Are you a Blogger, Reviewer, or Interviewer?
I’ve created this page for you!
On this page you will find cover images, author photos, social media links, book quote images, pre-answered interview questions, excerpts, & more. If there is something you think should be added, please let me know.
If you would like to schedule a Guest Post or Interview me for your blog, podcast, or video chat, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!
Kathleen Denly writes historical romance stories to entertain, encourage, and inspire readers toward a better understanding of our amazing God and how He sees us. Award winning author of the Chaparral Hearts series, she also shares history tidbits, thoughts on writing, books reviews and more at kathleendenly.com.
Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting. Visit her at kathleendenly.com.
Kathleen Denly writes stories to entertain, encourage, and inspire readers toward a better understanding of our amazing God and how He sees us. She enjoys finding the lesser known pockets of history and bringing them to life through the joys and struggles of her characters.
Sunny southern California, a favorite setting in her stories, is also her home. She lives there with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories.
When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, she spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.
Additional Author Photos
Connect with Kathleen:
Kathleen’s Readers’ Club: http://bit.ly/KRCMemberSignUp
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenDenly.author
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArmchairAdventureKrew/
BookBub Author Profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/Kathleen-Denly
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/kathleendenly
Click images for high resolution
Pre-answered Author Interview Questions
- Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
- Many different things inspire my stories. The initial idea can come from anywhere, but often it comes from something I stumbled across in my historical research. For example, I was reading about mail delivery in California during the gold rush when I wondered what it would be like to have a loved one so far away (many men left their families behind when they went to hunt gold) and not receive correspondence from them for extended periods of time. What if their letters stopped altogether? With Sing in the Sunlight, the inspiration came from my discovery that San Diego had once been struck by a hurricane. That event just begged to be included in a novel. Book three in the Chaparral Hearts series is inspired by a true story often told by docents during tours of the old schoolhouse in Old Town San Diego.
- When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
- Well, we’re a homeschooling family, so much of my non-writing time is taken up by teaching my four children. However, I’m a very crafty person, so when I have time, I enjoy several mediums of art. Some of my favorites are Bible journaling, junk journaling, sewing, knitting, and diy projects. In fact, in my more recent YouTube videos you can spot several of my latest projects in the background, including a custom marker holder, a phone holder, and my junk journal. More recently I’ve begun teaching myself digital drawing. I’m always working on new projects to include in my Kathleen’s Readers’ Club Freebie Library. If your readers would like access to my KRC Freebie Library, they can sign up here.
- What authors/books have influenced your writing?
- Wow. That’s a tough question. There are so many books that have influenced and inspired me, I couldn’t possibly list and explain them all here, so I’ll focus on the first two that come to mind. One is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen simply because it’s the book I’ve read the most often. I learned a lot about the rhythm of a novel, the power of humor, and the beauty of romance from that novel. The second would be Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers because it opened my eyes to what Christian romance could be. Christian fiction has the power to tell hard stories through the lens of God’s redeeming love.
- Are you a plotter or a panster?
- I think I fall somewhere in the middle, actually. If I were writing for myself, I would probably just pants it and make corrections in rewrites. However, with deadlines to meet, I’ve taught myself to do more plotting and outlining in advance. That said, I have learned the hard way that if I go too far in my outlining, I kill the creative flow in myself. So I’ve learned to only plot enough that I know where I’m going but not every tiny detail of every scene.
- What is your favorite part / least favorite part of the writing process?
- Definitely the research and brainstorming stage. Because that’s the fun part where I’m just continually asking myself, “What if…?” and uncovering new little facts of history. For me, historical research is a lot like treasure hunting or thift store shopping. I never know when I’m going to uncover a wonderful surprise.
- Have you always wanted to be a writer / know you were going to be a writer?
- Not really, no. I did know there was something odd about myself somewhat early on when I learned that not everyone silently added dialogue tags to things that were said in everyday life, nor did others mentally rewrite everything they said until it just “felt right.” However, writing was just an occasional hobby until one night during my freshman year of high school when I awoke in the wee hours of the morning with the plot for a novel running through my mind. Until that moment, I’d never even considered writing anything more than super short stories and poetry for fun. Even then, I considered it something to do in my spare time, but that’s when I started dreaming of being published. It wasn’t until college that I started taking my writing seriously. I failed at crashing a creative writing course at my local community college, but the assignment given that first day inspired my first historical Christian romance novel.
- What do you hope readers will gain from reading your books?
- First and foremost, I hope that readers will come away with a better understanding of who they are in God’s eyes and how much He loves them. Secondly, I hope they’ll have just a bit more compassion for those who’ve lived a life different than their own. I think that’s one of the best things about novels. We get a chance to “live” someone else’s life and see into their hearts and minds. What better way to learn to love them as God asks us to?
- What book do you have coming out next?
- Waltz in the Wilderness was book 1 in my Chaparral Hearts series and released on February 4, 2020. Book 2, Sing in the Sunlight, is tentatively scheduled to release in early 2021. Each book in the Chaparral Hearts series can be read as a stand alone, but characters from previous books do make appearances in later books, so I recommend reading the series in order.