This week I had the immense pleasure of interviewing Western Romance Author, Kathleen Ball. Kathleen's cowboy romances are tender stories that will make you laugh and cry. She recently published her second novel, Texas Haven. Texas Haven is book one in The Dawson Ranch Series. Kathleen's storytelling never disappoints me. Take a look at what she has to say about Texas Haven and being an author in general...then, hop on over to her website, take a look around, then buy her books. They're awesome!
· When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
· I never imagined that I could write a novel. I’ve always been a reader and books were my treasures. It wasn’t until three years ago when my son was going to be going to college and I was facing the empty nest that my sister suggested that I try to write.
· What genres do you enjoy writing, and why?
· I write what I read, western romance. Cowboys have always been a favorite of mine.
· If you had never moved to Texas, what do you think you'd be writing about? Or would you even be writing?
· Wow good question. I probably wouldn’t have tried writing. It was moving here and not having friends that left me at loose ends looking for something.
· Who is your most favorite character you have ever written? Why?
· My favorite character is Rheenie a five year old pistol of a girl who is in my upcoming novel Ryelee’s Cowboy. She brought out the humor in me.
· Who is your most favorite character that another author has written? Why?
· Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I loved that she dared to be different. She was honest about her insecurities yet she forged ahead.
· What genres did you read before you started writing?
· I love anything romance, especially historical novels.
· What’s been the hardest thing on your journey as a writer?
· I think the hardest part was trying to prove to my husband and son that writing wasn’t just a cute hobby.
· What’s the most enjoyable thing on the journey?
· The friends that I have made.
· How much support do you receive from your family?
· My brothers and sisters and my Dad have always been incredibly supportive. I don’t think my husband knew what to think until his co--workers told him how much they liked my novels.
· How do you manage your schedule to balance writing with other responsibilities?
· I’m fortunate that I am able to write full time. I don’t know how other authors do it, with kids and work. I admire them.
· What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
· Read. Write. Find out the rules of writing your genre.
· Plotter? Or Pantster?
· Mostly panster.
· Describe your ideal “writing room” -- and your real one.
· My ideal one has an assistant that edits as I write-- my real one is at a desk in my living room looking out the front window.
· The value of networking
· You have to network if you want to sell books. While you write make friends with authors, join some online groups. I believe that the facebook share button is the most under used tool on the internet. The more you share the more you get shared and that exposure is so valuable.
· Writer’s block and how you overcome it
· Haven’t had it-- If I come to a standstill I walk away and jump in later
· Tricks you use to stimulate your thinking
· I don’t think I have any
Let's talk about Texas Haven, what was the inspiration behind the story?
· Texas Haven is the first novel I wrote. The inspiration is pure emotion. I love a book that makes me cry.
· How did you choose your title?
· While writing it, I kept saying Texas------ what? It wasn’t until I finished that Haven came to me.
· What research was involved?
· I used to read a book a day, that was my research. Being new to Texas I absorbed a lot, from the name of flowers to being around horses.
· How does the setting play a role in the story?
· I love small towns with quirky residents. I think it brings depth to a story. The ranch is the place that Annie and Burke get to know each other. In Texas Haven, Annie has never seen cattle before. It’s fun to see everything from her perspective.
· What do you hope readers will get from your novel
· I hope that they love the emotion of love and heartbreak and love again.
Give me the blurb for Texas Haven in 140 characters or less:
Advertising for a wife seems like the answer to all of Burke Dawson's problems. He wants a wife and kids without emotional attachments. He has no idea how much havoc one woman can cause. Annie Douglas has her heart set on Burke's love and she isn't about to stop until she gets it
What’s next for you?
Ryelee’s Cowboy comes out next month
Lone Star Joy comes out in September
Stetson’s Storm comes out in Feb
My author app---- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onseeker.kathleenball&reviewId=04652713688120867808
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/texas-haven-kathleen-ball/1111384162?ean=2940015030051
Kathleen Ball's Author Bio:
A voracious reader, Kathleen quickly discovered the world of romance novels and she knew she was home. Kathleen wrote her first book two years ago. She was shocked to find out that people loved what she wrote. All of Kathleen's novels are award winners. Callie's Heart is her first published novel. It is the first book in The Lasso Springs Series. Kathleen lives in Texas. She moved there from Rochester, New York and is having the time of her life exploring Texas culture. Kathleen is married to her wonderful husband Bruce and they have one son, Steven. They just welcomed new additions to their family, a new daughter in law, Brittany and her cute as a button son, Colt.
She feels blessed to be supported in her writing by her family and friends
Thank you so much, Kathleen and thank you readers for taking the