Today’s Spotlight is on Kathryn Maeglin, author of Hunka, Hunka Burning Love
Why do you write?
After being a journalist for 24 years, I yearned to write creative work that was designed primarily to entertain rather than inform. That said, I do strive to write books that may also provide insights and inspiration, as well as a few laughs. I have this quote from Woody Allen taped on my computer: “The ideal thing is to be funny and also say something significant.”
What’s your favorite genre?
Do you have a favorite author (if so, please
tell us the name)?
To be successful as an author, what do you see as the main goal?
Connecting with a reader so strongly that s/he is inspired to write to me and tell me how much and why s/he enjoyed the book.
What inspires you and how do you channel it when you need inspiration?
Positive feedback from readers is hugely inspiring. But sometimes (especially for those who aren’t published yet), we need to be our own cheerleaders. That’s when I strive to write a really great sentence or paragraph or scene that leaves me feeling wonderful about the joy of creating something I hope others will enjoy, too.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
Read; write; seek honest feedback and take what is useful while leaving the rest; NEVER give up; and chocolate contains antioxidants, which have been scientifically proven to improve your writing. 😉
What advice would you give to the youth of today (not just authors)?
Slow down and listen! Taking a moment to really think things through can save you many moments of heartache. (I’m still learning this myself!)
What’s on your bucket list?
Having grandbabies, a best-seller(s), and visiting India
Tell us about your book:
Imagine a visiting-nurse service with hot young guys as caregivers. What golden girl wouldn’t dig that?
Valerie Palka is a savvy businesswoman who is obsessed with keeping her elderly mom, Helen, safe from all the lethal disasters that can befall widows living alone. Helen thinks the workaholic Valerie should focus on having as much luck in the bedroom as she does in the boardroom. But when Helen takes a spill and is rushed to the ER, a handsome male nurse, Keith Nuber, strikes her fancy, and she tells her daughter, “If you could get a handsome devil like that to take care of me, I’d be willing to consider it.” So Valerie creates a care agency, Home Health Hunks, staffed by attractive younger men.
Valerie’s idea is filled with potential . . . and potholes. As she navigates the tricky road to satisfying her mom as well as her own ambition, she finds herself falling for one of her employees—Keith—and is forced to examine her beliefs about the true meaning of success.
What would you like people to know about you?
Kathryn started her writing career as an award-winning journalist. But after too many years of being constrained by the facts, she began writing fiction. Her goal is to write entertaining and meaningful stories women can relate to, and to have fun doing it. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, eating junk food, or hanging out with friends and family, and probably talking too much. She’s happily married and has two overfed, underemployed cats. Ten percent of Kathryn’s net royalties will be donated to two charities that serve people dealing with cancer: Cancer Support Community and Pink Ribbon Connection.
Link to my book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/14X8hYj