Kathy L Wheeler

How can a girl who’s been rejected by Once Upon A Time ever believe that happily-ever-after even exists? Co-bookstore owner Lorianne Gentry is plagued by deep-seeded insecurities. Abandonment issues surface when she finds herself falling in love -- totally pissing her off.

Ashton Turner III is nobody’s Knight-In-Shining-Armor. He’d jumped off that horse a long time ago -- the sex, however, was damn good. And when Lorianne’s grandmother delivers Ash life-altering news, his past explodes into the present.

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About Kathy L Wheeler

Kathy L Wheeler (a.k.a. Kae Elle Wheeler for her historical) has a BA degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Management Information Systems that includes over forty credit hours of vocal music. As a computer programmer the past fifteen years, she utilizes karaoke for her vocal music talents. Other passions include fantasy football, NBA & musical theatre, and jazzercise. Because to quote Nora Roberts to a one time question, if she worked out? Her reply, “You have to get off your ass.”

Kathy has been a member of Oklahoma Romance Writers of America and RWA since March of 2007. She grew up in the Dallas area and definitely considers herself a city girL She does not limit her travels to Writer Conferences in San Francisco, Washington DC, Seattle, Dallas, New Jersey, New York City and Atlanta because Jazzercise has fun conferences too (Denver, Palm Springs and Orlando). You can’t keep her home!

She is a member of several other RWA Chapters, including DARA, The Beau Monde and Passionate Ink. She has served several positions in the OKRWA Chapter. As an avid reader of romance and patron of theatre, her main sources of inspiration come from mostly an over-active imagination. She currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her musically talented husband, Al, and their bossy cat, Carly.


Also by Kathy L Wheeler:

Contemporary: Quotable, The Color of Betrayal
Historical: The Wronged Princess, The Unlikely Heroine, The Surprising Enchantress, The English Lily



An Interview with Kathy L Wheeler
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Kathy, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Maybe It’s You and is part of your Bloomington series. What can you tell us about series?

KLW: The series is set in a small made-up town in the southeast corner of South Dakota that revolves around a select few of the characters.

HH: Where does Maybe It’s You fit into the series?

KLW: Maybe It’s You is the second in the series after Quotable. Two young women, from starkly different walks of life own a bookstore. Genna (Quotable) is the academic introvert, whereas Lorianne (Maybe It’s You) is the insecure extrovert. Incidentally, there is a third book due out this fall, Lies that Bind.

HH: What do you like best about Lorianne and why will readers be cheering for her?

KLW: Lorianne is my favorite of my heroines. Her mother died of a drug overdose when Lorianne was sixteen after years of living, at times, homeless. Lorianne had no way of knowing her biological father came from money. Lots of money. And only because of her mother’s death was Lorianne’s grandmother, Joanna, able to locate Lorianne. Due to Lorianne’s fragile emotional state, the school counselor advised that Joanna hold off revealing her identity to Lorianne. As time passed, Joanna was less confident of telling her only grandchild who’d grown up on the streets, that she’d practically kicked Lorianne’s mother out of her life after her son’s tragic death, not knowing that Lorianne’s mother was already pregnant with Lorianne. ┬áThis is all backstory, but you get the gist. Joanna screwed up big time. One thing I will mention. A fellow author told me that Loriannewas not a likeable heroine, but that after she’d finished the story, she couldn’t believe how she’d found herself rooting for her. Lorianne is tough as nails on the outside. She had to be.

HH: What can you tell us about Ashton and why will readers love him?

KLW: Ashton’s father was an abusive bully. He beat Ashton up putting him in the hospital after the cops showed up at a lake party when he was a kid. (Again, backstory). ┬áSo Ash hadn’t seen his dad since he left home when he was in high school. He’s very careful not to let himself get attached to any woman. But Lorianne’s tough exterior drives him to look deeper, despite his self-imposed rules to the contrary.

HH: What can you tell us about the other books in this series?

KLW: Quotable is Genna’s story. After a terrible experience in college with her only boyfriend, she decided books were much better company. So when people get too close she uses obscure quotes to keep them at bay. But Rick Johnson sees right through that ruse. Lies That Bind is Alex Gentry and Kelly Mancer’s tale. Here’s the pitch: Would a modern day woman marry for convenience to protect the identity of her child? Hell yes! Kelly Mancer didn’t want a man. Any man. But danger has a way of changing a woman’s mind.

Alex Gentry needs Kelly Mancer, but convincing her to help in his pursuit of a dangerous enemy who’s enamored his younger sister would not be easy. Soon the tables turn and Kelly becomes the prey. Alex may save his sister, but at what cost?

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

KLW: I just completed a historical that’s been requested by HQ. So, of course, I’m pulling my hair out working on the synopsis. I’m also working on a Gothic Novella, and have plans for a series with my martini club friends, due out in February. Lots going on!

HH: Where do you draw inspiration from?

KLW: I love to travel. After National’s this summer, my friend Amanda McCabe and I drove to Pensacola for three days before heading back to Oklahoma. I was inspired by an old armory there. Also, went to Seattle and Victoria last summer. Again. . . well, I could go on and on and on and. . .

HH: What's your writing schedule like?

KLW: Well, I work full time, so I fit writing in at every available moment. Lucky for me, I have almost five weeks of vacation per year. So I’m able to get in little writing retreats several times throughout.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

KLW: They can find me almost anywhere Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+. But my website/blog is http://kathylwheeler.com . I love having visitors.

HH: What's your favorite place to hang out online?

KLW: By day, I’m a computer programmer, so sometimes it’s difficult to make myself hang out online anywhere after work. . .I check Amazon and Smashwords daily. And I’m always on the search for ways to reach readers. That’s the toughest part of writing, I think.

I love pro sports and musical theater but writing has become my lifeline, so I just want to thank you so much for allowing me to share my passions.

HH: Thank you!


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