Kathleen Ann Gallagher, a new author for Decadent Publishing, stopped by to tell us about her new upcoming release, Echoes at Dawn.
What inspired you to write the current release?
I adore my characters and I hope my readers love them, too. Echoes At Dawn investigates the strange way our lives are connected. It also explores the power of a mother's love, since the heroine Madeline has an elderly mother who cannot rest, until she finds her daughter the perfect match. I got my inspiration for my story from an old photo. One day while cleaning out a closet, I came across a family portrait. It had two rows of people lined up, with the children sitting in front. I could not stop thinking about the two little girls wearing white dresses with big bows in their hair. I created Echoes At Dawn around the magic of twins from separate generations, who bond together to accomplish a final mission of love. You'll have to read my book to find out what happens and how their lives become intertwined.
How did you find the experience of seeking a publisher?
I found the experience of seeking a publishing challenging, and exciting. Although, I will admit, at times it made me discouraged. But, I did not let rejection stop me. It made me stronger and more determined. I would spend hours researching publishers to query. The submission process became a special part of my day. I looked forward to checking my inbox for responses. There were times when I changed my mind about who I wanted to represent my work. It surprised me to find that some publishers are not as selective as others. It is important to do your homework when submitting. I'm glad I did.
How did you feel when the acceptance letter came?
I jumped up and down like a maniac when I got my acceptance letter from Decadent Publishing. I had already researched the site, and I really wanted to join their group of talented authors. I had to read the offer over and over, before I could grasp the idea of actually getting a publisher. I called my family to announce the news, feeling like I was on top of the world. It made me so happy to finally have all of my hard work pay off.
What books are you reading now?
I'm currently reading a signed copy of Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven. He is one of my favorite authors and a good friend of mine recently went to one of his appearances and surprised me with the book. I recently finished Summer Iris, by M. Kate Quinn. It is a romantic suspense published by Wild Rose Press. Another book I've started is Lisa Dale's, It Happened One Night. I read Simple Wishes by her, and loved it.
Thank you for having me as your guest Anne. It was my pleasure and I had a blast.
Echoes At Dawn is coming soon. You can find me here.
Kathleen might be new to publishing, but has been writing since she was a teen, and also enjoys cooking and the theater. Along side an author, Kathleen is an emergency room nurse, a wife, a mom and a grandma - where on earth does she find the time!?!
You can follow her blog or meet her on Facebook, and find out more about Echoes at Dawn here.