Interview with Kathleen Kilgallon

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is crafting a story that I hope others will appreciate and relate to. I try to make my characters as realistic as possible, characters that are just like you and me inside, with the same struggles, the same fears, the same emotions. I also want to create characters that are likable, people I would be friends with myself. I've taken a lot of my own emotions and heart break and put it on the pages. My life obviously isn't exactly like my characters but I've felt those same emotions, like Kindra I was that lonely girl growing up, and I've felt the sting of giving your heart to someone and not having it reciprocated. Pain and heart break are universal, something almost everyone has experienced and can relate to. My heart is literally on those pages.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean so much to me; if I can craft a story that touches someone, and brings them joy, makes them laugh, makes them cry, then I've done my job. If someone's had a bad day and they read my book, and it somehow takes them to another place and they can forget about their troubles for awhile, then again I've done my job.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My eight year old son; each day is an adventure with him. He's beautiful, inquisitive, and has a great heart.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually my kitchen table, so it has a little bit of everything on it, from notebooks, to flowers, shells from the beach, magazines, my eight year old son's drawings, and a laptop. And yes, we do manage to eat dinner at it every night!
What are you working on next?
My next project is a sequel to In Bloom. I haven't actually physically started writing it yet, but I have in my head. In the sequel I'll be focusing more on Kindra and Tommy as a married couple. With In Bloom they both faced down their demons from the past and emerged victorious. I hope to call the sequel Planted, because that's what they'll be- planted, growing together in new soil, in a new direction. But that doesn't mean the story will be boring; it'll still have the boisterous, bawdy Tiana who is anything but boring. I adore Tiana, and I love how she has no filter. And who could forget about Rosemary Shannon, Tommy's mother, a unique character if ever there was one, she'll of course be in the sequel. she also has no filter either, whatever comes into her head she says. I had a blast creating those two characters, no subject or word was out of the question. So, there will definitely be more of that and more of my no-filter queens in the next book! It'll be filled with fun, humor, and some surprises!
Who are your favorite authors?
My very favorite author is Elizabeth Berg, she writes so beautifully, and has a way of taking everyday life and making it interesting. Her stories aren't about extraordinary things but very human things we can all relate too, written in lovely prose that captures your heart and attention.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing very unglamorous things such as laundry, dishes, vacuuming, toilet scrubbing, grocery shopping stuff like that! But the best and most gratifying thing I do is spend time with my children!
What is your writing process?
It's very disorganized, it comes to me in bits and pieces, I have sudden bursts of inspiration, and I write down my ideas on paper. Then I take what I've written on my bits of paper and combine them together and create a story. Somehow it all comes together.
Published 2014-08-18.
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Books by This Author

In Bloom,
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,960. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Kindra Dean is the Library Director in Orangedale, MA. Anti-social and depressed, she is wracked with guilt over the death of her younger sister years ago. Her new neighbor, a masculine lesbian, helps her pull herself from her melancholy spirit of discontent. Enter Tommy Shannon, pissed-at-the-world, wheelchair-bound. His Irish mother arranges a meeting for them and changes their lives forever.