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Kay Chandler~Southern Fiction Author

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Welcome to Authors Visits Kay, we are excited about your latest book, The Keeper.

Tell us this book.

The Keeper is about a young woman, an abusive man, and the lies that bind. Mandy drifts from one homeless shelter to another, sometimes sleeping under bridges or staying in shady motels with the man she calls “Daddy,” although the affectionate term begins to stick in her throat. Wylie Gafford is obnoxious, cold-hearted and mean. Some folks have book sense and some have common sense, but Wylie appears to have neither. He forbids her to have friends.

When Mandy falls in love at seventeen, Wylie’s furious and takes her away. He compares her to a trash-fish and says a trash-fish is as much fun to pull into the boat as a nice bream, but at the end of the day the trash goes back into the cold waters, while the bream—a keeper—goes home with the fisherman. “When that ol’ boy gets ready to pick a wife, he won’t be picking the likes of you. You ain’t no keeper, girlie.”

Mandy’s goal is to become a Keeper and return to Alabama to the love she left behind. But fear, guilt, and a false sense of loyalty are the invisible chains that bind her to her domineering father. IMG_3541

How did it come about?

My husband and I had the privilege of getting to know a unique homeless couple who drifted into our lives several years ago. We listened to their stories of being without a home, and rejoiced when they moved into an old rental house, even though the only furniture was a mattress they found at the dump for their children to sleep on. He had a fourth grade education, had been in prison, but eventually joined our Sunday School Class. I learned through that experience that there is indeed a little bad in the best of us and a little good in the worst of us.

What is the story behind the creation?

The couple we befriended had three children, but one little girl looked very different from the parents and the other two children. When we first met them, the thought ran through my mind, “What if this child isn’t theirs?” After I came to know them, I knew it was a foolish notion, but the idea for a book lurked in the back of my mind. Mandy desperately wants to believe Wylie can’t be her father. After all, how could a daddy be so cruel to his own flesh and blood?

Was your book research intensive?

A great deal of information was gleaned from previous experiences. Years ago, I visited a single mother with a newborn who was staying at the Rescue Mission in Mobile, Alabama. When I wrote a scene that takes place at a shelter, I drew from that experience.

Did you find some fun facts?

Yes, I did. A character in the book wants to convince Mandy that her father is wrong, and she is indeed a Keeper. He takes her to a seafood restaurant and tells her the chef attends a Trash Fish Festival each year, because they’ve discovered previously labeled “trash fish,” are actually delectable dishes—real keepers. I had never heard of a Trash Fish Festival, but out of curiosity, Googled. Guess what? There really is a Trash Fish Festival, and I found some wonderful information that I was able to use in my book.

Did you find not so fun facts while researching your book?

I did. But to share it would give away a portion of the book that I’d prefer to let the readers discover for themselves. My books are called Southern Secrets, so some things must remain hidden. J

Does coincidence play a role in your book? If so, what was the strangest coincidence you experienced and did you use it in your book?

Actually, it happened after I wrote the book. There was an article in the newspaper, where a young woman gave her story, and it was as if my character had come to life and had written the article. It was eerie how much it sounded like Mandy speaking—same experiences, same thoughts and actions. It was confirmation to me that I got it right.

What do you like most about writing?

I love hearing from readers. I’m in constant awe at how God uses fiction to touch lives.

What do you like least?

I’ll have to come back to that one. At the moment, I can’t think of anything about writing that I don’t enjoy.

Are you working on the next book?

Yes. Book 4 in the Switched Series.

Tell us how long it took you to write your book.

I wrote The Keeper in three or four months several years ago, but put it away to write Lunacy, when the Publishers were asking for Historicals. I pulled it back out recently, tweaked it, and now I’m glad I did.lunancy

Tell us something fun you like to do.

I enjoy taking spontaneous road trips with my husband, stopping along the way to explore Mom and Pop shops, while getting to know the locals.

What’s next for you in writing?

I’ve had readers wanting to know what happened to Ludie, a character in Mercy, so I’m working on Kinfolk, Book 4 in the Switched Series.mercy

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Robin Lee Hatcher “That Savvy Author”

 

Today “Best-selling novelist ” Robin Lee Hatcher is visiting with me today. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love is visiting with me today. Robin is a Christy award winner, RITA award,  Carol award, Inspirational reader’s Choice, and other awards. Robin and her husband make their home in Idaho.

robin lee hatcher photoRobin is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of America (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Author of over 70 novels. 

After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values. Her ability to introduce her characters in her stories and the characters become real people to her readers is uncanny.

To welcome her and make her feel at home, I have prepared a Creamy Mocha drink for us today. If you would like to join us, the recipe is below.

creamy mocha Sugar substitute equivalent to 6 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup 2% milk, 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, 1-1/2 cups no-sugar-added reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, 4 tablespoons whipped topping, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the sugar substitute, cocoa and coffee. Add boiling water; stir until coffee and cocoa are dissolved. Stir in milk and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Place the coffee mixture in a blender; add ice cream. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into mugs or glasses; garnish with whipped topping and cinnamon. Yield: 4 servings. (recipe and picture from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-mocha-drink, be sure and check out their website.)

Hi Robin, we are so delighted to have you visit with us on Authors Visits.

Thank you for having me.

