Today we’re celebrating the release of A Child's Christmas by Kate James.
This is your first book for Harlequin Heartwarming. What does that mean to you?
Yes, A Child's Christmas, is my first book for Heartwarming. I am very fortunate to be able to work with two extraordinary ladies: Paula Eykelhof, my editor, and Victoria Curran, senior editor for Heartwarming. I love being associated with Harlequin. Harlequin has an exceptional team and the company provides tremendous support to its authors. I am also grateful for the warm reception and generous support I have received from other Harlequin authors.
Can you tell us about your road to publication?
I either got very lucky, my business background came in handy or—more than likely—it was a combination of the two. There is the artistic, creative side to writing, but there is a business side to it as well. Publishing is a business and for an author to excel, I believe they have to be able to understand and effectively deliver on both the creative and business aspects. Querying agents and/or publishers requires a combination of creativity and business acumen.
I was fortunate to have my very first manuscript picked up by a publisher. Although the publisher is small, and thus doesn't have a large budget for marketing and promotions, they were a pleasure to work with. The experience also afforded me the opportunity to learn a great deal about publishing. I believe that knowledge was invaluable in securing my contract with Harlequin.
Where do you do most of your writing?
My husband and I are fortunate to own a beautiful cottage in Lake of Bays on the shore of a small lake. We have a guest suite on the main floor overlooking the lake. It’s one of my favorite places to write.
Another favorite spot—weather permitting—is our gazebo in the backyard of our house. You can probably appreciate why this view would be inspiring!
Where do you get your story ideas, and how much of what you write is based on personal experience?
I read an article some time ago that referred to fictionalizing facts. I believe every author does this to a degree. I certainly do. (Heartwarming authors, I’d be interested in your thoughts!)
Writing about what I know or have experienced leads to a more genuine, believable story, in my opinion. My background and experiences provide a wide variety of ideas and perspectives, and I hope they serve to enrich my writing but, no, none of the experiences in my novels are actually my own.
What is it about writing that you enjoy the most?
I love to write and enough so to have left a job I truly enjoyed. What is most gratifying for me is to know that there are people who chose to spend their limited and valuable leisure time reading my work. And even more so, when a reader reaches out to me to let me know they enjoyed what I wrote. Sincere thanks to all my readers for enabling me to fulfil my dream!
What are you working on now?
The manuscript for my next Heartwarming novel is in the editing stage and is tentatively scheduled for a May 2015 release. I also signed another contract with Harlequin recently for a trilogy. I have three manuscripts to produce over the next ten months!
What do you enjoy reading and what are you reading now?
I read for enjoyment, to expand my knowledge and for research. I truly believe I would be lost if I didn't have a book underway at any given point in time. Not a single day goes by without me reading, regardless of tight deadlines or other demands on my time.
Currently, I am reading an advance review copy of the second book in Elizabeth Heiter's Profiler Series, Vanished. I was hooked from the start.
I welcome any questions you may have in the comments section of this post. I also look forward to connecting with you on my website, Twitter or Facebook.
Best wishes and happy reading!
Links to Purchase A Child’s Christmas
Harlequin (e-book and paperback)
Barnes and Noble
A Child's Christmas is also planned to be released in Australia in December as a mass-market paperback duo, along with Pamela Tracy's Holiday Homecoming.
Please visit our blog tomorrow for my post featuring readers who have attended some of my signings and other events.