Please welcome Author Kathy Bosman onto the Road to Hell. Kathy is the author of Dragonfly Moments. Other books written by Kathy are Wedding Gown Girl, Reminding Me of You, Cosmetic Heart, Three Tiers for Win and a story in the Love and Diamonds Anthology.
Now, it’s time to create a little hell and get to the good stuff by revealing all of Kathy’s wicked secrets while on the Road to Hell. LOL Yeah, you wish! ;-D
Grab your favorite drink, sink your teeth into something decadent, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know Kathy…
GRACEN: Tell me three things about yourself that we cannot find on the internet or in your bio?
KATHY: 1. My maiden name was Sparks. 2. I’m addicted to chocolate. 3. I have very small feet.
GRACEN: What hobbies and interests do you participate in when you’re not writing?
KATHY: It may sound boring, but I love knitting while watching movies. I also enjoy beading and sometimes other handcrafts. Hiking, golf and yoga are some of the physical activities I enjoy.
GRACEN: Do you have any writing quirks or certain things you MUST have or do before beginning the writing process?
KATHY: I need a neat environment to work and like my digital photo frame to be on. I prefer silence and must have a glass of water nearby.
GRACEN: Glad to hear I'm not the only one who prefers silence when I write! If you were plotting to take over the world, how would you do it?
KATHY: Whoa! I’ve never ever considered that before. I’m quite a shy person who’d rather follow than take the lead so I’d probably appoint someone else to do the dirty work for me. Someone very clever and ruthless.
GRACEN: Ha! I know just how you feel, I'm shy and extremely uncomfortable taking the lead as well. If you could make one statement that the entire planet would hear and remember, what would it be?
KATHY: God is very different to what religion often makes Him out to be.
GRACEN: I can't disagree there. What genre do you write and why that genre?
KATHY: I write sweet, contemporary romance but have started to write contemporary fantasy. I’ve tried other genres but this seems to be what I flow in the easiest.
GRACEN: For those who are not yet familiar with Dragonfly Moments, can you please give us some details about the book and/or series?
KATHY: Dragonfly Moments is a story about a woman (Tessa) who’s obsessed with having her own family and would rather stay with a man for stability than love. When a crush from her younger days comes back into her life, she’s not ready to confront the feelings he still stirs up in her. Only when things around her start to crumble and he stands by her, does she open up her heart. But her obsession stands in their way. Dragonfly Moments is book 1 of The Creators series. I wanted to write books about people in creative careers. Tessa is an artist. Book 2, called “The Dance of the Firefly” will come out later this year. The heroine in that book is a dancer.
GRACEN: Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?
KATHY: I have a Christmas book coming out at the end of the year and at the moment am working on a Halloween story. I’ve also started writing a different genre under a pseudonym.
GRACEN: If you could describe your writing with one word or brief phrase, what would it be? Please delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they’ve finished reading your story.
KATHY: My books are tender, sweet and sensual, touching the heart.
GRACEN: What, in your opinion, makes your story unique and what makes it stand out from other stories in your genre? Think of this as a pitch to convince readers to pick up your books.
KATHY: As one of my readers said – if you want a “sweet” fix, you should read my books.
GRACEN: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
KATHY: To be honest, I usually Google for research. The only interesting thing I’ve ever done was watch “The Black Swan” while writing, “The Dance of the Firefly.” I don’t usually like horrors but I watched this movie to get the “ballet” feel plus I bought a ballet exercise DVD and learned some steps. I also read my daughter’s ballet book.
GRACEN: Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?
KATHY: That’s a hard one. I think my favourite two were Kienna from Wedding Gown Girl and Win from Three Tiers for Win.
GRACEN: If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
KATHY: I think Kienna from Wedding Gown Girl as she’s a lot like me or Rowena from The Dance of the Firefly. I would love to watch Rowena dance.
GRACEN: Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?
KATHY: Maybe Mark in Dragonfly Moments.
GRACEN: If you were interviewing yourself, what is the one question you would ask yourself and please give us the answer to that question?
KATHY: What was the hardest book to write?
I think my Christmas story as I was going through a tough time at the time of writing it.
