Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Author Interview: Katharine Grubb


Give us a bit of your  background (where are you from, your family,  traveling adventures)

I am a native northeastern  Oklahoma. I graduated from the University  of Oklahoma, taught elementary school, wrote  comedy and dreamed about having a great  story to tell when I met and married  my husband. In 1995, I got this fancy  new computer with a little device called  a "modem" on it. I dialed up,  found a singles bulletin board, started  emailing this man in Massachusetts and  explained to people around me what e-mail  was. Nine months later, I flew to  Boston to meet him face to face and  I knew.  I just knew. Within two  months, I was living in his parents  basement and we were talking about marriage.  We married in 1996 and have five  kids. I homeschool, bake bread, cheer  for the Patriots and write romantic comedies  in ten minute increments. We live in  Massachusetts. 

Most writers are readers. What  are some of the books you have on  your nightstand and/or on your "must  read" list?

Because I homeschool, I strongly  encourage reading the classics. My kids  and I read Jane Austen, Mark Twain,  Arthur Conan Doyle, Louisa May Alcott,  fairy tales, and other books that fall  into what you think of when you think  children's literature. As for me personally,  I'm picky. I like quirky, funny, clean  stories that are well-crafted in a variety  of genres. My favorite read recently was  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell which,  besides being really long, met all my  fussy requirements. 

What is your favorite genre  to write?

My favorite genre to write  are romances or women's fiction that can  be described as quirky, funny and clean.  I write what I would like to read.  I like complex characters, conservative themes  and lots of dialogue. I LOVE dialogue  and I find that once I can get  a character talking, they turn out to  be someone eccentric who is looking for  love. 

What other things do you  have planned with your writing for the  rest of the year 2013?

My writing goals for 2013  are to market my debut novel, Falling For Your Madness, the best I can through social media. In the fall, I'm releasing The Truth About The Sky, a book more women's fiction-y than pure romance. Kim -- a church secretary who doesn't believe in God -- is being pursued by a creepy mortician who wants to "court" her, a mysterious, good-looking music minister who plays the bassoon at every opportunity and a lawyer-turned-lanscaper who is obsessed with finding two missing railroad ties. And it's about grace.

What is the most  rewarding thing about being a writer?

The second most  rewarding thing is to see your book  in the flesh, with a cover and pages  and ISBN number and everything. It is  AWESOME to see the dream go from  a document on a computer screen to  an actual book! But the MOST rewarding  thing is meeting people through the book  itself. Since releasing Falling For Your Madness, I've met people from all over the world who tell me how much they enjoy it, how they want their daughters to read it and how they can't wait to read the next book. That's the most fun! My readers make it wonderful.

Do you have a  favorite comment or question from a reader?

My favorite comment  was from my critique partner, Jane. She's  a tough reader to please and at one  point in the drafting process I asked  her be so honest that it would make  me cry. She did. However, after Falling For Your Madness was finished and she read it, she raved. She even said in her review that she would happily sacrifice a friendship for honesty, but in this case, she didn't have to. She not only gave my book five stars, she said "This is likely to be the best antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey that you'll come across for some time. If you think you'll bite your Kindle if you have to encounter one more nasty, abusive, manipulative male lead, then I suggest you sink into this delightful rom-com instead of downloading the next FSOG clone." Jane and I agreed that we don't write for each other, but after that comment, I don't feel like I have to write for anyone else ever again.

Please share about  your book:

Falling  For Your Madness is the story of an eccentric literature professor with a fake English accent, David, who pursues an ordinary girl, Laura. David tells Laura that he has a certain way of doing things -- there are rules to their courtship. Rules like, they can never be alone.  And, she can never call him.  And, if she wants to move them from friends to sweethearts, and then from sweethearts to fiancees, then SHE makes the call. Laura is smitten by his charm, his humor and his poetry, but she does find the rules frustrating. He is like no other man she has ever met. David tells her that he is bound by the laws of chivalry, both body and soul. And when Laura finds out his reason for this madness, she has to decide if she will release him -- because he'll never break up with her-- or fall for him completely. Falling For Your Madness is not just a romantic comedy, but it asks the question, who has the most control in a relationship -- the lady or the gentleman? And just how powerful is suggestion? This is the story of chivalry, chastity and the power of words. 


If  you could sum your main character into  five words, what would they be? 

Professor  David Julius Arthur Bowles is gentlemanly,  chivalrous, tall, funny and mysterious.

Use  no more than two sentences. Why should  we read your book?

You  should read my book because this is  more than just a story. Falling For Your Madness gently challenges modern dating culture and encourages the reader to expect more out of their relationships.


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