Welcome to THE FATHER FACTOR, my very first published book. The novel came out in 1995 to much acclaim. Harlequin sold about 400K books retail and direct sales, then they printed 600K for use as free books to advertise the Superromance line. It has also been translated into many different languages. So there are at least 1million copies of this book in print. The book also won numerous awards, including Romantic Times Best First Series Romance. When reading it for republishing, I spent a lot of time updating the content and language. I had to laugh when I realized there were no cell phones in the book or remotes for TVs. My use of “said” and adverbs was also too extensive. With these changes, you still get the poignant story of a despairing young girl who is on the verge of suicide and how her school counselor and her father help her find peace. It’s redeeming in the end, but the road there is an emotional rollercoaster, setting the stage for the content of my future books. I hope you enjoy my first-born!
“New talent Kathryn Shay bursts onto the scene with The Father Factor, an emotionally gripping story with brilliant characterization and sparkling touches of humor.” RT Book Reviews Gold Medal Rating
“Kathryn Shay delivers a stunning novel that addresses some social issues with a powerful yet compassionate touch. Ms. Shay is an incredibly gifted author who pulls no punches.” Affair de Coeur
“Seldom have I read a more gut wrenching, emotionally riveting book. The Father Factor weaves a tale of hopelessness, desperation, humor and salvation around a cast of exceptional characters. Hats off to Kathryn Shay. This is a keeper.” Rendezvous
“This is truly a gem of a book. Brilliant characters and a wonderful love story. I am trying to find her other works, if they're anything like this, she deserves superstardom.” Emily R. Jarrell