I am extremely honored and excited to have award-winning author Kate Breslin stop by the blog today!! I count both of her books among my very favorites, the kind that linger with you long after you’ve finished reading. Beautifully crafted with stunning twists and vivid characters, Kate’s novels are exactly what historical fiction should be.
Endorsements/Reviews for Not By Sight–
“Downton Abbey meets The Scarlet Pimpernel in Kate Breslin’s wonderful historical novel set amidst the drama of England’s World War I home front.”—award-winning author Elizabeth Camden
“Set in Great Britain during the first World War, readers will feel that they have been transported to the world of Downton Abbey. With a great deal of romance, along with intrigue, espionage and suspense, Breslin creates a tale difficult to put down until its touching, soul-satisfying ending.” –Romantic Times Book Reviews
See? Other people agree with me 🙂 You can also read my review of Not By Sight here.
Let’s dive right in to the fast four!
Me: Apples or oranges? Why?
Kate: Apples, instant gratification (no peeling required) less mess, and served with slices of cheddar cheese, deelish!
Me: yummmm… apples are my fave too!! So far, among the authors I’ve interviewed, apples are the clear winner.
Skittles or M&Ms? Why?
Kate: Skittles, hands down. Chewier, love the fruit, and I’m not an M&Ms fan. (I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate.)
Me: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! FINALLY! Some love for Skittles!!! It was getting very chocolate-heavy around here!
Ok… Dogs or Cats? Why? (NOTE: my dog Zuzu takes this question very seriously. She likes me to make sure you’re aware lol)
Kate: LOL! I’ve had both and I love animals, but cats are my companion choice these days. Like dogs, they have their funny quirks that make me laugh, but they’re also lower maintenance–you can leave them on their own for a day, no bathing required, and no rainy walks outside. Sorry Zuzu!
Me: Zuzu is not pleased, as you might be able to tell from that picture. “Cats” is never an acceptable answer around here. BUT since you did send her a scratch behind the ears the other day, she is willing to let it go. You may proceed. 🙂
Coke or Pepsi? Why?
Kate: I’ll admit to a diet Coke once in a while. Fresca is my favorite, though.
Me: At least you didn’t pick diet Pepsi 😉 From other interviews I’ve read, Kate, you worked as a bookseller for several years as well as in the construction industry. What inspired you to start writing novels? (Whatever the answer, I’m SO GLAD you did!)
Kate: Thanks, Carrie! 🙂 I’ve always written, even as a child—poetry, short stories, song lyrics, and as a “suit” in the construction industry, I wrote a pretty intense business letter. 🙂 So after reading tons of books in my favorite genre, historical romance, I decided to give it a try. It took me many years, but I finally reached publication.
Me: Oh I love that – poetry, short stories, and song lyrics!! I bet you were such a creative child!!
I’m sure that hours upon hours of research goes into writing a novel of historical fiction. What is the most surprising fact you’ve stumbled on during preparations for your books?
Kate: Great question, Carrie! I usually find a lot of fascinating facts researching for each book, so it’s difficult to pin any one thing down. I think the biggest surprise is in finding those exceptions to the rule; “gray areas” we don’t get to read about in the standard classroom history books. Like ordinary people, who with remarkable cunning, rise to the occasion of saving lives or simply surviving in the most imaginative ways. Oftentimes, it seems the stuff of novels, instead of real history. Believe me when I say that truth can be stranger than fiction. 🙂
Me: Ohhhhhh that appeals to the history lover in me, something fierce!! (I almost became a history teacher; now I just read historical fiction haha!)
In “Not By Sight”, one of my favorite characters is Jack! He’s a yummy brooding mix of Beast, Phantom, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Rochester… and a whole lot of unique dreamy-sigh-worthiness too! Who was your favorite character in this book, Kate?
Kate: Well Carrie, I love them all, but if I were to choose one…I find I’m drawn to explore Clare Danner a bit more. She’s prickly to start, but fiercely loyal and she doesn’t put up with a whole lot of silliness. She has a strength about her, which in part is due to her past and inherent to her nature. Her pragmatism makes for a great companion to Grace, who tends to have her idealistic head in the clouds. 🙂
Me: Clare intrigued me. She had a surprising depth that took some time to uncover, and you’re right – she made a great companion for Grace!
Now I want to know – were there any characters that took on lives of their own during the process?
