Robyn and Jodi, from WOW never cease to amaze me with the authors that they want to share with us. Today, I am in awe, absolute awe, of today’s guest author. She is stopping by to talk about her debut book. However, you may be asking yourself, we have had many debut authors stop by and visit, why is she so different. Well…..the difference is…..she is 71 years young!!! So please help me welcome Ms. Kathy Handley!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her grandfather entertained his family with stories and dancing, her father quoted Shakespeare and her mother was known as “Mary the Poet” so naturally Kathryn would become a writer…eventually!
Now a published novelist at age 71, Kathy’s short fiction has appeared in many literary magazines. She recently won Word Hustler’s Page-to-Screen Contest (2011) and currently serves as Prose Poetry Judge for the National League of American Pen Women Soul-Making Contest. A collection of her work will soon be released under the title A World of Love and Envy (short fiction, flash-fiction, and poetry).
There was a time when a reader had to set aside her time forreading. Now, it’s all about access. Wehave books to hold, Kindles, internet, books on tape, Facebook, Twitter,streaming, blackberry, Ipad, interviews, and blogs.
There’s no excuse not to read and sometimes bits at a timeor that long languid session with time to spare on vacation destination orcruise.
Vacation reading can be a guilty pleasure at home or away,but think of the benefits to friends and family. Reading expands our thinking,allows us to relax, dream, imagine and then, share our new ideas sky, and view the soft movement of the beachrose bushes and grasses, I ponder the joys of vacation reading. During cocktail hour last night in the midstof great cheeses and wines, I asked my fellow travelers about their readinghabits while away from home. Here’s whatthey are reading:
Maps, local tourist info booklets and local authors- CapeNoir stories, Jenna Blum’s latest book, Stormchasers, The Help, BonjourHappiness, and yes, one gal is reading my novel, Birds of Paradise.
When questioned if the genre changes when they pack forvacation reading, most said, “No.”
A history buff takes along historical nonfiction, one bringscurrent novel by Jodi- Picoult at the Indiana airport for full price andreturns it for 50 percent on the way back from family visits. Soduku andcrosswords were also popula. Past hobbies and interests provide a reading list.If you once were an avid sailor or skier, perhaps you take this free time toread and bring back memories for good conversation.
A good book will transport you to a new place or offer youanother take on a familiar spot. Curling up with a great book provides amini-vacation for busy moms, teachers, business men and women, and children.Enjoy!
ABOUT THE BOOK
When trucker Joe-Mack picks up a runaway in Vegas and drops him in Hollywood, he leaves him with a phone number—just in case. When the call comes, Joe becomes embroiled in Freddie’s life and the search for Starlet, the homeless girl who desires stardom. The three share a common search for love and for a place to belong.
With vivid imagery Handley tells a tale of dreams lost and found, of broken hearts and edgy situations. This is a story of life on the street. Handley’s characters meet life head on, taking risks and maintaining thin threads of dignity amidst troubling situations with surprising twists along the way.