FEATURE: Kate Forest

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Author Kate Forest has worked in a psychiatric hospital, as a dating coach, and spent a disastrous summer selling above-ground swimming pools. But it was her over twenty-year career as a social worker that compelled her to write love stories with characters you don’t typically get to read about. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two kids, and a fierce corgi.

Excerpt from Interior Design and Other Emotions 

The chilly metal seeps through my coat and the green velvet dress that Sarah and I found at a consignment shop. The best thing is that I didn’t spill anything on it, and I can probably sell it back for not much less than what I bought it for.

Chris shoves his hand in his pocket and fishes around for something.

“Gina, we make a good team.”

“Team?”

“I mean we’re good together. I want us to continue to be good together.”

“Why wouldn’t we?”

“I-I…” Chris stands and takes a few paces away from me. “I don’t know what I’m trying to say. Except I love you.” He turns back.

“I love you, too.” I scramble in my head for the right response. I try to pick up on the cues of his body language. Something is troubling him, but his words are positive. If I had years of decoding people and their meaning, I might be able to guess at what he’s trying to say. “Chris, did I do something wrong at the party?”

“No, sweetheart, not at all.” He returns to the bench and takes my mittened hands in his fine-leather-gloved ones. “I’m just trying to say we should spend even more time together. In the future, too.”

“Okay.” I race through all the lessons Jennifer has gone over with me. I pick two or three things that Chris could be hinting at. “Chris, do you want…want me to move in with you?”

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How to give away ARCs

Okay, so confession: I’ve actually never given away a legit ARC. Not a single one. Cuz I’m typically still writing last-minute before release days. But hey, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get my butt in gear and prepare review copies, eh? And it definitely doesn’t mean I don’t wanna share this awesome video with y’all…

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Keep it consistent – Timelines

Whether you’re writing your first draft, particularly if you write scenes out of order, or if you’re doing some major editing sometimes it can be tricky to keep your timeline consistent.

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Questions With Characters Amie Graham The Island

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself!

Tell us who you are and what you do!

Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role?

What do you do for a living?

How old are you?

Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Hi Ember, thank you for inviting me here! My name is Amie Graham, I’m thirty-one, I’m a photographer and I’m the main character in The Island. Right after my Dad died I found out my now ex-husband was cheating on me. Like, a lot. I got pretty depressed and really just didn’t know who I was anymore. Anyway, that part of my life is over since my best friend, Tony suggested I do something out of the ordinary to find out who I was again. Sounds super cliche, I know. I wound up joining a humanitarian group that builds homes for families who have lost theirs in natural disasters and that’s when I found myself in Kauai, Hawaii. When I was there I met Gabe and Michael and, I fell in love with them both and they fell in love with me. It sounds crazy, I know! We tried to find out if three people can truly love each other, or if it was just the air of the island messing with our hearts and minds.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

The first thing most people notice is how petite I am. Well, they say short, and I correct them, it’s petite.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

I didn’t at the beginning of the story, but I do now. I have an infinity symbol tattooed on my ring finger.

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

Oh totally! I think we’d get along great. We both love sushi, wine and shopping – plus I’m sure she’d love to dish about the guys with me.

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

I’d love to be invisible. I would have loved to of been able to hear some of Gabe and Michaels conversations when we all first met.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

People who judge others for how they choose to live their life, who they love.

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