Sunday, August 11, 2013

Dying to Dream by Kathryn Long: Interview and Excerpt


Welcome Kathryn.  I so happy to host you and Dying to Dream.  Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
In Dying to Dream Louise Picault, affectionately referred to as Tante Louise, has to be my favorite. She is a very wise, outspoken, brave, and loyal older woman who seems quirky to others as she dabbles in voodoo and rattles off in French whenever it suits her. She’s a key player in the story when helping to solve the mysteries occurring in Saint Toulere, Louisiana. Her much used advice, “things aren’t always what they seem” conveys the mysterious tone of the book and predicts the surprising development of events. 
Tell us about your current release.
Dying to Dream is a paranormal murder mystery set in Gulf Coast Louisiana. Marin Seurat uses her special gift – the ability to dream the dreams of spirits – to help gather clues and solve the mysterious deaths that occur.  
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Developing the storyline without running into roadblocks where I then have to find a way out by creating other events and changing details I’d already written. It’s such a frustrating experience, but well worth the effort when I see the end product.  
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m a Pantser who tries to claim she’s a Plotter! I guess I’m just too spontaneous. In the beginning I create a general plot outline, but always change details and events as I go.  
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Most anything by Zero 7; Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Dierks Bentley, The Black Keys, John Mayer … as you can see, I’m an eclectic music lover.
 What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
1)   Most authors would find this insane, but I enjoy editing more than creating the story. Go figure.
2)   I didn’t get my first novel published until in my fifties.
What would we find under your bed?
Dust bunnies and things that are best left alone.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
While researching for my book I found one that’s become a favorite: “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” – William Shakespeare. Sound advice. 
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
1)   Don’t be impatient to get published. Keep working on perfecting your writing before submitting.
2)   Do your research on agents and publishers. Find out what they want to see – the genres of fiction, nonfiction, word length, etc. Check out all the specifics they describe on their websites and then find a match with what you write. Saves time.
3)   Be prepared for rejection and grow a tough exterior because rejections WILL happen.

Paranormal Mystery
Date Published: June 1, 2013

Take a strong dose of mystery, add a bit of the paranormal, flavor it with southern charm, then heat it up with romance and you have Dying to Dream.
When Jack Robesaux is found lying dead on a Louisiana beach, psychic, Marin Seurat, must use her gift to prove it is murder and not suicide. Though Marin knows her dreams with their messages from the dead could help, she struggles with the idea of returning home and facing a troubled past.

However, a phone call informing her of Jack's murder and the return of the family curse gives Marin that final push. In a surprising turn of events, Marin discovers a mystery from long ago that somehow connects to recent deaths. With the help of cryptic messages delivered by spirits, Marin races to solve the mystery of Saint Toulere. 

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    The sweltering Louisiana heat steamed up from the ground and carried through the air, along with the salt and acrid stench coming from the gulf. It burned the nostrils and caused an ache from head to toe. It didn't matter where, a body felt it. However, this particular morning it carried more. The odor of blood and urine, mixed in with other smells all too familiar to Trent Robesaux. It violated his senses while he struggled to hold back the bitter taste gagging his throat. Swallowing hard, he concentrated on the words spoken by Sam Tomaso.
    "Found him about three this morning. Somebody trolling the beach—searching with one of those metal detectors, I guess—come up on his body." The sheriff of LaForche parish wiped a handkerchief across the back of his neck.
    "When will you be releasing him? I need to call Rochere's sometime today and make the funeral arrangements." Trent kept his eyes on the swelling ocean water, anywhere but below with the scene of Jack Robesaux, his head marinating in a bloody pool, and the homicide team gathering around him. A collage of images scrolled through his mind; he filtered out the happy ones to remind him of the father who raised him.
Kathryn Long
Kathryn Long is a recently retired school teacher who has enjoyed writing mysteries for several years. Credits include mystery shorts, "Betrayal in an Envelope" and "A Good Man", both published by The Piker Press. Long has ventured into self-publishing with a cozy mysteryseries beginning with Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes, as well as a series of YA novels, Cinderella Geek, Not So Snow White and Alice in Realityland under the pen name Jennkrist. Dying to Dream is her fourth mystery gone to print with indie publisher, Mainly Murder Press. Future publications include a romantic suspense novel titled A Deadly Deed Grows, which will be coming out next year with The Wild Rose Press. Long keeps actively involved through such efforts as belonging to Sisters in Crime, maintaining a writing blog: , an author website: , and an author Facebook page, Kathryn Long’s Books. 

Dying to Dream grew from the author’s strong interest in “ghost hunting” and participating in several ghost tours. Her knowledge of French and Spanish and love of foreign cultures helped create more colorful characters in the book and add to their authenticity.

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