Welcome! Thanks for this chance to find out a little about you and your work. How did you start your writing career?
One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother reading to me. She instilled a love for books and reading that I will always carry with me. I wrote and illustrated my first story at age eight. Fast forward to graduate school, where I earned a master’s degree in communications and began a career as a newspaper writer/editor Later, I transitioned into public relations and owned my own boutique communications firm. I also did freelance travel and arts writing. I’d nursed a lifelong ambition to write a novel, but I didn’t get serious about it until 2013. Now, I have published three novels and a novella.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I set aside a couple of hours each afternoon to write, as well as on the weekends. When I’m writing a book, I find it’s much easier to stay connected to my characters if I write something every day, even if it’s only a paragraph or two. I don’t make myself adhere to a strict word count per day because, frankly, some days are better than others.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
In my ideal world, I would disappear into my writing cave and do nothing except research and write. However, that’s not the way the publishing industry works. The hardest part of writing a book is tearing away from it to promote my other books, which is ongoing.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
I would not have the luxury of working on my fourth novel right now without the love and support of my husband, Tom Duhamel. I was unemployed when I began writing my first book, Deep Blue, and my husband supported us both financially for two years so I could finish it. Fortunately, I got a publishing contract fairly quickly. He’s my biggest supporter and he genuinely loves my writing.
What do you think makes a good story?
An interesting premise, of course, but I think having compelling characters is what drives a good story. When I think about some of my favorite books, the characters are who I remember most, not the plot.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished Book 4 of the Outlander series. Ironically, I never read the books when they were first published, but I got intrigued because of the wildly popular TV series. I can’t resist an epic love story, especially one where the characters are allowed to age.
What is your favorite meal?
What is your favorite meal?
Sushi. Any or all of it.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was a double nerd-honors English and a member of the marching band! I made some great friends. In fact, my BFF is someone I met in eighth grade sewing class. We’ve been friends for half a century!
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Write about the things you love and are passionate about. Don’t waste time worrying if your book will fit into a specific genre, because maybe it won’t. Write it anyway. Good storytelling will always survive.
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Kathleen Duhamel
GENRE: Contemporary Women's Fiction
After years of struggle and harsh criticism, happily married rock star wife Claire Martin has finally achieved the career success of her dreams. As the featured artist in an international traveling exhibit, she looks forward to her best year ever, while her husband, singer Robert Silver of the legendary band Deep Blue, contemplates a return to touring.
Things are also looking up for Claire’s best friend, Denise Hrivnak, who’s planning her wedding to Robert’s musical partner, Art Hoffman. However, what should have been most joyful day of Denise’s life turns to tragedy when an unexpected event forces both woman to contemplate the terrifying possibility of life without the men they love.
Besieged by the paparazzi and sick with worry, Claire waits for answers in a Las Vegas hotel room, thinking over her improbable relationship with Rob and praying that love alone is strong enough to bring her beloved husband back from the brink.
Before Claire can say a word, I glance across the room to see the older man rise from his chair and begin ambling toward us. When he gets near our table he announces in an apologetic tone, “I don’t mean to disturb your meal, but there’s something I’d like to tell you, Robert, and I’ll never have this chance again.”
Let me guess. He has a friend/relative/colleague who wants to be a singer/songwriter/musician and would I mind listening to his demo? I produce a cursory nod and he continues.
“My wife was a big fan of yours.” His shoulder sag. “She died a few days ago.”
Claire gives him a sympathetic gaze.
“When she went into hospice care, she asked for her little CD player and all her Deep Blue CDs. I wanted you to know your music gave her some happiness and comfort during her final days. Your voice was the last one she heard before she slipped away.”
An enormous lump rises in my throat, rendering me incapable of speech. Claire blinks back tears.
“Do you mind if I give you a hug?” she asks.
Without waiting for an answer, my wife rises and wraps her arms around the grief-stricken stranger for a few seconds. She takes both his hands in hers and says, “Your wife was fortunate to have had someone like you in her life.”
“We were married for 37 years.” His quivering mouth attempts a smile. “I always thought I was the lucky one.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kathleen Duhamel is a contemporary women’s fiction writer and the author of the Deep Blue Trilogy (Deep Blue, Deeper, and Deep End) as well as the novella At Home With Andre. She wrote and illustrated her first short story at the age of eight, and has been a writer for most of her life. Her love of the written word continued throughout her varied career as a newspaper journalist and editor, public relations executive, freelance travel writer, and owner/operator of two small businesses. A native of Texas, she has spent most of her adult life in Colorado. She lives in the Denver area with her husband, a geriatric standard poodle, and a spoiled cat. She is a lifelong devotee of rock and soul music, contemporary art, and popular culture.
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