Let’s welcome Kathy Roberts to the Scribbler.
One of the fun parts of having a blog dedicated to authors and stories is sharing new authors to my readers.
Kathy has kindly agreed to tell us more about her work.
I have always
loved books, and although I was a corporate restructuring and e-commerce lawyer
for 15 years, I was always writing. I wrote a children’s book in high school,
my first novel when I was Articling at a law firm (which looking back now seems
crazy), and I’ve been writing novels ever since. I just got an agent for my
last book, so stay tuned!
I live in Toronto with my husband, two children, and my very quirky, but adorable dog. I love travel, any sporting event, time with friends and family, cinnamon rolls, and a cold beer in a frosted glass.
Title: Six Minutes
Synopsis: Three very different people witness the same horrific event on their way to work. Their lives shaken, each struggle, confused by the past and the decisions they have made. Spanning three years, the story unfolds through each character’s viewpoint of the same events.
And then, just as
they seem set to move on with their lives, something even more shocking occurs
that redirects their paths yet again.
Though this tale
underscores how alone we can be in our perceptions, and how little we can
control our reactions; it also reminds us of the depths of strength and courage
we can find to battle through it all and build bridges between us.
The Story Behind the Story: All of my novels begin with one idea, and Six Minutes started with the simple question, “Do we ever really know the truth behind why something happened?”
This question hit
me when I was driving alone in my car and heard on the news that a small boy
had died after falling from a balcony. The story was upsetting, and I realized
that I would probably never hear an update or learn what had happened. And then
I realized that even the people who were in the apartment, or knew the child,
may never know exactly what happened.
Six Minutes is really a story about how an event can shape our
lives, or more accurately, how our perceptions of an event can shape our lives.
A question for you
before you go, Kathy:
your favorite part of writing and the part you enjoy the least?
favorite part of writing is watching the characters take life. I just start
with an idea, so even I don’t know the characters when I first start writing,
and I just love getting to know them.
I find the
isolation of writing challenging. I miss getting out of the house, having
colleagues, and being part of a team. Also, sometimes it’s tough to measure
productivity, like when I’ve been working for 4 hours and have 2 sentences to
show for it. I know it’s because I was doing research, or plotting out other
chapters, or editing other sections, but sometimes hours fly by and it just doesn’t
feel like I got much done.
Thank you for being our guest this week, Kathy. Wishing you
continued success with your writing journey.
And thank you, dear readers and visitors, for stopping
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