Welcome to Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Katherine!
How do you motivate yourself to keep writing?
I read a lot to keep motivated with writing. Reading other authors’ work keeps me sharp and I’ve developed the skill for reading as a writer, so I get the full benefit from that.
What is the best advice you have ever received as a writer and how do you use it? What would you offer up as advice to aspiring authors?
I’ve had some great writing teachers along the way, especially with The Writers Studio classes I’ve taken. One of the best pieces of advice came from one of my TWS teachers. She encouraged us to approach our writing by asking this simple question: What's in it for me? Answering this question in relation to my writing ensures that I stay true to the writing because the authenticity of the work comes from “that place”. That probably doesn’t make any sense to anyone else, however, I view it as a permission slip to write the story the way it needs to be written, not the way the world thinks it needs to be told. I view it as consent as the go-ahead signal to explore social mores, find truth, and discover life’s paths through fiction. For me, it’s a process of letting go—suspending judgment, both mine and others—and allowing the writing to take me where it needs to go.
As for those that aspire to write? I’ve read a lot of books on the writing process, but, by far, the best one I’ve read is Stephen King’s book On Writing. He is the master and his book is part autobiographic, part writerly advice. In my view, On Writing is one of the best books out there on the topic of writing.
Describe a typical day in your writing life.
My day starts early. I like to get some writing done before getting the kids off to school. Then, I try to spend the morning hours writing (forward progress) and the afternoon hours editing and then I end up tweaking my website/blogs and tweeting via social media (backward progress) for the rest of the time. If I really can’t get it together and make forward progress on the novel, I’ll spend time on the production side in search of the perfect photograph to convey the latest work-in-progress’s story line. It’s a long, arduous process. Trust me on this point.
Where do you get your writing done?
I have a home office where I can look out on a fantastic view of Lake Washington, which I remind myself to do at least twice a day. I believe I have just about every inspiration a writer could want at my fingertips including: an iPad Mini. My life is complete with this little gem and I actually do venture out more often because I can take the Internet and my virtual bookshelf with me wherever I go because when I’m not writing, I read.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
There’s nothing quite like the writing process itself, especially when everything is going well. If I re-read something I’ve recently written and experience that unexpected, non-judgmental, non-editorial moment and can see how good it is; that’s the part I love about the writing process.
What is the toughest part of being an author?
For every “Great book! I loved it!” review or note, there will be one that tells me everything they hated about it. Hmmm… For me, that whole cycle wreaks havoc on the delicate balance of writing, so I tend to go with the adage never believe your own press because too much ego or too little doesn’t serve me either way.
If you were casting this book as a movie, who do you see as your dream team in the starring roles and why?
For When I See You, here’s the short list:
Henry Cavill as Brock Wainwright (Jordan tells him he looks like the guy from The Tudors early on in the story.)
Cobie Smulders as Jordan Holloway (The actress is willowy and looks like she’s deep in thought much of the time, which is how I envision Jordan Holloway).
Ryan Gosling as Ethan Holloway (The actor has this sexy, engaging personality, especially in Crazy, Stupid Love, which is how I imagine Ethan to be.)
Josh Duhamel as Tate Mathews (The actor is tall and charming which is just how I envision Tate Mathews.) Evan Rachel Wood as Ashleigh Blondell (The actress is versatile and engaging in both looks and personality, which is what I think my character Ashleigh is like).
Finally; is there anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
First of all, thank you for having me here. Thank you to all of your blog readers for considering my work. As a novelist, (a fictionista as one Twitter follower put it) as a writer of contemporary fiction, I tend to write stories that are both edgy and dark about trust, love, and fate and how relationships are often tested by all of these things in one way or another. My stories include: the considerations of moral code or the lack thereof, infidelity, betrayal, best friends, starting over, love, and loss, more often than not, all of these in some form. I would just like to take a moment to say: it is fiction and it isn’t your light, everyday romance and as long as you don’t mind the sprinkling elemental special effects that I personally think the f-word can sometimes provide; we’re bound to be best friends, however virtual.
