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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Truth About Air & Water Truth in Lies #2 by Katherine Owen {Author Interview, Promo & Giveaway}

Genre:Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance
August 25th 2014
Published By:  The Writing Works Group
WebsiteKatherine Owen

The Truth About Air & Water Goodreads

I was given this book for review by the author in exchange for an honest review. Here is the link to my review already posted here on Bookish. All Five Stars for this treasure of a book. 

The Truth In Lies Series. READ This Much Is True, book 1 first, although it’s been written as a standalone. Readers say, don’t do that.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway ~ A Farewell To Arms

They share an epic love but one moment changes everything. A life together that seemed certain is shattered. One learns you never love the same way twice; the other learns what it means to come home. You only think you know how this love story goes, but do you really know how an epic love can end?

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

She is living color, and I’ve been in a black-and-white world for far too long without her.
Powerful stuff. It surrounds me. I’ve felt it since I first arrived. The forcefield of her. The magnetism of her. The power she wields over me. I’m alive again because of her, like a dying plant that finally gets some water. I’ve got it bad for this girl.
Reality dawns.
The light comes through the darkness and shines on me.
She’s my water.
-Lincoln Presley

The truth is I breathe with him. He is my air. Raison d’etre.
-Tally Landon

Author’s note: This novel is part of the Truth In Lies series. It can be read as standalone, however, fans of my fiction already are highly recommending that those new to my work, READ This Much Is True book 1 FIRST.

As Lincoln Presley would say, “do as you must, Princess.”

Katherine is just one of those authors that I know right away I am going to read whatever she writes! Imagine my humble excitement when I got to do an interview with her. Read below to find out more about this author. 

1. What event,person or place in your life made you decide to write?

I’d been waiting to fulfill a dream of writing full-time since my college days. When I was unceremoniously downsized in April of 2009 from my corporate sales job, I sat down and pounded out my first novel writing a beginning, middle, and an end to a book aptly titled: The Point Where We Began. It will never see the light of day at over seven hundred pages, and because it is truly a newbie’s writing personal treck. From there, I read everything I could get my hands on—from all types of fiction to all types of books on the craft of writing—and I took classes at The Writers Studio for the next two and half years. By December of 2011, I’d written and released three novels, When I See You, Seeing Julia and Not To Us. I even won a literary award and first place with Seeing Julia with the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest in late July of 2010.

2. What do you find gives you your passion to write, even when you're feeling down?
Reading good fiction always rejuvenates me even when my own writing seems all but impossible to get down on the proverbial page. There are times when you just have to write it out.

3. What is your advice to writers that are afraid of getting rejected?

Rejection. Bad reviews. You will not be for everyone. I’m not sure there’s an absolute way to get over rejection or feel less than awful about a bad review. Writers feel deeply; and we take things like rejection and reviews personally—good or bad. I do believe after being on this journey for the past four years that I have learned how to somewhat handle both rejection and/or bad reviews, where, before, I used to wallow for days after such an event, now I've got it down to a manageable fifteen minutes. The thing is…if writing were easier, everyone would be good at it, but most are not. I take extreme solace in that one profound thought and so should every writer reading this.

4. What mix of music do you listen to while you write or if you don't what is the one thing you must have when you are writing?
Yes, music plays an important part in getting in the right frame of mind for putting words on the page. I have a wide variety of tastes in music. It depends on the novel and story line I’m writing. For This Much Is True, I listened to a lot of Ke$ha and Kelly Clarkson. I have a playlist for This Much Is True here and one for When I See You here. Enjoy!

5. Do you get your story ideas from personal experience or just from life in general?
There seem to be people, places, and things that influence my writing, but I never really take directly from real life (although some people believe my novel is about them). I like to think of it as creative license in the truest sense. Yes, people, places and things inspire me. But my characters tend to come to me in dreams, day or night; and I fiddle with them in my mind until I truly know them—how they talk, what they think, and what they will or will not do. It takes some time, but that is how it works for me. Every job I've ever had—from carryout girl at Safeway while I was in high school to corporate public relations, and global sales account management work—prepared me for this writing career at this juncture in my life. I utilize those hard-won skills every day as a full-time fiction writer.

Finish this sentence:

6 .I am most grateful family, which makes it possible for me to write full-time.

7. I wouldn't be able to write if....I hadn't taken and been inspired by the writing classes with The Writers Studio.

8. My favorite author is....Gillian Flynn. I love her writing style and when I get caught up in the I-should-would-could stuff, I always ask myself: what would Gillian do? In other words, does she blog? Does she tweet? Is she chatting on Facebook or fixing her website? Or, is she writing? That’s all I should be doing.

9. My all-time favorite book is...I have six. Sorry. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, April & Oliver by Tess Callahan, The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman. The whole list of top favorites is here on Goodreads.

10. If I was to be stuck anywhere in the world for 7 days, I'd pick... Pacific City at the Oregon Coast—the most beautiful and tranquil place in the world. I always get re-inspired when we go there.


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About the Author
Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising 'series') beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.

About Owen's fiction...This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a "non-word" she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, "do what you must, Princess."

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