Kathryn Shay, my guest today, had her first book accepted on a snowy December day back in 1994, since then she has gone onto write numerous Harlequin Superromance and several about fireman, novels before spreading her wings to write several novels of a slightly more “gritty” nature.
Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations – readers say they feel they know the people in her books – and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing (her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has won five RT BookClub Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards, three Holt Medallions, two Desert Quill Awards, the Golden Leaf Award, and several online accolades.
Kathryn’s thirty-seventh novel is one that as she shares with us on the program, is very special to her; one that she believes is her best so far.
What led to Kathryn writing “The Perfect Family”?
We’ll let Kathryn answer this in her own words…
“What led to writing this book was when my son came out gay, I decided it was time to tell a story around that issue. The Perfect Family is fiction but touches on some of the things my own family went through. I wished then I’d had a book like this to help me understand that a family’s struggle when a teen comes out is okay, but he deserves love and support from them, too. And as I said, I was also a high school teacher for many years and I know teenagers. I know how they react to people who are different from them, how sexual orientation can freak them out and how they can be cruel. But they can also be unbelievably loyal and supportive. I tried to show all this in the book”
Well as we can tell from the chat with this wonderful author, the book is nothing but a success, from the title to the wonderful cover, all helps produce a book and a story that all will enjoy, from family’s of a gay child, to people who work with teenagers, or just anybody who enjoys a really interesting and entertaining read. The Perfect Family a book that all will enjoy, just as I did chatting to this great guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat with Kathryn Shay".
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