels.When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? Following the death of my fathereighteen years ago, I became more passionate about writing – perhaps needing to get a message out. Ihad hoped to get published after the completion of my first manuscript and was delighted when Ireceived my contract from Champagne Books four years ago.Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? I suppose the beststories come from the most dramatic times in our lives and mine have definitely impacted the words I setto paper. As far as environment, I’ve been fortunate to travel extensively for the past twenty years,which has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life and incorporate them into my stories. I guessthat’s why my characters and their dialogue seem so real. Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript(s)? I always begin witha title, since I have an idea of what I’m writing about before I start.Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen? I tried my hand at inspirational romance firstand thoroughly enjoyed it, but I felt like I was pouring out all my feelings, which can be incrediblydraining at times. Then after reading a zillion books, I realized I preferred romantic suspense stories.Using my rather vivid imagination, I decided to involve my heroes in wild adventures around the worldand to this day truly look forward to writing.What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? I would have to sayreceiving awards for my work, which helped to validate my writing ability, and especially being notifiedthat ‘Flaherty’s Crossing’ was selected as a mainstream fiction finalist in the RWA’s 2008 Golden Heartcontest. That was quite a day!  2
  3. 3. What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process? I suppose this wasrealizing I needed to be more open to constructive criticism after receiving feedback from a first draftand to realize that it takes hard work to become a credible writer.What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Probably receiving the2010 Publisher’s Award of Excellence from Champagne Books. I’m still enjoying the little trophy Ireceived which permanently resides on my computer desk. What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey? I was discouraged tosome degree after receiving rejection letters from twenty of the top publishing firms in the U.S. Butaccording to these editors, the reason wasn’t because of my writing ability, it was because I crossedgenres in my novel – making placement on bookshelves incredibly difficult at the time. I have sinceelected to write with marketability as the main focus while keeping the enjoyment of my readersconstantly in mind.What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Read as many books as possible,especially in the genre you’ve interested in pursing as each one brings different elements into the writingarena.Who is your favorite author and why? I love reading books by Pamela Clare and Suzanne Brockmannbecause they tend to write fast-moving, riveting stories with unique characters and unexpected twistsand turns.Please tell us the title(s) of your current book(s):Flahertys Crossing by Kaylin McFarrenSevered Threads by Kaylin McFarrenWhat format(s) are your books in: Print Only - E-Book Only - or Both? ‘Flaherty’s Crossing’ isavailable in all formats; ‘Severed Threads’, which is due out on July 1, 2012, will be released in tradepaperback first then e-Book on July 15, 2012. 3
  4. 4. What special projects are you working on now and what books do we have to look forward to inthe future? I’m currently working on the second installment in the Threads series, which will ultimatelyconsist of three romantic suspense novels. This book will be titled Buried Threads and will take my bandof merry-making treasure seekers to Tokyo in search of a priceless gem that’s been lost in the Sea ofJapan.Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Flaherty’s Crossing book sales continueto benefit cancer research and I thank readers everywhere for their much-appreciated and neededsupport.Please share with us any blogs that you might have: http://kaylinmcfarren.wordpress.comAuthor Kaylin McFarren’s Websites: Visit Kaylin McFarren Author’s Page At Books In Sync *****************************Books In Sync and Cold Coffee were created for the purpose of bringing extra online exposure toour authors and their books. Our goal is to bring readers and authors together, thereby boostingbook sales and improving authors one-on-one relationship with their potential readers. Our ColdCoffee (Hard Copy) Magazine Features Our Authors, Their Books And Awards Recipients.Please send in your book excerpt if you want to be considered for promotion. Off-Site Promotion For Books In Sync Authors In Sync/Cold Coffee Managementhttp://www.booksinsync.com 4