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It’s so fun to discover new authors! Today we have an opportunity to meet Kathryn Moore, author of Angel Beneath My Wheels. Kathryn is offering to give away a signed paperback copy, too! Before we get started, here’s a quick peek at the story.
Beneath his playboy façade, young NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for a family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, is determined to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only two muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she wants nothing to do with him. But Luke’s gentle ways and down home country charm just might win her over—if his painful past doesn’t push her away.
When she begins to touch his heart, he’s haunted by bitter memories of the only woman he’s ever loved—the mother who abandoned him as a little boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, her innocence and grace breach his defenses and his walls begin to crumble. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love, their very lives, are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the whole auto industry and Luke realizes his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him… and always will.
Welcome, Kathryn! What inspired you to write Angel Beneath My Wheels?
When I initially decided to start writing, it was to provide more family friendly stories for the movies. A few years ago, with two children entering their teens, my husband and I became frustrated by the lack of family appropriate films. Our children were too old for Disney and Pixar and they definitely weren’t ready—in our minds anyway—for PG-ratings. Sadly, we simply stopped going to the movies.
So when I sat down to decide what to write, I kept two things in mind. It had to be a story my whole family would enjoy and it had to be something that would make a great movie.
I decided on a love story because every good movie contains a great romance, but I wanted it to be one my husband would enjoy. So when my brother described an interesting film called Gas Hole, an eye-opening documentary that alleged a massive cover up by oil companies, it sounded like the makings of an intriguing story and one with a definite modern-day interest, given the volatility of gas prices. According to the documentary, “Big Oil” has been suppressing innovations in fuel efficiencies for years, even going so far as to murder at least one very bright young inventor who had the idea for an engine that ran on vapor.
Like many men, my husband and son are into cars. Coupled with my above-average-for-a-woman knowledge of engines, mechanics and chemistry in general, I came up with the idea of a young woman who, like me, grew up working on cars with her father. My husband and son love NASCAR too so I thought that would provide an exciting backdrop as well as tie in nicely with the idea of fuel efficiency.
Finally, above all, I wanted it to be wholesome and family friendly, with a subtle but meaningful message for young people. So my heroine is a young woman of faith who’s made a commitment to God to save her virtue for marriage. She wears a purity ring and the story explores how difficult it can be for a young woman to retain those ideals in our modern culture.
It sounds like you’ve managed to appeal to the whole family for sure! Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
My daughter, Rachel, was fourteen when I started writing the story and had recently attended a sponsored event at a local church called The Silver Ring Thing. Also, I grew up working on cars with my father and even helped my husband build a Cobra sports car while we dated.
I love the authenticity that likely brings to the story. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
My stories are contemporary character driven tales of normal every-day people and the challenges we all face in real life: love, friendship, parenthood, morality, mortality, compassion and faith. My favorite novels are those that reach down deep, wrap up my whole heart and soul, make me laugh, and cry. And those are the types of stories I want to write. I hope to touch people’s lives. I want my reader to feel better, be better, love better, because they read my words and took them to heart. I hope to inspire, to comfort and to breathe faith and hope into anyone who may despair that they’re alone in this world.
That’s awesome. I love books that draw us deeper and push us to become better! Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love the outdoors: hiking, gardening, walking my dog, Bear, playing in the lake.
To counter the health benefits of all that fresh air and sunshine… lol… What is your favorite dessert? Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?
I’m not much of a dessert person, thankfully. My favorite is fresh berries and cream and it’s so easy it’s embarrassing: Wash and cut up fresh berries, gently pat dry then arrange in a pretty dessert glass. Allow some vanilla ice cream to melt in the fridge and pour over the berries prior to serving. Healthy, simple and quick.
I’m all over quick and easy! 😉 Speaking of that, authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
I have a family and a full-time (and then some) job as a Business Operations Manager / Project Leader. A big part of my professional role is organizing, communicating and documenting—the same types of skills needed to write a novel. Go figure.
My biggest challenge is finding time to write. Most days I work through lunch. I’m not a morning person so getting up early is not an option. I do a lot on evenings and weekends but even that has been mostly marketing stuff lately, building my social media presence and getting my novel out there. Stephen King once said, “You can’t be an author and a writer at the same time.” So true!
That reminds me of the idea that you eat an elephant one bite at a time. There are so many things to do, you really do have to focus on just one piece at a time. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
So glad you asked, Sarah. I actually have my second book finished and my agent sent it out a couple of months ago. We’re hoping a major publishing house will pick it up soon. It’s a contemporary romance called Providence and it’s the story of an overworked Midwestern executive and a lonely modern-day rancher. It’s the best of The Notebook, The Vow and Bridges of Madison County, all rolled together and set amidst the raw splendor of the Colorado Rockies. Like The Notebook, there’s a story within a story. Like Bridges, there’s a forbidden attraction and like The Vow, it’s the story of a man’s determination to recapture a lost love.
Here’s the blurb:
Owner of one of the wildest and loneliest modern-day ranches west of the Rockies, M. Daniel McKennon, “Mac”, made a vow long ago never to fall for another flatlander. But when Ryan St. James, a Midwestern executive seeking a respite from a cheating husband and soul-crushing career, shows up on his mountain, Mac is torn between desire and honor. Thus begins the story of a friendship so deep it brings healing through faith and a love so enduring it may even have the power to turn tragedy into triumph.
I hope it does find a publisher soon. That sounds like one I’d love to read! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
In a word, persistence. Don’t give up. Even Stephen King accumulated a multitude of rejection slips at the beginning and it took Nicholas Sparks three novels before hitting it big with The Notebook. If you love to write and have something to say, stick with it, say a prayer and follow where God leads you.
Great advice, Kathryn! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today!
Your turn! Are you a NASCAR fan? What appeals to you most about Angel Beneath My Wheels?
Kathryn Moore is a business operations manager who lives in Rockford, Michigan, with her husband, two children and a little Yorkie named Bear. A prolific reader, she’s always enjoyed the escape of a really good book and four years ago decided to try her hand at writing one of her own.
Through her writing, Moore strives is to bridge the gap between Christian literature and mainstream best sellers, to depict contemporary Christians in real-life stories of love, drama, action and adventure, to show (not tell!) what it means to live a Christ centered life in today’s culture, and to provide wholesome fodder for more family-friendly movies.
Inspired by great contemporary novelists Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts and Francine Rivers, K.S. Moore’s stories will both move you to tears and set your heartstrings shimmering with delight.
Her first book, Angel Beneath My Wheels, published by Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas, was released on February 29th, 2016. If you’d like to receive her monthly short stories called Touches, join her mailing list here.
You can connect with Kathryn online:
Facebook Author Page: K.S. Moore – Author
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