Kaylin McFarren is a California native who has enjoyed traveling around the world. She previously worked as director for a fine art gallery, where she helped foster the careers of various artists before feeling the urge to satisfy her own creative impulses.
Since launching her writing career, McFarren has earned more than a dozen literary awards in addition to a finalist spot in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart Contest. A member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers, she also lends her participation and support to various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
McFarren currently lives with her husband in Oregon and visits her second home in California once a month. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren, and look forward to having more.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Banished Threads.
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About the Book:
A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.
While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter. Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.
With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?
First place – 2016 Hudson Valley RWA Hook, Line & Sinker Contest
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I’ve been told that I’m a great story teller, since I’ve been known to stretch the truth a bit. But then that’s probably because of my Irish heritage and the great story tellers I grew up listening to.
What was your inspiration for BANISHED THREADS?
For most of my life, I’ve been fascinated by the arts—visual, literary, and performance. My dream of opening and operating an art gallery became a reality on June 5, 1999. In my eight years of running this business, I became a committed champion of more than four hundred artists in the Northwest, exposing their talents at monthly shows and through national marketing efforts. My love of this visual medium, combined with my enjoyment of writing and entertaining readers, helped me to develop an action-packed tale that I’m thrilled to share with fiction readers.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
The belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if we let go of the anger and open our hearts.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
I wrote this book in four months, worked on editing for two months and released it three months later. Like great wine, good writing should never be rushed. J
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I try to be disciplined, although it’s not always easy at times. My typical day consists of two miles on my treadmill, breakfast with my husband, scanning emails and posting on social networks, then reviewing my currently writing projects before buckling down and writing from 10am – 1pm. After taking a break for lunch, I try to write for another hour before focusing on my non-profit events, which require sponsor letters, excel posting, phone calls and requests for silent auction items. This takes up the balance of my day before having dinner with my husband, watching a television program, reading in bed and crashing for the night. J
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I’ve been to London a number of times but wasn’t familiar with the nightclub scene or seedy parts of the city. This required a little internet research and contacting friends living there. Another challenge was writing with rotating points of view and bringing my story full circle, while leaving the reader guessing who my true villain is…at least until the next book is released.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love the sense of accomplishment at seeing an idea translated into words and brought to fruition with a published novel readers seem to enjoy.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
While attempting to publish my first book, I went the normal (if you can call it that) route. I solicited dozens of agents and more publishing houses than I care to admit. After thirty kindly written rejection letters, I ended up with a well-known New York agent who had claimed to be in love with my book. I was thrilled, to say the least. However, after three months, she decided that my book needed a complete overhaul in order to fit on a formula fiction shelf. Unwilling to do so, we parted ways and I hooked up with a small publisher willing to take a chance. The eBook was released but it took three months of convincing for this house to publish the paperback version.
Marketing was a joke and became my obsession. I tapped into as many social groups as possible and connected with a retail outlet willing to put my book in 300 stores, but my publisher refused to honor the first substantial order because they were set up as a print on demand business and were unable to front the cost. Long story short, I took matters into my own hands and decided to create my own publishing company for my books. My sales spiked and I now have a nice fan base…and 100% control over my writing, sales, and marketing, which makes me extremely happy.
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