It’s the story of why I write at all. I’m so tired of romance that can’t see the totality of the people involved. I understand the temptation. Suspense in particular is difficult to expand characterization. You’re juggling a suspense thread, a romance thread, and for many brick and mortar publishers, they want this done in only 75,000 words. I love to multi-layer a scene, but come on! The end result is writers using physical behaviors as shorthand for emotions. There’s never a real-life consequence for these behaviors, of course. I like smart people of character who’ll stand their ground on who they are, what they believe and what they’re going to tolerate in their world.
Oh dear. Stop me. I AM ranting…
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Same as anyone else, daily life, be it replacing stair balusters, getting the oil changed, or the “business” end of writing, contacting editors, blog tours, or entering a contest to garner good critique and maybe some more credibility. You know, glamorous exciting things, like scoring my son’s favorite school lunch snack.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
My all-time favorite books would include C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. I love the imagination behind it and live the spiritual struggle far too often. He’s so on the mark, and helps me break down an unexpected hurdle into something to get all Spiritual Warrior Princess about, and conquer. (…Especially useful when at my weakest.)
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I love my heroines, so for this book, it’s gotta be Brianna. They’re usually average gals thrown into far from average circumstances who use their smarts and courage to do things any of us could do, if we were in the same circumstances and had a heart to battle evil (and a love of MacGyver). We have so many RoboHeroes in entertainment venues these days. It’s hard for me to relate to them. I love my regular gals doing extraordinary things.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Not sure if it’s quirky, but my husband and I were invited by friends to visit Budapest. The two of us were on the subway and a group of teens/early twenty-somethings got on board, but they moved single file and cut between me and my husband. In the end, they encircled him as he held onto the strap hanging from the ceiling. He didn’t have to use public transportation to go to college like I did, and didn’t get any odd vibes. I looked at him to warn him something was up, noted he had a good grip on the strap, and cinched his grip on our day pack and the hand in his pocket looked plenty relaxed.
Then I recounted hands…
I put mine in my husband’s pocket and removed the hand of one of the strangers, which freaked him out. (At the time, Hungarians were known for thievery, but were non-confrontational). They all bolted off the subway car as soon as the doors opened; which thankfully, was almost immediately. I guess he timed the pickpocket to happen just as it was time to go.)
(Ever since, I’ve made it a point to add “Stop, thief!” and “Help! Police!” to the foreign phrases I learn.)
…and you see why I don’t just love suspense, it seems to want me to live it, too. Ask me about facing down the point of a fully-drawn arrow sometime…
What is your favorite season of the year?
Living in Atlanta with allergies, there’s no question it’s FALL! The colors of Spring (without the pollen counts) and lovely invigorating crisp humidity free air… (Doesn’t hurt that I met my husband in the Fall, either!)
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The next in the “Fighting for the Heart of Spencer” series is RESCUE ME. Police Sgt.Ike Porter is trying to rescue a couple stranded in the midst of a hurricane ravaged river, when an upstream dam breaks, and they ALL need a hand. Fortunately, Heather Harmon, a CERT volunteer, (Community Emergency Response Team. I serve on my local board, btw. Even if you can’t help others, it’s got great training in case of a disaster. Check it out!)
Where were we?
Heather’s working a home nearby and saves the first responder’s life. Unfortunately for her, she’s just left a murder scene and is marked up with all sorts of evidence, including using the murder weapon to save Ike…
God willing, it’s out for Christmas of this year.
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GENESIS award semi-finalist and native Atlantan K.D. Harp enjoys world travel, volunteering, and educating non-Southern folk about the appropriate use of the phrase "Bless his heart," the original meaning of which has NOTHING to do with sarcastically calling someone a sucker or dimwit, and is properly used to imply a 'there but for the Grace of God' sentiment.
Bored and dismayed by the trend in fiction to equate genuine love with the pale imitation of lust without personal investment, K.D. portrays people of character engaged with a world that lacks it. When they do it without losing the physical passion and sense of humor God would give to them, it's a total win. This debut author needs all the support she can get in this endeavor. Your prayer support is coveted.
The Georgia State University, B.B.A grad has no patience for dumb protagonists, and true to form, her female leads will MacGyver their way out of some sort of situation whether it's jury-rigging a flamethrower with kitchen supplies or finding new uses for a fire extinguisher to escape an inferno.
K.D. won 4th place in the nationwide 2012 Hook, Line & Sinker! contest. She volunteers for her local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and has been honored for her service to children and community with a Distinguished Service Award from her local Boy Scouts of America council. Of course, until she snags the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature, the ultimate reward is a heartfelt "I love you" from her husband or son.
(The things a person will write in order to get the trash taken out on time...)
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