Friday, October 25, 2013

Shades of Pink Interview - Kate Baum

After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...

Today, Kate Baum

Kallysten - First and foremost, thank you again for taking part in this anthology. Your story is dedicated to your late mother who battled the same disease we are trying to fight with this project. I’m sorry for your loss. Would you care to share with us something that you learned from your mother?

Kate Baum - I learned how to be a mother from my mom. I was lucky to have her in my life until I was 30. My mom was generous and loving. I try to emulate her spirit with my own children.

K - Your story, ‘Pink Girl’, revolves around a proposal. I have it on good authority your proposal was something special… Do you want to share?

KB - My husband is a man of few words. We had been dating for two years and he had become my best friend. It was a long distance relationship in the beginning. We dated by seeing each other every other weekend. However, we talked on the phone every day. We both were raised in strong Catholic families so one day when he said “Call the priest.” I knew what he meant. “Calling the priest” is a first step when planning a Catholic marriage. I hung up the phone and said to my mom “I think I just got engaged.”

K - This story includes characters from your book ‘Nice Girl’. What was it like to revisit these characters? Do you find it easy to ‘slip back’ into the mind of old friends… I mean, characters?

KB - I was beyond excitement for an “excuse” to revisit old characters. I loved Grace and Vinnie and had the best time writing a happy ending for them. Part of the feedback I received from readers about Nice Girl was that they wanted to know more about what happens to Vinnie and Grace. Since Nice Girl was book one of a series, I didn’t provide an epilogue. I’m hoping this novella feeds the curiosities of those that wanted more.

K - Can you tell us about your current writing project or next release?

KB - Currently I am finishing up book three of the series, Funny Girl.

K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?

KB - I want to extend a special thank you to all the readers that have donated to the breast cancer cause. This project is the least we can do to combat a terrible disease that takes the lives of too many women who are full of love and joy.

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