Today we welcome Kathy Geary Anderson to The Porch Swing!
Kathy's first novel, The Trouble With Jenny, was released in May 2021, and the second book in the Wind River Chronicles is due out in October.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi, I’m Kathy—a south-Texas transplant to the good life of Nebraska with a passion for story and all things historical. Over my adult years I’ve taught high school English, raised children, and written a plethora of ads, newsletters, blogs, and stories. Now an empty-nester, I’m diving full time into my dream job of turning the stories in my head into novels. When I’m not reading or writing novels, you can probably find me cheering (far too loudly) for my favorite football team, striking out on traveling adventures with my husband, or spending time with my two adult children.
If you had to choose, and why...
Cake or Ice Cream?
Ice Cream—it slides between the cracks so there’s always room for it, though I’ll never pass up a little cake WITH my ice cream.
I love ice cream, too. Did you know my daughter works in an ice cream shop? Sweet!
Summer or winter?
Summer all the way—I know that’s not the most popular opinion during the Dog Days of August so I hope this doesn’t mean we can’t be friends 😊. Weekends at the lake are my absolute favorite!
That looks wonderful!
City or Country?
Country—for some reason I need lots of wide, open spaces in my life. I grew up in town but have lived most of my adult life on an acreage. When I visited New York City, my favorite spot was Central Park.
You can take the girl out of the country, but . . .
I'm a country girl, too. Give me the wide open spaces and big skies!
Who is your favorite character from your current work-in-progress?
I’d have to say Sadie, the heroine. She’s a fledgling detective for an all-woman detective agency set in Denver in 1903. She’s spunky, smart, and fiercely independent. She has some well-earned trust issues and sees no need for a man in her life. The hero of the story will have to work pretty hard to convince her otherwise.
What does your writing space look like?
I used to have a cute little office until COVID came along. When my husband had to work from home, he took over that office, and I never got it back. He still works from home a few days a week and though we’ve talked about trying to share the space, it hasn’t worked out. Mostly I work from a recliner in our T.V. room or out on the screened-in porch if the weather is nice.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter. I’m a big fan of all her books. The hero in this one was a minor character in two of her earlier books, so I was glad to see Aaron finally get his “happily ever after.” The heroine of the story was my favorite kind—spunky and brave.
I also love it when secondary characters get their own stories in a subsequent book.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
A trip to Europe. I had one scheduled for the summer of 2020. Well, we all know how that ended. I’m hoping to re-schedule when travel opens up a bit more. Maybe next year. Maybe . . .
I hope you get to take that trip!
Tell us about your debut novel.
The Trouble with Jenny is a friends-to-more romance between a turn-of-the-(20th)century heiress and her childhood friend. The story starts in New Jersey and ends up in Wyoming with a whole lot of adventures (and trouble) in between.
The Wind River area is one of my favorite parts of Wyoming. I'm looking forward to reading your book!
Where can readers find out more about you?
Or follow me on: Amazon: Bookbub Goodreads
Thank you for being here with us this week!
Please leave a comment for Kathy, or ask her a question.
One commenter will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of The Trouble With Jenny!
(Signed copy for US winner only. Winner outside the US will receive an e-book copy.)