It’s a pleasure to welcome Kathleen to the blog today to chat about her book, A Brand New Address, her first novel in the Intervenus series.
At sixty-eight the clock is ticking, and Kathleen Mary Elizabeth Pugh Rowland lives in the present. She cherishes any kind of time with her husband whether it’s moonlight sailing or walking the dogs. Did she mention Gerry is witty, intelligent, warm, and understanding? As the song goes, she’s lucky to be in love with her best friend. Of course as empty-nesters, they welcome the rowdy “fabulous five” and their terrific people any time.
As long as she can remember, storytelling has been a release. Writing fiction has given her a chance to escape into worlds she’s created. Kathleen writes romantic suspense under her own name Kathleen Rowland. So that readers don’t become confused, she decided to write a new adult series under the pen name, Rudyard Rowland. Rud is a younger version and doesn’t like her name either. That’s right. With the last name Pugh, her nicknames were Pughie, Pughtrid, and Pugh-bird. “Hello Stinky!” In the U.K. someone made a list of the most embarrassing last names, and at the top was Shatwell. Some things end up being fortunate. She never makes fun of anyone, and some situations (like introductions) make us brave. That’s Kathleen, she’s brave. She’s done many courageous things. She’s moved to new places, brought up five children, started new careers, and created wish lists. If you’d like to use her method, break a wish down to achievable targets with a deadline. Dreams do come true.
Read on for more about Kathleen!
A Brand New Address
The cosmic impact of 2153 throws Earth into a second Ice Age and pushes planet orbits of the entire solar system. With its moon-sized asteroids, water erupts under the surfaces of Mars and Venus, morphing their atmospheres into habitable. After Mars’ nuclear war, Venus is the next big hope.
Yardley is reserved, Marchand has communication issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.
Taking place during 22nd Century Earth’s second ice age, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS follows childhood friends, Yardley Van Dyke and Marchand LaFond, who trick and tease each other. Robin-hooding thief Marchand sails his ice-boat across the frozen tundra to deliver fuel and food to the needy. Subsistence gardener Yardley gives away home-cooked meals. Just when their attraction sizzles, he enters a space race to Venus.
Yardley promised her dying mother she’d care for the family by growing food in their greenhouse. Clashing with Dad’s fiancé puts her on the outs at home. After winning a prize for an intergalactic garden project, she wants to prove her prototype works on Venus.
Groomed for the mission and calling the shots, Marchand can’t let emotions to get in the way. Maneuvering through sun spikes and space junk is dangerous enough. Evil competitor Vito Savage plans to annihilate competing shuttles. Will Savage’s darkest sins come to light? If Yardley goes, will she tolerate Marchand’s brazen exterior? Will Venus be their brand new address where life will find them?
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Now let’s shine the spotlight on Kathleen!
Maer: Thanks for joining us to tell us about your new book, A Brand New Address. What is the funniest or oddest thing that has happened to you as an author?
Kathleen: I dream about my characters, and this accentuates the twisted nature of suspense.
Maer: Do you use beta readers, and if so, what qualities do you look for a beta?
Kathleen: Yes, I do, as well as paid editors. I ask them to let me know if the scene makes sense. Or, do my tags clarify who’s speaking? I self-edit at least five times before enlisting help from a beta reader or editor, but they do find errors. We miss some things in our own writing.
Maer: Yes, we do. 🙂 What is a one-line synopsis of your book, A Brand New Address?
Kathleen: Yardley is reserved, Marchand has communication issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.
Maer: Is this a stand-alone or part of a series?
Kathleen: It’s the first book of my Intervenus series, but each book is a stand- alone as well.
Maer: Which character, other than Yardley, is one of your favorites to write and why?
Kathleen: Sharlene Mantis is Yardley’s competitor on Ice Age Earth. After they’re thrown together, during the dangerous space race, Yardley and Sharlene appreciate qualities under their surface personas.
Maer: If you had to pick a color to describe Yardley what would that be and why?
Kathleen: Green because Yardley is a gardener and nurturer of life.
Maer: Who are your favorite authors to read?
Kathleen: I read across genres, but to name a few: Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Jennifer Lyons, C.C. Hunter, Beth Yarnall, Clive Cussler, and Dorothy Garlock. I always finish reading books from these talented writers.
Maer: Can you share a bit about the project you’re working on now?
Kathleen: I’m writing a sensuous romantic suspense for my Waterfront Series.
Maer: What do you do when you’re not writing?
Kathleen: On a daily basis I swim laps. After showering, throwing in laundry, I tidy up the house, head to the farmers’ market and get dinner started. These activities support my love of home. Other activities I enjoy with my husband and family are world travel, entertaining, and sailing on Newport Harbor.
Maer: What influenced you to write in your genre? Do you write in others?
Kathleen: I love suspense, and if there’s a love story with it, it’s even better. If I’m choosing a movie, it’s action-suspense with a love interest. My favorite T.V. series list includes (Danish Noir) The Killing, The Bridge, Top of the Lake, Twenty-four, and Homeland. There’s subtle romance in all of these!
Maer: What music, if any, do you like to listen to while writing?
Kathleen: Usually none, but if I do, music is country or pop. I like Adele, Jennifer Nettles, Luke Bryant, Jason Aldean, and Ray LaMontagne.
Maer: Kathleen, thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have anything you’d like to add?
Kathleen: Now that our five children are responsible adults who have flown the coop, my husband I are empty nesters. I have the luxury of time required to write better and deeper stories.
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