GRACEN: Thanks so much for joining us, Kathy! It’s been a treat getting to know you better!
KATHY: Thank you, Gracen, for having me on your blog!
Seven years earlier, a young and serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter...but Ryan did not.
When he walks back into her life, Tessa is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability...or is he?
When everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away--until she falls in love with an orphaned baby.
What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?
Here's a trailer of the book for a foretaste: Dragonfly Moments Book Trailer
The swish of the door opening wider and the squeak of rubber-soled shoes on the polished floor caught her attention. A customer. Precious gold—so rare and so needed. Turning to face her potential sale, she put on a bright smile…that turned to jelly. The breath froze in her lungs.
“Ryan. Is that you?” she said with a whisper.
The man who had filled her dreams and inspired her whole art career years ago stood before her, taller, broader, tanned, and smiling wide. She had somehow thought he’d disappeared off the globe. Not much had changed. That slight curl to his hair, the dark halo a perfect frame for his broad-jawed, rugged face. Thick, velvet locks, the color of dew-soaked mountains and earth. Piercing eyes, like planets orbiting her heart. The longing of years seemed to converge on this particular moment. She pulled back, frightened by the intensity of her feelings.
“I like your new gallery.”
She shivered and clasped her chiffon top close to her chest. His voice had deepened over the years. He had matured like she had grown up, changed, and moved on.
“Thanks. I’ve been open for three months already.”
Her voice came out like a squeak. Her palms were moist and her tongue stuck to the roof of her mouth. She couldn’t keep her eyes off him. He truly was the best artwork in the world—the way his body moved—the whole picture of him.
“May I?” He pointed to the art she’d spent days arranging perfectly on the walls.
He paused before each painting as she held her breath, longing to read his mind on what he thought of them. Then he spent longer before her latest work. She moved up behind him and stared at the misty oil canvas in muted colors of a figure standing on a pier, overlooking a churning sea. The man appeared pensive and peaceful with the grey, choppy waves around him and the dark, billowing clouds above him. She followed the shape of the real man in front of her with her gaze. Who would have thought he would come here? All these years, she’d figured him gone forever. Buried under new dreams and desires. Little did she know her need for him could resurrect just with a brief encounter.
“How come they’re all landscapes?”
She shrugged. “Landscapes are my genre.”
Except for those crazy mother and child paintings stashed away at home that no-one’s ever seen. Days and days of her spare time were taken away painting a picture of an African mother with her newborn twins, a Chinese mother with a toddler in a pram, and the hippie mom with her baby in a pouch attached to her middle. The feeling bubbling inside her while she painted them had been unsurpassed by any other. What would Ryan think of them? It was safer that he didn’t know. Better he believe she was a landscape painter and nothing else.
He moved on to one of the other artists’ works. Did he hate her landscapes? Why did it matter to her so much what he thought of her art? Not like she still loved him. Not after all these years. But he had inspired her art in a way—got the ball rolling because she used to spend hours sketching him while he romanced her best friend and roommate, Annie. That felt like decades ago, yet was only seven years. Ryan had been the highlight of her waking hours then, her shy and aimless period when she worked in a mindless job for little pay, before she realized she could study her passion. Art.
“Where are your sketches?” he asked.
She frowned. “They’re at home. I stopped sketching my second year in college because that’s when I developed my best painting style. My sketches didn’t get me top marks.”
“But they’re so realistic.”
“You never looked at them.”
“I’ve studied the one. Constantly.”
She turned away, her face hot and the hairs rising on her arms in a wash of tingles. Had he come into the gallery on purpose? She strode to her desk, reaching it in a moment, relishing the distance between them. If Ryan could evoke such feelings in her now when she was with another man, would she ever be free from his grip? The heat of the room suffocated her, and she tried to take in several breaths. If only she had the power to block out the effect he had on her. So, he’d been thinking of the letter she sent him. The same one that disclosed her heart’s feelings toward him. Too late to come here now and talk about it. Stir up feelings she had no right feeling anymore. And why all the questions about her art? As if he really cared. Ryan didn’t care. If he did, he’d have come back to her years ago.
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