Kathryn Starke

Book Interview: Because of you

(Because of you is an upcoming release and should be hitting stores in Mid-November)

Kathryn Starke author of the book Because of You
Kathryn Starke author of the book Because of You

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Welcome Kathryn Starke, Author, speaker and literacy specialist. Kathryn will be telling us about her upcoming novel “Because of you” and about her children’s book Amy’s Travels today. Hi Kathryn how are you?

Kathryn Starke:

Great, thank you for having me!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

The pleasure is all mine. I would like to start by asking you: What was the purpose of writing Amy’s Travels your children’s book?

Kathryn Starke:

I wrote Amy’s Travels as a second grade teacher to provide an engaging and educational story to teach the seven continents to my students.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Since then where has Amy’s Travels been read?

Kathryn Starke:

It’s so exciting! Since Amy’s Travels has been released in its second edition, it has been read on six continents in over twenty countries!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

If I understand correctly it is even used in a number of educational institutions ?

Kathryn Starke:

You are correct! It was selected as a multicultural text by the California Department of Education and is used in children’s museums, elementary schools, and international schools around the world.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Impressive, what about Amy’s Travels would you say is what makes it stand out as a children’s book?

Kathryn Starke:

Amy’s Travels is the first children’s picture book that teaches all seven continents. The illustrations are child friendly and the text is very appropriate to be a readaloud for children ages 4-7 and an independent read for children 8-11.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Quite a range, did you have to do much research for the book?

Kathryn Starke:

Actually, it’s the true story of my friend Amy. The book is based on her childhood memories moving around the world. I conducted a lot of interviews with her before writing the book.

Amy's Travels by author Kathryn Starke
Amy’s Travels by author Kathryn Starke

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Very interesting. So from accomplished, children’s author, keynote speaker and literacy specialist you are taking the leap into writing women’s fiction?

Kathryn Starke:

That I am!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Because of you is the title of your debut novel into the world of adult fiction. So the question I must ask is: Because of who?

Kathryn Starke:

That’s what the reader will have to decide.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

I sense mystery and suspense. Tell us a little about Because of you.

Kathryn Starke:

I definitely love reading and writing books that allow people to think and make connections to themselves and their lives. This “chick lit” title is about a bride-to-be figuring out if she is making the right decision about getting married.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

So who is the bride to be?

Kathryn Starke:

Her name is Lilly. She is a thirty-something educator from New York. She is definitely a determined, go getter type who doesn’t like to settle in life.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Anything else you can disclose to us about Lilly?

Kathryn Starke:

She analyzes everything! In the story, you will learn about her relationship with her job, her sister, parents, friends, and fiance. She is certainly a woman that people can relate to in some way or another.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

So Lilly will give us a lot of insight into the world and people around her, how does the family relate to the story?

Kathryn Starke:

Yes, you will know Lilly by the end of the book. Her family (mom, dad, and little sister) is very opinionated, which can be good or bad depending on how your respond. Lilly doesn’t always respond so well.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

How does the family feel about her getting married?

Kathryn Starke:

Exactly! It’s more about how they feel regarding the person she is planning to marry. The story begins on her wedding day and unfolds from there.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Do we travel back in time or forward?

Kathryn Starke:

You will experience some flashbacks back in time Lilly shares with us.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Will readers get beyond the wedding day or is it a matter of I do or I don’t ?

Kathryn Starke:

They get beyond the wedding day, but the whole book becomes a matter of I do or I don’t in more than one situation. A lot of decisions are made in this book!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

I feel you are keeping the juicy bits a secret. Am I correct?

Kathryn Starke:

You are correct! As a literacy specialist, my job is to provide background and create interest, but to allow the reader to make predictions, connections, conclusions themselves.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Lilly is an educator, as are you. Do we see much of you in the book?

Kathryn Starke:

No. Lilly is certainly someone I would hang out with, but it’s definitely not me in the book. Since we as authors write about what we know, I certainly had to make her an educator and think about traits of friends or co-workers or characters I have met in my life that would work in this story alongside Lilly.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Why would you hang out with Lilly? Why should we?

Kathryn Starke:

Lilly is a strong woman who definitely does what she feels is right. She reminds us that in life you have to do what feels right for yourself rather than what others think you should do. She’s true to herself, which we all should be.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Which other characters in the book would you hang out with?
Why?

Kathryn Starke:

It’s funny because there are Lilly’s three best friends. Everyone will relate to one of them to compliment themselves. Then there’s the men, which we as readers would quickly determine if we’d want to hang with. Her best friend Sarah is lots of fun with crazy advice! Her fiance Patrick is someone you’d want to go to a Yankee game with.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Ah, Patrick, tell us about the groom to be? Do we love him or hate him? Why?

Kathryn Starke:

You will have a love-hate relationship with Patrick. He’s one of those decisions Lilly has to make. Does she like him or the idea of him? Sometimes we feel sorry for him and sometimes we want to scream at him.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

So we have four leading ladies, apart from the sister and the mother. We have the adorable at times, groom, and the bride to be. It must have been quite a task creating all these characters. What did you do to help you with that?

Kathryn Starke:

Honestly, I thought about people I know or have met and decided what character traits would make them the most real. Everyone knows a wild friend without a filter and everyone has felt the emotions of wanting to enjoy a person or wring their neck (often minutes apart).
I feel like in our lives, we encounter lots of people and lots of personalities, which I wanted to portray in the book.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

I must admit Kathryn, I was dubious about your literacy statement, for a moment I thought you were not going to give us enough. I realize now, you were right, there are many dots to connect and I am still asking Because of Who? Pray-tell, is there another character we are missing?

Kathryn Starke:

You will be asking that the whole time. There is one more stranger the reader will meet on Lilly’s wedding day. This quiet character she meets in the elevator of the hotel they are staying in. He doesn’t say much but certainly leads to her confusion, doubt, questions, and more.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

It has been a pleasure having you over today, once the dots start taking their rightful places, I think the story really builds up. Your book sounds like a splendidly structured plot that will have readers flipping through pages and trying to cheat their way around the book. When will the book be up for sale?

Kathryn Starke:

Haha!

That’s what I’m hoping. It officially releases November 14th, which is the first day to order from Black Rose Writing.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Excellent I am sure that readers will want to know Because of who? The answer can be found in Author Kathryn Starke’s: Because of you.

Readers are invited to ask questions in the comment section. Be warned however this lovely author is going to keep you guessing! That I believe might be the AWESOME SAUCE in because of you!

Kathryn are there any last words you would like to share with our readers?

Kathryn Starke:

I am excited to write for a new audience, adults, and I look forward to sharing my first novel and hearing people talking and thinking about it during and after their reading experience. Thank you for sharing it with your readers.

Kathryn Starke can be found in the following places:

www.facebook.com/kathrynstarke

www.twitter.com/kathrynstarke

www.pinterest.com/kathrynstarke

http://kathrynstarke.wordpress.com/

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