Since I've always known I either wanted to be a writer or adventurer or both, I'm always curious to find out what motivates other writers. So, when I invited Kat Flannery, a fellow Imajin Books author, to do a guest blog, I asked her:
What in your life drew you to becoming a writer, and what in your life led you to write this book?
I’ve always loved to write - to create a story and characters in my head, and bring them to life. I write because I have to. I cannot go a single day without dialogue, description, or plots running through my mind. When I was young, I was known for telling tall tales. I’d take a scene and add my own flare, which of course was always over exaggerated, and long winded. If my older brother fell off his bike, I’d put my own bits and pieces in the story to make it interesting. Soon all our neighbourhood friends would think my brother fell off his bike while being chased by a rabid dog that almost bit his leg off. I rescued him by throwing a rock at the dog. See, much more interesting than just falling off a bike.
As I got older I began writing poetry, short stories, and songs (which were no good. You should know how to sing if you’re venturing down that path) I’d watch people while at work and I’d wonder where they came from, or if they had a hidden and dark past. My mind would wander, and I’d have to write. If I didn’t write, the ideas seemed to intensify until I’d finally sit down, pick up my pencil and allow the muse to flow. When I began having children the urge to write remained. I did however, write less while the boys were young, but as they got older, and I had some time to myself the writing bug increased.
The idea for Chasing Clovers didn’t come to me right away. There was no epiphany or bright light. No one wacked me across the head with a shovel, or slipped me a note under my door. I wanted to write a story that would touch people’s lives.
My Grandmother lost two children a month a part in the 50’s and I often wondered how she survived such an agonizing ordeal. How she raised four other children? How she made it through each day without crumbling? This is how my protagonist, Livy Green was born. I took the scenario of losing a child, turned the year back to 1884 and placed her inside a saloon. Then I began researching mail order brides. What would make a woman marry a man she’s never met before? One word popped into my head...desperation. This was the meatballs I needed with my spaghetti! And soon the book emerged in my cluttered head, to flow freely from my fingertips and onto my keyboard.
The message in Chasing Clovers is simple: Hope.
Livy is grieving the loss of her child. She is angry and resents those around her. She doesn’t think she deserves a second chance at life, or at love. But John Taylor changes all of that. He demands that Livy, distant and cold, fit into his family and raise his two children.
John and Livy’s journey of pain, loss, and turmoil, is also one of redemption, as they learn to overcome their hardships. And with the beauty of the golden Alberta fields surrounding them, renew their faith, love, and happiness in their tale of Chasing Clovers.
Kat's website: www.katflannery-author.com
Kat's blog: www.kat-scratch.blogspot.com
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I can't believe how delightful it is to read something about the author before one actually reads the book! Thank you, Alison and Kat - I shall enjoy Chasing Clovers even more, having read this.ReplyDelete
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I agree with Melodie - I can't wait to read Chasing Clovers after such a fascinating introduction. And I can so identify with Kat's comments about writers - it's almost as if we are born with the obsession!ReplyDelete
Sounds like you put much of yourself into this book, Kat. Thanks for sharing your story!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the guest blog and look forward to reading Kat Flannery's, Chasing Clovers.ReplyDelete
Alison, I toured your blog and think you've set it up beautifully! I wanted you to know Lyn and I sat down today and reworked my blog, Texas Skies. It looks much better and I want to thank you for your suggestions. If you have time in your busy schedule, please stop back by and let me know what you think.
Again, thank you, Carra