Kate Breslin talks about As High as the Heavens
You are in for a treat today! Kate Breslin is here to talk about her brand new release, As High as the Heavens. Aside from the stunning cover, this book is brilliant, touching, nailbiting…..well I could go on and on, but read my review here. Be sure to enter the giveaway too!
Take it away, Kate:
Melony, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today and allowing me to meet and share a little about myself with your readers!
Q: Is this book a stand alone?
Kate: All three of my novels are stand alone, Melony. There is a minor character in High As The Heavens that readers may recognize from my previous novel, Not By Sight, but they can be read in any order.
Q: When you began writing As High as the Heavens, did you have the ending in sight? Or did that happen along the way?
Kate: I like to outline before I start writing, so yes, I already knew how I wanted the story to end. Plotting out the last quarter of the novel was a different matter, due to the real circumstances of those trapped inside Belgium and Northern France during the war. When I need to brainstorm or work out plot snarls, I usually take a long walk, and it always seems to help. By the time I’d finally finished working out the rest of High As The Heavens I think I walked a six mile marathon!
Q: Without giving away any spoilers, this book has many plot twists which are expertly woven through the story. The theme of love and forgiveness winning over all the wartime horror still comes through so strongly. I love how you balanced the suspense and the romance. Did you set out for this book to be such a nail biter, or did that surprise you?
Kate: Thank you so much, Melony! Actually, I knew before I began the story that I wanted to heighten the level of espionage and intrigue, but some of the story twists seemed to hatch themselves as I wrote. I love to call those God moments! The research was also really helpful for story ideas, especially after I’d read several fascinating memoirs written by men and women who worked clandestinely during the Great War.
Q: Some scenes would have been quite something to live through. What aspect of the book was the hardest to write?
Kate: Oh, there were a few, but the chapter with Evelyn’s arrival in Belgium at the start of the war was probably the most difficult. I went back several times to revise those scenes and each time brought me to tears. I tried to imagine myself living through that kind of experience, and knowing their true measure of suffering made me more determined to share their lives through storytelling.
Q: What is next for you? Do some of the other characters in the book get to have a story of their own?
Kate: Oh, I have some interesting possibilities for a couple of those characters! Right now though I’m working on a novel involving another character from Not By Sight. Once again the story will take place in Europe during the first world war and is scheduled for release early 2019.
Q: Where and how can readers connect with you?
Readers can visit www.katebreslin.com and click on any of the social media buttons to find me online. I’m most active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Also on my website, readers can subscribe to my newsletter or contact me via email.
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MORE ABOUT KATE BRESLIN
Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol award for Debut Novel. Kate’s third novel, High As The Heavens released in June 2017. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas.
Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer, Author and Biographer and she teaches seniors to write their own personal stories, she lives in Toronto with her family and two cats. Read more
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats.