Run Like A Girl By K. E Garvey will be released on the 2nd May 2017 and is book 2 in the ‘Like A Girl’ series.
Fight or flight? When a homemade sex tape falls into the wrong hands, Marti Jerome jumps to conclusions and chooses the path of least resistance by running far and fast, a skill she has mastered as well as a pirouette. Just as she relaxes into thinking she’s put a safe distance between her and her troubles, she learns that even a small town in the Texas hill country isn’t far away enough to hide from the most relentless of pursuers—her conscience.
My Q&A with K E Garvey
Describe yourself using three words? – Modest, quirky, family-oriented.
What inspired you to write your first novel? – Reading a bad one. I was laid up following a riding accident with little more to do than read. After a particularly lousy book (by a well-known author), for little more than shitz and giggles I decided to give it a try.
What time of day do you like to write? – Mornings, always. My mind tends to get bogged down by the day at some point in the afternoon.
What is your favourite book and why? – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has been my favorite book since the first time I read it. I think it’s the richness in character and setting that not only made it a great read, but made me want to pay a visit to Savannah. It had been years since I’d been there and the book took me back.
How did you pick the title of your book? – Run Like A Girl is actually book 2 in the “Like A Girl” series. What began as one novel quickly became three when I realized at about 35,000 words that I simply had too much story for one book. I broke the lead characters into three standalone books and added around them. Book 1, Cry Like A Girl came out last July. Run Like A Girl was May 2nd of this year, and I’m hoping to have the last in the series, Fight Like A Girl, out about the same time next year.
Are the characters in your book based on real people? – Not in anything I’ve published to date (although I have a book lying in wait that is heavily based on a true story). I suppose I pull traits or facts here and there from actual people, but not enough to make them recognizable.
What’s your favourite word? – Wow! Can writers have a single favorite word? Maybe I’m an anomaly because I love them all! My favorite unusual word would be ‘grody’, as in grimy or disgusting.
If you were a colour what would it be? –Blue or green, something calm and peaceful.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? – I’ve converted from pantsing to plotting. Although I find pantsing less constricting, I’ve come to appreciate the structure of plotting as it saves time by keeping me on track even if I do make frequent detours.
Who is your favourite Author? – I’ve been asked this so many times during interviews and it’s never an easy question to answer. I enjoy the work of so many, often for different reasons. Off the top of my head at this moment, Maya Angelou, although if you were to ask me next week, it would probably be different.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why? – Two in one shot, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: as a kid I thought it would be so cool to hang out with them. From my latest read, Mack Phillips from The Shack. I would love to experience (whether real or imagined) at the shack. Last, John Coffee. What a gift he had!
What book are you reading at the moment? – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Where in the world is your happy place? – Outdoors, preferably in the Endless Mountain region.
If you had one superpower what would it be? – To heal the sick (back to John Coffee)
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? – Each villain that comes to mind seems to be from a movie and not a book. Kevin Costner’s character in A Perfect World comes to mind. He was a killer, but he had a heart as he revealed in the way he treated his hostage. While watching it, I did want him to get away…
Are you working on a new project? – Aside from Fight Like A Girl, which I’m in the early stages of a first draft, I have a collection of short stories called, Everyday People, although I have no release date at this time. I also have a Christmas themed novella, Christmas Carol, that I was planning for this coming holiday season, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen, we’ll see. The only other iron in the fire is a work I hired a ghostwriter to complete. I felt I was too close to be objective so I supplied close to 1,000 pages of notes and stories and acted as a consultant as he built the plot. I am anxious but unable to release it at this time due to a few pending legal issues surrounding it, but I’ve been told it should be green-lighted soon.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? – Not at this time. I have been doing a lot more in the way of podcasts and guest spots on local television than actual signings and appearances at book fairs. I moved to Texas last August for what was only supposed to be three months that turned into seven so I haven’t been too sure where I would be at any given time, making scheduling a nightmare. That should settle soon and I’ll be able to better plan my events.
Giveaway ~ Win Book 1 Cry Like A Girl
The descent into madness isn’t always accompanied by flashing lights and sirens. Sometimes, it sneaks up as quietly as fog…
To the unknowing, Susan and Henry McFarland appear to be just another small-town couple working toward the American dream. Susan, an introverted housewife and part-time librarian is the yin to Henry’s extroverted, rising-star yang.
Susan has always dreamed of the perfect life: a loving husband and a home filled with children, all wrapped up in a white picket fence. But the perfect life she dreams of is rooted in the soil of a dark secret.
Henry is a man’s man: confident, likable, and no more than a handshake away from taking hold of the brass ring. Unknown to him, his brass ring is hanging on the proverbial gates of hell and his perfect life lives on the opposite side of the picket fence.
It’s their seven-year anniversary. While Susan spends the day preparing the meal for their traditional anniversary dinner, Henry accepts the terms of a new job assignment and seals the deal with a night out with the boys. Susan’s worry turns to anger when Henry stumbles in after midnight and falls into bed without acknowledging the importance of the day or her efforts.
That single marital infraction turns out to be the first of many; each silently picking at the seams of Susan’s damaged past.
In a twist of irony, just as Henry realizes the consequences of his wrongdoings, the universe begins to punish him for them. As he scrambles to right his wrongs and change the course of their lives, someone else is determined to see him fail.
It is a tale of lessons learned too late. Beautifully wrought and as moving as it is tragic, the life and love of Susan and Henry will pull on the heartstrings of even the most phlegmatic.
Many thanks to K.E Garvey for stopping by, please come back soon.
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