New interview with novelist Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

A
nice welcome back to novelist Kathryn
Elizabeth Jones
as we chat about her newest novel, The Gift: A Parable of the Key.
A little bit about
Kathryn:
Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987. She
graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a
minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing,
public relations and journalism. In 2012, she opened the doors to Idea
Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their
writing, publishing, and marketing needs.
Welcome back to
Reviews and Interviews.
Thanks!
Please tell us about
your newest release.
The Gift: A Parable
of the Key

is the last book in the Parable series about Virginia and her struggles to
overcome life’s challenges. With the help of the five stones, Listening, Trust,
Optimism, Tenacity and Constancy, Virginia learns with the help of God all
things are possible. Though losing their baby has presented Virginia and her
husband, Richard, with the greatest challenge of all – they soon discover that
with God’s help, they can yet – heal.
What inspired you to
write this book?
I
knew there was one more story to Virginia’s life that needed to be told. In the
first book, she loses her job – a difficult struggle to say the least – but not
the most difficult struggle on the planet. In book 2, she isn’t able to have a
child and by the end of the book we see a miracle happening in the life of
Virginia. We think all is settled and good, but in life there are always
opportunities to stretch – to become something more. The Gift is all about that.
What’s the next
writing project?
I
am working on a book with a friend of mine entitled, Heaven 24/7. A book of true stories about living heaven on earth. I
am also working on book 3 in my mystery series. This book is titled, Hard Boiled, and returns Susan home from
her honeymoon only to find that her ex-husband has been killed.
What is your biggest
challenge when writing a new book?
Probably
the hardest part for me is the mid-section of the book; keeping the tension
going, the scenes interesting, connected and engaging. I don’t want to lose the
writer mid-way through the book.
If your novels
require research – please talk about the process. Do you do the research first
and then write, while you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need
to fill in the gaps?
Research
is a big deal. I usually start my book, and fill in what I learn through
research on the way. I find that if I sit down to plan my entire book including
all of the research I need for it, I get bogged down and don’t want to start
writing it. By just getting in there and writing I find that I am able to fill
in the gaps that I don’t know as I go, by stopping the story and researching
what I need for the next scene.
What’s your writing
space like? Do you have a particular spot to write where the muse is more
active? Please tell us about it.
I
do have a writing office – a place I also bring writing clients, however, it’s
in dire need of some fix-ups. The carpet has been pulled up and the walls need
some painting. We are remodeling the kitchen and my office will come next –
probably sometime next year when we put in the kitchen floors that will be the
same in the office. Until then, I keep the place as neat and clean as possible,
and all of my clients know that the office is a work-in-progress.
What authors do you
enjoy reading within or outside of your genre?
I
enjoy C.S. Lewis and have just come upon Beverly Lewis (she writes Amish
fiction). I really don’t have an affinity with authors with the last name of
Lewis, it’s just what’s been connecting with me recently. I also enjoy any book
that will help me to draw closer to God.
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers today?
I
appreciate so much the readers who enjoy my work and have told me that they do.
I have many who also do book reviews, which I appreciate as well. As an author,
you do all you can to connect with readers and want your books to be something
that the reader remembers, for all of the good reasons.
Thank you for coming
back to Reviews and Interviews!
You’re
welcome! I’ve had a great time!

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