I know you spend a lot of time researching. I was curious if you had some interesting stories about that.

Yes, every book requires lots of research, whether it’s an historical or a contemporary setting. For the first book in the Kings Meadow Romance series, Love Without End (November 2014), my favorite research was the history and development of the American Quarter Horse. For the second book in the series, Whenever You Come Around (May 2015), the research wasn’t as much fun. Fractured bones were at the top of my list. But the most fun I’ve had for research was for a Year of Weddings novella that is also set in Kings Meadow, I Hope You Dance (July 2015). In this story, my heroine is a dance instructor and my hero is a student with two left feet. I cranked up the country tunes (for a waltz and a two-step, specifically) and danced around my office, picturing those scenes in my mind.

Love-Without-End  (Love Without End  quarter horse  softpedia.com  Whenever You Come Around Whenever You Come Around   I Hope You DanceI Hope You Dance

They all sound great. Your 15  is all planned out. Which means your readers are going to be happy fans.

I’ve wondered if coincidence sometimes plays a role in your books?

I try to avoid using coincidence in my books. Truth is often stranger than fiction. People may believe something coincidental in real life, but they probably won’t believe it in a novel.

On the other hand, I am a woman of faith. Because I believe God has a plan for me and is directing me, there isn’t any room in my life for coincidence. Only for “God-cidence.” So I try to pay attention to the unexpected things that happen in my life because they may be important for eternity.

I truly believe God has plans for us too Robin. Our magazine, Southern Writers is proof of that. I try hard to pay attention to that too.

I know our readers would be interested in knowing about your hobbies.

I love my pets. Do they count as a hobby or are they simply members of the family? The latter, I suppose.

Mine seemed to always wind up as members of our family. It’s one of those things that happens.

I guess Susan, I would have to say knitting is my favorite hobby, especially knitting prayer shawls to send to those who need comfort. However, a problem with my neck has made it difficult to knit (I’m a knitter, who has to watch what I’m doing which means looking down as I knit) so I haven’t picked up my needles in a while.

I tried to learn how to knit but it didn’t turn out pretty. So I stuck with cross-stitching.

Tell me, what area of the country are most of your books set in?

My books are mostly set in Idaho, which means I don’t do much traveling for research purposes.

Although I love to travel,  I don’t do a lot of it. I have some Bucket List locations I need to get to before it’s too late.

Have you visited any unusual places?

The most unusual place I’ve visited was Okinawa by way of Tokyo. My oldest grandson was born there, and I visited twice during the first year of his life. I had some unique experiences on those trips, but none that I’ve put into books.

What did you do before becoming a writer?

Before I became a writer, I was (first and foremost) a mom to my two young daughters. My eight to five job was as an office manager and bookkeeper. I continued working full-time and writing part-time until the month my ninth novel was released. Then I gave my notice and started writing full-time. That was sixty-four books and twenty-three years ago.

That’s a lot of writing Robin. But I for one am glad you wrote them. I really enjoy reading your work, I like the style you use.

Love-Without-EndWhat was your inspiration for writing your latest release, Love Without End, I understand it releases this month?

My inspiration was the readers and reviewers who read my book A Promise Kept. They fell in love with that book’s setting, Kings Meadow, Idaho. I had fallen in love with it, too, and so was eager to return and stay for a while. In addition, readers loved Chet Leonard, and I put him through an emotional ringer in A Promise Kept. I wanted a chance to give him a happily ever after of his own. Who better to be the hero of one of my romances than a handsome, rugged, Idaho cowboy?A Promise Kept

Well, I’ think most women would  agree with you on him being handsome.

Robin Lee Hatcher book Your book, The Heart’s Pursuit, that released in May of this year. Tell us a little about this. I read the book and you took your readers on a chase through several states  froth with danger, and set in another era where we could experience the hardships they encountered.

It’s about a  jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An Arduous trek toward justice…or redemption. Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family–even if Silver is too distracting beautiful for comfort.

I liked the book and I like it set in another era.  A time of stage coaches, horseback riding to get from place to place. Of taking bed rolls and bunking under the stars at night, eating on dusty trails with slim pickings for food. You can’t help but feel you’re there the way you write. In fact, I didn’t want it to end.

 Irene Cover 8620211 You were just in our  Southern Writers Magazine’s September/October 2014 issue where you were interviewed by Annette Cole Mastron. I enjoyed the interview. Some authors may not know what a genuine and giving author you are; you’re always willing to help other writers achieve their successes. In the interview you graciously shared your “Social Media Savvy”, and how you achieved it. I wanted to thank you for also sharing those important Ten Things you’ve learned in all your years of writing.

If our visitors would like to read the article just click on the front of this magazine and it will take you where you can get a copy of the issue. 

Robin, thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing the information on your upcoming releases for 2015.

I want to thank you so much Robin  for stopping by today and visiting with me. It makes reading an author’s books so much more enjoyable when you know the author.

Thank you for having me, I’ve enjoyed being here and especially enjoyed the delicious Cream Mocha. Thanks for the recipe too!

We especially thank our readers for joining us. We hope you have enjoyed the time spent visiting with Robin Lee Hatcher. Be sure and let Robin know when you read her books. She loves hearing from her readers. And if you have a book club, go to her website and click on “Readers” and go to book clubs.

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading.