Thursday, March 3, 2011

with Deborah Kinnard

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Deb!
People talk about life before children— what was your life before writing?

I don’t remember much about it. I was ten at the time. “Bonanza” was on and I was an avid watcher—we never missed it! But I got hacked off that all the main characters were men, so I took up my pencil and my small spiral notebook and wrote a long-lost little sister. Vanessa Cartwright had all sorts of adventures on the Ponderosa, with and without her brothers. From there it was on to teenage love/angst tales and really dreadful poetry.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My issue is twofold – feeling as though my first draft “is” the novel and failing to dig deep enough in this draft to find the emotional depth all romances need. My amazing crit partner constantly spots this failing when she sees it. In fact, she sent me a sign for my writing space desk with one of those big red slash circles, and in the background it says SUBTLE. Just as a reminder that “we don’t do subtle!”

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran. I’m also neck deep into an ARC of Undercurrents, a medieval time-travel romance by Michelle Griep.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Whoa, that’s a toughie. Adam and Delaine both have some growing up to do, but when I wrote Aloha, My Love, it insisted on being in Adam’s point of view exclusively. Is this because he has the most maturing to accomplish during his Hawaiian vacation? Not sure. But he was a challenge because I had to show him simultaneously being emotionally clueless and at the same time lovable. I didn’t want Delaine, or my readers, to conclude he was a total doofus and write him off.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
A chocolate lava cake. Preferably with vanilla ice cream sort of oozing down the flanks of the volcano.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
This would be almost normal for us, since my family reads heaps of science fiction and fantasy. Most likely I’d try to make it some breakfast.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Since we’re talking Aloha, one of my life’s best moments was the night Russ and I drove up Mauna Kea on the Big Island. This is the location of the superb Keck telescopes, off limits except to scientists, because the air is so clear and quiet. We’d accidentally timed our excursion to the night of the new moon—the night when the local astronomy club goes up the mountain with their fancy telescopes. It was totally clear and we could see an infinite number of stars. More, with the telescopes open to all visitors, and explanations by their avid owners, we were able to see galaxies, globular clusters, nebulae, and the like. We also saw a dozen shooting stars. All these things, which we can never see from Chicago, awed us and humbled us. How great is our Creator!

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Write a synopsis. I hate doing them, I’m not very good at it, and I put the chore off until the last minute.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Funny—I’m in health care...is it a coincidence most of my tales have a theme of spiritual healing?

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
That as nice as it is to sleep in, I need church on Sunday. I go sterile and dry without it. No amount of private devotional time can replace it for me.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Powerline will be re-issued from Desert Breeze this fall. This was the first book I sold, and it’s very dear to me. It’s the story of a volunteer on a Christian crisis phone line, and the client Cassie accidentally meets. She’s supposed to maintain anonymity, but Jeff “outs” her immediately. They’re not supposed to date or fall in love, either. Fireworks aplenty between these two!



You can purchase Aloha, My Love from Amazon.

Deborah is giving away a copy of Aloha, My Love. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

15 comments:

Charity said...

Please enter me! I have never read a book set in Hawaii and this one sounds good. Thanks!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Joanne Sher said...

This sounds lovely - please enter me!

Marianne said...

Thankyou, Esther and Deb for the interview and another chance to win Aloha My Love. Please enter my name in the draw.

mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Jordan said...

Great interview. I'd love to read this book.

lizzielaura17(at)yahoo(dot)com

lgm52 said...

Sounds like a great "take me away" book!
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Paula said...

I am looking forward to reading it. Please enter me.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview, please count me in.
Karen
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Jo said...

Beautiful cover of the book. I would love to read it. Please enter me.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Jackie S. said...

I would love to win and read this book.....love the cover!
Thanks.
jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

Deb said...

Just a reminder for each of you who'd like to win this book -- #1: you honor me! #2: it's an e-book, so you'll need to be e-book friendly, and you'll need to accept your prize as a .doc or .pdf file.

I wish you could all win it!

Thanks, Book Loft, for having me as a guest. I appreciate it.

Charlotte Kay said...

I would like to win this ebook.
Thanks for the chance to win it!
Blessings and Smiles,
Charlotte
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Leanne said...

I'd like to read this.

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Courtney said...

I would love to read this book, please enter me in the drawing!

kcmelone[at]yahoo[dot]com

Meredith said...

Great interview! I love the cover! It looks so peaceful in an "I'm on vacation" kind of way!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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