Kate: Carrie, when I’m writing in the “zone” they all seem real to me LOL! But it’s true that I might be creating a scene between two characters when suddenly one of them does something unexpected—which either works or makes me rethink the scene. Dr. Strom, for example, is normally the voice of reason and respects the boundaries of class, but he loses his temper with Jack, a peer of the Realm! And Becky started out as having a very open and readable nature, but toward the end, she has her moments of poignancy, too. Despite the silliness, she knows what’s at stake.
Me: The writing process fascinates me! They seem real to me when I’m reading in the “zone” too LOL.
What can your readers look forward to next from you, Kate?
Kate: I’ll be writing two more novels for Bethany House, both set during the WWI time period. And they’ll include a bit of espionage and romance, of course. All while all of my novels are standalone, readers will likely recognize a name or two from Not By Sight in them. 😉
Me: Oh, that makes me so happy!! Both the thought of two more novels full of espionage and romance… and that we’ll see some names we recognize! And now I’m wondering which ones and imagining all sorts of delightful possibilities 🙂
Kate, thank you so very much for taking time out to stop by my blog!! I truly consider this a wonderful privilege to be able to chat with you! 🙂 Before I let you go, what is something about you that would surprise most people?
Kate: Well, I don’t know about surprising—I’ve never gone sky diving or cave spelunking. I did post online recently that I was an avid motorcyclist for several years, when you didn’t see too many gals riding. I suppose as a novelist and former bookseller though, it might seem strange to learn I struggled with reading as a child. It wasn’t until I attended a school that used the Phonics system of sounding out words that I finally “saw” them on the page and got it. To me, it underscores the fact some of us learn differently, and how fortunate we are to live in an age when many different options are available to us. Literacy is so important! I cannot imagine never being able to visit other worlds or experience new adventures between the pages of a book. 🙂
Carrie, thank you for hosting me on your blog today. It’s been so much fun! I love connecting with fellow bookworms, too! Please visit me at www.katebreslin.com and click on the social media links to find me on the world wide web.
Me: Kate, you are SO welcome!! Come back anytime!! I love chatting with you 🙂
GIVEAWAY!!! Kate Breslin has graciously offered to give away ONE paperback copy of either of her books – For Such a Time or Not By Sight. (US shipping only) To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about the interview. For extra entries, follow my blog (readingismysuperpower) and/or share this giveaway on social media (facebook/twitter/Pinterest/etc). **Make sure you let me know in another comment what you did to qualify for extra entries!** (You can follow my blog by entering your email address in the box in the top left of this page or by clicking “follow” with your wordpress or twitter accounts.) Winner will be chosen by Random.org on Saturday August 29th after 10pm EST and notified by email. If I don’t hear from you within a week, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck and thanks for reading!!
About the Author:
Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her debut novel, For Such A Time, is a Christy award, RITA award, and Carol award finalist. Kate’s second novel, Not By Sight released in August, 2015. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas. Please visit her at www.katebreslin.com.
I thought the interview was good. I like how you compare what you and her like and don’t like and other things.
Thanks for entering!!
I’m glad she’s writing more books in the WW I era. I also enjoy WW II era books as well as the Regency period in England.
Me too! Thanks for entering 🙂
I follow your blog via email subscription.
Thanks! Got you down for the extra entry!!
Thanks for the interview, Carrie – a good mix of fun and serious questions. It was very interesting to learn that Kate Breslin struggled to learn to read, another reason to give thanks for skilled and patient teachers. I follow your blog via email.
Thanks, Valerie! I’ve got you down for both entries!
Fun interview. Ü I have to admit that I agree on the cat standpoint of them being independent and not needing the work that a dog requires.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of one of the books mentioned. I have heard wonderful things about For Such a Time and that cover on Not by Sight is really calling me. If my name is drawn, I’m gong to have a tough time choosing between the two.
I would have a tough time too, Cindi!! Thanks for entering 🙂
Great interview! Love the dogs or cats question. I love historical fiction books and I look forward to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for entering, Rebecca!!
I haven’t read any of Kate’s books and I so want to! Poor Zuzu, I love animals but my favorite is my dog Jazzi! Thank You for the interview and giveaway!
Karen, you will love her books! Thanks for entering 🙂
Cats would win hands down with me! We have a cat and a dog, but there’s always been something special about cats….maybe because they’re a bit like myself (independent, stubborn, wants attention when THEY want it, etc…lol)!
