Kat Flannery Author Interview

Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing or in school, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book. Kat has had her writing published in numerous periodicals. Her first novel, Chasing Clovers, was released by Imajin Books this Fall. She is now hard at work on her next book. When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three young boys and doting husband.

1. Getting your story published must have been a long process. Was there anything or anyone that helped kept you from getting so discouraged that you just gave up?

Yes, it was. With edits, searching for a publisher, sending out manuscripts, receiving rejections, this was a long and sometimes very emotional process. My husband made sure I pushed and didn’t give up. He believed in me no matter what.

2.What sort of research (if any) did you do for this novel?

I love research, so I delved a little bit into too many things that I didn’t use in my book. However, I needed to know about Mail Order Brides and why they did what they did. Because this novel is a historical, I needed to know about daily living on a farm back then.

3. Is there any character in particular that you enjoyed writing about the most?

Yes, Livy. As I wrote her story, I grew to love her and want the best for her.

4. Were any of your characters or events from the book based of real life people or experiences you have had?
My Grandmother lost two children a month a part in the 50’s and I often wondered how she made it through each day. I took this scenario and created Livy.

5. Are there any other projects you are working on that you would like to tell us about?
Right now, I am writing a Historical Paranormal Western Romance. I decided to put a little spin on it by adding paranormal. I am excited to finish it and see where my characters lead me.
6. Did any of your characters give you a difficult time while writing this book?

There are a lot of emotional scenes that were, at times, extremely difficult to write. I was lucky enough to not stumble across a difficult character. I enjoyed writing each of them because they were so different.

7.Cappuccino or Coffee
 Hmmm, I love coffee, but cappuccinos are a great treat!
8. What do you like to do in your down time? I love to read. I don’t usually have a lot of “me” time with three boys I am usually running to some sport.

9. What three words would you use to describe John Taylor?
Arrogant, Sweet, Strong.

10. Do you relate to any of your characters?
Yes, I do. I relate to both John and Livy. I created them to be real—to feel emotions and react to them naturally. I wanted to help them with their struggles and see them push through their pain.
They are a piece of who I am, not just because I wrote them, but because I grew to love them