Spring is Finally Here!

Spring has finally arrived, even if the temperatures are still below seasonal norms. At least all the snow is finally gone, and I am happy to see my Snowdrops and Daffodils blooming.

My husband, Ken, and I were fortunate to have a couple of winter getaways this year. Most recently, we visited the beautiful island of Exuma in the Bahamas. We love this island because of the warm hospitality of its people, but also because of its spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

I am grateful for all the support and positive feedback I continue to receive for Silver Linings. Entertaining people with my writing is a dream come true! I am thrilled when readers tell me they enjoyed Silver Linings and ask when my next novel is coming out. The good news is that my next novel will be released later this year by Harlequin.

It has been an exciting start to 2014, as I have the great pleasure of working with my editor, the amazing Paula Eykelhof, on my first book for Harlequin Heartwarming. My second Harlequin book proposal has also been accepted and the manuscript is well underway.

I am thrilled to be part of the Harlequin family. Everyone has been wonderfully welcoming and supportive, and I am enjoying getting to know some other Harlequin authors. In fact, if you visit my Author Interviews page, you will see an interview with one of my favorite authors, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak.

The support, encouragement and feedback I have been receiving for my writing from so many people is a tremendous motivator, and much appreciated. Heartfelt thanks to everyone!

Happy New Year

2013 passed remarkably fast, and there is so much I am grateful for: family, friends and the wonderful feedback I continued to receive from readers. 2013 was also a pivotal year for me, as it was the first full year with writing as my primary occupation. 

It seems that the calculated risk I took to focus on my writing paid off. 2013 ended on a very exciting note! I signed a two-book contract with Harlequin Enterprises. Both books will be for Harlequin Heartwarming, a series specifically created for readers who enjoy wholesome, tender stories.

The news just gets better, as I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work with two of the most exceptional ladies in the business: Paula Eykelhof and Victoria Curran. Paula is Executive Editor, Single Titles, and the force behind many of today's most popular women's fiction authors. She is my editor! Victoria is Senior Editor, Heartwarming and Gold Eagle. It is under her leadership that Heartwarming has become such a remarkable success in a short period of time. I owe Victoria and Paula sincere thanks for giving me this opportunity to work with them and the rest of the amazing Harlequin Heartwarming team. I feel priviledged to be able to join the long list of remarkable Harlequin authors. 

One of the two books will be a Christmas  release, and I recently delivered the manuscript to Paula. It's been great fun working on the manuscript this past Christmas. The time of the year was certainly inspirational! 

In closing, I want to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my work. You have made it possible for me to do what I truly love. I love to hear from readers, and I always appreciate your feedback. Please see my contact page for information on how to reach me. 

I wish you much love and happiness!

Kate

Answering Your Questions

I have been asked frequently if I am planning a sequel to Silver Linings. While this was not my intention, I am seriously considering this, based on the number of times I have been asked this question and, in some cases, strongly encouraged to do so.

Even if this does not happen, the manuscript I am currently working on is intended to be a series involving brilliant, independent emergency room doctor Savannah Cogan and street-smart, straight-as-an-arrow police sergeant Jacob Bristol. In the first book of the series, their lives collide when Savannah unwittingly receives a death-bed confession from an accomplice to a murder.

Recently, I was asked about the title for Silver Linings. The novel is about overcoming adversity and I chose the title (okay, I have to give credit to my husband, Ken, for thinking of it!) because no matter how bad things may seem, there is always a silver lining!

Finally, I have also  been asked where I like to do my writing.  For some insight into this, please read my upcoming novel, Everything to Gain! This is a perfect example of fictionalizing facts. In Everything to Gain, communications executive Blake Meadows and her husband find themselves on the opposite sides of an ethical chasm. As their marriage crumbles, Blake retreats to a lakefront cabin in the Adirondacks and decides to see if she can fulfill her lifelong dream of writing a novel.  She sets up her “writing room” in a guest suite overlooking her lake. My husband and I are fortunate to own a beautiful cottage in Lake of Bays on the shore of a small lake. Blake’s writing room is based on the guest suite at our cottage, which is one of my favorite places to write. Another favorite spot—weather permitting—is our gazebo in the backyard of our house (please see picture above). You can probably appreciate why this view would be inspiring. I generally do not have the table set with wineglasses and a bottle of wine, though, when I am writing!

Best wishes,

Kate

Recent Book Signings

I am very grateful for all the wonderful people at various Chapters stores across the Greater Toronto Area for inviting me to sign copies of Silver Linings. The signings provide a terrific opportunity for me chat with readers and answer any questions they may have. I would like to extend special thanks to the leadership team at the Newmarket Chapters for inviting me back a number of times, and helping me sell out the books they had stocked! Most of all, I am grateful for all the people who stopped by to say hello, chat and buy a copy of Silver Linings.

