Kaylin McFarren on Unresolved Issues, Family & Writing Outside the Box

Kaylin McFarren on Unresolved Issues, Family & Writing Outside the Box
Banished Threads (Threads #3)
by Kaylin McFarren
Released March 20th 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
ISBN: 1518806910
Published by Creative Edge Publishing LLC
Series: Threads #3
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Kaylin is an Award-winning Inspirational & Romantic Suspense author.

Linda Yoshida, aka Kaylin McFarren, is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters’ lives – taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn’t born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than forty national literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including her own nonprofit—the Soulful Giving Foundation, benefiting cancer research, care, and treatment at hospitals in Oregon.

An Interview with Author Kaylin McFarren

What would you like readers to know about Banished Threads plot before they buy the book that they might not take away from the back cover?

Although this is the third book in my Threads series, it truly stands alone. However, when they begin reading, they will soon discover that my characters, Chase Cohen, Rachel Lyons and her uncle Paul Lyons, share a tumultuous past. Part of the reason for Rachel coming to England to receive his blessing on her marriage to Chase is because Paul still believes her fiancé is responsible for the death of Sam Lyons, his brother and Rachel’s father. But when threats are directed toward the Lyons’ family, the only way to fight back is to join forces against a common foe.

This is the third book in the series and leaves readers ending on a cliffhanger. Is it important to have read either of the first two books?

It is not essential to read the first two books, although readers might enjoy doing so in order to fully understand the dynamics and relationship between the main characters in Banished Threads and how they became so at odds. Severed Threads introduces them and Buried Threads takes them on an extremely dangerous expedition in Japan, which tests not only their capabilities but also the strength of their love. The cliffhangers in each book lead to discoveries in the continuing series, which answers any questions that might come to mind.

Does the 'Threads' series have the same running characters? What unites the series?

Chase Cohen and Rachel Lyons are pulled into the drama that occurs in each book. But Banished Threads is not only a mystery and thriller; it’s the story of a family’s journey toward trust and forgiveness—the intricately woven fiber shared in all of my Threads books.

You've set Banished Threads in London. Why did you choose that for the setting? Had you considered other places?

While formulating the plot and determining the location for this story, the first and only place that came to mind was England…probably because I grew up loving Sherlock Holmes mysteries and Agatha Christie stories. Plus Clue was the board game my family played the most. During my trips abroad, I thoroughly enjoyed the history, seeing the enormous mansions and castles dotting the countryside, and experiencing the local color in Soho. England was the perfect backdrop for a story that leaves readers guessing.

What research did you have to do in preparing Banished Threads?

I owned an art gallery for eight years and studied painting in college, which was part of the appeal in writing this story. But I also wanted to expose readers to a controversial artist that had been popular in England years ago and was instantly drawn to Morris Graves. His artwork was well documented in books and catalogs, however, very little is known or has been written about the “admiration society” that continues to worship his strange art. I spent hours in the library and online researching this fraternity and only managed to touch on the mystery surrounding them.

“…write about your experiences, the places you’ve visited, the people you’ve met, and the things you enjoy most.”

Banished Threads is obviously a mix of several genres. Who's your target market?

Who will love this book? Some readers might think of this book as romantic suspense, while others define it as a mystery or action-packed thriller. That’s the fun of writing outside the box and attracting an audience of men and women, 21 and over, who love various aspects of this story, including the twists and turns they never see coming.

Why and when did you decide to become a writer? What inspires you to continue?

I began seriously writing about 8 years ago. Following the death of my father, I realized I had unresolved issues stemming from the strain in our relationship and found closure by writing Flaherty’s Crossing…a book that garnered dozens of awards and encouraged me to pursue my dream of publishing books readers could enjoy. I suppose it’s the sense of accomplishment that keeps the stories flowing along with the desire to share my vivid imagination.

Who has helped you most along your path to becoming a writer and how?

would have to say my eldest daughter Kristina has been my strongest supporter and greatest fan. She is a successful writer who focuses her work on historical fiction and if not for her encouragement and wonderful editing skills, I probably would have left Flaherty’s Crossing in a desk drawer years ago.

What is your work routine like? Do you have a specific place you work, something you like to snack on or drink always at your disposal?

Up at 5AM every day, or on weekends, or…? After pouring myself a cup of coffee and seeing my husband off to work, I check emails, post on social networks, and begin writing at 10am every morning in my well-stocked library. By well-stocked, I mean favorite books in every genre and a collection of journals I’ve accumulated from business trips and vacations in different parts of the world. At around 1pm, I take a lunch break, usually consisting of soup or salads, and stretch my legs outside in the gardens. Then I return to my writing desk and work for another hour before calling it quits. When my manuscript is completed, I always have a bottle of my favorite Merlot on hand to celebrate, which has become a tradition of sorts.

What's the single best piece of writing advice you've ever been given or have run across in your own reading?

Write the book you would love to read.

Closing Thoughts

As an author, I believe it’s important to write about your experiences, the places you’ve visited, the people you’ve met, and the things you enjoy most. Your passion comes through in the voice of your words, sharing your perspective on subject matters and deep emotions on troubling issues. Don’t spend all your time behind a computer hoping to developing an intriguing story based on someone else’s adventure. Go out and live your life to the fullest and then share your exploits with the world.

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