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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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WGP Episode 58 Nova Ren Suma, YA author

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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Walls Around Us, now available from Algonquin, which is a finalist for the Edgar Award and named the #1 Indie Next Pick on the Spring 2015 kids’ list and a Best Book of 2015 by The Boston Globe, NPR, School Library Journal, the Chicago Public Library, The Horn Book, and Book Riot.

Nova also wrote the YA novels Imaginary Girls (Dutton, 2011) and 17 & Gone (Dutton, 2013), both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her first book, the middle-grade novel Dani Noir (S&S/Aladdin, 2009), was reissued in paperback as Fade Out (Simon Pulse, 2012) and was named a Top 10 Editors’ Pick for 2009 by Amazon. Her short story “The Birds of Azalea Street” appears in the new YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (Dial, 2015) and she will have an essay in the YA anthology Feminism for the Real World, forthcoming in 2017. She is now at work on a new YA novel coming from Algonquin.

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There is a lot more info about Nova and her books at her Amazon page also, at:

Nova Ren Suma’s Amazon page

In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • Insight into Nova’s name and how she came by it and what she longed to be called instead
  • Details about her book, The Walls Around Us, and info on her journey as a published author including her work life as a production editor or copy editor at Harper Collins
  • She mentions the book that set her off into the world of YA, it is called FEATHERED and you can check it out below in the image section
  • She tells us about working in publishing and what is important as an employee there
  • Insight into how an author becomes a NY Times Bestseller
  • Details about what it takes to break into traditional publishing
  • Insider info on an author’s willingness to write something new if what they are writing isn’t working.
  • We discuss her Edgar nomination and how that all played out
  • She tells us what her weakness is in writing and how she feels like she got accepted in spite of it
  • We learn which book is the book of her heart and why it is special to her
  • AND SO MUCH MORE including her best advice for aspiring authors!

    Her current book:

    Her previous books:

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    You can find her online at her website NOVA REN SUMA and on Twitter @novaren
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    WGP Episode 57: Sean Grigsby, author

    Traditionally published author Sean Grigsby has been working in the shadows since 2008. His work has appeared in many print anthologies and a creepypasta on Youtube. He is a reviewer and slush reader for Grimdark Magazine, and former associate editor for Dark Recesses Magazine. He is now repped by an agent at the Donald Maass Agency.

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    There is a lot more info about Sean and his work at his Amazon page also, at:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sean-Grigsby/e/B0038MSZPY

    In this episode, we learn about:

    Show Notes

  • We learn how Sean got an agent and why he chose traditional publishing over indie publishing
  • Insider info on Sean’s first attempt at writing a novel
  • His opinion and thoughts on synopis writing and how his first novel experience helped him
  • Details about his accepted work and what the concept is for the book that was picked up by his agent
  • Information about “the call” when it came
  • How he writes
  • Inspiration from Sean about having a heart for what you do
  • Insider details about his own experience as an interviewer and how he finds time to do that with two babies and a full-time job
  • Details about his time with the Nielson-Haydens (of Tor Books) at Mid-South Con
  • We discuss Tor Books and what they accept and how
  • Information about what is coming up for Sean
  • His thoughts about indie publishing
  • His best advice for aspiring authors
  • Books Sean is reading: (click the image to go to Amazon and get yours!)
  • Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell
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    Bentley Little’s The Summoning
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    Sam Sykes’s The City Stained Red
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    AND SO MUCH MORE

    You can find him online at his website http://www.seangrigsby.com and on Twitter @SeanGrigsby

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    WGP Episode 56: Eliza Gale, Interviewer

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    Eliza Gale runs, Eliza Gale’s Interviews which is a website on which she interviews writers, actors, and other artists about their jobs and their dreams. She is a part-time proletarian and part-time professional blogger, whose work has appeared on AXS, Examiner, Portland Metro Live and other websites.

    Ms. Gale is a published poet and a produced playwright. Her play, “The Little Nebbish” is about a disgruntled telemarketer who plots to destroy the coworkers who bully her and the roommate who uses her.
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    Her novel, “Papaya Paltrow, The Psychic and The Time Machine” will be released on April 11, 2016. The book is about a fake psychic who stumbles across a real time machine in her roommate’s closet. She uses the technology to advance her career and become a clairvoyant to the stars. One day she travels too far into the future where America has become a positive thinking police state.

    This is an audio-only episode so put your earbuds in and have a listen!

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Show Notes

  • How long Eliza has been doing interviews
  • Why she chose interview format to produce
  • She explains what a proletarian is
  • She tells us about her play, The Little Nebbish
  • Discussion about her as an interviewee rather than the interviewer and why others don’t reciprocate when they are asked to give an interview
  • Insider details about her site page called Page of Flakes and what it really is
  • How many subjects do not answer all their questions
  • Her 8 rules for interview subjects and why it is important
  • Insights into one particular interview and how the subject tried to hide behind a fake persona
  • Her most memorable interview with Ric O’Barry
  • What her perfect subject would be
  • Advice for someone looking to start a blog to interview subjects
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

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    Links
    Her site is: http://www.elizagalesinterviews.com

    Click the cover to go to Amazon to purchase this great work!

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