Thursday, November 12, 2009
I'd like to welcome Deb Kinnard today. She is a wealth of information, especially medieval information. If you have a question, she'll have an answer.
Deb started writing at age ten, because there was no preteen girl with a horse on Bonanza. From there she progressed to short stories and dreadful poetry. In college, she gained two degrees in health care and spent time observing hippies, basketball stars, el-ed majors and other strange species. While raising two active girls and cherishing her husband, she's enjoyed a career that encompasses Spanish translations, volunteer work at a crisis line, years in assorted ERs that don't resemble the one on TV, and a day job at a big Chicago teaching hospital. Deb keeps busy with reading, needlework, guitar-playing, and skiing in the winter. She is known to be a loud if semi-capable singer in church. Deb is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves as Zone Director for the Midwest. Her previously published novels include Powerline and Oakwood (Treble Heart Books), and Angel with a Ray Gun (Desert Breeze Publishing). Angel with a Back Hoe will be released in October 2009 and Damages in April 2010 from Desert Breeze Publishing. Seasons in the Mist will be an April 2010 release from Sheaf House. She's currently working on two contemporary romances, a straight historical, and another time-travel book.
I'll start this interview out like I always do. What are you wearing right now, and you have to tell the truth.
Pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers. Details are classified.
I've read that e-books are the future. I know you have some e-books out there, can you tell us a little about your experience with them?
E-books take just as much sweat and toil as print--they're just released in different formats. As far as what the experience is like, how long do you have? It differs in so many aspects from "traditional" print publishing: shelf life of the book, distribution, income, creating a following, author input on content and cover--you name it, it's probably different.
What made you decide to write time travels?
This is going to sound hinky, but I dreamed the scene at the Holy Well and the novel sort of built itself around that in SEASONS IN THE MIST, when I first wrote it back in '82', that scene was pivotal to the budding relationship between the time traveler and her true love. When I lost the '82' version (thanks be to God!) I had to rewrite it, but I still knew that scene had to be included, and must contain every last nuance of first-love that I was capable of writing.
Do any friends or family appear in your characters?
Sometimes. They've never recognized themselves, though.
When did you know you were called to write Christian Fiction?
When I tried to write mainstream romance, sat back, re-read a full-length novel I'd just completed, and went, "Yuck." I never tried to tamp down the Christian aspect after that. All authors put"who they are" into their work and I'm a child of Christ, it should permeate the work.
What was the first thing you wrote and when did you write it?
I wrote the episode of "Bonanza" in which the long-missing 10 year old daughter, Vanessa Cartwright, shows up. I was (wait for it) 10 at the time. I wrote lots of episodes of her adventures around the Ponderosa, getting into trouble on her won pony.
What is the biggest pet peeve you have when reading other novels?
You want just one? I have several. The biggest, though, is that some titles just seem "flat." They're potentially interesting stories, competently told, but they just don't reach for that unnameable magic that some stories attain. I think we should reach for that, every single time. I wallbang these and give them to friends who might like them better than I did.
What is your latest book and what do you have coming out?
ANGEL WITH A BACKHOE came out in October from Desert Breeze Publishing. I'm looking forward to an April release from them called DAMAGES. SEASON IN THE MIST will also release that month, from Sheaf House.
Who is your biggest fan/supporter?
Gotta be my husband, but my 15 year old daughter has read all my work and she's coming up fast in the ranks. Outside the family, I'd have to say Michelle Sutton. We're a great mutual-support team!
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord because we would all pick Him)
Katherine Swynford. She lived in England in the 14th century and had a fascinating life.
If the Lord told you that you were allowed to bring one material thing with you to heaven, what would that be? And why? (Material not being a person)
My guitar. We're told to make a joyful noise, and I'm looking forward to praising Him with a better quality music than that.
Deb Thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do this interview.
It's been fun.
Seasons in the Mist by Deb Kinnard
Bethany Lindstrom, graduate student in history, wants the same things as any ambitious historian: worldwide academic recognition, a series of brilliant papers, and a reputation that places her in the front rank of her peers. She's well on the way to achieving her goals when her trip to the U.K. to work on a dig at Oxford goes awry from the moment she lands at Heathrow. A missing taxi, an enigmatic aquaintance, and an unplanned trip to Cornwall form no part of her plans. Then, as she wanders around her hostess's ancient home, searching for history, she stumbles through an unseen protal to the fourteenth century.
Stranded in 1353 Cornwall, Bethany must find a way back home or face a life of falsehoods and peril. But with the stern baron Lord Sir Michael Veryan, she is swept into the dangerous intrigues of King Edward's court, which will test their mettle and their faith in God to the limits--and forever bind their lives together.