About the Author
A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives with her guitarist husband, John, and a spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. These days, when she’s not writing inspirational fiction or spending time with her author friends, she’s reading books, watching anything Jane Austen on BBC, or following John’s musical career as his #1 fan. An avid “tree-hugger” she often enjoys long walks in the forests or playing in the garden. Kate’s also a traveler–she and John have toured most of Washington state and many places in the U.S. And with her intrepid mom as traveling companion, Kate’s also been abroad–Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, even a day trip to Turkey. She’s always looking for the next story idea!
1. What is your favorite dessert?
New York cheesecake...or any kind of cheesecake. :-)
2. What is your favorite beverage?
I have more than one, of course. I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, usually Merlot or Chardonnay. My morning fix is coffee, but I love a cup of Lady Grey with a dash of cream in the afternoons!
3. What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
Once again, I have more than one—dozens! However, I’ll choose BBC’s movie production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. I never get tired of watching this Cinderella story!
4. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
My husband and I enjoy taking our “home on wheels” to stay at any of the Washington State parks. I love campfires, being out in the woods, and just soaking up the beauty of nature!
1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind? Well, Sydney, in my teenage years I’d considered going into law. I was an avid fan of TV’s Perry Mason and I read books by F. Lee Bailey (a famous attorney some might remember) but as life will change, I ended up pursuing a career in the construction industry instead. I still enjoyed writing poetry, song lyrics, and a few newspaper articles, but my practical side always dissuaded me from trying to make a living as a novelist. Only when I reached my thirties and had read all of the books by my favorite authors, did I begin to consider the idea of writing my own. Thus my journey began. I continued to work full-time while I wrote and it was slow going, but I finally received my first publishing contract five years ago.
2. What authors do you enjoy? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
I have so many, with lots of keepers on my shelves! :-) I love Julie Garwood’s writing style, especially in her historical romances and I admire the research and detail in Jean M. Auel’s prehistoric series, Earth’s Children. Francine Rivers wowed me with her Mark of the Lion trilogy, which is one of most impressive Biblical-era Christian fiction series I’ve read to date. Her edgy, high-stakes stories also encouraged me to take the plunge into writing inspirational fiction. I hope that through reading the stories written by these authors, and others, I have improved my writing and will continue to learn.
3. How many publishers have you written for and who are these publishers?
Bethany House is the first publisher I’ve contracted with and I have continued writing books with them.
4. When you are not writing, what other "hats" do you wear?
Sydney, I think I’m always writing lol! Actually, these days when I’m not working on a book I try to catch up on being a domestic goddess and enjoy time with my family. I’m a wife, a mom, and grandmom, so I love preparing Sunday dinners when we can all get together. I also volunteer with pro-life activities through my church, and I love working in my rose garden. :-)
Book Related Questions
1. What inspired the idea for High as the Heavens?
Well in writing historical fiction, I love searching out tidbits from the past that fuel my imagination for a story. :-) High As The Heavens is my second novel set during the Great War, and while I touched on the fate of the alleged enemy spy, Mata Hari, in my previous novel, Not By Sight, I wanted to delve deeper into the espionage world of WWI Europe. I discovered underground resistance networks secretly aiding the Allies in German-occupied Belgium and France. I was also amazed to learn about several real-life Belgian heroines, one a British nurse, who risked their lives working as spies for the British Secret Service behind enemy lines. I wanted to share some part of their history with readers, and the storyline seemed to segue naturally into the spiritual themes of hope and forgiveness.
2. What do you want readers to take away from High as the Heavens?
I hope readers will want to learn more about the men and women who dared all to become spies for the Allies in WWI and WWII, many whose bravery and sacrifice still remain in obscurity to this day. And I pray that the story’s message of finding hope through the acceptance of God’s infinite mercy, will reach those who need to hear it.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
Currently, I’m working another story set during WWI, this time featuring a character from my second novel, Not By Sight. I’m having lots of fun with my new hero and heroine as they venture deep into southern France on a search for something very precious! When they find themselves caught in a web of intrigue they didn’t expect, it’s only through love, and a courageous leap of faith, that they’ll have any chance at all of surviving. This newest adventure with Bethany House is scheduled for spring of 2019.
Sydney, thank you so much for a fun interview, I’m honored to be able to share a little bit of my world with you and your readers. As always, you’ve been a lovely host and I appreciate your support!
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