Interviewing Author Kathryn Spurgeon
Q1.Tell me about yourself.
A. I love my large family. Blessed with six children and twelve grandchildren, we are a diversified group with many different ethnic groups represented, some born, some adopted, all adorable. God has blessed me with a heart to love people from around the world, and my husband, Bill and I have fed and taught International students for at least eighteen years.
Q2. What are your favorite books to read?
A. I’m an avid reader and I read fast. I enjoy different kinds of books, but mostly historical novels and biographies. I can’t read much fiction at night because I tend to stay up all night finishing the book. Nonfiction, however, puts me to sleep.
This week I’ve read some of C.S. Lewis (to sleep) and a couple of Lynn Austin’s Chronicles books. Inspiring books. Made me want to go back to the Bible and see what was true.
Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. My first book was a Bible study, but I always wanted to write a novel. I finally discovered a topic when I took notes while talking to my mother and several older people. Their stories intrigued me and I wanted to record them. They had some of the same struggles we have today and I wanted to help others by showing how they dealt with them.
Q4. How did you come up with the name of your books?
A. I changed the title of my first book several times and have a list of old files to prove it. Titles are difficult for me. The title of my first novel, A Promise to Break, came about when I realized the book centered around the main character’s struggle with a promise she made to her father when very young. Ultimately, through life changes, could she keep that promise or not? Or should she?
Q5. What are you working on for 2019?
A. I’m working on the third book in the historical Promise Series, and also on a novella series of five books. I got sidetracked with the novellas because the research was so interesting. I tend to do that, enjoy researching more than the writing. However, the third Promise Book is halfway finished. All my Christian historical novels are set in the 1930s and based on true stories.
Q6. How long have you been writing?
A. I’ve written poetry since I was a teenager, but I didn’t publish anything for years. The poems are like a personal journal and thoughts on the world around me. I’ve been writing books now for over fifteen years. My first few books were the hardest and took the longest because I had so much to learn.
Q7. What advice would you give other authors?
A. Don’t quit when you get negative feedback. Meditate on the critique and consider it, but don’t let it keep you from writing.
Q8. Where can people find you online?
A. My website is www.kathrynspurgeon.com and I am on Facebook and Twitter. I also have author pages on Goodreads and Amazon.
Q9. Do you plan on making more books in the future?
A. I have too many book ideas to let them sit and grow stale. I plan on writing as long as the good Lord lets me.
Q10. How many books have you written?
A. I’ve written five historical novels/novellas, two poetry storybooks, and two nonfiction. I hope to release a poetry book every year because I have accumulated 5,000 poems in my repertoire.
Q11. Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. I went to college (Oklahoma University) as a single mom to support my three daughters. I majored in accounting. My children are grown now, have finished college, married and doing great. Now I’m a retired CPA. I took some creative writing classes at the University of Central Oklahoma after retirement. Writing is so different than numbers, but it’s refreshing, challenging and I feel compelled to keep writing. Actually, it’s fun!
Here is A link to her Historical Novel.
I would like to say thank you to Kathryn Spurgeon for allowing me to Interview her on my blog!