Thank you Katherine for visiting Jersey Girl Book Reviews and sharing a bit about yourself and your writing career with us!
About The Author
AUTHOR WORDPRESS SITE
When I See You ~ Katherine Owen ~ Virtual Book Tour Page ~ Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
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Contest Dates: Feb 18 - March 11, 2013
Publisher: The Writing Works Group
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback - 340 pages / Kindle - 629 KB / Nook - 1013 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
She believes that love can never last, promises are usually broken, and true happiness is extremely elusive in the long run. He believes most risks are worth taking, the promises he makes can be kept, and love doesn't factor in his relationships any longer. They're both wrong.
Jordan Holloway has never fully recovered from the unexpected deaths of her famous Hollywood parents. At 27, she is still slow to trust and remains uncertain about the true duration of love and happiness. Yet, it's been four years since she fell in love with Ethan when he rocked her world even as he marched off to war leaving her alone with their young son Max. Now, Ethan tells her this will be his last tour in Afghanistan and that soon the three of them will be together. Still anxious at his leaving again, Jordan extracts a promise for Ethan's safe return from Brock Wainwright, her husband's sniper partner and best friend. But, can she put all her trust in Brock and can he keep such a promise?
At 29, Brock Wainwright fully embraces the dangerous life of a Navy Seal. He enjoys his freedom and not being committed to anyone; and, there's been a long line of women who can attest to that. Everything changes for Brock after he meets Jordan. When the two men return to Afghanistan, Brock's intent on keeping his promise to Jordan about keeping Ethan safe for a variety of reasons, including the most disturbing one of all, he is more than just attracted to his best friend's wife. This revelation plagues Brock on the battlefield and in a violent moment changes everything.
My Book Review:
How much heartache can a person really endure?
For the past four years, each time that twenty-seven year old Jordan Holloway's Navy SEAL husband Ethan is deployed to Afghanistan, she battles an inner fear of being abandoned. Her fear stems back to when she lost her famous Oscar winning parents to a brutal murder at the age of seventeen. After losing her parents, Jordan swore that she would never allow herself to fall in love, because loving someone and then losing them was too great a price to pay. She no longer believes in fairy tales or the happily-ever-afters, even after getting swept off her feet by the dashing Ethan, having an adorable three year old son named Max, and a successful career as a head chef at an exclusive Malibu restaurant. Each of the three times Ethan has departed for another tour in Afghanistan, she plummets into despair at his leaving her once again, it feels like the loss of her parents all over again, the fear of losing the one you love the most comes back, and this fourth time is no different, even though he promises that this will be his last tour. On the final day before Ethan departs, Jordan seeks out Lt. Brock Wainwright, Ethan's best friend and Navy SEAL/sniper partner. Jordan makes Brock promise that he will keep Ethan safe in Afghanistan and bring him home to her. Brock is conflicted by her request, but is willing to keep his promise. Can such a promise be kept?
When I See You is an emotionally charged and poignant love story that will tug at your heart strings, and make you feel the full gamut of emotions. Author Katherine Owen weaves a gut wrenching tale about two people who have a deep connection between them: both have suffered heartache after heartache, they have overcome traumatic obstacles, and have learned to survive and to love again.
Told in the first person narrative with alternating perspectives by Jordan Holloway and Brock Wainwright, the reader will find themselves caught up in Jordan and Brock's story. This is a riveting story full of raw emotion and endless plot twists, with attention to detail of Jordan and Brock's trials and tribulations, and rich descriptions of the settings (Malibu, Afghanistan, and Austin), it will make the reader feel like they are on the journey alongside Jordan and Brock. You can't help but get lost in this captivating story, the drama and reality of the intertwining lives of Jordan and Brock takes you on a emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you completely spent.
This is a deeply moving story that delves into the reality of life full of drama, romance, heartaches, ups and downs that anyone can relate to, especially our military families. One word of advice, have a full box of tissues at hand, you're going to need them!
When I See You is a beautifully written tear jerker of a story, it is one that will resonate with you long after the last words have been read.
RATING: 5 STARS *****