Monday, May 22, 2017

Virtual Book Tour with #interview and #giveaway of Coming Home by @K_OMalley67

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 3-7-17
Publisher: self/ Carolina Blue Publishing

Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?

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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

The message behind Coming Home is hope. Both Elizabeth and Sam, along with their families and friends, have survived a terrible tragedy. Each one deals in their own way. In the end, they are both able to work their way through grief and guilt, to find redemption and love. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 I find the external conflict difficult. I have all kinds of internal conflicts for my characters, but not so much for the external. Coming Home is my first published novel, and I have learned a lot from the writing and re-writing of it. I wasn’t even aware that it was lacking an EC. My lovely developmental editor, Lauren Plude, had to point that out… Then the addition of the EC changed everything else in the book. The last re-write encompassed the entire book.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Coming Home is my first. Book 2, Taking Chances, will be out in June. I’m currently working on 3 & 4. I think, in some ways, Coming Home will always be my favorite. I learned a lot writing it. Also, I initially wrote this in 2002 when my husband and I were waiting to go to Russia to adopt our daughter. Every night, for three weeks, I came home from work and sat down at the (desk top) computer to write. I have no idea where the story came from, but it was my salvation. Writing Coming Home got me through that trying time.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Sandra Bullock. Not only is she my favorite, but she comes across as a small-town girl. Coming Home is set in the fictional small North Carolina town of Windsor Falls.

When did you begin writing?

2002. However, writing has always been my thing. My one way to be artistic. I made money as an undergraduate typing and “fixing” other people’s papers. 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

I initially wrote this in three weeks. Mind you, that was about 10 versions ago. I have re-written it so many times, over the years, as I learned the craft of writing. I’m still learning, so I’m sure there would be a better version if I could do it again. The edits and re-writes took a few months.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Not really to become an author, but I have authors who inspire me with their ability every day. I love Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins for the humor in their writing. I also love them and Susan Mallery for the groups of friends and communities they build. I want to live in Fools Gold, Manningsport, NY, or Cedar Ridge.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Typing The End? LOL! It’s hard to pick just one, as I love most of it. I am a pantser, as in I do not plot. Generally, I know how it starts and ends but nothing in between.  I LOVE when I’m writing and a plot point evolves that I never saw coming.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Tragedy, redemption, friendship, love   Wow, that was hard. I need more words!

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

Taking Chances is book 2 in the Windsor Falls series. TC is Katie & Flynn’s story. They are introduced in book 1. She’s a critical care nurse who has been burned by love. He’s a smoking hot cardiologist who tries to convince her to take a chance on him. Taking Chances will be out in June, just not quite sure when. 

Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.

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Twitter: @K_OMalley67


Emily H said...

Thank you for posting

Darcia Helle said...

Great interview! "Tragedy, redemption, friendship, love" describe a compelling story.

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