1. What is one thing you can’t live without?
One thing? One thing, really? Love. Everybody lives for that. If we’re being less serious, Coffee is a close second, but then again it’s almost equal to love as a sensual experience every morning. Hello.
And words, which trump them both (at times). I can’t live without those. Yes, I know I’m cheating adding more than one answer; sue me.
2. If you were to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Pacific City, Oregon on the beach. My favorite place to be.
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
4. Do you have a favorite song or band?
I’m a huge Ke$ha fan. I like her story. She’s real with no apologies. Kelly Clarkson. Rihanna. The Playlist for This Much Is True pretty much covers it.
5. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Besides writing and reading which invoke guilt and pleasure equally for me????
Movies or more specifically chick-flick movies as my significant other aka husband likes to refer to them as. Me in the house by myself, curled up in a warm blanket watching movies one after the other for hours.
6. What’s your favorite color?
Black. Pink is a close second.
7. What is your favorite birthday memory?
Every year I get a princess cake and that birthday becomes my favorite one. But, the year I got this fancy barista espresso machine from my husband is right up there with those princess birthday cakes.
8. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I won a poetry contest at the impressionable age of 14, got my picture taken for the local paper, and just knew I wanted to be a writer.
9. Do you have a favorite author or book?
I have several books that I go back to again and again. See the all-time favorite list on Goodreads here. My current crush is Gillian Flynn.
I LOVED Gone Girl and Sharp Objects.
Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Travelers Wife got me onto my writing path at a full-time level. Thank you, Ms Niffenegger.
10. Describe yourself in six words and tell why you used those words.
Intense. Loving. Empathetic. Perfectionist. Truthful. Purposeful.
Intense – I have a rather serious side to my psyche. As I tell my husband, “Mind like a steel trap; watch out!”
Loving – I believe in true love. I believe that we find our soul mates in the world and that definitely shows in the stories I tell.
Empathetic - I have this propensity to analyze too much which leads to general low-lying anxiety at all times and empathy at a soul level. It’s things like this I say to my kids as they drive off to school, “Have fun, but don’t wreck the car.” I say a little prayer that they don’t get into an accident as I watch them leave, concentrate on breathing for about three minutes after that, and then I go make coffee–one other thing I can’t live without–and hope I don’t get one of those phone calls.
Perfectionist – I always strive for perfection to an nth degree level in everything I do. Of course, I fall short, partly due to exhaustion and a weird combination of boredom. What is that?
Truthful – I say what I mean. Bad words and all. I mean, fuck it, if you can’t say what you mean at my age, you’re clearly falling short.
Purposeful – My writing means a great deal to me. I am intent with it. You will find hidden meaning and themes in my storylines; and, yes, I intentionally put them there. Purposeful. That’s me. Opinionated, well that’s a given; isn’t it?
Intense. Loving. Empathetic. Perfectionist. Truthful. Purposeful. This is who I am and this is what comes through in my fiction. Go figure. You want sweet love stories that make you sigh? Go read somebody else’s work. You want intense, meaningful stories that will take you on an unexpected emotional ride and most likely make you cry? Read mine.
And the superfluous Lightning Round - one-word answers only – in which I actually comply:
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Chocolate or Candy? Chocolate
e-reader or book? E-reader
Leather or lace? Lace
White or black? Black
Dirty or flirty? Flirty
“I’m gonna have to charge you a little more rent than Vivian…because I’ve got this beauty course I’m looking into and I’m not gonna be there that much, you know? ‘Cause you just can’t turn tricks forever. You gotta have a goal. Do you have a goal?”
- Kit DeLuca, Pretty Woman
So, you gotta have a goal. Do you have a goal?
“This is not just any book. This is THE Book. It will keep you wondering, guessing, bargaining and praying for a happy ending…” Debbie D. at BOOKISH“They continually destroyed each other; it was terribly good. Can you admit to loving a book that left you so crushed for the majority of the novel?” iErlyn Books Hug Back Blog
“Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart, be prepared for angst and as such you might want chocolate, a box of tissues, a protective case for your kindle, and someone to hold your hand or at least talk with during this roller coaster ride of a story.” Back Off My Books Blog
“So if you love a good angst filled dramatic romance…this one is amazing. I give it five stars.” Reading Haven
“It’s been months since I felt so emotionally impacted by a book, I highly recommend you give This Much Is True a chance. It’s not just a love story it’s a life story about learning to love yourself first. This story is so much more than you can imagine or than I ever expected.” Romance RW Blog
“Good story that will have you at the edge of you seat and wanting to throw your kindle, nook or book through the window. You get it all here, without cliffhangers and forced romance. This book is so good, you don’t even need the sex! Yup! It’s like your favorite flavor of ice cream ” KMAC Lit Jungle Blog
“Amazing read that leaves a serious reader hangover.” JHeart – Amazon Reviewer
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She gets a bad rap from some readers. What do I have to say about that?
