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WGP Interview: Kathleen Gerard

Recently, Writer Groupie Podcast had the privilege of interviewing Kathleen Gerard, author of In Transit and The Thing Is. Here is the interview and you can get links to her work below.

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THE THING IS (a novel) by Kathleen Gerard

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here’s a brief synopsis of THE THING IS:
Can a woman mired deep in the throes of grief have her heart and soul rallied by a therapy
dog named Prozac who has supernatural wisdom and a canine Mensa IQ?

Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac.

Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal brokenhearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week.
Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.

THE THING IS is a perfect read for fans of General Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, and Dog and Pet Lovers!

Do you have a specific writing style?

All of the books I’ve published (so far) deal with strong women who are forced to overcome challenges of some kind. Humor and romance also play a part in the stories. My first novel, In Transit, is a suspenseful woman-in-jeopardy story about a female rookie NYPD cop who falls in love with the wrong man.

Cold Comfort is more of a heartwarming-style romance about a workaholic photojournalist who comes face-to-face with an old flame who broke her heart in college.

I experimented a bit with The Thing Is, telling that story from two, very distinct points-of-view—that of a blocked romance writer who has become entrenched in grief after her fiancé dies, and a crafty, sometimes very devious, “Spirit Guide Dog,” who believes his mission is to help the writer learn how to live and love again.

How did you come up with the title?

THE THING IS was inspired by the poem, “The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass. Bass’s poem speaks to how to go on living life when we feel completely heartbroken and riddled with despair. It was apropos to the themes of the story, and I decided to title the novel by the very same name.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a photojournalist—and I pursued that passion throughout childhood, high school and college. I always hoped that one day I would work for the Associated Press (AP) and travel the world taking pictures, including photographing in war zones. But when I realized that my personality was much more methodical and analytical by nature, I reconsidered things. And that was when the writing bug suddenly bit me.

Who is your favorite character in your books and why?

I select all of my characters–even the “bad guys”–with care, so I like them all. However, writing from a clever dog’s point-of-view in THE THING IS was very fun—and liberating.

Who designed the cover?

My publisher, Red Adept Publishing, has a great staff on board for all facets of their books from editing to book covers to marketing. The very talented Jessica Anderegg worked with Streetlight Graphics (they’re wonderful!) to make a gem of a book cover for THE THING IS

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part about writing this book was staying the course and letting the story unravel on its own—without preconceiving the plot. Once I figured out who the characters were and their goals (I wrote and wrote and threw out a lot), the story evolved very organically. When I make a concerted effort to stick to and follow through with the writing of a book, I always try to keep my heart, soul and mind open to whatever crosses my path during the process. I’ve found that if I stay attuned and pay attention to things as they happen in my real life, then, more often than not, my writing life becomes the beneficiary of that attentiveness. For example, a friend (or even a stranger) may off-handedly make a remark, or I’ll read an article in the newspaper, or maybe even a postcard advertisement will arrive in the mail…the mundane can suddenly become an aha! moment—something that unexpectedly serves the story. But trusting that process–and being patient–is sometimes very difficult.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read a lot. Write a lot. And stick to it!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read. Hang out with my dog. I like to cook and enjoy watching cooking shows on TV. And when I want to unwind, I like to watch indie films and romantic comedies.

What do you think makes a good story?

Strong characters. Conflict and transcendence.

Quick fire questions:
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite music: Lately, music by Sara Bareillis
Favorite TV program: Cooking shows with Lidia Bastianich
Five things you like: My dog. Pizza. Red wine. Cooking (and eating). A good story.
Five things you dislike: Illness. Mean-spirited/cruel people. Phoniness/Gossip. Dieting. Traffic.
Five words that describe you: Sensitive. Spiritual. Loyal. Analytical. Tenacious.

Kathleen Gerard
Email: katgerard@aol.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kathleengerard
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kathleengerard.writer
Website: http://www.kathleengerard.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2865523.Kathleen_Gerard

Learn more about THE THING IS: http://www.thethingis-thenovel.blogspot.com
Buy THE THING IS: http://www.thethingis-thenovel.blogspot.com/p/buy-book.html

Learn more about IN TRANSIT http://www.intransit-thenovel.blogspot.com
Learn more about COLD COMFORThttp://kathleengerard.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-novella-release-cold-comfort-by.html

The Thing Is can be purchased at:
* Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B55MZY2
* Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thing-is-kathleen-gerard/1123327681?ean=9781940215587
* BooksAMillion – http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Thing/Kathleen-Gerard/9781940215587?id=6574018647320
*Indiebound – http://www.indiebound.org/search/book?searchfor=Gerard%2C+Kathleen
* Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kathleen_Gerard_The_Thing_Is?_bbid=1711329&_bbreg=us&_bbtype=email&id=4WeJCwAAQBAJ&pubref=bookbubemaild

THE THING IS (a novel) by Kathleen Gerard
Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Pages: 299
Release: March 9, 2016
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
ISBN: 9781940215587

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Writer Groupie Podcast is GROWING!