Really enjoyed the interview and getting to know Kate a little more. I’ve seen both books on different blogs recently & they sound good. Thank you for the chance to win either one!
Thanks for entering, Trixi! I won’t hold the cat thing against you… I just won’t tell Zuzu 🙂
Haha, Carrie!! Not that I hate dogs, I’ve met many a sweet one (our little Rosie girl included), I think it comes down to I can relate more to cats 😀 Your Zuzu is a cutie though, look at that face!
I also follow your blog via email and I’ve shared on both Facebook & Twitter!
Thanks! I’ve got you down!!
Great interview! Always fun to hear from authors!
Nice interview. I like getting to know authors. Dogs win for me too, we lost our little poodle mix 6 years ago, I miss him every day.
Awww that’s so tough, Andrea! They become family, don’t they?
Yes they do.
I’m now following your blog! More fun interviews to look forward too!
Thanks so much! I’ve got you down for the extra entries!!
As soon as I finish typing this, I’m going to sign up to follow your blog.
I greatly enjoyed For Such a Time and have read so many good reviews of Not By Sight, so I really want to read it too. Thanks for the chance to win it and for the interview. It’s always fun to learn more about the authors of the books I love to read.
Thanks, Pam! I’ve got you down for both entries 🙂 You will love Not By Sight, too!
Great interview! Love that you start with such fun and random questions! 🙂 Would love to read Not By Sight!!
Oh, and I’m subscribed to your blog. 🙂
Thanks! I’ve got you down for the extra entry!
Thanks for entering, Amy! 🙂
Great interview — you helped us learn things about her that we wouldn’t have known from other interviews (like her enjoyment of Skittles and Fresca). I enjoy reading about WWI so am looking forward to her future books.
I loved reading about Kate writing a “pretty intense business letter”. LOL. When I was in the business world, my non-business friends would say that I wrote those kind of letters. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
Oh, I follow your blog and have shared this on Twitter and Pinterest.
Thanks Loraine! I’ve got you down for the extra entries 🙂
I am glad she decided to share her writing. Books sounds great! Although, it is hard to follow an author who prefers Skittles and cats! I also shared on Facebook and and following your blog.
Hahahaha!! Her books make up for it 🙂 Thanks for following & sharing – I’ve got you down for the extra entries!
Such a fun interview. Can’t wait to read this book!
It’s a great book! Thanks for entering 🙂
What a fun interview!! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Katie’s books, I think I’m going to have to move them up on my reading bucket list!!
Yes, please do!! They are so wonderful 🙂 Thanks for entering, Abby!
Cool, thanks for doing this! I’ll definitely look into this author – this is the first time I’ve heard of her!
She & her books are wonderful! Thanks for entering 🙂
Thanks so much for the giveaway, ladies… Lovely interview! 🙂
Thanks, Anna!! 🙂
Also, I shared the giveaway on my personal and author Facebook pages. 🙂
Thank you so much!!! I’ve got you down 🙂
Hi! I’m also a fan of Kate Breslin since “Not By Sight”. Thank you for such a cool interview. It was nice to see something besides her “writing”, and we get to know a little more about her. I especially like the last question, “surprise”, and Kate’s response. Since I already read “Not by Sight”, I would be happy to receive “For Such a Time”.
Thank so much for entering! 🙂
O, I also shared the post on my Facebook page (http://facebook.com/justcommonly), and followed your newsletter. I look forward to your other interviews!
Thanks!! I’ve got you down for the extra entries 🙂
Excited to read her upcoming books that are full of espionage and romance. I really like books from the WWII time.
Me too! Thanks for entering 🙂
Great Interview. Just heard about this author. Adding to my must read list.
Yay! Thanks for entering 🙂
I love seeing another author interview with Kate. Such fun. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. I am following your blog and I shared the link to this post on FB. Thanks. 😀
I would love to win one of her books in this giveaway. I will also add her to my reading list. Also, I just signed up for your blog. 🙂
What a fun intwrview! Sharing on Facebook!!
What a fun interview! Sharing on Facebook.
I haven’t read any of her books yet. Really hope I win!
You will love her books, Charis! Thanks for entering 🙂
Thanks! Got you down 🙂
I loved For Such a Time. I would love to win this new book. Thanks for a great interview!
And I now follow your blog!
I really enjoy the author interviews!
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