Interview with Kathleen Graham-Gandy

What's the story behind your latest book?
This book, "Shock Therapy: Building a Power Line with a BLONDE Groundman" is a result of journals that were kept when we built a 2800' power line on my husband's home place about 15 years ago. I always thought that the story needed to be told. After all, who would ever believe it unless they read about it! There were a lot of comical things that happened along the journey as well as some not so comical. We went through a lot of trials, disappointments, and delays, but we persevered.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To me, the greatest joy of writing is sharing what I have learned through research. My first two books were historical: one was about a building that was the pivotal point during the Phosphate years in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. My second book was about a Civilian Conservation Corp camp that was converted to a German Prisoner-of-War camp during World War II in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Area students of all ages love hearing about the history in their community. I especially love watching their faces as I speak, and hearing their questions. I know that they are listening and absorbing what I am telling them by the questions they ask.
When did you first start writing?
I remember the first real article that I wrote was a term paper during my junior year of high school. I wrote about one of our earlier presidents, Andrew Jackson. The more I read about him, the more I wanted to know. Now, this was during the 1960s. My resource material came from the World Book Encyclopedia...it was all that I had to go by. I was able to gather a lot of information because of his involvement with more than just as President of the United States. And, I was enamored by the love story of he and his wife, Rachel. I remember the satisfaction I felt when I made an A+ on that term paper. My teacher was very complimentary of my writing style. Her comments inspired me to want to write more some day. It was much later in life before I began to write books as I was busy with raising a family and a career.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing (and when I am) I stay involved with our children, grandchildren, and church and community projects.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read mysteries, suspense, historical romances, and inspirational stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love to read a real book. I love to hold it in my hand, smell the print on the pages, and hear the pages turning. However, I do have a Kindle Fire HD that I enjoy reading on, as I can read when the lights are out at night. When we travel, I can take a lot of different books with me because they are on my Kindle. I am not limited to one or two books due to lack of space in my luggage.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a list of favorite authors: p. m. terrell, Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Margaret Mitchell (I love "Gone With The Wind") and Joshua Graham...just to name a few.
Describe your desk
My desk is always covered up with things that I am working on. I am afraid that if I clean off my desk that I will never find my notes again.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a child I loved reading Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Bobbsey Twins...just to name a few. I always felt that I could escape what I was living by delving into the lives of others. I loved the adventures that these characters went through and the mysteries that they solved along the way. I always wanted to be just like them.
Published 2014-11-18.
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Books by This Author

Shock Therapy! Building a Power Line with a BLONDE Groundman
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,430. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
“Shock Therapy! Building a Power Line with a BLONDE Groundman”. Charley’s life-long dream was to build his own cross-country power line, and cabin. The question is: Was it Kathy’s dream, too? Read this humorous tale of the mishaps, and the joys, that this couple faced when they tackled the challenges that awaited them in the woods on Charley’s home place.