Just a quick update for you guys to let you know that Writer Groupie Podcast is experiencing the usual slowdown that happens in summer time. WE ARE STILL HERE! But our shows might be a little sporadic as everyone gets that summer time vacation in. If you want to get on the podcast, please visit our Booking Page – and let us know. We are interested in booking writers, publishers, book cover artists, and other industry pros – if you think you might have something to share, contact us.

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We would love to get a lot of new followers/fans/subscribers. The reason is purely selfish. We have plans to GROW WGP! There are great NEW segments coming on the show, including a sort of groupie corner where your writing guru, (me!), will discuss aspects of the writing life that you may need help with. We are going to get busy with a newsletter soon also, so you can subscribe to that and be in on the latest news first!

We will also examine a lot of things about the writing world, and writing news, so – please fan, follow, like, subscribe, to our channels and sites to be sure you are in on the latest and greatest in the writing universe. You can find links to our Youtube channel and iTunes site at the end of every podcast blog post. I will begin adding that info on my intros on the podcast as well.

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We are also gearing up for the groupie guests who are coming in July – including Michael Bowler and Rich Zahradnik.

WGP will host a few author interviews via guest blogging in July as well, so you guys get in here and check it out!

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WGP Episode 60 Robert Smith, Thrillers

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Robert Smith writes thrillers. Sometimes as TyCobbsTeeth (pen name) and he tells us how that pen name came to be in the podcast. Areas of the thriller genre that interest him are: Psychological; Suspense; Horror; and Crime/Detective. He’s from Prince Edward Island, just off Canada’s east coast, where the ocean winds drive the cold waves of the north Atlantic hard against the island’s red cliffs. More recently he is from Ottawa, and the US East coast.
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Be sure to have a listen to Robert’s interview by clicking on the podcast player below. We discuss his work, including, Breakfast is Severed, Society for Supper, and What Lies Within which is coming soon.

You can get these works by Mr. Smith by clicking on the covers.

In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • Robert Smith’s journey into writing thrillers and how visual arts has played a part in that
  • How Stephen King influenced his writing
  • What led him to write his first short story, Breakfast is Severed (a tagline did it!)and a little about the sequel Society for Supper
  • Discussion about ideas and how they can disrupt your life
  • Insider info about Robert’s pen name and how it came to be and how Sotheby’s Auctions played a part
  • Details about how writing under a pseudonym can be problematic
  • A look into the new work, What Lies Within, and what he is going to do with it
  • His new agent (Debbie Lyon) works for Media Bitch Literarybased in the UK but has agents in the US and Canada.

AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!

One of the books we discussed was his favorite Stephen King story. You can get IT here by clicking on the cover:

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You can find him online at his Facebook page Robert Smith, Thrillers and on Twitter @tycobbsteeth
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WGP Episode 59 Dr. Robert Williscroft, Hard Sci Fi

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Dr. Robert G. Williscroft is an adventurer, deep sea diver, nuclear submariner, polar explorer, and author to name a few of his accomplishments. See his website here at this link to see what all he has done in his life. He will educate and entertain you all in the span of the first five minutes of our interview. Robert’s many achievements encourages us to greater heights with our work by the knowledge that we CAN DO THIS! We are only limited by gravity, as I am known to say.

Robert has written six books and has been interviewed by 41 radio talk shows on 38 radio stations across the nation, several of them twice or more. I am very lucky to have him on Writer Groupie again, and believe me, you will love this show.

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A reviewer said of his book Slingshot 


In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • Dr. Williscroft tells us what he’s been doing since we last met
  • He tells us about hard sci fi and how it is important to get the research right if you want to write it
  • We get insight into his journey as a scientist, adventurer, and author
  • He tells us how he ended up at the South Pole conducting research
  • We learn how the book The Chicken Little Agenda came into being
  • He gives us inside details about diving (and the serious problems it can create if you don’t come back up properly)
  • Details about Operation Ivy Bells and how that book is based on facts
  • Robert shares with us the things he is doing to promote his work, including what Linkedin Pulse has to offer
  • He gives insider details about his book Slingshot and how it was featured at a conference and how he offers to anyone who wants to get an autographed hardback copy he will get them a special coffee mug also.
  • Details about how he got 30,000 followers on Twitter

AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!

A few of his books:

THE STARCHILD COMPACT

OPERATION IVY BELLS

SLINGSHOT

THE CHICKEN LITTLE AGENDA

STARMAN JONES-A Relativity Birthday Presemt (children’s book)

Coming soon!

THE IAPETUS FEDERATION

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You can find her online at his Facebook page Robert Williscroft and on Twitter @RGWilliscroft
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