20 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Guest post by Kaatje deBruijne, author of Lily & Tonic

Can you tell us about yourself?

I am shy, quiet person, in my early twenties that is just starting to get over her shyness. I am not as shy as I used to be when I was younger. I love to read. From a very young age, I have always loved to read. It actually surprised my parents because I am also quite active so it surprised them that I became such an avid reader. I try to keep active but still make sure I make time for reading. My main source of exercise other than the normal day to day exercise, is training in a Korean Style of martial arts called Kuk Sool Won. I have been training in that for close to 11 years. I have probably been training actually about as long as I have been writing.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was in elementary school. I wrote my first book in grade 7 or 8 I believe but I wasn’t very good. I spanned over about three generations of a family and just seemed to go on forever but it awakened my passion for writing. In grade nine I wrote a book that I got my grade nine English teacher to read. She actually liked it and thought I should do something with it. However, some of the plot needed editing and then before I got the chance to edit it, I lost the only copy of it I had. I have parts of it so I hope to one day use it for a book idea, use the bare bones of it, but for the moment it has been put aside for other book ideas.

What authors have inspired you?

That is a tough question to answer. There are so many amazing authors out there and I love to read everything and anything in fiction. I like Nicholas Spark’s books and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The Twilight series was a good concept and I liked Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. My favourite series is actually the Sword of Truth series that Terry Goodkind wrote. I have reread all 11 books in the series about three or four times. I have to say the one author that inspires me the most is Jodi Picoult. I love the way she writes and the issues she brings up in her books. She writes about all different kind of things and her books make you really think, make you look at the world in a different way almost. The depth she puts into her writing, amazes me and I wish that I could write like that.

Tell us about your latest book.

Latest published and completed book, or the work in progress?

My latest and only published book is Lily & Tonic. It is about a woman, Kerry, who seems like she has the perfect relationship. Her boyfriend just returned from a trip abroad and is asking for her hand in marriage. Yet her relationship is not as perfect as it seems and she turns him down without really giving him a reason why. As the book progresses, we start to learn things about Kerry and her relationship with her boyfriend Mark, that clue us in to why she said no and then why she left town soon afterwards. We follow her on a road trip to where she was raised for most of her life where she gets reacquainted with siblings she had not seen in years. She also finds an old friend she thought she would never see again and meets up with an old high school acquaintance, Derek, who she did not even realize ever noticed her. Soon Kerry and Derek become very close, a friendship blossoming into something more. But as she finds herself falling for Derek, she is reminded of the boyfriend she left at back home and the secret she kept from him. Which one will she choose or will something else make the choice for her?

The other book that will hopefully be published within the next year or so, is Betrayed by Desire. That book is currently in it’s editing stage where it has been put on hold while I organize my finances. Betrayed by Desire is about a teenager, Hosanna, who has just graduated high school and is not quite sure what she wants to do next in life. She soon realizes that she wants to know who her father is but that it not a question she can ask her mother. Her single mother, Dani, buried her past and will not talk about how she came to be pregnant with Hosanna. Yet the past cannot stay buried forever. Even though Dani refuses to talk about her past, her past starts to haunt her dreams, making Hosanna start to dig into her mother’s past not only to find out the truth about her father, but also to help her mother deal with the past she does not want to remember. She wants to help her mother face her past so that it will not haunt her forever. Yet even memories are not what they seem and as the answers start to reveal themselves, they come as a surprise to both mother and daughter.

What is your writing process?

To be honest, I don’t really have a writing process. I just write whatever comes to mind. My ideas come from many different places, a book I read, a daydream I had, a story some else told me. Then the ideas start to form into scenes in my head and they start to flow into a plot as I think about different scenarios and how the characters would deal with the different scenarios. I have always wanted a family of my own. I made a goal when I was younger to be married and have kids before I was 25 (not likely to happen like I wanted but a girl can still dream), so I find that a lot of my stories revolve around families and how they interact with each other, also it tends to involve single moms and how they deal with the unexpected pregnancy that is thrust upon them. Sometimes story ideas will sit for months without any progress and other times I cannot keep up with my thoughts. I used to be horrible at remembering ideas I thought of because I tend to think best before I go to bed so I would have to stay up late at night trying to get the ideas down but now I am getting better and keeping the ideas in my mind and letting them grow and change before I put them down on paper.

So in essence, I just put pen to paper (or well fingers to keyboard) and write. I cannot develop plot lines and plan out my book ahead of time. I have tried but fail every time. That is why mysteries are a challenge I have not been able to master yet because you need to know the ending before you write the book in order to leave the right clues along the way. I don’t know most of my endings until I get to them.

Where can people follow you online?

Blog: kaatjedebruijne.weebly.com
Twitter: @KaatjedeBruijne

About the Author:
Kaatje deBruijne is a Canadian author, born and raised in Northern Ontario. Her family is an important part of her life and she loves to travel. Inspired by these facets of her life, she takes the reader along on a road trip back to her main character’s roots and family. When Kaatje isn’t writing or immersing herself in other novels, she trains in the Korean Martial Art Kuk Sool Won.

When do you know when the fine line between love and obsession has been crossed?Mark and Kerry have it all—the perfect love, the perfect relationship, and a bright future—or so it seems. But these two people have two very different perceptions of their relationship. In Mark’s eyes, theirs is the perfect love—love at first sight. He’ll go crazy if he can’t have her. When he returns after visiting family abroad, he struggles to find the courage to ask Kerry to marry him.

Kerry, on the other hand, is trying to find the strength to say good-bye. She never finds that courage—but she leaves him anyway.

Weighed down by a secret she cannot share, Kerry returns to the place she once called home. There she reunites with a family she thought she had lost forever—and meets Derek. Soon she finds herself being torn apart by the love of two men. Can she find the courage to do what is best for her and her daughter, when for so long she has been putting others’ needs before her own?

When you’re obsessed, you’ll do anything to have what you want. But when you are in love, their life means more to you than your own. Can Kerry walk that fine line, or will forces beyond her control determine her fate?DESCRIPTION HERE

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