Interview & Contest: Kathleen Gallagher

Jen: Please help us welcome Kathleen Gallagher to Romancing the Book.  Kathleen, will you please share a short bio with us?

Kathleen: Although writing is my passion, nursing is my vocation. I work in an emergency room, and it’s been challenging, and rewarding, to be such an integral part of so many other’s daily struggles. I have a wonderful husband who always offers his support, and never complains about my crazy schedule. One of our favorite romantic getaways is Cape May, New Jersey, an old historic beach town where we take a step into the past, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Although my children are all grown, with busy lives of their own, Chaz, our Shepherd mix, still dutifully stands guard at the house. We are also blessed with three adorable grandsons.

Other interests of mine include cooking, reading, and the theater. However, spending time with my family is most important to me. Even though my life is filled with work, family, etc., my mind continues to ponder the next story or concept for a new novel.

Jen: Tell us about Echoes at Dawn.

Kathleen: Echoes at Dawn is my debut novel from Decadent Publishing.

The strangely intertwined lives of a widowed woman, and a charismatic bachelor come together in order to show that in life, there are no coincidences… only destiny.

Waterfront restaurant chef Madeline Young adores her job. If only her love and family’s lives were as successful as her career. With a teenage son, who spends time in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning and a dementia-plagued mother, Madeline doesn’t know how much more she could handle. Then her mother enlists the help of her deceased twin sister, Mary, to guide Madeline to find happiness. An early dawn visit from the spirit directs Madeline to volunteer at the local hospitals center for addiction recovery, where she comes alive for the first time in many years under the attention of Nat Griffin.

Nathaniel Griffin, a part-time counselor and contractor, fascinates his clients with his lectures. In keeping with his philosophy of professionalism, Nat prefers to keep his personal life private. When attraction tests his beliefs, Nat must confront his marred past. Is he willing to face his demons or take the easier path and remain isolated?

Can unworldly ghosts save this couple from their own self-destructive behavior? Will they be able to accept change and move forward, or allow secrets to stand in the way?

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Kathleen: I wrote poetry and short stories when I was in grammar school. It was a way for me to escape to a place where I could decide what happened. I read mysteries back then, but advanced to romance when I got older. Echoes at Dawn was published in March 2011, first as an e-book, and then in August 2011 it was released in print. It was amazing when the copies came in the mail.

When I was ready to seek publication for Echoes at Dawn, I submitted to various places. One day when I least expected it, I opened my email to find an acceptance letter from Decadent Publishing. I could not believe my eyes. I screamed so loud, my husband ran upstairs to find out what happened. When I shared my good news with him, he told me he knew my story would find a home.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Kathleen: My father was a professional magician and he also wrote poetry. He never submitted any of his work. Instead, he shared his work with his loved ones.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Kathleen: The one thing I must have when I sit down to write is a cup of coffee. After two cups, I wait a while and then I start a cup of hot tea with lemon. I switch from one caffeine beverage to another. Lol

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Kathleen: Once I began writing seriously, I could not turn back. It has become a part of my life. There is nothing like a positive comment from a reader. Writing stories people can relates to is important to me. One of my greatest motivations is when I listen to a NY Times Bestselling author in a workshop and she shares her own story. I find it extremely inspirational. It keeps me going and offers me hope when times get difficult.

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Kathleen: I have always believed in love and the affairs of the heart. A romance novel can make me believe in the magic and beauty of love. I could not put down the first one I read and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Kathleen: At times, I find it difficult to balance promoting and blogging while working on a new novel. It is a juggling act and you need to set time aside for both. Once you are published, you have to try to create a brand and you must constantly work on ways to get an audience for your work.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?

Kathleen: My characters do become a part of my life. I think about them as if they really exist. Most of the time I get my best ideas when I’m relaxed. I have hurry to write them down before I forget. They don’t appear in my dreams, but I do think about them when I go to bed. They usually are the last thing I think about before I fall asleep.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Kathleen: Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors. When I read The Notebook, I was smitten with the writing bug.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Kathleen: My husband took me to our favorite Italian restaurant to celebrate. Then, I went shopping for a new wardrobe. An author needs a new pair of shoes. Lol

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?

Kathleen: I’ve received many interesting comments. They are all special to me. One reviewer mentioned how she thought all of my characters were very compassionate. Another reader said, “I was immediately drawn into the story.” I’m always grateful when someone enjoys one of my stories.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Kathleen: I’m excited about my contemporary romance entitled, A Moment in Time. I’m working on a few last minute changes, but I absolutely love the story. I don’t have a contract for it yet. I’m shopping around, but I’ll let you know when I do. Wish me luck.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Kathleen: You can find me here. I always enjoy making new friends. I love to hear from my readers.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Kathleen: If you could spend an afternoon with your favorite author, who would it be and why?

Contest details:

  • The prize is a print copy of Echoes at Dawn.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18, international readers included.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Sunday, November 27.

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