Interview with Kaylin McFarren
Interview with Kaylin McFarren
Affaire de Coeur's
February Calendar Girl
Welcome Kaylin! Affaire de Coeur's February Calendar Girl and author of Flaherty's Crossing and Severed Threads.Where are you from?
I was born in Torrance, California, went to High School and College in Seattle, Washington, and got married and moved to southeast Portland, Oregon – Troutdale actually.
Married? Children? Pets?
Yep – married 39 years and counting. I have three daughters and two grandsons, and two puppy dogs: Oreo, a black & white Malti-poo and a rescue dog: Lady, a black & white Laso-poo. They’re different breeds but look like twins!
Do you have another job other than writing?
I founded a non-profit called the Soulful Giving Foundation which raises money for cancer research and I also assist with p.r. for the Yoshida Group – a family-owned conglomerate which includes Yoshida’s Sauces.
What is your favorite place to eat?
I love all kinds of great food and although I thoroughly enjoy finding new restaurants, I’m particularly fond of great steaks and look forward to trips to Morton’s Steakhouse.
Some of my favorite foods include soft shell crab, Miso salmon, shrimp jambalaya, oxtail soup, apple glazed porkchops, and mushroom risotto.
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Milk, apple juice, yogurt and a lot of condiments. With owning a restaurant, we tend to go out and only buy what we need.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
I have a second home in San Diego – a penthouse condo overlooking Mission Bay – and I try to visit here at least once a month to regroup and get the sunshine I need.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
Not this year.
Do you have a critique partner?
Yes. Several great critique partners who write in same genre. They’re invaluable!
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
I guess I’m most passionate about curing cancer, since I’ve lost so many friends and family members to this indiscriminate disease.
Something silly you have done …
I left my car in front of the airport because I was late for a flight to Japan, knowing it was going to be towed. Pretty dumb actually, but as it turned out, the $120 tow bill was cheaper than parking in a garage for ten days. J
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Follow your dreams no matter where they might lead you.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
I’m currently working on book two in my Threads series: Buried Threads, and have won numerous awards for my first release in this series: Severed Threads. This is a fast pace action-adventure taking my mismatched crew around the world on dangerous diving expeditions.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Staying focused. It’s truly a challenge with so many things going on in my life. But I try to dedicate at least 3-4 hours every morning to writing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The death of my father inspired me to write Flaherty’s Crossing – an inspirational romance that takes a woman on a winding journey to forgiveness. This book came from my personal experience and has touched everyone who’s read it.
What ignites your creativity?
Meeting interesting people and hearing about their lives.
Do you listen to music while you write?
Definitely. I listen to all kinds of music depending on the type of scene I’m writing. When I’m into adventure, I love Stevie Nicks, Keith Urban and Jackson Brown, and when I write love scenes, I listen to Michael Buble and Enya.
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with? Oh, Channing Tatum, of course – although he might be a little young for me. J Any life experiences tangled in the storylines?
I always use my life experiences in my books – boating, diving, traveling to exotic places, social interactions and meeting interesting people. There’s nothing better than knowing your material.
What books do you have on your favorites shelf?
Shogun, The Help, Memoirs of a Geisha, The DaVinci Code, The Great Gatsby, Sons and Lovers, The Grapes of Wrath.
What book are you reading now?
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. It’s an interesting period murder investigation about a slain 12-year-old Irish boy set in New York city.
Any new authors who have caught your interest?
I kind of like Gillian Flynn’s writing right now and am planning to read Chris Knopf’s new book next.
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
When you’re writing, picture your story as a movie that eveyrone wants to watch.
What would you like to say to your readers?
Thanks for all your support and for making writing so much fun! J
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