Q&A With Kaira Rouda
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Q&A With Kaira
Tonight I have the honor of doing a Q&A with USA Today
Bestselling author and business woman Kaira Rouda. Kaira is the author of “Best
Day Ever,” “In The Mirror,” “All The Difference,” “The Goodbye Year,”
“Somebody’s Home”, The Next Wife” and her new novel “The Widow,” coming out on
December 1st of this year. If you want to get your loved one a
Christmas present you should preorder “The Widow,” now.
Q: What is your favorite part of writing psychological
suspense novels? What is your least favorite part?
A: I love every part
of it. I love writing domestic suspense and there’s nothing better than sitting
down to craft a new story.
Q: At what point did
you realize your calling was to be a writer?
A: I knew in third
grade. Our teacher asked us to write to the person we wanted to become when we
grew up. I wrote to the author, Robert McCloskey. And he wrote back!
Q: What advice do you
give to those who want to write? What advice do you give to those who struggle
with writers block?
A: The secret to
writing is to sit down and do it. Seriously, that’s it. Of course, the more you
write, the better you get at it. As for writer’s block, I don’t have any
suggestions except sit down and write. Of course, if your muse is tired, or
ill, it’s fine to give her a break. And after you do, sit down and write.
Q: If you had to
choose, which novel was your favorite one to write and why?
A: I don’t really
have a favorite. They are all my babies. The most exciting launch so far was
Best Day Ever because I got to go on a big book tour. The publisher considered
it a debut because I had been indie and small press published prior to that
Q: Does Hollywood
have the rights to any of your novels?
A: Nope. Not yet.
Fingers crossed someday that will happen.
Q: If you were to
collaborate with another author who would it be and why?
A: I do collaborate
every other Tuesday with Kimberly Belle and Heather Gudenkauf when we host the
Killer Author Club. We’ve been having a blast featuring other authors, talking
about killing in the fictional sense, of course. More details about it are on www.killerauthorclub.com
I also write with my
daughter, Avery, a screenwriter. We are adapting my novels into screenplays and
it has been so fun.
Q: Can you tell the
readers a little bit about your novel “The Widow”?
A: The idea for The Widow came about from my time spent in Washington, DC
when my husband was in congress. The tradition of The Widow’s Mandate
fascinated me. Jody
Asher had a plan. Her charismatic husband, Martin, would be a political icon.
She, the charming wife, would fuel his success. For fifteen congressional
terms, they were the golden couple on the Hill. Life was good. Until he wasn’t.
Martin’s secret affair with a young
staffer doesn’t bother Jody personally. But professionally? It’s a legacy
killer. Soon a reporter gets word of this scandal in the making, and Martin’s
indiscretions threaten to ruin everything Jody has accomplished.
When Martin suddenly dies, it’s a chance to change the narrative―but the reporter won’t let go of his lead. As the balance of power shifts in the Asher house and on the Hill, it’s time for Jody to take control. And there’s nothing the ruthless widow won’t do to secure the future she’s entitled to. Even if she has a secret of her own.
Q: Are you writing a
new novel now? If so can you spoil a little bit about it?
A: My next novel,
BENEATH THE SURFACE, will be out in September of 2023. It’s described as
Succession meets Arrested Development set on a yacht on a weekend trip to Catalina
Island. I’m excited about this one.
Q: How do you
juggle being a writer and a business woman? What type of business do you have?
A: I’m a full-time
writer now and I love it.