Friday, April 30, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH KAYLIN MCFARREN

1. Hi Kaylin. Thanks for coming today. Can you give us a brief bio?
Although I wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of my talented fellow authors, I've been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, I assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under my guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. After a seven-year commitment, I was eager to spread my own creative wings and chose to direct my energy toward writing novels. To my delight I earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

2. Where do you believe your interest in writing comes from?

Actually, I’ve always had an active imagination, probably my Irish roots burrowing into my brain. For most of my life, I was an avid romance reader, longing to slip into Jane Austen’s corset.
I tried my hand at poetry and writing short stories…anything to express my love of the written word. In high school and college, a few of my short stories actually ended up in school publications, but for the most part, they were tucked away in various drawers. As time went by, I married and was fortunate enough to travel to exotic places, meeting remarkable people, each with a unique story to tell. And along the way, I found inspiration and plenty of ideas to now channel into what I hope will be a long series of entertaining books.

3. Could you tell us about your writing process?
Strangely enough, I dream up my stories – literally from beginning to end. I make notes, create a rough draft, and set to work on developing my characters. I actually design a notebook for them with photos, habits, flaws, birthdays, backgrounds, the works. Then it’s a matter of putting them into my scenes and turning them loose. The more challenges they face, the more fun it is to write about them. And before I know it, they’ve fell in love, overcome obstacles, and are preparing for the next hurdle – perhaps a little stronger and wiser and definitely more intriguing.

4. I understand you have a debut novel which was recently released. Where did you find the inspiration for this story?

Flaherty's Crossing was originally inspired by my father who passed away on July 15, 1991 with the love of his life at his side. His Irish wit, stubbornness, and the bravery he exuded during his relentless battle with terminal cancer sparked the idea for a novel. Not only does this faith-seeking tale delve into the complex emotions of bidding a final farewell to an estranged parent, but it also explores the strain placed on a marital relationship when childhood issues go unresolved.

5. Thanks for dropping by today, Kaylin. Can you tell us where we can find more information about your books?

I actually have two websites which provide book summaries, a video trailer, excerpts, reviews, direct buy links, photos, and lots of other goodies including information about Kaylin's Cause – a cancer research project that my book proceeds is funding. Just visit http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com/ and http://www.flahertyscrossing.com/
Thank you!
Kaylin McFarren

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44 comments:

Katy M said...

Great interview! Kaylin, your writing process sounds so interesting with all the details you put into the notebook.

Congratulations on your recent release! The cover is beautiful. And I think it's great that the proceeds of you book are funding cancer research. Thank you for doing that. I'll be checking out your book :)

Margay said...

This sounds like a truly inspiring story. My own father passed away in 1991 also (on June 16th, which happened to be Father's Day that year), so I know what it's like not only to lose a parent, but to have unresolved issues at the time of the passing. But I've learned to make peace with them over the years.
Margay

Stephanie said...

You've written a truly wonderful story Kaylin. It attracted me because of my own family issuses with cancer and your writing touched me at a time when I was having a hard time dealing with the death of my mother.
Thanks for sharing your writing process and experiences with us.

Jane said...

Congrats on the recent release of your debut novel, Kaylin.

linda_rettstatt said...

I think you can tell when a book is written from the heart. Flaherty's Crossing is defintely one of those books. Looking forward to the next novel.

Linda

nmulder81 said...

Congrats on your novel! How exciting! I love finding new authors to quench my romantic thirst. Can't wait to read!

erahime said...

Congratulations on your debut novel, Kaylin!

You've found another outlet for your imagination after managing a gallery. That is an inspiring story for aspiring authors. It is an honor to hear from another fabulous author!

Kaylin McFarren said...

Thank you for all your wonderful comments and compliments, Ladies! Fathers and daughters often have complex, strained relationships. But if we're fortunate, with time they can grow into loving, mutually-respected friendships. Over the years, I've witnessed this remarkable transformation between my husband and three grown daughters. The key to attaining this special bond? Communication. Lots and lots of it. Sadly, like myself, not all of us were so lucky while growing up. But hope always remained a constant. With this in mind, it's my greatest wish that everyone takes something of value away from Flaherty's Crossing.

Some great news also to share... Flaherty's Crossing is now available in both eBook and trade paperback. So if you haven't already done so, be sure to pick up copies at Champagnebooks.com or Amazon.com. Every sale brings us just a little closer to finding a cure for cancer.

Thanks!! Kaylin :D

Jennifer Mathis said...

congrats wow I wish I could remember my dreams like that

etirv said...

