It’s Monday and lucky for us we have Author Kathryn Shay joining us. Sit back and enjoy this blog from Kathryn and comment away I hear she is giving book away today.
Hello, Romance Junkies.
I love the name of this site! I, too, am a romance junkie and proud of it!
First, a bit about me. I’m Kathryn Shay and I write for Harlequin SuperRomance and The Berkley Publishing Group. I have twenty-books out for Super and ten for Berkley. I’ve been a writer all my life, though my chosen profession was teaching high school English. Now, I’m a full time author. I have a wonderful hero of a husband, two terrific kids and some very good friends.
I’m here today to talk about my current release, TAKING THE HEAT. The book is about widower Liam O’Neil who lost his wife three years ago to cancer and is ready to date again. He meets Sophie Tyler, rough and tumble female firefighter from New York City, and is attracted to her. But his sons are still suffering over the loss of their mother and Liam feels he can’t risk getting involved with someone in a dangerous profession. Too bad, though, because they can’t help themselves and sparks fly, emotionally, physically and on the line.
Two questions that the book deals with might be of interest to you. First, can people from totally different worlds find common ground and build a life together? This is one of the themes of the book. Liam is a staid, salt-of-the-earth cook at his family’s pub. He’s just an ordinary guy trying to make his way after the death of his wife three years ago and the subsequent difficulties with his boys, primarily the younger one, little Mikey. But Liam’s ready to date again; he just didn’t think it would be with an FDNY firefighter. But when Sophie joins her station house group at the pub most mornings for breakfast, she’s attracted to Liam. Their entire orientation is different, their jobs couldn’t be further apart and even their world view is at odds. So how are they going to get together? Since this is a romance, you know they do. But, boy, is it a rocky road, and the times they are apart are excruciating for the characters, for me as a writer, and I’ll bet for you as a reader. For me personally, an opposites-attract relationship has been an issue. My husband and I are very different, and have been since we married over thirty years ago. He likes different things, has different views on raising the kids, and sometimes simply doesn’t understand me! But we’ve managed to work it out, compromising and giving in to each other when necessary. And you know what? I love that he’s different. He’s really interesting to me after all these years. Do you all think opposites can make it work? Any personal experiences to share?
The second question the book raises is how much responsibility does a parent have to his kids when it means giving up something very important in his life? Seven-year-old Mikey is depressed and fearful, even three years after his mother died. So is teenager Cleary, though he hides it behind adolescent bravado. When Sophie comes into their world, Mike is afraid of what she does for a living and worries about her all the time. Cleary is irritable about her relationship with his father. (By the way, some of the best scenes of the book are with these guys. Oh, other than the hot sex between Liam and Sophie. J) Liam himself is tortured about what to do: should he accept a woman into their lives who routinely walks into burning buildings? Again, this is an issue I’ve struggled with raising two kids. How do you balance your own needs and desires with theirs? I do believe in sacrificing for my children, and have done it, but I’m not sure a person should give up his dreams for them. What do you think?
I’ll be back to check to see what you’re all thinking about these questions and my work. And I’ll be giving away a book, too.