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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Interview With Author Katherine Winfield
Belle Grove: Corsica
1. What really inspired
you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and
conveying it into a book?
I’ve always loved writing. I had a vivid imagination as a child
and loved to create stories about places I’d gone to or people I’d met. When I
moved to the Eastern Shore I was delighted by the uniqueness of the area. Even
though it’s in close proximity to Baltimore and Washington D.C., I felt as if I
was stepping into another time, another world. Everything moved at a slower
pace and the long-time residents were filled with intriguing tales of historic
homes that were haunted. I knew then that I had to write a story.
2. What is it about and
whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
The story is about the dynamics of family, temptations, and the
need for love and acceptance. I believe that anyone who enjoys a good
character-driven plot would enjoy my book.
3. What do you hope will
be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should
remain with them long after putting it down?
The Corsica Series, I hope, gives readers an escape from their
everyday lives. I want them to feel as if they’ve stepped into this town, met a
new set of friends and that they are left with an uplifted feeling.
4. What advice or words
of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Don’t stop. Keep writing every day. Writing a novel can be
daunting at times, but if you stay focused on the journey the story will
5. What trends in the book world do you
see and where do you think the book publishing industry is
With digital on-demand printing, the publishing industry has gone
through massive changes. I think there are good and bad with those changes. It
allows authors a chance to have their voice heard, but it also allows a lot of
bad writing to get published. I think, though, that well-written, independently
published books are getting more and more accepted into the traditional world
6. What great challenges
did you have in writing your book?
To make sure the story flowed at the right pace and kept the
reader engaged. I have a tendency to write long and then pare down later. But I
feel that even though many scenes get edited out it allows me to know my
characters better, which translates to the reader.
7. If people can only
buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
I’ve heard from my readers that they are starved for a good
character-driven story that they can connect with and they felt that they found
it in both, Haverford House and Belle Grove.
Katherine Winfield is a seventh-generation
Washingtonian currently residing on a farm nestled in the Eastern Shore of
Maryland. The rich culture of the Eastern Shore provides the setting for her
novels, and the colorful inhabitants of the region serve as inspiration for her
unique characters. Winfield has been writing for more than thirty years, all
while running a business with her husband, raising three kids and caring for