This week I’m featuring an interview with California author Kathleen Doler, whose debut novel, THE HOOK, has just come out. I hope you’ll share this author’s excitement about reaching this milestone. It’s a terrific book with a strong female protagonist facing challenges from her present and her past. Kathleen is celebrating the launch week of her book.
MM: You’re launching your debut novel — THE HOOK — this week. When did you first start thinking about this book?
Author Kathleen Doler’s debut novel is set against the backdrop of California’s surfing culture.
KD: It was a very long time ago…probably two decades ago. I had the idea for the story long before I started writing it.
MM: I imagine you’ve looked forward to this day for a long time.
KD: Yes, it’s hard to believe I’m finally here. I’m almost ashamed to admit how long the journey took. The entire time I was writing I was working as a journalist with demanding deadlines, and that made it difficult to have any energy left for the novel. It took me about eight years to write it, and then I spent another year polishing it. It was also a very emotional journey — the story is based on some elements from my life and childhood. When I wrote parts of it, the process of confronting those emotions and writing them down would incapacitate me for a time. Once I got to the latter chapters, I had more of a schedule. But in the beginning, I didn’t want to set unrealistic expectations for myself.
MM: Do you have events planned for your launch week?
KD: For the four weeks prior to the launch, I courted and recruited early readers and reviewers to encourage them (nag them) to read and review the book.
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