This. You might not like her (Tally Landon, the narrator persona, me – the author) but you should remember that this character is only 17; and she doesn’t like herself very much. Thus, she’s self-destructive at times and self-preserving at others. She’s edgy and dark and a perfectionist, “and trying to find her way in a world she’s unsure she still belongs in,” as Marla tells Linc at one point.
Not everyone will get Tally; I knew that going in when I decided to write this book.
But for those that do?
She is truly amazing; isn’t she?
This Much Is True is staying pretty high on some of Amazon’s best seller lists since the books initial release on August 11th, 2013.
Tell us about yourself; who ARE you?
Dark, edgy, contemporary, romantic.
I swear too much for God and my mother, and I slip these into my fiction. Sorry.
I’m impatient, a perfectionist, a wordsmith, a dreamer, which ends up being good and bad. I’m a workaholic; ask my fam-dam-ily.
I’ve written four novels in as many years: Seeing Julia, Not To Us, When I See You, and my latest release This Much Is True.
If you love angsty, unpredictable love stories, I’m yours. ♥
Give us the short version for This Much Is True
A challenge right away because this is a long novel (432 pages in print).
Fate brings them together
Fame & lies keep them apart
One truth remains…
She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story…
His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day…
They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways…
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.
This much is true.
Where does the story come from?
I’d been taking classes with The Writer’s Studio a few years ago and this novel developed from a two-page assignment we did for one of my advanced fiction classes. Tally Landon evolved over time. Lincoln Presley was set in my mind from the beginning as this star athlete on the verge of fame and the girl he meets who mirrors his dedication and intensity in her own right for her artistic talent. And yet, their passion tests them both in different ways along with everything else that transpires in the story.
How is this a story that only you could have written?
I created this entire story in my mind. I started out with the what-if questions. What if you had everything? Or thought you did and then life happened and changed up everything in a single instant? This happens to both of these characters in different ways more than once. One of the things that I came to realize with this novel—my fourth one—in which I think I finally got it—my process—is that I live and breathe with these characters for so long that I really do know them by the time I’ve completed the story. It’s true. I know how they would say things and think about them and what they would and would not do. It’s uncanny. When I’m finished, I miss all these characters because they’ve been such an active part of my psyche for so long.
This story took a year and a half to write. I’m pretty sure my writing process drives my family crazy because I am in another world much of the time while writing and thinking through the story line. So? Who else could have written it when it comes together like that?
What was the hardest thing about writing This Much Is True?
I battled a lot of self-doubt with this one. I thought writing When I See You was hard but This Much Is True was harder still. Part of it is me with some noticeable perfectionist tendencies. I put pressure on myself to ensure the story was better than my last which WISY was pretty damn good and my readers were anxiously awaiting another book and I still wasn’t done with This Much Is True. The story was going long and I debated upon doing two books which would have been the easy way out but I really felt committed to telling their whole story in one. So it’s two books in one, literally. Still the other day one of my newest readers on Goodreads took a star off of her 5-star rating of TMIT because she wanted a longer ending. It’s 432 pages already; go figure that one out.
What do you LOVE about This Much Is True?
This is a great story. It has everything in it from the coming of age angle with Tally starting out at seventeen to the older amazingly talented baseball player in Lincoln Presley and these two confronting and battling the trappings of fame and lies and what love is really all about. It’s a masochist read as one reviewer put it. The truth is I’ve had some AMAZING reader reactions to this book that have put me in tears because they get me and this book. It is the ultimate gratifying experience for this author, let me tell you.
Give us your favorite passage from the story:
I love this one because it is the epitome of Tally and what she struggles with within herself…
Tally Landon’s POV
Marla announces she wants babies. Three babies in five years. She looks at me. I start to feel nauseous and must turn a little white. I look away from her and allow myself to think all these nasty thoughts. Three babies in five years with Charlie? Are you fucking kidding me? That doesn’t add up on any girl’s wish list. Charlie Masterson. A father? Say it isn’t so.
Yet she lays out this family plan the way you’d say, “After yoga, I’ll go to Lia’s for the mani-special and then wax on about hairstyles and hemlines until dinner.”
If I were gifted at making long-term plans, which by now we all know I’m not, and if I was at all hopeful, which we all know that I can never be, although it crosses my mind that it’s entirely possible these are all just huge, fucking, temporary setbacks and nothing more, even though it’s been going on for over three years now, since Holly died, and I met Lincoln Presley. Events that could be construed as somehow inevitably related. Yes, perhaps there’s an expiration date on the said pursuit of unhappiness. Perhaps, things will eventually go my way after I actually discover what that way is supposed to be.
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And this one because it is the epitome of Lincoln Presley and my writing of him.
