Author Spotlight: Katherine Reay (with giveaway)
We’re back with another Author Spotlight, and today I’m excited to welcome fan favorite Katherine Reay! I’ve followed Katherine since her very first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, which continues to be my favorite of her books, and I’ve been privileged to get to know her as a friend in the ensuing years. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more enthusiastic about literature, as you might guess from her literary themed books–and all the delicious classic book references in all her novels. Today, she’s here to celebrate the release of her upcoming novel, Of Literature and Lattes, which (as you might guess) involves two of my favorite things in the world.
CL: Thanks for joining me here today! We’ll go right for the throat on this one… the hardest question on the list. Which is your favorite book that you’ve written so far?
KR: While it should probably always be the book about to release ;), I had a wonderful time with the three women in The Printed Letter Bookshop. In fact, I liked them so much, I returned to them, tangentially, for Of Literature and Lattes, setting the story in the same fictional town of Winsome.
CL: Oh, I know that is going to make some readers very happy! It sounds like you get as attached to your characters as I do. Which of them would you like to hang out with for a day?
KR: Kyle Baines from Dear Mr. Knightley. He starts the story as a 13 year-old, angry, foster kid who grows so much during the eighteen months of the story — and stole my heart.
CL: What genre would you write if you couldn’t write your current one?
KR: Spy Thrillers. Call me Tom Clancy.
CL: Ooh, we are finding out some interesting stuff. (Incidentally, I’ve always toyed with the idea of writing a spy novel.) Is the genre you’re writing now the first genre you attempted?
KR: Yes. I love contemporary stories and examining how we move, change, and grow in our own time. Although my current work-in-progress looks back to WWII, I believe my focus will always stay in the here-and-now.
CL: Now for another hard one: if you could have one career do-over, what would it be?
KR: Air Force pilot.
CL: I could totally see that, actually. But I think we’re all happy that you decided on writing for a career. Now, let’s dive right into the lightning round!
Coffee or tea? Why choose?
Eggs or oatmeal? Oatmeal.
Coffee cup or thermos? Cup.
Pancakes or waffles? Again, must we choose?
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas
Public library or bookstore? Both.
Board games or video games? Board games.
Makeup or blowout? Neither.
Sneakers or heels? Sneakers
Movie date or walk on the beach? Walk on the beach.
City or countryside? Countryside.
Winter or summer? Summer.
Tent or RV? Neither… Please, really, neither. 😉
Nature or indoors? Nature
Bikini or one-piece? These days… One-piece
Sweater or hoodie? Warm wool sweater
Dog or cat? Dog. Dog. Dog.
I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this new alternate guest post format–I’m always finding out so much fun stuff! I feel like I know you all that much better… thanks for being such a good sport, Katherine! If you’d like to learn more about Katherine, you can follow her here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Don’t forget to add Katherine’s new novel, Of Literature and Lattes, to your reading list and mark it Want To Read on Goodreads! She is also generously giving away a copy to two lucky readers… scroll down to enter below!
After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.
Carla Laureano’s books are a page turner. Once you pick a copy, you get stuck.
On May 8, 2020 at 2:30 am
I loved The Printed Letter Bookshop, so it will be fun to revisit some characters and Winsome.
On May 8, 2020 at 10:04 am
Kelley M. Mathews says:
This interview is darling. I might have to borrow some elements from it for my own author interviews. Can’t wait til I can read this book!
On May 8, 2020 at 10:06 am
fun interview questions and answers
On May 8, 2020 at 10:56 am
Elizabeth Litton says:
I absolutely LOVE Katherine’s books! Dear Mr. Knightly holds the favorite spot (because I loved reading Dear Daddy-Long-Legs), but all the rest are terrific. I can’t wait to read Of Literature and Lattes!
On May 8, 2020 at 11:39 am
Danielle Hammelef says:
I’ve had this author’s books on my TBR since I first read about them. Thanks for the post today!
On May 8, 2020 at 11:53 am
Awesome interview! I loved “The Printed Letter Bookshop” and really want to read “Of Literature and Lattes”, thank you for the chance to win a copy.
On May 8, 2020 at 12:06 pm
Mj Christopher says:
Hi, Loved the interview, learned a lot of great things about a fairly new author for me! I would love to get the opportunity to read Of Literature and Lattes!
On May 8, 2020 at 1:24 pm
Lisa Hudson says:
Both of you write such wonderful books! They are always a delight from start to finish. They are engaging and thought provoking. I’ve read all of both your books & “Of Literature & Lattes” is on my TBR List. I haven’t been able to get it yet.
On May 8, 2020 at 1:27 pm
Love Katherine’s books! Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the fun interview.
On May 8, 2020 at 1:48 pm
I really enjoyed your interview. Love the cover your new book!
On May 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm
Kerri Norrod says:
Fun interview. I will have to check out her books.
On May 8, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Melissa Andres says:
I’ve been wanting to read a Katherine Reay book, but haven’t had the opportunity yet. Looking forward to getting to it!
On May 9, 2020 at 6:44 am
Paula Shreckhise says:
I have read Dear Mr. Knightley and enjoyed it immensely! Looking forward to reading the rest of them!
On May 9, 2020 at 11:07 am
Jeanne Crea says:
Fun interview! Thank you so much for the chance to win! Heard so many good things about it 😊
On May 9, 2020 at 2:58 pm
Caryl Kane says:
Hey Carla and Katherine! Thank you for the fun interview. I’m excited to read Of Literature and Lattes!
On May 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Becky B says:
I am a big fan of your books and can not wait for your newest story Of Literature and Lattes to release.
On May 10, 2020 at 10:42 am
Katherine, I have a quick funny story for you. I recently moved and was unpacking my books. When I got to yours I held them all up for my boyfriend to see. I said, “Isn’t her cover art gorgeous? I love her books!” He agreed with me that your covers absolutely beautiful! Smart man. 😉
On May 11, 2020 at 6:06 am
Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds says:
Hello ladies. I really enjoyed the interview. Blessings
On May 11, 2020 at 5:38 pm
Laura W. says:
I love Katherine’s books and have been wanting to read this one!
On May 12, 2020 at 8:08 pm