Sunday, August 4, 2013

Author Interview – Kachina Riley

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Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you? Yes, my writers group at SICA Hall comprised of serious writers assisted immensely through weekly sessions of reading and editing many chapters in my book.  This meant that I was very open to the constructive criticisms I received from the members of this group.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?  How will your words make them feel? The purpose of my book is to offer courage for people who have or have had serious obstacles in their lives to gain strength in coping with their own personal struggles in facing life’s barriers and their own life issues.   Hopefully, Tattered Phoenix will inspire my readers to overcome with perseverance to live happy and prosperous lives.  My words will bring some of my readers to tears with some laughter, some laugh-out-loud moments, and many incidents that they will be able to identify with.

If you could do any job in the world, what would you do? I would be an astronaut and explore the universe.

What is your most embarrassing moment in your life? On my first date at age 15 I wore a skirt and shoes that I had just made to match, but I did not have the button and button hole on the waist yet.  So I pinned it with a safety pin.  My date and I went to a church camp meeting.  When we returned to my house, I slid across the bench seat to get out of the door that he opened for me, and when I stood up my skirt fell to the ground.  My date turned his head and said:  “Oh, Oh, Oh.”  I pulled the skirt up, lost the safety pin, and ran into the house holding my skirt up.

What does love mean to you?Broadly viewed, love takes many forms; love of humanity is certainly primary if we are ever to have world peace.  Love of family and friends builds heart-felt sense of security and well -being.  The most intimate love is between lovers which brings contentment and excitement to our lives.

What is your favorite quote? “Everything works out in the end, if it doesn’t – it’s not the end.”  Unknown author.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yes, many friends knowing something of my childhood continually insisted that I should write a book.  Finally, after I started my teaching abroad, I began my book in 2007 and finished it in 2012.


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Genre – Memoir

Rating – PG13

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