I had the honor to interview one of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and I am proud to present with you all the interview I had with her. I can’t stop smiling as I go through the answers she gave for the interview. I can say very well that I learned some things I didn’t know about her before. I’m so glad I put on that big girl pants and had the courage to ask for this interview. Let me present to you all, Kathleen Brooks.
Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling author. She is the author of the series Bluegrass, Bluegrass Brothers and Women of Power. Her stories are complete package of not only romance but also suspense, humor and happily ever after. Her latest book The Keeneston Roses was released only last month.
Her first book, Bluegrass State of Mind is free in all major e-book retailers and like most bookworms there’s nothing that excites me more than stumbling upon a free book. Even with lots of book that are already sitting on my kindle, I can’t resist them. And that’s how I came across Bluegrass State of Mind. However, as someone who is not from the south, not American even, I had no idea back then what ‘Bluegrass’ actually meant. Thus, the book didn’t pull any attraction to me. I had the book sitting on my kindle for some time and I didn’t pay attention to it. Until that one lazy afternoon almost two years ago. I finally asked myself ‘what the heck does Bluegrass State of Mind mean?’ and so I opened the book.
If I have any regret, it is that I didn’t read the book sooner. The story comes into life right then as you start reading. More than reading the story, it felt like being inside the story. I love Keeneston, the Rose Sisters and every one in it. In my dismay, I learned that Keeneston was a fictional place when I researched about it. Here I was ready to move there and it’s not on the map. Well, that’s saying how much real Kathleen’s prose is. You see them, feel them, hear them, smell them and you’ll badly wish you can taste the foods that were mentioned there too.
Join me in getting to know Kathleen Brooks and her world as a writer…
All About Being a Writer…
What year did you publish your first novel?
I published my first book, Bluegrass State of Mind, in July of 2011.
What were you before you became an author?
Before I was an author, I was an attorney. Being an author is a lot more fun!
How did you feel after you published your first book? Expectations?
I was so nervous when my first book was published. I just wanted one person to buy it and find enjoyment while reading it. That feeling hasn’t changed much over the years. I still hope my readers find many hours of enjoyment as they read my books.
There’s a lot of military men in your first series, what inspired you to write about them?
There’s a lot of military men in my series because I’ve been around them quite a bit and I’ve been inspired by friends and family who have served. It takes a special type of person to be willing to put themselves in the line of fire to protect others.
Do you follow a routine or do you have any habit before and after you write?
I do follow a routine when I write. I have a child in school, so I write during school hours. I also have a special music playlist. I have a variety of different-paced music so when I am writing an action scene, I play certain music, like Kongo’s Come with Me Now. Or if it’s a more emotional scene I play Luke Bryan’s I See You.
What is the best thing that happened to you as an author?
The best thing that has happened to me as an author has been meeting people from all over the world, including other authors that I admire and, most importantly, my readers. I love hearing how my books remind people of home, whether home is in the United States, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Australia, or the Philippines. I love seeing that sense of global community as readers finish my newest book. All of that, plus meeting Nora Roberts!
What do you love most about being an author?
I love a job where I get to live in a dream and every story ends in a happily ever after. I never dread going to work. Instead, I’m always excited to get lost in my story.
Who is the person you look up to the most as an author?
There are so many other authors that I’m lucky enough to count as friends who inspire me. There was a group of us that started out together, Ruth Cardello, Melody Anne, Cali MacKay, and myself. I also look up to Bella Andre and Liliana Hart for their incredible work ethic and willingness to help other authors.
If you can be one of the Rose sisters which one will you be?
If I could be any of the Rose sisters, I would be Miss Violet. Amazing cook plus she gets to have all the hottest men of Keeneston hugging her!
As an author where do you see yourself five/ten years from now?
I hope to be writing as far into the future as I can see. I have so many stories I want to tell that it will take me a lifetime to do so!
Any words of advice to aspiring authors out there?
The best advice I can give to aspiring authors out there is to write. Then write some more. The more you write, the more you find your voice. An author’s voice is what enables a reader to pick up a book with no cover, read the first page, and say, “This is a book by Kathleen Brooks.” It is who you are as a storyteller and the best way to find it is to just write.
What are you currently working on that your fans should look forward to?
I am currently working on the Forever Bluegrass series. Book One, Forever Entangled comes out October 20th.
Ryan Parker had always loved Sienna Ashton, but gave up on his fantasy years ago.
After working as an undercover FBI Agent in Los Angeles, Ryan gets a phone call telling him to come home to the small town of Keeneston, Kentucky. The woman he thought he was over is now in serious trouble.
Sienna Ashton fell in love with Ryan Parker too late. He was gone from her life before she realized what he really meant to her. Now working as a sports psychologist, Sienna finds herself helping others figure their lives out. She thinks her chance of happily ever after is long gone until a murder brings Ryan back into her life and entangles them in a battle for their heart and their lives.
Ryan and Sienna discover there is more going on than originally thought and now the two are in the fight of their lives. It doesn’t take long for fireworks to ignite as passion and danger drive the couple toward a fate they never saw coming before.
She also released the cover for her upcoming Forever Bluegrass series. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:
Aside from knowing a little more about Kathleen as a writer, here are some little things about her when she is not writing.
Off The Grid
What is your favorite season? Why?
I like both spring and fall the most. I enjoy writing with the windows open and the breeze blowing in.
What do you do to relax?
I read. The perfect day for me is to curl up with the Hallmark Channel and a new book. Authors all start out as readers and we cherish getting lost into stories during our down time.
I want to go to Bora Bora and stay in one of those huts over the water!
Food that you won’t ever get tired of eating?
Who’s the one person you enjoy hanging out the most with?
My husband. He’s a great man and father. But, for pure sit back and laugh out loud girl time, there is a small group of authors who are very dear friends of mine that all live nearby. After we take our kids to school, we’ll have breakfast or go see a movie together. Our families have all gotten to know each other too, so our kids can roll their eyes at us while we embarrass them.
Fast Talk (Just to get to know you more)
Singing or Dancing?
Suspense or Horror?
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs, although I do also own a cat.
Hottest male celebrity
Right now I’m really loving Scott Eastwood.
Your present life in one word?
Most people go gaga when they saw their favorite celebrities on tv. As a person who love books, I always felt so elated and have the ‘I can’t believe it’ sort of feelings when the authors I love talk to me, interact with me on social media or even like my comment or post. Getting to know Kathleen Brooks more through this interview, you can probably imagine how happy I am feeling now. But much more than that, it’s nice to know that the person I look up to loves some things that I do too (like chocolate) and that she still have time to curl up and read books even after writing really amazing ones.
If you want to get to know Kathleen Brooks more, you can follow and interact with her through social media in the links below:
Complete List of Books
Bluegrass Stateof Mind
Women of Power
Chosen for Power
Built for Power
Fashioned for Power
Destined for Power
All Hung Up
The Perfect Gift
The Keeneston Roses
Forever Blueggrass (Coming soon)
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