Launch Week for A Debut Novel About Surfing, Drugs, and a Sister’s Love

Marylee MacDonald is the author of MONTPELIER TOMORROW, a novel about caregiving and ALS. Her short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD, was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Awards. Her fiction has won Gold and Silver Medals from Readers' Favorites International Book Awards, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, and many others.

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 HOOKthis week. When did you first start thinking about this book?

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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.