We are so honored today to have with us author Nadia Kilrick. Nadia is a Florida native who finds tranquility in the simple life of the Deep South. She believes there is no better place to contemplate life’s journey than sitting beside a slow moving creek shaded by mighty moss-draped oaks. It’s there that dreams burst free from within the chasms of the human heart.
Nadia has written fiction since childhood. The busyness of life and raising a family slowed the progress of her writing for two decades. When her children moved away, she began writing articles for the web. Her passion for fiction writing quietly stirred while writing articles related to gardening, family, self-sufficiency and do-it-yourself projects. Now she writes fiction full time. Thriller, suspense/mystery and paranormal are her favorite genres to write. When reading, she reaches for psychological thrillers, true crime, mystery/suspense, horror, paranormal, western and historical fiction.
Nadia is excited to announce that her newest book, Escape, will be released by Master Koda Select Publishing on Friday, the 8th of November. She invites you to the book launch party on Facebook. All are welcome to come join the fun. Here’s the link to the event. It’s simple to join, simply click ‘join’ at the top right of the page and pop in on the eighth at 3:00 pm CST. K.R. and I will be there. The prizes are awesome, and it’s so fun to attend these events. Don’t miss it.
We thought we would do something different today, and rather than interviewing the author, we are interviewing her characters. Fun, right? Well, here we go.
Rough Hewn Character Interview: Carolyn
Getting right to the question on everyone’s mind, why did you agree to marry Jim?
At the time, I thought Gabe had moved on. He’d left for college, and jobs I knew nothing about. I thought he’d lost his feelings for me and didn’t know how to tell me. I felt deserted by him. My parents found the match between Jim and I a good one. Of course, they only saw what he and his family wanted them to see. They didn’t know the real Jim. Neither did I, until after we married.
The second most often asked question has to be, why didn’t you leave the house sooner?
I had no place else to go after my parents were killed. Besides, it was my life and I was used to it. I could read Jim pretty well most of the time and did everything in my power to keep him from blowing up. It worked most of the time. More often than not, his growl was worse than his bite, with me. Later, when things got particularly bad, I started thinking about leaving. That’s when I realized just who I was married to. After that, I chose to stay so I could find something that would put him in prison where he couldn’t hurt me, or anyone else ever again. As you’ll find out in the story, my plan kind of backfired.
What do you think caused the accident that killed your parents?
I used to think it was just that, an accident. Then, I came to suspect that my husband had done something to their car to cause the accident. Now, I’m certain he killed them. I’m not sure exactly how, or even why, but I’m sure he did it.
Truthfully, did you ever stop loving Gabe?
I’ve tried to put him out of my mind. But, he was my first love and his gentle nature and caring heart are imprinted on my own heart. No, I never stopped loving him.
Were you surprised when Lorianna told you about her son?
I wouldn’t say I was surprised. I was shocked, and sickened. The good news is, Billy is a good-natured, loving and loved little boy. Lorianna has done a good job with him.
How did reading your mother-in-law’s private journals make you feel?
I sort of felt like the air was sucked out of my lungs the first time I opened one of them. I was heartsick. As I read of her despair, I cried. Her pain was all too real to me.
Did you think her a hysterical, confused woman, or did you believe what she shared in her journals to be fact?
I believed every word of it. I know her life with Jim’s dad was as bad—no, worse than mine has been with her son.
How long will you keep your secret from Jim?
Until the day I die, if I can get away with it.
Do you really think you can keep something like that hidden long-term?
I don’t know, but I’m certainly going to try. It’s best for everyone involved.
What will you do, if and when, Jim is apprehended? Will you testify in court, or do you have thoughts of personal revenge outside of the law?
Oh, I’ve had plenty of thoughts about what I’d like to do to him, but those are just thoughts. Assuming he’s caught and carted off to jail, I’ll testify.
Finally, will you and Gabe rekindle your love?
That’s a question I’ve asked myself. It’s a lovely idea, but can you really go back and find such a love again? Nothing is the same when it’s revisited. Only time will tell…
Here’s a bit about the book:
Rough Hewn II: Escape picks up the lives of Kilmservy Village’s most well-known citizens almost two hundred years after the village was settled by the Stuttshire and Breckenship families.
Life has changed a lot in the small mountain village since Oliver Stuttshire, Yule Breckenship and their families made the journey from the shores of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee. Some things never change, though. Good people tend to pass on their way of life to their children and grandchildren. All of whom go out into the world and try to make it better in their own way. The same can be said for people who are not so good. Those with evil in their hearts pass on that evil to the young ones. And if they are not strong enough to fight it, these children mimic the behaviors they’ve learned at home.
Some say it’s in the blood; that evil passes from generation to generation. In the case of the Breckenship blood line, it seems to be true. Each new generation of Breckenship men seem more monstrous than those who have gone before. If it’s true that evil endures in the blood and is passed on, than this family is the epitome of such evil. And, Jim Breckenship is the worst of the lot.
Jim’s wife, Carolyn, learns too late that whispers of her husband’s crimes are more than rumors. She must reconcile within herself the reasons she stays in the house with a monster. Additionally, she must alter her escape plan as Jim’s actions grow more abhorrent by the day, nay, the hour. Will she escape in time to save herself and her secret, or has she waited too long?
Wow! Can’t wait to get our hands on this book!
Nadia is also pleased to announce her debut short story, “Ziggy Returns: A Short Tale”, was published by Master Koda Select Publishing in August 2013. Kilrick’s “Rough Hewn: People of Kilmservy Village”, the first book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy, was released in September 2013. All titles are available at Amazon.com.
Rough Hewn II: ESCAPE – Book Launch: https://www.facebook.com/events/196774833839510/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nadia-Kilrick/e/B00EFGK8EI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
People of Kilmservy Village: http://dld.bz/cTHuP
Thank you all for being with us today and make sure to mark your callendar to join us tomorrow at 3:00 CST for the book launch. We can assure you it will be fun and you will then have a chance to win some great prizes.
K.R. and T.L.
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