Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Shattered Seam Blog Tour: Interview with Kathleen Groger

Today we're joining the blog tour for THE SHATTERED SEAM by chatting with Kathleen Groger. Come get to know all about Kathleen and her book.

Hi, Kathleen! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a full time writer. I married my college sweetheart and we have two boys ages 12 and 17. I have two attention demanding dogs, a Siberian Husky and a Beagle. I love to read, cook, and take pictures of abandoned buildings.
Tell our readers a bit about THE SHATTERED SEAM. What’s the story about?
It’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who goes with her uncle and his ghost investigating crew to an isolated island to film an episode of their TV show. And then it all goes bad when they realize the ghost of a long dead serial killer doesn’t want them in his home.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
I have always been fascinated by ghost stories and the paranormal. I devoured Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and John Saul books when I was a teen. Then I moved to all the ghost hunting and investigating shows on TV. And my love for these type of stories mixed with the sense of awe and wonder I found while visiting the Thousand Islands in New York. I loved the beauty of the area and the massive castles like Boldt Castle, Singer Castle, and the decaying Carleton Villa.
Sam’s story developed after I wondered what it would like to be a teen with “abilities” stuck in a castle like those. And if the castle was haunted, what could happen?

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A bit of both. I have the basics outlined: characters, setting, opening, major plot point, and the ending, but make up the rest as I write.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
The first draft. I want to edit as I go, but it takes me too long to write if I do. I have to force myself to get the entire story out before I can start fixing.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Tea and music.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would like to be invisible whenever I wanted. That way I could find out so much information and fuel my writer mind.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Hmm … I might get a visit from a certain three letter agency if I answered this question :)
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably …
spending time with my family, reading, cooking, or exploring abandoned places.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
My husband Chuck is my biggest supporter. My two boys and the rest of my family. The ladies of Readerlicious ( and my local critique partners.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

Thank you for having me!

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