November 4, 2015

interview with the author of 'completions and connections'

This week we're celebrating the launch of Completions and Connections by Kathryn R. Biel with her Chick Lit Plus blog tour. I normally chat with Kathryn about football (we're fellow Big 10 football supporters), but today I'm excited to have her here to talk about another favorite subject: Christmas. And don't forget to enter to win Amazon gift cards using the Rafflecopter below. Enjoy!

Change the Word: Which character from your book would you most like to take out for a festive coffee or hot cocoa?  
Kathryn R. Biel: I know I should say one of the main characters, Christine or Patrick, but I'm intrigued by Christine's best friend (with not always the best advice), Michele. I'm so intrigued that Michele may be getting her own story in the future.

CTW: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
KRB: That's a tough one for me this year. In the past we've always gone to my aunt and uncle's house. They put out an incredible spread, most of my dad's family is there, and Santa even pays a visit. My uncle passed away recently, so I'm not sure what this year will hold. But in the past, it's been my favorite part of the whole season.

CTW: What is one treat you must have every holiday season?
KRB: I have to limit it to one? I try to wait until Black Friday to get my first peppermint mocha of the season.

CTW: Which Christmas song do you blast at full volume? 
KRB: I'm so glad you asked! This novella was inspired by "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses. If you don't think you know the song, google it. You totally do.

(Blogger's note: I'm feeling the holiday spirit, so I saved you the trouble of running a Google search. You're welcome. ;) )

CTW: What's the song you turn off as fast as possible?
KRB: Christmas Shoes. Blech.

(Blogger's note: I'm with Kathryn. Blech. My fit to you is not providing you a link to the song in this post.)

CTW: What's your favorite holiday movie to watch?
KRB: Does A Charlie Brown Christmas count? Also a must is The Grinch (animated, not live action), and It's a Wonderful Life.

CTW: What is the number one item you're hoping Santa will bring you this year?
KRB: A finished basement. I've been patiently waiting for 8 years. This could be the year. I think I've been very good.

CTW: What was your greatest challenge writing this story, and how did you overcome it?
KRB: I was midway through another project when I decided to drop everything and write this. I was also back at work (I work in the schools), so it was crazy busy, and then I was up against a hard deadline since it's a holiday story. I just pushed through and made myself get it done.

CTW: In the spirit of Christmas, what is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?
KRB: Write it down. Even if you think it's crap, it may not be. But you'll never know unless you write it down.

CTW: What can readers expect from you next? 
KRB: I'm working on my sixth novel, which is a bit on the dark and dramatic side. I've already decided that I'm doing comedy after that, so look for more antics from Michele.

About the Book
Christine's list of resolutions contains many clich├ęs. Try something new. Buy a pair of heels. Get a promotion. Fall in love.

Seems simple, especially when Christine meets Patrick, the man who could be Mr. Right. He's got the right credentials: a job, a sense of humor, a love of all things Indiana Jones, and best of all, he's actually taller than Christine. But busy schedules take over and gets in the way of Patrick and Christine's budding romance.

Life interferes, as it has a way of doing, and Christine wants to throw in the towel. Is the magic of the Christmas season enough to renew Christine's faith in love?

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About the Author
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn R. Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I'm Still Here (2014), Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015), and Killing Me Softly (2015).

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