So nice to meet Kaylin who is a new author to me here. I love how Kaylin's stories come to her in a dream!

flchen1 said...

How lovely to meet you, Kaylin, and congrats on realizing your dreams!

Natasha A. said...

Flaherty's Crossing has a beautiful cover!! I will definitely be finding more about this book!

therese said...

Love your writing process, it's inspiring me to start a new project. I have written from dream snippets too, and then the characters take over.

I tried to pick one thing I liked about Flaherty's Crossing but instead have a dozen favorite images in my head. So I'll just thank you for writing it, and keep persevering until it was published, and now I have an awesome book for my keeper shelf and years of rereading ahead.

Tami said...

So wonderful and very talented! Thanks for sharing a little bit of you with us!

Tami

LDee said...

After reading your blog I went to your website. I enjoyed browsing through. Great blog, great inspiration and it looks amazing stories.

Keep dreaming and writing.

Lavada Dee

Kaylin McFarren said...

You guys are the greatest! Thank you for your support and for motivating me to write LOTS and LOTS more. :D

ladybirdrobi said...

Kaylin Congrats on your debut. I know I have vivid dreams because hubby often tells me that I am talking out loud in them, yet I can never remember them. My imagination needs to be sparked by authors I know I've tried to write short stories for children and my young cousins told me the two were good but I'm not sure there publishable and I have ne idea where they are now.

Robin
Robbibird3@aol.com

SiNn said...

congrats on your recent release! i Agree that cover is beautiful! and sounds like an awesome read ty for posting and sharing with all of us

runner10 said...

Looks like another winner.

sonya said...

fabulous post and another one to be add to the TBB list

keep up the great work

Susan Lute said...

Can't wait to pick it up Crossing up in trade paperback :) It'll have a special place on my shelf.

Toni said...

I enjoyed the interview and think your cause is great. Another author to put on my list to look for.

Lucy Monroe said...

Hugs to you Kaylin...thanks for the great interview!

LM's Drama Queen said...

What a fun blog. Kaylin! It's always exciting to hear about the author behind the computer screen:) Congrats on your book!

XOX
~*DQ*~

robynl said...

I, too, had some unresolved issues with my Mom; I regret not getting them resolved if they could have been.

Sounds to be a great read

yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

Cathy M said...

Flaherty's Crossing is definitely a book from your heart, and I look forward to reading it.

Nancy G said...

Congrats on your debut. I enjoy author interviews, because motivation is always different.

Lady_Graeye said...

Great interview! I have heard great things about your book. Congrats! I am looking forward to reading it!

Sherry said...

Congratulations on your debut book and great interview.

sstrode@scrtc.com

donnas said...

Thanks Kaylin for sharing! Congrats on the release. I think it sounds like a really good book and I am looking forward to getting the chance to read it.

Maria said...

Your book sounds great Kaylin and is on my tbb- just haven't been able to get it. I was really attracted to the lovely cover!

Lettetia said...

It is such fun to read your interview and learn more about you, Kaylin.

Helen Scott Taylor said...

Hi Kaylin, fascinating interview. Very interesting to read about the inspiration behind your novel.

Carol L. said...

Hi Kaylin,
Congrats on Flaherty's Crossing .
It's now on my TRL. I'm so sorry for your loss. Irish genes make for strong people. Thank you for sharing.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

WK said...

Great interview
hugs,
WendyK

Raonaid Luckwell said...

I always envy people who can write poetry. It is just no in me to write it.

I think that is so neat that you write from dreams. I've had three of our pieces that I wrote from dreams. They were so real feeling.

Congrats on your recent release!

lrwirum said...

Loved reading the interview. :-)

Larena

C.J. Redwine said...

Gorgeous cover! I can't wait to read this book. Congrats, Mama Pixie! :)

Kaylin McFarren said...

Thanks everyone, and a big cyber-squeeze for Lucy Monroe. Thanks for a fun interview and opportunity to participate with some amazing authors. Now that you know a little more about me, be sure to drop by my website to excerpts, to discover information on how you can own a personalized copy of Flaherty's Crossing, or to sign up for my e-Newsletter where chances to win great prizes are available every month! :D Kaylin

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Rhea said...

I love your notebook process for your characters. What a great idea!

Amanda said...

really great interview! your writing process is really interesting

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Great to meet you; very nice interview.

zina seawitch6464@yahoo.com said...

Hey Kaylin.
Nice to "see you again". I own that shirt and I love it and wear it often to help spread the word for a great cause.
Zina

Sue A. said...

Super interview! And congrats on the release of your debut novel!