Interview with YA novelist Kathryn Hewitt

My Christmas guest is YA novelist Kathryn Hewitt to tell us a bit about her novel Snow.
Bio:
Kathryn
Hewitt was born and raised in the small town of Camden, South Carolina.
Breaking away from becoming a teen mom statistic, she was an Honors Graduate
from Camden High School and went on to study British Literature and Sociology
at Charleston Southern University, inspiring to teach High School English.
Kathryn
has a passion for teaching teenagers and reaching out to those who seem as
though the world has closed the door. Because of her own experiences, including
becoming a teenage mother at fifteen, Kathryn knows the value of life and the
blessings it contains. Understanding the importance of making wise decisions,
Kathryn passionately seeks to instill that wisdom into the minds of every young
lady she encounters. The inspiration for Kathryn’s writings comes from her own
experiences, and she is never afraid to speak the truth that others refuse to
acknowledge.
Kathryn
married in 2005 and is a stay at home mom with her four sons. She and her
family currently live in the same town she grew up.
Welcome,
Kathryn. Please tell us about your current release.
Snow
is a fiction novel based on a true story about the consequences of making
detrimental mistakes. This novel isn’t just another story of teenagers
succumbing to their sexual desires. It is, rather, a realistic portrayal of how
teenage relationships can quickly turn violent. Ruth is the kind of sweet,
young girl that mothers hope for in their daughters. Soaked in innocence, she
is easily persuaded into a relationship she knows isn’t good for her. The
consequences of that relationship force her into a life she could have never
imagined for herself. You’ll find yourself rooting for Ruth to make the right
choice when she’s face to face with a life or death decision. This novel brings
to light the raw emotions of the decision process many women face each and
every day, but offers perspectives from both ends of the spectrum. Snow brings a message of hope in a
seemingly hopeless situation. Because of some graphic descriptions and the
topics discussed in this novel, I do not recommend it for anyone under the age
of 13 or 7th grade unless a parent has read it first.
What
inspired you to write this book?
When I was fifteen I found myself suddenly drowning in
the most difficult circumstances I have ever been in. Had it not been for the
grace of God and the prayers of my family and friends, my situation could have
ended in a horrific way. I decided then I needed to share my story; that there
may be a young girl or woman out there that I could help by being bold and
speaking out. I began writing Snow
seven years later. It took a total of five years to complete, but doing so
helped me to overcome many things I’d held onto from my past. Most importantly
I learned to forgive. While this novel is based on a true story, I can neither
confirm nor deny which parts are derived directly from my own situation;
although, I will say that the ending of this novel is 100% truth. It still
baffles me today!
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I have several projects that I am currently working on. I
am completing an adult fiction novel that delves into the dark and unforgiving
world of adultery. The characters in this novel could be any family, in any
home, in any town. What happens when communication between spouses ceases to
exist and speculations began to fly? Will the truth be revealed before the
unimaginable happens?

I am also working on a novel that deals with the topic of
child molestation and a novel about the lives of law enforcement officers. All
of my novels are realistic stories, drawn from true stories that bring a
message of hope.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
Mostly I still don’t. To me, I’m just a SAHM (stay at
home mom) that happens to have something to share. Being a “writer”
seems very daunting. I rather consider myself the author of a story; whether it
is just this one story or (hopefully) the author of many more.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do
other than write and how do you find time to write?
People ask me this all the time, especially when they
find out I have 4 children. I fit writing in whenever I can. My husband is a
police officer, so on his days off I get to hide in my closet for a few hours
and get some writing done. When I have a deadline, my husband will hold down
the home front while I go away for a few days of uninterrupted writing. But
most of my writing gets done at night when he is working night shift. I climb
in my bed with my laptop and usually don’t stop until the wee hours of the
morning. When I’m not writing I am home schooling my seventh grader, helping my
Kindergartener with homework, and teaching my two younger ones ABC’s, 123’s,
and household chores. We sit down every single night, together as a family, for
dinner and pray together.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write best at night when I am eating chocolate. I also
think up my stories in the oddest of places, like the shower or when I’m doing
yard work. The busier my hands are the harder my brain works!
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher. In ninth grade I shifted my
studies to meteorology and did a short internship with the local weather
station. I planned to become a storm chaser; however, after having my first
child in high school I knew I wouldn’t be able to chase storms with a toddler
in tow, so I went on to college and studied British Literature and Sociology in
preparation to teach High School English III.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I am only a writer because God gives me a message to
share readers. There will always be some sort of difficult circumstance in
everyone’s life and I want to deliver the message that even in the midst of the
most hopeless situations God is there; listening and loving. Even when the
circumstance doesn’t end the way we may have wanted, there is still hope.
Thanks, Kathryn. Merry Christmas!

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