Thank you all for stopping by. Before we get to today's guest here's just a little note from me.
Even though in my neck of the woods camping season is over until next year, the virtual campfire is ablaze. These are tough times and sometimes we need a break from the real world. If you are looking for a further break check out my giveaway starting December 16th on Goodreads. Enter for a chance to win a giveaway of Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery At High Pointe Tower. Here's the link www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/316018-the-mystery-at-high-pointe-tower
The campfire is about hospitality and conversation. So, Katy, before we get to the chit-chat what can I get for you? Coffee, tea, cocoa, wine? The camp fridge is like a shooting star, you get what you ask for.
Hot cocoa please!
You've got it. I'll even let you use my favorite Happy Camper mug. Tell us have you ever camped, or as I call what I do, Glamp. If you’re not the camping type, tell us about your favorite adventure or vacation. What made it special to you?
I did some camping when I was in Girl Scouts years ago, but it was never really my thing. My last camping experience was just me and my husband shortly after we got married. Nothing will test your marriage like pitching your first tent together. Starting a fire was super fun as well. We ended up driving to the nearest town for dinner. Never again, lol.
LOL! I have a torch and firestarters. I highly recommend them when camping. Is it cheating? Nope.
Tell us about your latest project and what’s on the horizon.
My latest book is contemporary Christian romance First Class Christmas. When Mandy Brockman gets a last-minute seat reassignment on her flight home, she meets CJ Hawkins and her life is never the same. It’s a sweet, clean read perfect for the holidays. I’m working on another romance that follows four different yet interconnected relationships, but it has a ways to go yet.
Sounds wonderful. Many of my readers love sweet and clean, add in Christmas and I'm sure they'll love it. Do you have a tagline? Life Motto?
Everything in moderation” is one I use a lot. My dad used to put things in perspective by asking, “Will this matter in five years?” whenever I stressed out about something.
Wise man, your dad. For some authors like me writing is a long process. How long did it take you from conception to publication?
I don’t recall specifically, but it probably took 4-6 months to write. Then submissions and acceptance by my publisher took another month or two. I submitted early in the year, so it’s been a waiting game for my release date. So glad it’s finally here!
So are we! Are there any mentors, authors, or books you would like to give a shout-out to?
My first-ever book was published on the same date and with the same publisher as Jennifer Pierce, who writes romantic suspense. I also adore Christian romance from Jaycee Weaver. Both great authors—among many, many others!
Katy, please tell us what literary success look like to you.
I would say success means following through on what I start, growing in the craft of writing, and enjoying the journey along the way. I also hope my stories inspire others.
Life Hacks for Authors. Do you have any tips, tricks, or anything you specialize in that you would share with others. I’m also interested in how you have been managing your life and writing with COVID-19.
I’ve found that when an idea comes to me at an inopportune time, it helps to jot down the gist on the “Notes” app of my phone so I don’t lose it. The microphone function even allows you to speak your ideas, and Siri or whoever just magically types it out for you. I mean, are we, like… living in the future, or what? As for COVID-19, I’ve been super fortunate that I already worked remotely so there was no transition or learning curve there. And my kids are old enough to be pretty independent with the distance learning stuff. It’s hard to find time to write when they’re always home, because I feel like no matter what I do or when I write, I’m ignoring my family. But I do my best to strike a good balance between work, family, writing, and relaxing.
Now the fun questions
Years ago, there was a commercial that talked about a “Kodak Moment.” It’s a moment in time you catch in a picture. One you never want to forget. What is yours?
My dad walking me down the aisle at my wedding. He died two years later, and I miss him so much.
What's your favorite candy, cookie, pasta?
Candy – Dove Dark Chocolate (is that considered candy? lol); Cookie – warm, fresh-baked chocolate chip; Pasta – lasagna (but no ricotta cheese!)
Favorite childhood book?
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Last movie you saw?
That Thing You Do. I liked it as a teen, and decided to watch it with my kids recently.
What weird talent do you have?
I can sound like a trumpet using just my voice and lips. True story.
What’s your favorite ‘90s jam?
“Stay” by Lisa Loeb. I used to know the whole song, and I thought I was pretty cool busting out the lyrics as a teenager.
Katy, thank you so much for taking the time to be with us at the campfire. Could you leave us with some information about your book and where to find out more?
First Class Christmas by Katy Eeten
When Mandy Brockman flies home from her friend's destination wedding, her heart is on empty at the thought of spending Christmas alone. It doesn't help that her ex is on the plane, seemingly unaffected by their breakup. But the kind-hearted man seated next to her seems to have it all together—and he's handsome to boot. She knows her emotional healing won't come in the form of another guy, but will the source of this man's peace and joy help Mandy find the Christmas she's looking for?
CJ Hawkins is captivated by the beautiful, feisty woman he meets on his flight. The only thing is, she's fresh out of a relationship, and he has no interest in being anyone's rebound. But the more he learns about Mandy, the more he's drawn to her unique mixture of compassion and spunk.
Can he figure out how to make their relationship take off before this First Class Christmas is grounded forever?
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