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Today I have the privilege of interviewing K.M. Daughters about their new book, Rose in the Desert. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know these dynamic sisters!
My readers are always curious about why an author chooses either fiction or non fiction to write about. Why did you decide to write fiction?
We most love reading fiction, so writing fiction naturally stems from that preference. Also, fiction writing frees us to create limitless worlds of our own choosing. One of Kathie’s favorite answers to the question, could this actually happen, is, in our world it can.
Writing isn’t an easy task. Can you explain how you come up with your plots?
Wow, that is difficult to articulate because there really is no hard answer to the question. Sometimes a plot premise, as in Rose In The Desert, spurs us to come up with an actual plot. Sometimes we have an idea for a title or a subject or a setting and we build plots from there. Our standard plotting process is brainstorming for as long as it takes to flesh out a sequential plot map after we have fleshed out characters until we feel that we know who they are, what’s their history and what motivates and inspires them to act.
Do you ever name your characters after people you know? I know many authors do, but others tend to stay away from it.
Yes we do, all the time. For example, we name secondary characters in every book we write after our parents Kay and Mickey Lynch. In the case of our Christian inspirational novels and novellas, and also, our new Christian Speculative Fiction, Rose In The Desert, they appear as Katarina and Mikhail.
Do real life stories get turned into fiction plots? If so, maybe you parents should be careful. LOL.
Not so far, but Kathie has a folder for real life stories that have piqued her interest. Just maybe…
Do either of you have an interesting writing quirk?
Since we’re team writers a lot of what we do is pretty quirky. The most interesting is that Kathie “hears’ her characters and Pat “sees” them. Kathie’s dialogue writing is a big strength and Pat usually adds descriptions and sometimes tags and animation. Pat keeps the master manuscript of a work in progress and she’s in charge of “homogenizing” chapters, which we alternate writing, so that a unique voice emerges. It’s neither Kathie’s nor Pat’s but solely K.M. Daughters’ voice.
Thank you so much for spending time with us today. I really enjoyed getting to know you, and I know my readers did too.
Readers, I encourage you to read about Rose in the Desert and then use the link to get a copy. You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
About the Book
Book: Rose in the Desert
Author: K.M. Daughters
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: July 2020
Anna Babic Robbins, dubbed “The Rose Of The Adriatic” by pilgrims to her village, leaves her home bound for America. She is to deliver secrets concerning the fate of the world to a Chicago priest who will shepherd mankind to prepare to hear God speak.
Four women travel to Las Vegas, and while there, snow begins to fall during triple digit heat. They soon learn that the non-accumulating snowfall is a worldwide phenomenon—a universal sign from God preceding the gift of a permanent sign inexplicable by earthly standards.
With the culmination of these miraculous events, all their paths intersect, and God will reveal His plans to each soul on earth.
Will mankind listen?
Click here to get your copy!
About the Author
K.M. Daughters is the penname for team writers and sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare. The penname is dedicated to the memory of their parents, “K”ay and “M”ickey Lynch. K.M. Daughters is the author of 15 award winning romance genre, women’s fiction and Christian fiction novels. The “Daughters” are wives, mothers and grandmothers residing in the Chicago suburbs and on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Visitors are most welcome at http://www.kmdaughters.com
More from K.M. Daughters
In our first book in the Gospa series, Jewel of the Adriatic, on April 7th, 1992, rose petals rained on three teenagers walking past a craggy hill in their village, Valselo, near the Adriatic coast. The deluge stopped, and high on this hill, they saw a remarkably beautiful young woman with a child in her arms. They immediately thought that she was Jesus’ mother. She didn’t say anything to them but gestured for them to come closer. They were scared and ran. These three children were Anna, Elizabeta and Josip, who despite their fear, returned to the hill and were rewarded with another visitation by the mother of God, lovingly referred to as Our Lady of the Roses. Daily apparitions continued for decades as the visionaries became adults, guided by the heavenly visitor to pray, open their hearts fully to the salvation of Christ and carry her messages to the world in discipleship. Josip became a priest, instructed to pray for vocations. Elizabeta became a wife and mother, dedicated to praying for unbelievers. And Anna, also a wife and mother, was given the role of divulging secrets concerning all of mankind to an ordained priest, three days before the predicted events occur. In Rose of the Desert, we meet the “Belles of St. Mary’s”, lifelong girlfriends who have shared everything with each other since they met in grammar school. Or have they? When experiencing the all-knowing, forgiveness of God’s presence, will they change so they never have anything to hide again? The Belles’ lives intersect with Anna Babic’s when Anna travels to the United States to fulfill her heavenly appointed mission. Now the time has come.
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To celebrate their tour, K.M. Daughters is giving away the grand prize of a beautiful necklace!! (Pictured Above)
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.