Saturday, August 31, 2013

Author Interview – Kim Cano

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Do you intend to make writing a career? Yes. It’s the only job I enjoy so much I have no desire to retire.

Have you developed a specific writing style? I don’t know. I think one’s style is always changing, being shaped by what one reads. I read good books, so I’m hoping I will get better too.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? Persistence, and being willing to accept critique and not be afraid if it hurts. How better to learn I think.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I have. It usually stems from wanting to write a story but not really knowing the characters. Then I go on the treadmill and think about them some more and then come back to the computer.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure. A Widow Redefined is a women’s fiction novel that features a young widow who is transformed by the power of friendship. It also appeals to male readers who have lost a loved one. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to have been contacted by several men saying they enjoyed the book.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted something short and to the point that conveyed what the book was about.

Can you tell us about your main character? Her name is Amy, and she’s a young widow raising a seven-year-old son. She works in an office, and her mom lives with her to help out. She’s a very average American woman. Except she’s stuck and can’t move on after her husband’s death a few years before.

How did you develop your plot and characters? The plot was always there. I never developed it. These people just existed somehow and I wrote about them. At least that’s what it felt like.

On a cold Valentine’s Day in Chicago, Amy White, a young widow who lost her husband to cancer, visits the cemetery and makes an unsettling discovery: a bouquet of fresh daffodils lying in front of her husband’s grave.

Curiosity grows into obsession as Amy searches for the stranger who left the flowers, while keeping her activities a secret from her live-in mother and seven-year-old son. The search leads to an unusual friendship that transforms her world and redefines her life.

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Genre – Women’s Fiction

Rating – PG

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