Today we have Kim Loraine with us to chat about her book and herself.
Kim we’re glad you could stop by.
Thanks for having me.
Could you please tell our readers a little about the book you have brought with you to share today?
Restoration is a story of finding love after loss. My heroine, Grace, thought she’d never find love again after the love of her life, John, died tragically. A year later, she’s still haunted by memories of him in their hometown of Golden Beach Virginia. She’s a restorative architect, working on preserving the historical status of structures undergoing renovations. When she’s offered a job in the UK she jumps at the chance to leave behind the reminders of John. Accompanied by her friend and assistant, Valerie, Grace thinks the small English village of Braley is just what she needs. Until she literally runs into Drew Tensley. He’s the local grocer, handsome, kind, and the spitting image of John. As she falls into a passionate relationship with Drew, she questions herself and her feelings.
Literally running into someone sounds like an interesting way to meet someone up close. How did you come up with the concept for this book?
This concept is very loosely based on a small plotline of one episode of Doctor Who. I remember watching it and thinking, Hmm, what if something like that happened in real life? How would that work? What would I do?
A Doctor Who fan. We’ve enjoyed that show over the years but don’t follow it currently. Speaking of currently, what are you working on now? Do you have a release date for this book?
I’m waiting on edits of the second book in the Golden Beach Series. It is called Renovation and is Valerie’s story. I am about 50% done with the third book, as yet untitled. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. It is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.
Some writers like quiet when they write, others want music. Which one are you?
I have to have music playing pretty much all the time. I’ve been a musician my whole life so having silence makes me sad. I put together a working playlist for each of my books.
I live in Japan, in a traditional Japanese house. I use my tatami room as my writing space when I am home alone. Otherwise I hit up the local Starbucks, or head to a park. Right now the Sakura are in bloom and the weather is warm, so I like to spend time outside under the blossoms.
Warn weather? We’ve forgotten what warm weather feels like although it’s beginning to warm up. As writers we also tend to be readers. Do you have a favorite book? (Or books since it’s always hard to whittle it down to one.)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has to be my number one. I can go back to that story over and over and discover something new each time. I also love The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.
We started reading books when we were young. What’s the first book you ever remember reading as a child?
I was a very early reader. The first book I remember hearing was The Hobbit. My dad used to read it to me every night. The first book I remember reading by myself was The Little Vampire, which I think is out of print now.
When we take a break we sit down to watch some TV together. What’s your favorite television show currently running? Favorite show of all time?
I am loving Outlander and The Walking Dead (except I have nightmares so I can only watch that one in the middle of the day with all the lights on). My favorite show of all time is Doctor Who. The tenth Doctor is my absolute favorite.
Well, then, to not turn this into a scary situation, lets fire out some quick questions and see what your responses are.
Tacos. I’m originally from Texas and my family has always had Tex-Mex food for special occasions.
Favorite singer or band?
This is tough. Muse for the rock genre, Kurt Elling for Jazz, Placido Domingo for Opera, Sara Bareilles for pop. Sorry, that’s not very quick. I told you I’m a musician.
Were laughing because we have the same problem when asked that question.
Spring, did you see the sakura picture?
Peony. They are so hardy but seem so delicate.
Blue, specifically the clear blue of a sunny sky.
Well that fits perfectly with spring of course.
Mug or teacup?
Mug. I’m clumsy, mugs are more sturdy than teacups.
Catherine says she understands that.
Let’s slow down now and talk about why do you like to write romance?
I think that love, specifically the love you find in your soul mate is an element that is important to most people. I firmly believe that there is someone out there destined for everyone. I like to write the happy endings everyone deserves.
We couldn’t agree more. Who is your favorite romance author?
I love Nora Roberts. She has a knack for creating rich worlds and storylines that grab me. Her books have just the right amount of steam and story.
We could go on forever talking about this but we need to wrap things up. It’s been a pleasure having you here today. As you say goodbye, can you leave the readers with an encapsulation of your life’s philosophy?
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Mother Teresa
I think this says it all. It is too easy to be uncaring of the situations around us. Support each other, love each other, and care about what happens to each other.
Now that we know a little bit about Kim here is a little bit about her book.
Restoration: A Golden Beach Novel
After the tragic death of her fiancé, Grace McConnell turns to the only remaining constant in her life, her work. So when she’s offered the lead position for an international restoration project, she jumps at the chance to get away from her small town, full of John’s memories.
Drew Tensley has always been a hard worker. Dedicated to his family and community, he put aside his own London career to take over the family business after his mother’s terminal diagnosis. Five years later, he’s ready to start living for himself when he literally runs into his hometown’s newest architect.
Grace quickly discovers that traveling half-way across the world was the best decision she’s ever made. Until she meets Drew, a man whose personality and lifestyle are the exact opposite of John’s, but whose face is the spitting image. Struggling with her own motivations and feelings, research uncovers secrets she isn’t ready for; secrets that could ruin her second chance for true love.
Grace’s phone, practically an extra appendage by now, buzzed as she walked in to the grocery store. She perused the aisles—her focus drifting from her phone to the items in her small basket. She was so engrossed in her email, she didn’t see the tall man in the aisle she was turning down. That is, until she collided with him. With a crash, his groceries fell to the floor, creating a disastrous mess of broken eggs, spilled milk, and loose tea.
“Oh, my God!” She bent down to try and salvage the dry groceries he’d had. “I am so sorry. I’m such an idiot. Are you all right?”
“It’s my fault, really. I should’ve been watching where you were going,” he said, a smile in his voice.
“No, no. Let me pay for these,” she insisted, still not looking at him. Her eyes were focused on the mess she’d made.
Long, thin fingers reached out to still her hands. “Please stop. It’s quite all right. No harm done.”
She looked up to protest and found herself staring into eyes a familiar shade of melted chocolate, framed by dark eyebrows raised in a quizzical expression. Her heart thumped in her chest and she almost forgot to breathe.
“Are you well? Miss?” the man asked.
“I … I … have to go,” she stuttered the words, barely able to form a sentence. Heart racing, she turned and ran out of the store, leaving the man with no explanation and a mess on his hands.
Valerie was waiting for her on the porch when she arrived home.
“Did you see him?” Was all she asked.
“I saw him. I saw him at the airport and now the grocery store. I think I’ve lost my mind. ”
“Who did you see?”
Valerie sat in shocked silence.
“Not only did I see him, I ran into him, literally. Broke his eggs and ran away.” She felt herself spinning out of control.
“Grace.” Valerie touched her arm.
Grace stood and shook her head. “I know it’s not him, but he looks … Their eyes are exactly the same.”
Buy link for Restoration: http://amzn.com/B00VS8X28U
Kim Loraine Bio
Kim Loraine started writing at a young age, scribbling down song lyrics, short stories, and poems she was too afraid to share with anyone. Busy working as a music teacher in her Pacific Northwest hometown, it wasn’t until her family of four picked up everything and moved to beautiful Japan that she decided to finally take the plunge and send her characters out into the world.
The central theme in Kim’s books is self-discovery, whether that is found through taking risks, breaking down walls, or admitting mistakes. Kim likes to write characters that seem like ‘someone you actually know’, who find that love is a journey not without its challenges.
When not writing Kim spends her time with her husband, chasing around their crazy kids, exploring Japan, and binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix.
Where to find Kim Loraine:
Web site: http://www.kimlorainewriter.com/
Follow me on Twitter: @kimloraine2
Contact Kim at: email@example.com