As many people know, Kaylin McFarren wasn’t born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors. However, she has been involved with business and personal writing projects for many years. Her careers have taken her in all directions, ranging from fashion modeling and interior design to office manager and art gallery director. Yet her love of reading and interest in creative writing has remained ever present. As a result of her tapping into her imagination and utilizing her own life experiences, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards. Her first novel, Flaherty’s Crossing was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest and her second book, Severed Threads, has already garnered two first place awards.
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 educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation – a non-profit she and her husband formed to fund expanded research, and the care and treatment of cancer patients and their families.
Her latest book is a romantic suspense titled Severed Threads.
You can visit Kaylin online at www.KaylinMcFarren.com.
This is my first attempt at writing romantic suspense as well as developing a series and I’m truly hoping readers will enjoy my action-packed stories.
What was the experience like writing Severed Threads?
I love the characters I’ve developed and the roller coaster adventures I’ve sent them on. There’s also a great deal of research involved, all of which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. So far, I have to say it’s been great fun!
How did you come up with the title?
I love coming up with titles that have multiple meanings because they give readers the opportunity to discover their significance on their own. In this being said, I personally chose “Severed Threads” for a number of reasons. Everyone’s life in this story is being held by a thread and as each one is cut away, the characters have to depend on each other to survive. There’s also an ancient tale buried inside this novel involving two lovers who have been tragically torn apart.
Can you tell us more about your main character, Rachel Lyons?
Rachel is an attractive thirty-two year old, brown-haired, hazel-eyed former marine biologist who’s lost everyone she’s loved for one reason or another and is simply going through the motions after giving up her passion for diving. Four years earlier, her argument with her father ultimately lead to his accidental drowning. As a result, she’s hidden her emotions, taken a job in a foundation office and assumed responsibility for her father’s death.
What are her strengths and what are her weaknesses?
Rachel is a survivor who stands up for her beliefs, however, she lacks trust in men in general – especially after Chase (her ex-lover) abandoned her. Reoccurring nightmares plague her existence and the love she feels for her troubled brother ultimately becomes her greatest weakness.
Are there any supporting characters we need to know about?
Chase Cohen is a charismatic thirty-four year old, blond-haired, blue-eyed treasure seeker who’s fun loving, brave and caring, but he’s also hiding a world of secrets that caused him to leave town four years ago. He’s become obsessed with finding the mother lode and although he blames himself for his part in Rachel’s father’s death, the success of his latest endeavor depends on her generosity and willingness to forgive his past digressions. Devon Lyons, Rachel’s thirty year old brother is an attractive, ambitious stock broker who’s fallen in with the wrong crowd in an attempt to win the love of Selena, the beautiful sister of a notorious drug-dealing mobster.
Can you open to page 25 and tell us what’s happening?
Devon Lyons is engaged in a conversation with his girlfriend Selena who’s arrived at his home to tell him that her brother Gabe Pollero has members of his gang following her and has been threatening to kill Devon over their missing financial investment.
What about page 65?
Chase and Rachel have just left a cocktail reception and are engaged in an argument after she’s discovered his lack of legal or Admiralty rights for the shipwreck he’s in the process of exploring.
Now that Severed Threads has been published, what’s your next project?
I’m currently writing “Buried Threads” – a second installment in the Threads series, which include three books. This story will take my treasure hunters into the Geisha district and Yakuza territory (Japanese Mafia) of Kyoto, Japan.
Thanks, Kaylin, for this wonderful interview. Do you have anything else you’d like to tell us?
Just keep reading and I’ll do my best to keep writing. :)