Today, Award-winning romantic fantasy author-Kathy Bryson is visiting with us.
Kathy Bryson said, “Shakespeare may have brought a long-standing feud to light in 1590-something with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it’s heating up in the modern-day Midwest. What’s an ordinary, little town to do when the legends we’ve all heard – the fairytales and the folklore – turn out to be living next door? Civil war will break out at the end of 2015, so catch up today on who’s aligned with whom.”
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
“I knew when I finished reading through our elementary school and local children’s libraries and I spent 20 years honing my skills–marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff I enjoy most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare.”
She won the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best First Book with Feeling Lucky. Her book Restless Spirits she said, “This book was specifically drawn from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.”
This book is also a Finalist for the EPIC 2015 eBook Awards in Fantasy Romance, congratulations.
Forget your image of Leprechauns…Kathy lets us in on a secret in her book Feeling Lucky about what they really look like and who they are. You don’t want to miss reading this book. She is also going to tell us where they are today. And you are going to be surprised.
Tell us about this book Kathy.
It’s about Megan O’Malley who pinched a cute guy and accidentally captured a leprechaun. Who’d have thought a perfectly normal guy – okay a bit short – would have such a bad attitude about giving away his money? Megan may be millions richer, but she’s also got an angry leprechaun camped out on her sofa, trying to keep her from becoming the business mogul of her dreams.
Fergus O’Reilly cannot figure out what he did to upset the Queen of the Fairies. He was playing a wedding when a drunken lady pinched his rear end and the Queen declared him caught. Now he’s broke, homeless, and hustling to stop the lovely lady with the wandering fingers from spending his money! This would be much easier if she wasn’t cute, caring, and determined to help with his so-called money addiction!
No wonder it won the award. Can’t wait to read this story. I like the fact it’s kind of quirky.
Well in this book, Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!
John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his bed & breakfast. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?
Your Restless Spirits is a Paranormal Finalist in Colorado Romance Writer’s 2015 Award of Excellence Contest, congratulations.
I really like the sound of this one too. So I will have to read it when I finish Feeling Lucky.
What are you working on now for your next publication?
I’m thrilled to have completed the final installment in my leprechaun trilogy. It’ll be available by Christmas, but it’s not exactly a festive story. You know how the King of the Fairies made the Queen fall in love with a donkey in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Well, that really happened, but no, the Queen did not just quietly get over it! Full-scale civil war is breaking out in the Midwest even if ordinary mortals don’t realize it.
In Fighting Mad, Carla is laid off from the bank and turns to her friends for support, only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is a local bartender named Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?
Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late night throw downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty, little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!
This Sounds very interesting.
I know as an author you have to market your book so I would like to ask you what you think authors need to help them market their books better?
Several years ago when Florida was going through a rash of bad storms, the news had to caution people about a drinking game that has arisen around their use of the phrase ‘hunker down.’ Some days I think we should reinstate that game every time someone says ‘Amazon!’
But seriously, most marketing theories agree that you need multiple channels to market successfully. For authors, this can mean Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive, Flipkart, Oyster, Scribd, etc. It can also mean promoting on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tsu, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, and so on. It’s a very big world out there when you don’t focus on just the biggest player.
It can also be an overwhelming number of choices, so I recommend partnering. Networking with good editors, cover artists, formatters can lighten your load and help spread the word about your work. You’ll have to experiment to find what works for you, but don’t get discouraged if you’re feeling lost in the masses.
What is your day like when you are writing?
When I taught online, I could spend a few hours typing, then take a break. I tried to work every day. I’m working full-time now, so I’m becoming a ‘weekend warrior.’ I settle down with a nice cup of coffee, type a bit, bounce up to do something while I think, then sit back down again. I have to be more disciplined when I have fewer days, I can’t have stare into space days, but a full day works out better when I’m on a roll and the words are flowing. Mostly, it’s just that constant push. Write, write, write, then go back and rewrite!
What specifically delights you most about your writing about leprechauns?
Leprechauns are wonderful to work with because they’re completely irreverent and can say what they think. There aren’t a lot of preconceived perceptions about leprechauns aside from their height. It comes as a bit of a shock for readers to realize they’re not actually little, green men, but warriors of legend. The name comes from Lugh, the Celtic god of war. But aside from that, they’re not known for being mysterious like vampires, wise like elves, or fierce like werewolves. They are whatever individuals they are, responding to circumstances as they see fit, and they don’t hesitate to say exactly what they think!
Oh people also know that leprechauns have gold. It’s their greatest joke. Everyone wants some, but no one takes leprechauns seriously, so no one comes looking for their treasure!
Southern Writers Magazine showcased you in the March/April 2015 magazine in “What’s the Story” section. You were shared with us where you got the story for your book Feeling Lucky. Excellent, I enjoyed it very much.
For those of you who haven’t read it, you will want to get a copy and read. It is very interesting. Just click on the magazine.
Be sure and check out Kathy Bryson’s sites below. She would love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for visiting with us today.