Today it’s my pleasure to interview Kate Hinderer, author of The Moonlight Serenade, Fascination Island Book 2.
Determined to someday sing on the stage in New York City, Collette takes an internship at the luxury resort on Fascination Island.
While she plans to hone her craft by singing nightly on the stage of the Moonlight Serenade restaurant, she never expected to be pushed outside her comfort zone.
Shy and reserved, she is challenged to step outside herself and release the inner diva. When Falcon comes along, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.
Before long Collette is forced to make life-changing decisions that will impact her future in ways she never even imagined.
To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents Audyn takes a job
as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention.
When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.
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SKY: Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
KATE: I’ll likely write a third Fascination Island series book. But I’ve started to work on a new contemporary fiction YA book that I am really really excited about. The whole story line and main character dropped into my head fully formed a couple months ago. I’m excited to get it on paper. Without giving too much away, the story will follow a 17 year old girl who spends a summer living with her grandfather – a summer that changes her life forever.
SKY: How did you come up with the title?
KATE: When I named the first book in the series I decided to keep the series titles focused around the name of the spot the main character works on the island. Audyn worked as a lifeguard at the Emerald Isle. Collette worked as a singer in the Moonlight Serenade. Perhaps, it’s not the most original title choice but it helped keep the series linked.
SKY: What sort of personality does your heroine have?
KATE: Collette is amazing. She is shy and quiet, yet talented beyond belief. She’s not conceited with her talent, some how having humility and yet pride in her gift. She’s petite and innocent.
SKY: What sort of personality does your hero have?
KATE: Falcon is Collette’s polar opposite. He’s hot-headed; slow to think, quick to act. He’s cocky, full of himself and crazy handsome. Yet, even with all of that, he has a dedication to his family that nothing can shake.
SKY: What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
KATE: I prefer to write and read young adult novels. Maybe, I’m still stuck at the age of 16 or maybe I just love the angst and awkwardness of that age, but there is something about that genre that I can’t get enough of. One day I’d love to branch out and try writing a mystery novel. I went through a couple years in which all I read were suspense books – Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie. It always impressed me how the authors could write a book that had you guessing until the very end and yet if you re-read the book you’d see the clues that had been strategically planted that you missed the first time through.
SKY: Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.
KATE: Yup! The Moonlight Serenade is the second book in the Fascination Island series. But, unlike some other series books I knew from the get-go that I wanted the books to have an actual ending and that each book should stand alone. For sure the series will contain at least one more book focusing on Linley. But there could be a few more in the wings as well, although I don’t want to overcommit to the series in case it has run its course after three books
SKY: Great interview, Kate! Thanks for joining me today.
About the Author
In a nutshell: Writer. Blogger. Journalist. Marathon runner. Social media enthusiast. Beer drinker. Avid YA reader. Traveler. Chicago native. Milwaukee resident. Music fanatic. Fashion lover. Oldest of nine.
Writing has been in my soul from the very beginning. In grade school I started my own local paper for the street I lived on. In middle school I wrote for the school paper and loved any English writing assignment. I started writing novels in high school. At the time my friends were the characters, the setting was almost always Regency England, and I scratched the story into lined notebooks.
Now, I have a journalism degree and a dozen various business writing gigs under my belt. I’ve lived in a handful of US cities including Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis and New York. I pen a personal fashion and lifestyle blog, ModlyChic.com, and continue to write about commercial real estate.
My first book, Aurora Undefined, was published in 2011. The Emerald Isle, the first Fascination Island book, came out during the summer of 2012, at which time I immediately began writing the second book in the series.
Next up . . . stay tuned! I’m working on a new contemporary novel as well as the third book in the Fascination Island series.
Kate Hinderer Writes (blog): http://katehinderer.blogspot.com/
ModlyChic (fashion blog): http://www.modlychic.com/
Amazon profile: http://www.amazon.com/Kate-Hinderer/e/B004Y7N2N2/