Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was raised in the New York metropolitan area, received my undergraduate degree (B. A., Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Delaware, and my law degree (J. D.) from the Georgetown University Law Center. I honed my writing skills in my law practice, presenting complex factual and legal matters in clear, compelling and persuasive writings. Since my “early retirement” from the practice of law, I have filled my days taking care of a busy household and family, supporting numerous charitable and community causes and writing fiction. Long Hill Home is my debut novel, and another novel and a collection of short stories are in the works. When I am not engaged in all of the above, I enjoy running, biking, traveling, watching my sons compete in sports and spending my summers with friends and family at the Jersey Shore.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel is called Long Hill Home. The name of the book, Long Hill Home, is inspired by the tremendous adversity that all three of the main characters must endure and overcome to get to a place of safety and love (“home”). Kelly Malloy is a wife, a mother and a successful lawyer whose world is shattered when she is brutally attacked while running along the banks of the Brandywine River. Chad McCloskey, a lonely teenage boy from a dysfunctional home, stumbles upon Kelly Malloy’s unconscious body immediately after the assault. He is falsely accused and imprisoned with dangerous felons, only because he tries to help her. Maria Hernandez, a young woman who emigrated illegally from Mexico, is reluctantly thrust into the role of witness to the crime, putting her in jeopardy of deportation only weeks before she is to give birth to her child. Kelly, Chad and Maria all suffer tremendous adversity in the wake of the crime, and they ultimately discover that their lives and their fate are inextricably and permanently connected. Long Hill Home is a suspenseful story of crime and the legal process—but it is also a story about the human condition, and how, regardless of vast differences in background or circumstances, all people strive for the same things—love, security and a fulfilling life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I “write” daily during my morning runs. It is the time of my day where I am free of distractions and my mind can wander. Of course, when I get home from my run, I go to my computer to record it all. I do have to sit for long hours to write and to edit and to promote, but much of it starts in my head when I am running.
My other unusual writing habit is getting out of bed in the middle of the night and scribbling a thought or idea I have. I am a poor sleeper and once I am awake, my mind starts thinking about my novel, an article–whatever I am working on…and then I have to get out of bed and jot it down in order to fall back to sleep.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, because it is a sweet coming-of-age story and a suspenseful legal thriller with vividly described characters and settings. To Kill a Mockingbird influenced me in my life and in my writing because it confronts contemporary and troubling issues in society, such as racial prejudice, injustice and intolerance through the trial of falsely accused Tom Robinson and the shunning and mocking of the reclusive Boo Radley. Through the eyes of a child narrator the reader sees these painful truths in society, and also learns the simple cure—to truly “see a man” and “to walk in his shoes” before judging or condemning him.
I have also been influenced generally by authors of thrillers, like John Grisham, Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline. I also love the vivid characters and settings created masterfully by John Irving, Pat Conroy and Anita Shreve.
What are you working on now?
I am writing pieces for book blogs currently-I just finished an article called “Inspired to Follow in Harper Lee’s Footsteps,” comparing Long Hill Home to the iconic legal thriller To Kill a Mockingbird. I have started a new novel, provisionally called Partners’ Pact, a thriller that takes place in Washington, D.C. and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I have a plan for (and the beginning of) a collection of short stories.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am not certain which method is most effective, as they all reach different audiences and employ different methods. I use Goodreads (author profile and Goodreads giveaways), Amazon (author profile), an author web site ( http://www.kathrynpincus.com ), Facebook and Twitter. I am also getting on book blogs (they post a review or an interview), some mixed media (interviews in magazines and local newspapers) and posting book signings on web sites for the local community where the signing is held.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
A few things I learned as a debut novelist:
Do your research (on the subject matter of your book, the intended audience for your book, and the best methods to publish and then promote your book).
Garner support and surround yourself with people who can educate you – friends, family, someone who works in the industry.
Love what you do–and spend a lot of time doing it.
Make sure you have your best product before you pitch it to publishers…and then, get the best editing and proofreading help you can and make your product even better before you publish it.
Be willing to receive rejection or criticism, learn from it when you can, keep working to improve, and remember that some of the best authors experienced rejection or criticism at some point.
Get ready to have some days when you will say, “What was I thinking?” and then get up the next day and do it again.
Anything worth having is worth working for and waiting for.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My parents alway told me that I could pursue any dream I had, as long as I was willing to work very hard to obtain it and to persevere through setbacks. They also taught me to enjoy the process, to share any of the “spoils,” to be patient and to persevere.
What are you reading now?
I just downloaded the following ebooks for a trip I am taking soon: (1) Gray Mountain, by John Grisham and (2) two books on Human Trafficking that I am reading as research for a novel (i.e., The Slave Next Door by Kevin Bales & Ron Soodalter, and Human Trafficking, by P. M. Nair). I recently finished Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My next projects are the continued promotion of Long Hill Home and the completion of my second novel, provisionally called Partners’ Pact.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (for the reasons described above regarding authors who have influenced me.)
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