For the next couple of days, I will be featuring author Kathleen Marentes. I loved her first book, The Shadows Breathe, and the second one, The Shadows Fall, just came out on Kindle! Paperback coming soon.
First, let’s find out about the author herself.
- What do you do when you’re not writing?
Thinking about writing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught myself mentally adding narration to a conversation I’m engaged in. I also can’t listen to music without writing scenes to it. But when I do manage to focus on something else, I enjoy baking and spending time with my kids. Lately, they’ve gotten me into making those rubberband-loom bracelets!
- What was your favorite book as a child or teen?
I had several versions of Black Beauty as a child, but Anna Sewell’s was always my favorite. It’s such a beautiful story from the horse’s point of view, and so perfectly embodies the story of a horse’s life. They have no choice in their path, and it’s not always a good one. One year my father surprised me with a pocket-sized copy of the original with a note from him written inside. I still have it and love it!
- Do you write with an outline or just write?
I start out by finding music that fits the mood/voice/feel of the book and listen to it repeatedly. I find that by doing that whole scenes and new ideas will come to me. Then I write an outline. I like to have it so I know the general direction I’m heading in. But the outline is flexible and often changes drastically during the actual writing.
- Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with further?
Erica Arnolds stands out in The Shadows Breathe, because she’s the zany friend who insists on being called a sidekick and isn’t afraid to jump into some crazy scheme to help out her friends. I think she could have a good story of her own, and I may have to experiment with that down the road. I also have something of an alternate-reality version of the story in mind, but until the series is complete, I can’t elaborate too much!
- What sort of Starbucks coffee would your characters order?
Kara would order hot chocolate!
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS AMAZING AUTHOR AND BOOK HERE:
http://amzn.com/B00FKVHH78 Link to the book on Amazon
www.facebook.com/KathleenMarentes My facebook page
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20767428-the-shadows-breathe My goodreads page