Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author Katie O’Boyle on her novel, Coming Home to Love.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: As soon as I learned to read, I wanted to write! I published professionally, as an educator, but writing novels (romance and mystery) was just for fun. In January 2012, I committed to finding at least one hour every day for writing, and I began writing novels seriously.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: In May 2012 I attended a writers conference in Maine with a fellow writer. I pitched to an agent, who encouraged me but did not buy the book. I revised the manuscript and, in November 2012, pitched it to Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing, who requested the full manuscript. The book was released in August 2013 as Stepping Up To Love, Book 1 of the Lakeside Porches romance novels. Book 2, Coming Home to Love, was released in September 2014. Book 3, Finding the Way Back to Love, will be released Winter 2015; this book also took fourth place in The Sheila Contest, sponsored by the Valley Forge Romance Writers chapter of RWA. On my road to publication, each draft of every one of the novels incorporated feedback from critique groups, beta readers, contest judges, and workshop facilitators.
But wait, there’s more! The Lakeside Porches romance novels will spin off a cozy campus mystery series and a series of women’s fiction, with both series set in the same Finger Lakes locale, involving many of the characters from Lakeside Porches. Becoming a published author continues to be an exciting learning process!
Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
A: Join a writers’ group! Find critique partners, ask other authors about workshops and conferences, submit to contests, learn your business, and learn your craft. Being part of a writers’ group has helped me do all these things and has provided encouragement and guidance every step of the way.
Q: Tell us about your latest release.
A: Coming Home to Love is Gianessa and Justin’s love story. Although this second book can be read as a standalone novel, a tightly interwoven subplot continues Joel and Manda’s story, for fans of Book 1. Like all the Lakeside Porches romances, Coming Home to Love is a college-town love story with a recovery twist.
With his health deteriorating and his spirit dying, Justin Cushman has come home to Tompkins Falls in the Finger Lakes to assist his injured nephew Joel. Sick of accumulating wealth for its own sake, Justin knows that his life is meaningless without a loving relationship and a purpose for his billions. On a whim, he visits Joel’s spa, looking for a massage to relieve his pain. Gianessa Dupioni is a gifted masseuse who knows what ails Justin, and she starts him on a journey of health and happiness. Too bad for Justin that Gianessa is devastated by personal losses and strictly focused on rebuilding her career. Justin may be a master strategist in the financial world, but can he persuade Gianessa to let love in?
“You know,” Gianessa said, as she stroked his palm with her thumb, “I was prepared not to like you. Look how that turned out.”
He blustered. “Not like me?” He winked.
“The first time I saw you, you were badgering Grace.” She leaned forward, leading with her breasts. “That ticked me off.”
“And you wore your hair in that French braid, which ticked me off.”
She gathered her long, toffee tresses behind her shoulders. “You never said you didn’t like my braid.”
“I wanted from that first moment to get my hands in your hair. I plotted six ways to Sunday to get rid of the braid.”
“My braid is perfect for work. It feels elegant and simple, and it makes me feel put together and focused.”
He caressed her cheek and jaw and neck with eager fingers. “But you’re elegant and complex, and I prefer you undone.”
Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at charming inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she is a passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She is hard at work on book four of the Lakeside Porches romances.
Meet Katie O’Boyle:
on the web as http://www.katieoboyle.com/
on Facebook as “Katie O’Boyle Author” (https://www.facebook.com/katie.oboyle.author)
on Twitter as “TompkinsFalls” (https://twitter.com/TompkinsFalls)