Today we're excited to chat with Kathy Parks, author of Notes From My Captivity. Read on for more about Kathy and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kathy Parks!
As a baby, Kathy Parks was thrown out with the bathwater. This experience shaped her life and art. She is the author of five novels and also works as an advertising copywriter. She lives with her husband Michael in Boulder, Colorado.
"Like Siberia itself, this story is wild, mysterious, full of danger—and then, quite unexpectedly, captivates you with its beauty. I was so glad I went on the adventure." —Goldy Moldavsky, New York Times bestselling author of Kill the Boy Band
Notes from My Captivity is a sharp, sensitive, and darkly funny novel perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens and Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not.
Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her late father proud of her.
So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school and debunk her foolish stepfather’s belief that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness, there’s no question that she’s going to fly across the world.
But the Russian terrain is even less forgiving than Adrienne. And when disaster strikes, none of their extensive preparations seem to matter. Now Adrienne’s being held captive by the family she was convinced didn’t exist, and her best hope for escape is to act like she cares about them, even if it means wooing the youngest son.
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I stumbled upon the real life story of the Lykov family, who fled from their home in Russia in 1936 to escape religious oppression, and lived a life of total isolation for the next 42 years. There was nothing ominous about this family and of course they never kidnapped anyone, but it got me to thinking…what if?
2. Who is your favorite character in the book? It’s hard to say, but I really do love Clara, the kind and mystical youngest member of the Osinov family.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel? The novel came first. Then my editor, Claudia, came up with the wonderful title.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why? I have a few — but I love the scene where Adrienne and her stepfather wake up and everyone else is dead. just so eerie and suddenly the whole tone of the narrative shifts.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now? I’ve learned that writing is a secondary form of living. Don’t forget to live.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I really love the crossed-out trees. Big fan of the cover!
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018? Wow that’s a great question. Some of my most anticipated books have already come out!
8. What was your favorite book in 2017? Technically I discovered this book in 2018—but A New Earth by Eckhardt Tolle.
9. What’s up next for you? I’m writing a book on writing.
10. Is there anything that you would like to add? Just that I would encourage everyone to read the true story of the Lykovs — it’s riveting!
11. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate? The action scenes were difficult. Challenging to communicate the adrenaline and fear.
12. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book? I think it was difficult to capture the personality and inner world of Adrienne herself.
13. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising? Revising is easier, that’s for sure! But I do love discovering new ground in the first draft.
14. What would you say is your superpower? God, always.
15. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart? Anything to do with saving animals or helping the elderly. One example: Best Friends in Utah.
Notes From My Captivity
By: Kathy Parks
Release Date: July 10, 2018
One winner will receive a copy of Notes From My Captivity (US only).