Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Kathy Howard
Linda: Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on the recent release of Clear Confusion. What was your inspiration for the plot?
Kathy: Hey, Linda! Thanks so much for having me. I’m excited to be here. Inspiration for the plot? To be honest, I didn’t really have an inspiration for the actual plot. Pine trees and hunters surround me at home. I liked the idea of a story unfolding with those elements at the center. So I guess you could say this story was setting-inspired. ;)
LM: Your story is romantic suspense. What draws you to that genre?
Kathy: I usually write inspirational romance. I’m probably a romantic at heart so I enjoy the creativity of that side of it. The inspirational part is heartfelt and can be emotional to put into words at times. Clear Confusion is my first attempt at romantic suspense. I love that the suspense part throws a little twist into the romantic “formula” of writing. It was truly fun to write.
LM: Research is a large part of any book. How did you go about researching Clear Confusion and did you discover any extra special tidbits of information that you just knew had to be included in the story?
Kathy: I talked to law enforcement and others, as most probably do. That helped with the criminal terminology. But I also talked to a local veterinary clinic. I was looking for a specific drug for pets that their owners might use and abuse themselves. In the end, with the present opioid crisis our country is going through, I decided to go that direction instead.
LM: Do you do anything specific to prepare yourself for writing? Do you have to be in a specific place or are you able to write anywhere?
Kathy: I’m a big fan of movies and books, anything with a story. So, I tend to watch and read until the juices flow. ;) As for where to write – in my parked car where God’s creation can inspire me or in a recliner with complete silence seem to work best.
LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?
Kathy: Cook! I constantly burn toast and struggle to remember how long to boil an egg. Bless my poor family! LOL!
LM: Here are some quickies:
Favorite actress: Audrey Hepburn
Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies & Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich (no pickle) ;)
Favorite childhood book: The Monster at the End of This Book
LM: What is your next project?
Kathy: A while ago, I started a story about two friends and their faith-growing journey. It is based around Jeremiah 29:11. However, I’ve decided to put it on hold for a bit. My two daughters are in high school and I want to enjoy every minute I have left with them before the fly the coop.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Kathy: Twitter: @kathymhoward1
About Clear Confusion
Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father's death. He had been her only family, and she wasn't handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.
And they saw her.
Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can't seem to shake.
What two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she's experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are n to who they claim to be?
Who are they really...and who is she?
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