Friday, February 10, 2017

Author Interview with Bestselling Author, Kerry Lonsdale

Today, Kerry Londsdale, the best-selling author of Everything We Keep and All the Breaking Waves is here to chat!  Please welcome Kerry.



Kerry, can you tell us a little about you?  
Beach lover. Word surfer. Wannabe marathoner. Sunbathing pro. Reluctant skier. Wicked cool mom. (Im)patient (yet adoring) wife. Cat herder. Dog walker.
How about 5 words that describes you?
Marketing executive turned bestselling author.
Now, how about 5 words about your latest novel, All the Breaking Waves?
J. J. Abrams meets Liane Moriarty.
I really enjoyed Everything We Keep, your debut novel. In it, we read about loss and moving beyond that. What themes can we expect from All the Breaking Waves
I love to riddle my books with multiple themes, which makes stories richer. Themes touched upon in All the Breaking Waves include acceptance, death, forgiveness, family, and love. But I think the central theme is the sacrifices parents make for the health, well-being, and safety of their children.
You probably answer this a lot, but I really would like to know where does your inspiration for both these novels come from?  
A line or phrase will come to me and then a story evolves from there. For Everything We Keep, it was the opening line. Through the rounds of revisions and edits, that first sentence never changed. Next usually comes an article I’ve read or a scene in a TV show that prompts plot ideas. For All the Breaking Waves, I read an article about a tragic situation where an owner tried to save his dog from drowning in the ocean and they both ended up dying.
How interesting! That first line! Onto your covers. I love the covers of both books, and especially All the Breaking Waves! Do you have any say on those?   What kind of cover can we expect with your next release, Everything We Left Behind (note, as of today, the cover has been released!)?
I’ve been very fortunate with my covers. Lake Union Publishing is author-centric. They always seek my feedback when it comes to covers, taglines, and back cover copy. In fact, I selected the photos for both books and drafted the back cover copy. Their marketing team took it from there. The cover for Everything We Left Behind will be similar so it coincides with how my books have been branded.
Everything We Left Behind works so well with your other books. It's just as gorgeous! I look forward to it!  And I've been wanting to congratulate you personally! Everything We Keep was a bestseller in 2016, and as your debut novel too! As a new author with that kind of success, how do you handle the pressure for your future novels? 
My debut was a Kindle First, and a very successful one. The degree of exposure was very overwhelming. A friend of mine likened it to being strapped to the outside of a rocket and launched into space. Compared to my debut, the release of All the Breaking Waves was very mild, and less stressful.
Speaking of future novels, what are you working on now? Will you remain with the General/Literary Fiction genre? 
Future novels will definitely fall in the commercial fiction bucket, but as you’ve seen with my first two, I like to shake things up. They’ll bridge genres and include elements of suspense, mystery, romance,  and family drama.
For this booknerd, I need to know what is your all time favorite book(s)? 
From my childhood, it’s the Velveteen Rabbit. But, looking at the classics on my shelf, the ones I refuse to let go, I’d have to say my all time favorite is Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. (The other classics on my shelf, in case you’re curious, are Drums Along the Mohawk, Last of the Mohicans, Kidnapped, The Great Gatsby, and Of Mice and Men.)
Your favorite authors? 
Sarah Jio, Beatriz Williams, Mary Kubica, Diana Gabaldon, Sarah Addison Allen, just to name a few. (I have lots!)
How can readers reach you? Will you be attending any conferences/festivals that readers can meet you (and get signed books!)?
Best way to reach me is through my website: www.kerrylonsdale.com. From there they can pop over to my social media accounts. As for future conferences, I have two coming up in the San Francisco bay area. Details are on my events page: http://www.kerrylonsdale.com/events/. I’ll be doing signings at both.
Before you go, can you tell us what you hope readers will take away from your books?
While my books deal with serious themes, such as loss and sacrifice, the stories are meant to entertain. I intentionally write in a such a way that the books are fast reads and hard to put down. It’s my hope readers take away a few hours of enjoyment.




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Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an online community of authors located around the globe. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy.

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Title:  All the Breaking Waves
Author: Kerry Lonsdale
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  December 6, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction 

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EVERYTHING WE KEEP COMES A GRIPPING TALE OF LONG-BURIED SECRETS, THE STRENGTH OF FORGIVENESS, AND THE HEALING POWER OF RETURNING HOME FOR GOOD.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment—something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to—home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.




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5 comments :

  1. Annie, I enjoyed the interview with Kerry.

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  2. I won a copy of Everything We Keep from your blog a few months ago and enjoyed it so much. I hadn't heard of this author before reading it. I just added her other 2 titles to my wish list. Thanks!
    Dianna

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    1. Dianna! So happy to hear this! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Dianna! So happy to hear this! Thanks for sharing!

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