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About Kristy McCaffrey
Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. A fascination with science led her to earn two engineering degrees -- she did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh -- but storytelling was always her favorite hobby. Born and raised in Arizona, and recently returned after a 20-year absence in Pittsburgh, she writes Old West romances to capture the landscapes that were such a big part of her childhood. Her first novel, The Wren, was a CAPA winner for Best New Author Traditional, a Texas Gold finalist, and a HOLT Medallion finalist for Best First Book. The Sparrow was the 2012 Winter Rose Winner in the Published Historical Division. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, where they frequently remove (rescue) rattlesnakes from their property. Her four teenaged children are in varying stages of flying the nest, so her two chocolate labs -- Ranger and Lily -- are the recipients of her maternal instincts these days.
Also by Kristy McCaffrey
Wings of the West Series, Historical Western Romances
THE WREN, Book 1
THE DOVE, Book 2
THE SPARROW, Book 3
An Interview with Kristy McCaffrey
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Kristy, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Into The Land of Shadows. What can you tell us about this romantic adventure?
KM: Ethan Barstow has come to the Arizona Territory to find his brother Charley. It's been five years since a woman came between them and it's time they buried the hatchet. But he doesn't anticipate riding in the company of Charley's fiancée, Kate Kinsella. She's angry because Charley has skipped town, but not for the reason Ethan believes. They soon face spirits and desire in Navajo country, and an attraction neither expects.
HH: What do you like best about Kate and why will readers identify with her?
KM: Kate is loosely based on my daughter Kate, who is stubborn and willful but with a strong desire to find her way in the world. The character Kate is estranged from her mother by her own doing, after losing her father to a tragic incident. But Kate's journey is one of maturing, of not looking at the world with rose-colored glasses, while learning compassion for the choices of people she cares about.
HH: What do you like best about Ethan and why will readers love him?
KM: Ethan is a man who has made mistakes in the past, but is doing his best to atone for them. Caring for Kate and searching for his brother will reopen old wounds. I think readers will like him because, in the end, his love for Kate will be bigger than anything he would want for himself.
HH: What sort of research did you do to bring this amazing story to life?
KM: I've visited most of the places described in the story, in northern Arizona. I studied the Navajo culture and many of their superstitions involving spirits and the dead, which features prominently in the book.
HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about this story?
KM: I hope they'll enjoy the chemistry between Ethan and Kate. I know I enjoyed spending time with these two characters. There are also a few animals, from Ethan's wolf, Bart, to the donkey, Fred, that fill the story with mysticism and fun.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KM: I'm currently writing a contemporary adventure romance about a woman climbing K2, the second highest mountain in the world. I hope to finish another historical western romance in 2014. It's in the development stage but I do know it will be set in Wickenburg, Arizona.
HH: From where do you draw inspiration for your works?
KM: I work with themes and elements in my imagination, then try to build a realistic setting around them.
HH: What do you enjoy reading?
KM: I like reading romance, historical and contemporary, but I also plow through a lot of non-fiction. I review books for Women's Adventure magazine and really enjoy reading real-life adventure stories.
HH: What are you looking forward to most in 2014?
KM: Finishing more than one manuscript! I've never completed more than one in a twelve month period. My goal is to finish at least two in 2014, and have a good head start on a third.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
Please stop by my website and sign up for my newsletter. You'll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. The winner will be chosen January 31st.
Thanks for having me at The Romance Studio. It's always a pleasure to be here.
HH: Thank you!