Published: November 5th, 2013
After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she's spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she's betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.
Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie's Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she's finding her family. There's Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie's life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who's stolen Maddie's heart.
And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can't hide from hers. If she can't put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she'll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.
After reading your article “This is why I write” I feel like I have all the answers and no question for you. But I’ll try…(HERE)
It’s a say about how God gives to one people to suffer only how much he/she can take. How true it is and what proverb do you think fits the best your Heart Breath?
I definitely believe that God only gives people what they can handle, be it what we think is good or we think it’s bad. In general I think we as humans severely underestimate our capability to handle difficulties in our lives, and the emotions that come along with it. People tend to be a lot stronger than they give themselves credit for, and the way they usually find that out is when they go through some rough times.
Usually, the reader knows the ending, the destination. So, how do you make the journey to fulfill its expectations?
To me, the destination is far more important than the ending, both in life and in fiction. When you pick up a book that’s categorized as romance, the chances of that book ending on a positive note is almost a given. And while you may know that at the end, everything will pretty much turn out well, it’s the journey toward that that is so vastly different for everyone, both fictional and nonfictional. Character development is very important to me when I write- if the characters don’t show that they’ve changed somehow through the book, anything that’s going to happen to them isn’t going to be as important. You can have a bomb go off in front of you, but if you don’t change at all from that event, it may as well have not happened to you. On the other hand, the smallest things can happen- you can spend a day just hanging out with your friends and buying weird jewelry at the mall, but if that teaches you something and helps you on your journey toward wherever you’re going- that’s important.
Most of us, like yourself, want a happy ending. Why so?
I think it’s because we all go through a lot of difficult times, and want to know that all of it happened for a reason. Happy endings are kind of like the light at the end of the tunnel in some respect. It’s easier to keep going if you have something to keep going for.
Heart Breath is categorized as New Adult. What is, in your opinion, the right age to start reading romance? Why?
I don’t know if there is a ‘right’ age to start reading romance. Romance to me is a love story, and I don’t think there’s an age that’s too young to read about love. The more mainstream categorization of romance? I have no idea. It varies from person to person.
Having a published book is a step closer “to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows”?
I sincerely hope so J
About the author:
KK Hendin's real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she'll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate.
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