Interview with Kathleen Lopez

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am originally from Brooklyn, but my family moved away when I was a teenager. I've noticed that my characters seem to have a sense that they want to go back home. I was that way when we left New York. I missed it. My characters seem to miss where they came from sometimes. There is a feeling of revisiting or going back home that is either mentioned or expressed somehow by a character in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing early on in junior high for school papers and such. It wasn't until high school where fiction really grabbed me. More so in college when I majored in creative writing. I realized that I liked creating people and places, a story that invoked images in others.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book was a story that started off as class assignment in college. I work shopped the core of it throughout college, before it sat for a very long time. I'm not sure of the core idea's origin. It was something that I thought would be interesting to explore.

My second book is meant to carry on with a character from the first book. It follows him back home where he thinks he's returning to his normal routine, but is so sorrowfully wrong. The idea is that life can throw you curveballs.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing a scene or a character that if I close my eyes, I can see it, hear them. The story is realistic, possible, believable despite whatever is happening on the pages.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King has been a long time favorite of mine, hands down.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Other than the alarm clock, trying to do something or accomplish something meaningful each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm probably reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I see recommendations online and through Twitter or friends tell me about a good book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt more in control of my work. I was less of a check writing machine, but more involved with the work that I spent so much time crafting.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords helps get the book into readers hands. Pure and simple. That is the end goal after all.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished up my second book, Prodigal Son, and should have that ready for the public by November 2014. My third book, Sweet Child of Mine, will be a supernatural thriller. A slight departure from my murder mystery theme of my first two books. I plan on starting the third book shortly after the release of my second book.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the purpose of getting the work out there. Anyone could write and just save the work just for them. Trying to share your work with others, at least for me, is the point of it all.
Published 2014-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Room 423
Price: Free! Words: 6,110. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
After his friend quits and disappears, Jeff starts investigating what happened. The new management is closed off and secretive and Jeff starts to think they are involved. After several failed attempts to meet with them, he starts to question why can’t he talk to management? Why are they so distant? Just what is happening behind the door of Room 423?
Sweet Child of Mine
Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off!) Words: 77,180. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
There comes a point in your life when you find yourself wanting to move on and to finally let go of the past; however, what if the past is not quite ready to let go of you? After all is said and done, always remember, when it comes to family, it’s the ties that bind.
Prodigal Son
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 65,370. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Sheriff Martin Shuller returned home from an exhausting case in the neighboring town of Columbus Cove. He thought he could return to shake the dust off from the cove and regroup. He couldn't have been more wrong. Quiet and normal was what he was seeking. It certainly was not what he found.
Between the Shades of Light and Dark
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
A high profile murder claims more than one victim in a remote town. All their reserves of sanctuary are spent as the investigation drags on. Nothing could prepare them for the revelations to unfold as it would seem there are more secrets buried beneath the unpaved roads of Columbus Cove.