Let’s all just take a moment to admire this cover.
Okay, moment over. This is my fourth or fifth Booksting With CoHo. While this one is not unlike the others, I do have to say this one is a little personal to me. So please read what I have to say about this author and then continue on with the interview. As always, a giveaway goes along with this post.
After I wrote Slammed four years ago, Kathryn Perez, author of THERAPY, emailed me a very touching email about what my book meant to her. I responded, as I used to be able to do with every email. A while later, she emailed me again because she discovered she grew up twenty miles from where I lived. We were practically neighbors, although at the time she lived out of state.
We conversed every now and again, but we didn’t really get to know each other on a personal level until Kathryn and her family moved back to her hometown a year later. And that’s when I got nervous. Because…you see…I’m not a very good friend.
I’m sporadic, I disappear, I can go weeks or months without speaking to people and then smother them with a million messages in one day. I’m very disorganized and I thrive under pressure, but wilt when expectations are placed on me. I’m not going to sugar coat something that isn’t even sweet to begin with. I am a very. bad. friend.
I warn people of this when I feel a friendship about to form. I’m like an alpha male, where I keep people at arms length and say, “No. Stop. You don’t want to be in a relationship with me. I can never love you like you need to be loved.”
Sometimes people believe me, sometimes they find out the hard way, sometimes I lose friends because of my busy, chaotic life.
But Kathryn didn’t care. She would answer when I called, she would be perfectly fine when I didn’t. And she has always, always, ALWAYS been there. And one thing I’ve noticed about her…she never talks negatively about other people to me. (Positivity is my favorite characteristic in a person).
She is also one of the most supportive people I have ever met. To a fault. Example: Her book releases tonight and today I had to message her and tell her to remove November 9 as her profile picture, because she should be supporting her OWN book release.
I just can’t stress enough how much her support means to me. And tonight, her book, Letters Written in White releases. And even though I can’t repay her or be the kind of friend to her that she always is to me, I will do my best. If you have ever had a friend who has supported you through anything, you know what I’m talking about. And as someone who loves people with good hearts, I am asking you to preorder this beautiful book if you have the means to do so. It’s only $2.99. If you can’t afford the book, you can still show your support by copying and sharing the below link on social media for your friends.
I just ordered twenty paperbacks of this book. I’m going to force her to sign them this week when they’re delivered, and then I’ll pick twenty winners. All you have to do to enter is share this post for your friends or download the book for yourself and comment on this post with how you supported Kathryn. Your comment will be your entry for one of these BEAUTIFUL paperbacks of LWiW, designed by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations. Winners will be announced next week here on this blog post and also under the “giveaways” tab.
Congratulations, Katy! Katie! Katee! However I spell your name this week, I just want to thank you for being so much to so many. I hope you are proud of your work, because you should be!
Our interview is below. Thanks for reading!
- Without spoiling anything, can you tell us what Letters Written in White is about?
Beneath the mask we wear as women, is a person we rarely talk about or acknowledge. I’ve decided to bring her to life in this book with the main character, Riah Winter. I decided to say all of the dark and socially unacceptable things that many of us feel, go through, and fear. Readers may even find that they aren’t alone in their daily struggles as a mother, wife, friend, single mom, stay at home mother, working mom or as a woman in general. We’re all wearing masks and we’re all drowning in something. This book puts a magnifying glass to all of these things.
Riah has a message for us…she wants us not only to survive but to thrive, because she knows what it feels like to die with regret.
- That brings back all the feels of this book. I could tell when I read it that you really put your heart into it. What is your favorite sentence in the whole book?
“When I met you, I knew I would love you. When I lost you, I knew I hadn’t loved you enough.”
- Where did you get the idea for this book?
This is a difficult one for me to answer. LWiW was my way of working through some of my own personal struggles. The idea came from my own life as someone who has battled depression for a very long time. The book came to me in a low point of my life last year but writing it was extremely therapeutic for me.
- Can you tell us about the formatting? It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen, with some of the words ACTUALLY being written in white.
Initially I wasn’t thinking about the formatting of the book. I’ve never really put much thought into formatting but with LWiW I wanted the reader to have more of an experience reading this book other than just the words. I had big ideas for the paperback and wasn’t sure if they were possible but JT Formatting rocked it. I couldn’t be happier with the final result of the eBook and especially the paperback. The paperback actually has Riah’s letters written in white. It’s stunning.
- It really is stunning. It’s the first book I’ve ever wanted to put on my shelf with the spine facing inward. 😉 What are your hopes for this book?
More than anything I want to help people with this story. I think if it comforts one person, saves one life, or changes one heart in any way I will have succeeded with this release.
- What are your fears for this book?
So many. It’s not a romance novel even though it has a few romantic moments. I am truly worried that because it doesn’t fit into the box of what most readers are reading right now, they won’t give it a chance. This is a terrible question! I could list a million fears but I would feel like crap by the end of the list so I am not going to add anything else here.
- Haha! That’s my job. You’re welcome. Now that you’ve shared your fears with us, we want to see what’s inside your purse! Dump out the contents and take a picture.
- Five hour energy is my jam. I also like how you have a piece of fruit next to a piece of chocolate. lol.
- Where do you write? Can we see a picture of your writing cave?
I have a small home office upstairs away from everything where I write. I also sometimes like to leave the house and go to a local café or coffee shop to write.
- Oooh, that’s very pretty and inspiring. Speaking of inspiration, “Where do you get your inspiration” is one of the most common questions a writer is asked. I don’t want to know where you get your inspiration. I want to know what STIFLES your inspiration.
Self–doubt. I am my own worst enemy.
- I actually think self-doubt is a writer’s most valuable writing tool. But I’ll save that for another blog post. Change of subject. I love the name Riah. (Pronounced R-eye-ah) How do you choose names for your characters?
It depends on the book and what feel I am going for. I usually Google male and female name lists. I can scroll for hours looking through names before one feels right for the story.
- I have a feeling a lot of people who read this book will want to talk about it. Will there be a discussion group? Is there a way readers can contact you?
The book actually has its very own interactive website and there is also a spoiler discussion group on FB which you can find the link for on the website. http://letterswritteninwhite.weebly.com/
- What’s your favorite book of all time?
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- If you could be a Spice Girl for a day, which one would you be?
- If you could do a modern day retelling of any classic novel, which one would you choose and how would you make it different?
Gone with the Wind. I would most likely have Scarlett and Rhett have their happily ever after instead of him leaving once she finally realized her love for Ashley was really just an old habit and her heart was with Rhett. I would never be able to write it with them not ending up together. I think I’m still in mourning over the end of that book to this day.
- I probably should have said spoiler alert above, but if you haven’t read Gone With The Wind, you deserve it to be spoiled. And finally, do you love Diet Pepsi?
Heck no! Gimme some Vanilla Coke, please.
Gross. This interview is over now.