Today I’d like to welcome Kaitlynn Clarkson to the blog to talk about her new release, Summer at Spindrift Cottage. You can get your copy on Amazon.
Also available through Kindle Unlimited.
What do you drink when you’re writing?
I’m strictly a water girl and don’t often drink anything else!
Do you have any pets?
Yes, we have one cat called Marmalade. I was outside on the phone early one morning when I saw a cat dart underneath our house. I didn’t think too much of it, but a few minutes later, this little calico cat came out and started rubbing around my legs. I bent down to pat her and realized that she was skinny and starving. I felt sorry for her and gave her some of our old dog’s food (I didn’t have any cat food handy) … and she never went away! She’s been a much-loved part of our family for 8 years now. We also have three guinea pigs.
Beach or mountains?
I love both. I live between the mountains and the sea and I enjoy spending time in both places.
What was the last book you read?
Dahveed by Terri L Fivash. We’ve been reading through it as a family and everyone has totally enjoyed it.
How does your faith influence your writing?
I prefer to quietly weave faith principles through my writing rather than using overtly Christian themes. But every sentence I write is faith-friendly; my characters say and do things in a faith-friendly way, and even when they make mistakes, it is resolved with faith principles in mind. I want my writing to honor God, and I’m always asking, What Would Jesus Do? It helps to guide everything I write.
How did you come up with the title for your book (and what is the title)?
My book is Summer At Spindrift Cottage, and I wanted a title that would draw readers into the magic of a small town by the beach, along with the characters who spend time at the cottage. They felt like family and friends to me by the time I’d finished the book, and I wanted the readers to have the same feeling of family and friendship.
In fact, I loved these characters so much that I thought they deserved more, so watch out for the first book in the Cockleshell Bay series, Wedding At Spindrift Cottage.
How quickly did you connect with your MC?
Ella is a sweet and caring person who’s always making sure that other people are OK. She reminded me of one of my friends who is a wonderful, caring person.
What part of writing this book did you struggle with?
Some books come easily; this one didn’t. Some challenging things were happening in general life at the time, and it took a bit of focus away from writing. But, it happened in the end!
When a reader reaches the end of your book, what do you hope you’ve left them with?
I hope they feel inspired to look for the beauty and goodness that still exist in the world. I hope I’ve offered them a restful escape from the pressures of life for a short time. And I hope they can see Jesus woven through the background of the story in the way the characters speak, act, and resolve problems.
Summer at Spindrift Cottage
Ella Harwood has the perfect life. Chef in a trendy seafood restaurant in Seattle. Family and friends close by. Single and loving it (and no, she’s not looking for love, thank you).
So it’s a shock when she suddenly loses her job. Now how is she going to pay for her cute inner-city apartment?
Her family comes up with the perfect solution: Ella can spend the summer caring for their grandmother’s rambling B & B in Cockleshell Bay so Gran can take a vacation.
Cockleshell Bay? In the middle of nowhere? Ella has no intentions of doing any such thing.
But she soon finds herself out of options and on her way to Cockleshell Bay.
Things get off to a rocky start when the locals assume she’s part of some conspiracy amongst the rich and famous to buy up all the houses in the area, but she’s determined to stick it out, no matter what they think. It doesn’t help that she has a secretive guest who goes off each day to do – what? No one knows, and the rumors abound.
When a storm comes, Ella finds herself forced to spend time with her reclusive but attractive neighbor, who also happens to be helpful around the house.
As they spend time together, Ella gets to know Flynn better, but what about the rumors? Is Flynn who everyone thinks he is? Will Ella be able to trust him when it counts? Or is he hiding a secret that could ruin everything?
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This final question will wrap up our interview:
What is your dream writing space and do you have it already?
I would love my own space, just for writing. It would be a sunny space that would look out over the hills or the gardens around the house, and the rest of the family would have to wait until I was ready to talk to them, lol!
Kaitlynn Clarkson loves writing sweet and clean romance that makes people smile. She’s wanted to write stories ever since she was a little girl, when she would get into trouble for reading instead of doing her chores. Kaitlynn writes from the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia, where she lives with her husband and children and a herd of cows. She’s sure there will never be enough time to read all the books she wants to!
Where can we find you online?
Thank you for spending time with me today! It’s been a pleasure having you on the blog and getting to do this interview with you. Do you have any final words for our readers?
Thank you for having me on your blog, and I’m looking forward to reading the other wonderful stories in the Summer By The Seaside series. And always remember that kindness costs nothing but it can make a big difference!