About the Author:
Kathryn J. Bain began writing more than ten years ago. Her first release “Breathless” came out January 13, 2012. Her novella “Game of Hearts” was released in March 2012 followed by her inspirational romantic suspense “Catch Your Breath”.
She is the former President of Florida Sisters in Crime and Membership Director for Ancient City Romance Authors. She is currently the Public Relations Director for Ancient City Romance Authors.
To survive and pay bills, she has been a paralegal for over twenty years and works for an attorney who specializes in elder law.
She has two daughters and a dog named Gretchen. Her first grandchild is due in 2013.
Kathryn grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 1981, she moved to Boise, but it apparently wasn’t far enough south, because two years later she headed to Jacksonville, Florida and has lived in the sunshine ever since.
MF: You describe yourself as a writer of clean fiction with an edge. Would you mind giving us a bit more detail about your brand of fiction?
KB: I write both inspirational and secular. My secular books are all clean with no cursing or sex scenes. They either don’t have a lot of the Christian theme required or, as in the case of Knight & Day, there is some innuendo that some Christians might find offensive. For instance, my favorite line in the book is “It’s hard to keep a secret when you have nipples”. As you might imagine, my Christian publisher would not like that to be included in a book.
MF: Your first book, Breathless, has been nominated for a CAPA award for inspiration fiction from The Romance Studio. How did you react to the nomination?
KB: I was ecstatic. It’s the first time they are awarding an inspirational category so that makes it even more special.
MF: Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
KB: Basically, I just write. It’s probably a combination of the two. I usually put in the plots, action, and dialogue, then go back and put the scene. Trust me when I say, you don’t want to see a first draft of anything I’ve written.
MF: What are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time?
KB: Anything where I’m not working on a story in some way, it’s a distraction. However, marketing is something that has to be done. I promote on my Facebook Fan page. I usually have a contest when a new book comes out. I also promote myself on LinkedIn and I do craft fairs and book signings, guest blog posts, interviews, etc. wherever I get the chance.
MF: How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
KB: I think they’re both good, as long as they’re getting people to read more, especially kids. I prefer print, but I’m also techno challenged. Younger people are growing up with gadgets, so reading on a computer is second nature to them.
MF: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
KB: The toughest criticism is that my grammar is bad. I feel for my critique groups who try to clean up after me. The best compliment is always when someone tells me they just finished a book and wants to know when the next one’s coming out. That tells me they like my writing.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
KB: I enjoy mystery and suspense books. Leighton Gage and C.J. Box, are two of my favorite. And I still giggle when I reread the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
KB: Write everyday. Even if it’s a sentence. The more you write, the better you get at it.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
KB: Join writing groups, even if it’s on-line. It is so important to get feedback and support from others. Writing can be a lonely and frustrating business. It’s good to have people who understand what you’re going through to help you along the way.
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
KB: It’d have to be a Stephanie Plum book. I’d love to spend a day with her and Lulu.