Q&A with Kay Stockham!
1. Tell us about A Christmas to Remember.
A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a redemption story with an amnesia element. I've always wanted to write an amnesia story but it's hard to take that time-aged theme and give it a fresh twist. ACTR is the third character-related story that began with MAN WITH A PAST (May 2006) and HIS PERFECT WOMAN (June 2007).
I don't know of a single person who hasn't made a mistake and had to live with the consequences. This story is about that---and a lot more. Christmas is the season of forgiveness and love and ACTR reflects that. Could you give the person who *ruined* your life a second chance? Could you forgive them? And what if after doing so, you find out it's all been a lie? My heroine has some tough decisions ahead of her.
For a peek inside A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER, please go to my website www.kaystockham.com and view the book video. I also have a great Launch Party Scavenger Hunt through the pages of ACTR going on now. I hope all of you reading this will check it out.
2. How long were you writing before you sold?
I've written all my life. Short stories, poems. I didn't start submitting for publication until after the birth of my daughter. When I got 'The Call' I'd been actively writing for publication five and a half years--and racked up a lot of rejection letters. I could tell I was getting close though because my rejection letters were becoming longer and more detailed--always a good sign when the editors take the time to do that.
3. Who are the biggest influences in your writing career?
Oh, wow. So many people have helped me along this journey. Lori Foster for one. She's such a giving, ready to help kind of person and a great friend and writer. I'm a big fan of hers. Other authors who've influenced me by their career choices, writing methods and personal work ethic include Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts. I think I was the only person on the face of the earth who wasn't a Nora follower until recently, but I'm slowly catching up on her backlist and loving what I'm reading.
4. What do you do for fun in your spare time?
LOL Does shopping count as stress therapy? ;) I love reading (of course!) and gardening, though you can't tell it by looking at my landscaping at the moment. It's been a busy year. LOL I love spending time with my family and am perfectly content curling up on the couch and watching a movie. Our movie nights are very special to me and always will be.
5. What's coming up in the near future for you?
March 2008 begins a brand new series with Superromance tagged as The Tulanes of Tennessee. It begins with Garret's story in ANOTHER MAN'S BABY, and Nick's story (book two) is titled HIS SON'S TEACHER.
I'm also thrilled to be part of THE POWER OF LOVE Anthology headed up by Lori Foster. Released by Berkley in June, 2008, HANNAH'S CHOICE is my contribution and tells the story of a woman overcoming her abusive past. It's going to be a busy year, but I can't wait!
Be sure to visit Kay at her website at www.kaystockham.com/
and don't forget to check out the trailer!