Springfield’s Own Magazine interview with author Kathleen H. Wheeler
Thanks to Springfield’s Own Magazine for the fantastic interview just published in their September/October 2017 medical issue! A special thanks to creative director Will Norris for his interest in my novel, writer Whitney Barnes for digging into the details, and photographer Immanuel Ahiable for taking some great shots. Following is a link to the article for those of you who are interested. If you have any questions after reading, fire away here in the comments! Continue reading →
Family Saga Novel Wins Readers Favorite Book Award in International Competition
I’m thrilled to announce that my family saga novel Brought To Our Senses won a 2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Fiction-Drama! What a privilege it is for my book to receive an honorable mention in this category alongside the other winners and finalists, all with truly remarkable stories. Thanks so much to Readers Favorite Book Awards and the judges of this competition for this great honor. I’m flattered to be in the company of such accomplished writers and outstanding work.
The Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest features thousands of contestants from all over the world. Submissions are judged from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers.
The American Writers Museum sign on the side of a building caught my attention as I cut a path through the crowd along Michigan Avenue to meet a friend. What exactly is the American Writers Museum, I wondered as I hurried to reach my luncheon destination north of the Chicago River. My curiosity piqued, I vowed to check it out later during my weekend stay in the Windy City.
Finding a few hours of free time the next morning, I retraced my steps to 180 North Michigan Avenue and entered the American Writers Museum on the second floor as the doors were unlocked at 10 am sharp, pleased to be the first visitor of the day. Wowed by the high-tech and shiny-new gleam of the place, I learned the museum’s grand opening on May 16, 2017 had been less than two months before my visit. Here’s what I discovered on my tour. Click on any image to enlarge and use your back arrow to return. Continue reading →
Illinois Author Earns Next Generation Indie Book Award for Dementia Novel
Kathleen H. Wheeler’s poignant family drama Brought to Our Senses named a finalist in the First Novel category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Illinois author Kathleen H. Wheeler’s debut Brought to Our Senses has been named a finalist in the First Novel category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world, the international book award competition recognizes the most exceptional books published independent of the “Big Five” conglomerates through small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long careers with major publishing houses, to identify cream-of-the-crop books worthy of support to reach a wider audience of readers.
Hooray! It’s been a long journey to get to this day. I want to take a deep breath and enjoy this accomplishment. The November release of Brought To Our Senses is well timed because it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. This book will speak to those affected by dementia and those charged with the care of aging parents. Continue reading →
Brought To Our Senses, Chapter 2: screwed-up family relationships
“We haven’t even figured out where to start, and we’re already at each others’ throats,” said Tom, his voice trailing off as he looked out the window into the harbor.
Elizabeth ran her hands through her hair and leaned back in her chair. “You know, we’re not like these other families,” she said with a nod to the diners around them, “privileged and perfect in their blue blazers and obnoxious jewelry. And we’re never gonna sail off into the sunset.”
“Yeah, I know, I don’t expect a miracle. But we should be able to sit down and talk without someone going off, for crying out loud.”
One of my goals for 2014 was to read more books instead of focusing with such intensity on writing and editing my own novel. I knew it was one of those new year’s resolutions that stuck (unlike some of the others I won’t mention here), but I was thrilled when I got solid proof from Goodreads today!
Books I read in 2014
I finished 12 books this year, averaging 1 a month, hurray for me! That’s excellent progress and quite an improvement over previous years in my memory! Here is the list of books I tackled this year:
Brought To Our Senses, Chapter 1: grief or relief?
Taking advantage of her chance to slip away, Elizabeth threw open the French doors to the parlor and invited grief into the mourning room she had prepared for the occasion at hand. She dusted off the memories, cleared the cobwebs of denial and anger, and readied the cushions of acceptance for a belated retreat. Grief, however, declined her hospitality and sent a distant relative named relief for a visit. The unwelcome guest took a seat and could not be persuaded to leave.
A novel must be categorized for publishing purposes, fitting nicely into some classification for marketing efforts. To sell it, you have to know where it belongs in the scheme of things apparently. So I’ve set to work making sense of my book, determining where it fits in the publishing landscape, and it seems to fall best into the category of family saga.
What is the family saga novel?
The family saga is defined as a genre of literature that follows generations of a family through historical events, changes in social circumstances, or the gain and loss of wealth from a multiple of perspectives over a period of time.
Sweeping generalizations are discouraged for writers, yet some of the greatest authors have used broad statements to their advantage. Take the quote about family relationships in the opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina:
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)