Lincoln Presley’s POV
Yet, in the light of day, at half past eight, all I have left of her is this note. Her fucking note. A note that doesn’t tell me anything and simply thanks me. Thanks me. She didn’t even sign her name. For some reason, this bothers me on a whole separate level. I stand still for a long time, holding the note, and let it all sink in. Her leaving is almost palpable like a gale-force wind that’s rolled into my life in the span of a single evening and left behind all this incalculable destruction, both inside and out. Yes, the tempest has passed, but the air around me feels different. I can hardly breathe. Nothing is the same without her. As the lone survivor of her particular storm, I begin to wonder just exactly what I’m supposed to do now.
It’s only later, after wandering listlessly around the guest house for another hour, after I eventually resign myself to the unenviable task of cleaning everything up and throwing away the empty champagne bottle we shared; after I wash the wine glass smudged with her lipstick; after I purposefully pick up and look through each and every one of the DVDs she touched and so casually left in a forsaken heap stacked precariously at the edge of the great room rug so clearly forgotten by her, which seemingly represents this wry reflection of myself that even I can admit to; it’s only after I pushed the heavy furniture pieces back into place and, in essence, effectively erase all genuine evidence of her incredible presence from the night before; yes, only after all of that, do I realize I have absolutely no way to get in touch with her.
I’m practically paralyzed with equal doses of disappointment and despair at the cruelty of this one indelible fact. Yes, this hits me hard because I want to see her again, need to see her again; and yet, I have no way to get in touch with her. I begin to wonder if that was her intention with me all along.
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What’s next for you as a writer?
I have two different WIPs going on in my mind competing for thoughts and time. Saving Valentines which I hope to finish by the end of the year and another yet-to-be-named WIP that is about four girls graduating from high school and reuniting years later and seeing the unexpected changes in all of them and how tragedy unites them, changes them and threatens to tear them apart in different ways. All complex stuff told from multiple POVs and gender. Damn. Why do I come up with this stuff?
My TMIT board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/katherine_owen/this-much-is-true-a-novel-just-released/
One of my readers did a board of This Much Is True ~ amazing: http://pinterest.com/jamiestokes1/this-much-is-true/
This Much Is True Playlist: http://katherineowen.net/playlist-much-true/
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— Katherine Owen (@KatherineOwen01) September 4, 2013
I’ve heard and seen from a few reviews that readers are posting that This Much Is True is keeping some of you up late. I thought I mentioned in various places that the novel is long? (It’s 432 pages in the printed word). I swear I made it clear that the story line is riveting and unputdownable? (My word, TM it.) Sorry on all fronts. I thought I mentioned the adage I’ve personally applied to my fiction that #IWillMakeYouCry? Silly me. Now, you know.
Thank you for reading my work, for making This Much Is True #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller List in Holiday Romances (Valentine’s Day, anyone?) and #3 in Sports Romance and #11 in Coming of Age. If Amazon gets their act together and it hits New Adult fiction as it should with a ranking of #119 at the last hourly update; well, I’m hoping TMIT will take off.
Thank you to those readers who love and share their thoughts about the book. Your reviews of This Much Is True help other readers decide if the novel is for them. Tell your friends and co-workers, share, share, share, and review if you can. Any and all ratings are welcome although the ones with not-so-nice things to say about TMIT will not be featured in any of my upcoming work. Ha!
Don’t know what to say in a review? Here’s what I ask myself when I review a book. Click the link here.
In other news…the print edition of This Much Is True arrived in the mail yesterday. The book in print is a stunner. Have you entered my Awesome Giveway for This Much Is True? You could win one of three signed paperbacks I’m giving away or a Kindle Fire or an Amazon $15 gift card. Just sayin’. Check out the Article below about it and the link to it.
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The “Playlist” for This Much Is True follows the chapter listing fairly closely (by mood, of course).
Why did I create a playlist? Well, music plays a big part of my writing process and these songs were played extensively over the past year and a half. I have a huge playlist of over a hundred songs that evolved down to these twenty songs as the story came alive and the characters became 3-Dimensional because they do that in my mind.
It will make more sense AFTER you’ve read the book…What are you waiting for?! Links below for the novel because I’m thorough, a perfectionist, demanding…all of those. ♥
In Print ~ TRADE PAPERBACK 6″ X 9″ here:
This Much Is True hits the best seller book lists on Amazon for #1 Holiday Romance and #14 Sports Romance and even Contemporary Romance at #63 (last checked). It’s hard to hit these kinds of rankings. It takes dedicated readers, some visibility in the way of getting the word out, and just some plain ‘old-fashioned luck and timing.
Let’s put this into perspective. Ms. Bybee’s novel is promoted heavily on the opening page on Amazon’s site. Everywhere you go–in the romance search–her books are there. And yet, This Much Is True is in the number one spot. Nothing against Ms. Bybee; she is an author of Amazon’s Montlake Romance imprint afterall, but Holy Toledo, Batman, I’m hanging with her because of all of you. Thank you, Readers!!!
This is much more competitive category but I’m still in there. How amazingly awesome is that?
This Much Is True on Amazon.