Friday, February 27, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Katie O'Boyle

Nancy- Katie O’Boyle stopped by to talk about her new book, Finding the Way Back To Love. It is a Contemporary Romance and was released on February 4, 2015. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Katie- Gwen and Peter’s love story, Finding the Way Back To Love, is the third book in my Lakeside Porches series from Soul Mate Publishing. It shows what happens when a recovering alcoholic, who devotes her professional and personal life to helping others in recovery, falls in love with a child of an alcoholic, who has no experience with recovery and who has disdain for all alcoholics. 

Nancy- When did you start writing toward publication?

Katie- Three years ago, a watershed experience moved me to begin writing every day, with publication in mind. It happened at the end of January, on a frosty morning just like today. We had taken our dear friend John to the famous Sunday Brunch at the Belhusrt Castle in Geneva, NY. John had turned 90 that month! I was so impressed with the tables of freshly prepared food, the attentiveness of the staff, and the waitresses who fussed over his birthday—all of them working as a team to make the day special for John and for all their customers. As we left, I thought about all their stories—the chefs, waitresses, busboys, and all those behind the scenes—accountants, receptionists, and so on. I imagined a fictitious city close by (Tompkins Falls) with a similar inn (The Manse Inn and Spa) on a hitherto unknown Finger Lake (Chestnut Lake). Along with that, I developed a whole cast of fictitious characters and associated, warm-hearted love stories. I’ve been writing those stories ever since and loving every minute of it.

Nancy- What is your writing routine like?

Katie- I write every day, but not on a schedule. My favorite way to start the day is to get up before dawn, make a pot of coffee and write. As I write this, just after the first of the year, my office in my new apartment allows me to see the sunrise over one of the Finger Lakes, and I’m ready for a break by then.

Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?  

Katie- I especially enjoy the way my books lead to conversations about recovery. Most people’s lives have been affected by alcoholism or other forms of substance abuse, and my books offer a hopeful but realistic perspective, in the context of a heart-warming love story. I love sharing perspectives on the solution, with my readers.

Nancy- Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?

Katie- I’m a member of several groups, and each has made a positive difference in my writing and my career. I belong to Romance Writers of America, and I have taken advantage of their PRO critique opportunities and several of their chapter contests. Those activities have taken my writing to a new level. I network with the Lilac City Rochester Writers and enjoy their monthly meetings and conferences. Since I moved last fall, I’ve been enjoying the Canandaigua Writers Group that meets monthly at the Wood Library in Canandaigua. What a delight to talk about writing and books with a group that has such diverse interests! I come away from each meeting energized and committed to good writing.

Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) There’s a red fox that patrols the woods behind my place, and over the holidays he looked like he was wearing a Santa Claus suit.
2) I love, love, love dark chocolate, especially Butlers from Ireland.
3) I’m going on a photography trip to Cornwall in a few months, and I can’t wait!

What’s next for you?
The hero and heroine of book four of my Lakeside Porches series, Waking Up To Love, are spinning off a cozy mystery series set at Tompkins College. As I write, I’m reading every “college mystery” I can get my hands on.

Gwen Forrester, Ph.D., 32, gifted psychotherapist and beautiful widow, is stuck in a rut, dating hotties on the fast track, when what she really wants is a life partner who’ll help her raise a family and make a difference in her home town of Tompkins Falls. New in town, Officer Peter Shaughnessy, 30, has recovered from the gunshot wound he suffered in a drug bust in his hometown of Syracuse, but he’s still smarting from his ex-wife’s betrayal and, before that, the years of abuse from his alcoholic father. When Gwen’s very-pregnant niece Haley trips the security system at Gwen’s lakeside home one moonlit summer night, it’s love at first sight for responding Officer Peter and stunned Aunt Gwen. By joining forces to help Haley, Peter and Gwen discover they’re a good team. Long, exhilarating canoe trips convince them they’re on the same page with their life goals. Then a destructive squall lands them on the rocks, and a night of stormy passion reveals painful truths that drive them apart. Are they willing to go to any length to find their way back to love?

How can my readers buy your book?
All three of the Lakeside Porches romance novels are published by Soul Mate Publishing, and are available on Amazon.
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Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie
O’Boyle passionately loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter and inspiration. Some years ago, Katie was a stellar student and closet substance abuser at a picture-perfect small college. She credits loving friends, 12-step spirituality, and plenty of hard work for her transformation into her grown-up self: tech-savvy college professor and passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She skillfully weaves those essential experiences and knowledge throughout the Lakeside Porches romances.
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