Wednesday 20 April 2016

12 Hours in Paradise Blog Tour: Interview with Kathryn Berla PLUS Giveaway

Hello, everyone! Hope you're having a happy Hump Day. Today we're chatting with author Kathryn Berla about her book 12 HOURS IN PARADISE. Come get to know Kathryn and her young adult romance.

Hi, Kathryn! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.  
Hi and thanks so much for featuring me in your lovely blog. Very briefly, I’m a full-time author of YA and middle-grade fiction. I love both genres for their very different appeal. My YA book about crisis and recovery (LA CASA 758) was published in Spain by Penguin Random House.
Tell our readers a bit about 12 HOURS IN PARADISE. What's the story about?
12 HOURS IN PARADISE is a departure from my last novel in that it’s a story purely about love and what one would be willing to risk in order to achieve it. My characters, Dorothy and Arash, meet in Hawaii while on
vacation. They decide to sneak out at night, away from parents and chaperones, to spend time together on Dorothy’s last night in Waikiki. It’s a memorable night because the two are strangers at the beginning of the night, but by the end they’ve come to know each other so deeply that the thought of walking away forever seems painfully impossible.
Great name for a female protagonist, wink wink. How did the idea of the story come to you?
About a year ago, I binge-watched “Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”. That trilogy really intrigued me and made me wonder if it would be possible for teens (still in high school) to have a similar experience.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Most definitely a pantser.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Trying to make a place for my finished novel out in the real world. The actual process of writing, I adore. None of it feels hard.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
My good-luck smiley squishy ball with spindly black arms and legs, white gloves and super-fancy shoes. I wish I could show him to you, he’s very handsome.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
To be invisible without a doubt. I’m a natural snooper although I can’t do it in real life because it would be so rude. But if I was invisible…That’s probably why I became an author.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
How to get a wild animal out of your chimney. This was for real life purposes, not for writing.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably...
Hiking or watching one of my favorite shows: Walking Dead, Girls, Game of Thrones, etc.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Oh my gosh! So many people at Limitless Publishing so let’s just say everyone at Limitless Publishing. My PA, Michael Weekly for helping me through the craziness of book release stuff. My editor, JoSelle Vanderhooft. All my talented author friends for providing a feeling of community, including: Macy F, Spencer H, Vera B, Lisa R, Alice R and so many others. My friend, Deborah B, who has been the sounding board for almost everything I’ve written. Samantha, who has great playlist suggestions. And of course, my three sons, Jeremy, Lucas and Corey. And my husband George. For everything.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!
Thank you! ☺

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