with Kathleen Fuller

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Welcome to Patterings, Kathy! Tell us about your epiphany moment when you decided you were going to seriously pursue writing and eventually publication.
My moment was when I was sitting in church nearly ten years ago. Our pastor was retiring and his son gave the sermon that day. He talked about stepping outside your comfort zone for Jesus. Instead of sitting happily on your mountaintop, go out and risk yourselves. I decided to do that with writing, which we all know is an emotionally risky endeavor. Writers subject themselves to rejection, ridicule, harsh reviews, among other things. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Lord’s prodding and equipping, even though I’m often tempted to race back up to my mountaintop. It’s safe and comfy there.

Which of your books (published or upcoming) has been the most fun for you to write and which character is your favorite?
That’s really hard, because I’ve enjoyed writing all my books, even though the process isn’t easy. Of my female characters I really liked writing Emily from A Clever Disguise. Out of the male characters, I think it’s a tie between Gabriel and Tobias from A Man of His Word. Those guys are different from each other, but they were equally enjoyable to write.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Procrastination, hands down. I’ve always put off things to the last minute, and I’ve spent years trying to correct that flaw. I have a calendar where I write down my deadlines and calculate word count and that helps keep me on some kind of pace. I also remind myself that someday my procrastinating is going to catch up with me if I continue working this way. That said, I do my best under pressure. I just don’t like being in the pressure pot!

LoL--I understand about procrastination! This Book Bonanza is helping me learn alot about NOT procrastinating. :)
What is your strangest habit?

You mean one I will admit to? ;) I like apples and blue cheese together, is that strange or quirky? I’m sure some people will think its gross, but I love it.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Um, all the time. See my procrastination problem above. The worst thing is doctor’s appointments—I have a fab doctor but I hate going to see him.

What would a perfect day for you look like?
Waking up late to a full pot of coffee, sitting on a balcony overlooking a beach or a mountain range, hanging out with my husband and then taking my laptop outside to work in the fresh air. In the evening my husband and I would go out to a nice restaurant, then take a long walk at the end of the day. Sigh. Eventually I will get my perfect day…

That sounds absolutely wonderful, Kathy!
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I like reading romance—95% of the books I read are romance. I know I should read outside my genre, but I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for a love story. I also enjoy reading mysteries, young adult, and the latest Christian vampire books. I’m half Romanian, it’s in my blood (pun intended). :-)

Are there certain foods or snacks keeps the words flowing for you?
Diet pepsi and cheese sticks.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love writing about God’s faithfulness to us and exploring how people go through their lives living their faith.

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
To have patience and trust in Him. He teaches me that lesson over and over and over. I’m hard-headed!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have several books coming out in 2009 and two in 2010. Here’s a list:
A Daring Escape (book 3 in the Royal Regency Mystery Series) from Avalon: August
A Man of His Word (book 1 in the Hearts of Middlefield Series) from Thomas Nelson: September
An Amish Christmas (an anthology with Beth Wiseman and Barbara Cameron) from Thomas Nelson: September
An Amish Gathering (an anthology with Beth Wiseman and Barbara Cameron) from Thomas Nelson: December
An Honest Love (book 2 in the Hearts of Middlefield Series) from Thomas Nelson: March, 2010
A Woman of Virtue (book 3 in the Hearts of Middlefield Series) from Thomas Nelson:
Summer or Fall, 2010

Thank you for being with us, Kathy!
You can keep up with Kathy at her website http://kathleenfuller.com/

Kathy is giving away a copy of A Daring Return. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Sunday, August 30th to see if you've won. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar. OR you could sign up to have Patterings updates delivered to your inbox. If you do, it will give you a bonus entry in the giveaway, otherwise you can enter twice--once for each post you leave a comment on. :^)


  1. Looking forward to reading this book!! Jumpforjoy at gmail dot com

  2. Anonymous9:18 AM

    This book looks good, as do the rest of hers!

  3. This was a great interview! We sound very much a like! Gabriel is one of my favorite characters too! I just adored A Man of His Word and can't wait for the next 2 books in the series! Procrastination is also one of my worst habits and as you can tell from my blog most of what I read is a romance or a vampire book or both!!! LOL!

    Thanks again Patty for the chances to win all these great books from all these great authors!


  4. Kathleen and I share the exact same idea for a perfect day! Thank you for an interesting interview and giveaway, Patty. I look forward to discovering Kathleen's writing.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  5. I LOVE the cover of this book. LOVE it. Really enjoyed the interview, Patty/Kathleen. Good stuff!

  6. Enjoyed the interview! What a lovely cover for a book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  7. It sounds really good.
    Please, enter me. i'd love to win it.


  8. Sounds like a great read. Please include me in the contest. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com


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