The slide show above includes pictures from some of these signings. I would love to see you at a future signing!

Best wishes,

Kate

Answering Your Questions

Two questions I have been asked frequently are:

  • where do I get my story ideas; and
  • how much of what I write is based on personal experience?

The answers are interrelated.

I read an article some time ago that referred to fictionalizing facts. I believe every author does this to a degree. I certainly do. Writing about what I know or have experienced leads to a more genuine, believable story, in my opinion.

I have had a broad range of business experiences, lived in four countries and traveled extensively. These experiences provide a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to enrich my writing, but no, none of the experiences in my novels are actually my own.

I hope you enjoy my stories!

What's New With Kate

Summer passed at record speed and there just didn’t seem to be enough time to do everything Ken and I had hoped! Despite the exceptional weather in Ontario, we didn’t spend as much time as we usually do at our cottage, as Ken was travelling for business quite a bit since June.

With no major overseas trips planned, we did spend some time with family and friends in Kelowna, British Columbia, and Los Angeles, California.

Just as the leaves started turning color, the most significant change for me over the past months was leaving my “day job” as a business executive at the end of September. I still plan to be involved in business but not on a full time basis, enabling me to put considerably more time and energy into my writing. If I was able to complete three manuscripts in two years, working at it very early in the morning, late in the evening and weekends only, it should be interesting to see how things unfold, now that I will have more time to dedicate to it.

Of course, this means I will also have more time for promotional activities, such as signings and readings, both of which I enjoy a great deal.

For the first time in many years, I have also been able to take a little extra time working in our gardens, both at home and at our cottage. The fall clean-up is nearly done!

It’s early days yet, but I am thoroughly enjoying the flexibility I now have. Stay tuned for an update in my next newsletter!

How is Silver Linings Doing?

Silver Linings has now been in print for seven month and in e-book format for three months. As much as I love the creative process of writing, I am also enjoying the promotional activities related to Silver Linings.

My publisher has indicted that, for a debut novel, Silver Linings is “far ahead of the curve” and getting “exceptional response”.

I am absolutely thrilled that Silver Linings is getting five-star reviews. Readers have written:

“. . . [Silver Linings] grips your heart and takes you away from the first . . . Kate hit this one out of the park with her intense character and scenery development. A perfect read . . .”

Dr. J. Ingram, Fort Hood, Texas

“[Silver Linings] touched on all major emotions, love, anger, sadness, even greed. I couldn't put it down!”

C. Sheldon, King City, Ontario

Independent book reviewers are also rating it as five stars, and have offered comments such as:

“ . . . the writing is stunning, and Kate does a superb job of creating her characters, her settings and her story . . . the book twists and turns into the unexpected, and Kate does a brilliant job of bringing a real depth to her characters . . .”

Sarah Burns, The Kindle Book Review, Manchester, UK

“. . . a wonderfully written book . . . it delivered on all counts . . . the story is universal and wonderful.”

Melanie Carrico, Have You Heard My Book Review, DeWitt, MI, USA

There have been a number of book signings for Silver Linings as well. At a recent signing at the CN Tower, more copies of Silver Linings were sold than any other title in a single day in the 35-year history of the Tower.

For Valentine's Day, I was invited to do two readings and a book signing at First Canadian Place, Toronto's premier office/retail complex, in conjunction with IndigoSpirit. This event was a lot of fun, and it was great to meet so many readers!

Thank you very much for your support!

What's New With Kate

As is our tradition, my husband, Ken, and I spent the holiday season at our vacation property in Lake of Bays, Ontario. Ken and I are not huge fans of snow and slush in the city, but there is something magical about snow when it blankets the countryside, all pristine and sparkly. I also love a white Christmas and we certainly had one again this year. The downside was the chilly temperatures, hovering near - 25° Celsius.

It was wonderful to spend time with friends and family, and to also have considerable time to work on my writing in a setting that has always been inspirational to me.

Ken and I had a wonderful winter getaway again this year. We spent two weeks at the end of February/beginning of March in the Caribbean. This trip was particularly enjoyable, as we had our friends Joan and Ron join us for the first of the two weeks. They are terrific people, and it was great spending time with them. During our trip, I completed my second manuscript, Everything to Gain. It brought back memories of how—just one year prior—while Ken and I were in Exuma in the Bahamas, Jane Karchmar, my editor with Genaral Store Publishing House, and I completed the final edit for Silver Linings. Ken and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have the opportunities and privileges we do, and we don’t take anything for granted.

I am also very grateful for all the support and positive feedback I have been receiving for Silver Linings. Entertaining people with my writing is a dream come true! I am thrilled when readers tell me they enjoyed Silver Linings and ask when my next novel is coming out. The good news is the manuscript for Everything to Gain is complete.

I want to acknowledge how much the support, encouragement and feedback I have been receiving since Silver Linings has been released means to me, and express a heartfelt thanks to everyone!