Saturday, June 28, 2014

Interview with Kaira Rouda, author of 'In the Mirror'

Kaira Rouda is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference; In the Mirror; and the short story, A Mother's Day.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel.
Her latest novel is the women’s fiction, In the Mirror.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Hi! Thank you for having me! When I’m not writing I’m hanging out with my husband, playing with my three dogs, trying to get my youngest teenage son to engage and talk to me and trying to keep up with my three older kids who are
out in the real world. My daughter is studying in Paris (she’s a Junior in college) and my middle son is finishing his freshman year in college. My oldest is amazing – he landed an incredible job right out of college with an international advertising agency.

Personal interests: growing and maintaining an edible garden – I’m planting tomatoes and other summer crops right now; paddle boarding; yoga; meditation and hanging out with friends.

When did you start writing?

As soon as I could. I am, I must say, a bit of an overachiever, so as a wee infant – no actually, I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I still wish I had some of my poems from my 6th grade Emily Dickinson phase.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Publishing my first book, which was a nonfiction business book for women entrepreneurs called: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs. It’s still a bestseller today and I am so proud of it. But I always thought a novel would be first.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

My desk, upstairs, with all of my dogs on a play date so I don’t feel guilty about writing when they’re bored. I have a great view of the ocean and a coming-together space (it’s not quite finished yet.) If not here, at home, then I suppose a wonderful hotel room in a brilliant foreign city I haven’t visited yet. I’ve never been to Asia – so Tokyo. That’s where!

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Write without guilt.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

California. I live here now, but I need to sit with a setting before it comes to life.

Back to your present book, In the Mirro, how did you publish it?

It is published by a small press, Real You Publishing Group. This book has been ten years in the making – and it was time for it to come into the world.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Unfortunately with cancer, you don’t have to travel much beyond your own family to do research these days.

Why was writing In the Mirror so important to you?

We are in denial, as a society, about the unbelievable stress of living with cancer. We don’t want to see the realities unless it hits our own family and then we are forced to look. I know that you have been touched by cancer. I know you know the Emperor of All Maladies is lurking just beyond your vision, ready to strike with one mutant cell. We all know this. Yet, we’re shocked when it happens. I wanted to take a look at what it means when it happens – and what it means for everyone you love or have loved.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

From living a full life. Because a life fully lived reveals so many stories, and truly, I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Any final words?

Thank you for having me here, and for helping to spread the word about IN THE MIRROR! Here are the buy links in case you’d like to include them on your post:
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