Wednesday, May 25, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Kathi Oram Peterson!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming…Kathi Oram Peterson!

I met Kathi through blogging when she began a blog tour for her novel, The Stone Traveler, and I'm so happy that her latest novel River Whispers, an inspirational romantic suspense, was released this month! I'll be sharing information about the book along with her rockin' book trailer after the interview.
Let's get to it!
1. Beverage of choice?
I'm so boring, but I really like a large glass of water with ice chips. I keep a thermal glass of water on my desk and fill it up at least twice a day. (Probably more, but whose counting?)

2. Any pets?

I have a little Yorkie named Lizzie. She's my little buddy and follows me around the house, sleeps on her pillow under my desk as I work, and becomes very demanding when she thinks she needs a treat. She'll sit beside me and stare to gain my attention. If that doesn't work, she tries groaning. And if that still doesn't work, she barks. That's when I know it's time for a break.

3. Dream vacation?

Hmm. This really depends on the book I'm writing at the time. While I was writing The Stone Traveler I really wanted to go to South America to see the ancient ruins, but I had to fill the need with tons of research. This spring I wanted to go to Alaska while I worked on my book, Raven Spirit. February is not the best time of year to go there unless it's towards the end of the month when everyone is excited for the Iditarod that starts during the first week or two of March. BUT right now, I'd love to travel to Italy. My WIP takes place in Rome, though the story takes place during Augustus Caesar's reign. Wouldn't it be awesome to see the Circus Maximus? Unfortunately it's no longer there, but I'd love to walk the streets and actually check out the catacombs beneath the city. As you can tell my dream vacation is very fickle. I actually wouldn't care where I go on vacation as long as I could take my family.

4. What are you listening to right now?

Rats. If only I'd turned on some music, however, right now I can hear my husband listening to the radio. Some talk show. He stayed home today to go with me to my publishers and pick up River Whispers. They would mail my copies to me, but I like to make a ritual of taking my publisher a box of pastries when I pick up my book. And since they are within an hour's drive from my home, it's worth the trip. I'm so excited. I can hardly wait to hold my baby in my arms.

5. What's for dinner?

Oh my stars! This is very revealing. Hubby and I started Jenny Craig last fall. So far we've both lost over 40 pounds. I have a high school reunion this summer and want to be slender like I was during school (which is impossible, but that doesn't stop me from trying). So on tonight's menu is Jenny Craig's Three Cheese Zita. It's very good. I love Italian food.

Thank you, Kathi, for being my guest today! Your little Lizzie sounds so cute--just like my mini-dachshund Sophie. Sophie is so cuddly and fun, but she can be demanding too. Rome has always been a dream vacay of mine. Oh, how I would love to see all of the history there! And how wonderful that you and your hubby are getting healthy together! Congratulations!

Interested in Kathi's book, River Whispers? Here's the trailer!!

I enjoyed reading River Whispers. Kathi has a knack for writing small town characters and gripping suspense. The heroine Regi has plenty of conflict in her life--including a dead body, an annoying, yet hunky, ex-boyfriend, a business to run, oh, and that pesky little problem of being a murder suspect. Her tenacity and faith work together to convince her to trust the ones who can help her. While Regi's faith rests on the Book of Mormon and mine rests on the Bible, I found the religious journey of the characters uplifting. Most of all, it was heart-warming to watch Regi open her heart to her true love.

Kathi is gving away a slew of prizes on her blog this week. Stop over today for a chance to win a necklace and matching pierced earrings, a "Welcome to the Ranch" plaque, or a small notepad. Be sure to check the rules for winning this week's grand prize, a $50 Amazon gift card!

Kathi Oram Peterson was born and raised in the small town of Rigby, Idaho.
After getting married and having a family, Kathi went back to college and earned her BA in English at the University of Utah. Upon graduation she worked for a curriculum publisher writing and editing concept and biography books for children. However, she always aspired to write stories of adventure in exotic settings, time travel, and true-love romance. She also loves writing nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense. Under the umbrella of inspirational fiction she has seen many of her novels published.
To learn more about Kathi's writing, head to her website, her blog Kathi's Writing Nook, be friends with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

So...what are your weekend plans?

Have a terrific Wednesday!


  1. Great interview. Congratulations, Kathi, on your new book release.

  2. Rome would be wonderful!

    Your book sounds like a page-turner as well. I think you've recently connected over at my blog.

    Thank you for that!
    ~ Wendy

  3. You're so much kinder than I am. When my dog stares or barks at me, I never take a break. I just tell her to shut-up!!

    Great interview.I love reading suspense!

  4. Good morning!

    Whew, it's going to be a never-ending coffee brewing day for me! We had 4 gorgeous days and woke up to cold drizzle. Brrr....

    Jessica--I spray mine with a water bottle! Bad me!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. What a fun tradition to visit your publisher with a box of pastries! I love that idea! I'd just have to figure out how to get it to them without eating half the box, LOL.

  6. Rome would also be my destination of choice. I have been to Alaska and it is beautiful! Great interview ladies!

  7. Fun questions.
    (Kati) Because Italy is so old, the spirit of ancient Rome still hovers. I think you'd get a feel for it and highly recommend you go.
    Good review. I'm excited to read the book.

  8. Kathi, I've been to Rome, a too-brief stop while chaperoning a youth group years ago. It's a fascinating place. I hope you get to go there someday.

    We have something in common. I worked for a textbook publisher, too, a small one that produced special education texts. My final position was that of assistant editor, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  9. Congrats to Kathi on her book (and her weight loss - amazing!)
    Fun interview!

  10. Congrats to Kathi on her publishing success AND the weight loss. That's terrific!

    Plans for the weekend...playing it by ear, but hoping to get some writing/editing done, and nurse my daughter through the wisdom tooth recovery.

  11. Rome, Alaska--I would travel anywhere right now. I get a bit stir-crazy in spring!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Fun post! Jill, I love the five questions you asked. Thanks for introducing me to another great author to check out.

  13. What great, fun questions to get to know the person behind the story! Thanks!

  14. Thanks--I love reading everyone's answers. It's always revealing!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  15. Kathi's interview was great! I love learning more about our bloggy friends. And the trailer was beautiful!

  16. Great interview and really interesting insight.

  17. So much fun getting to know Kathi a bit more. Thanks

  18. Great questions and answers. Good luck on River Whispers, Kathi.

  19. Thanks, everyone, for coming by and sharing in Kathi's release!

  20. Okay, I know I read this but I guess I couldn't comment. I'm so glad blogger is working today!

    Anyway, thank you so much for sharing Kathi's story. Her book sounds intriguing! Also, some of her fave authors are mine too. I always LOVED Victoria Holt (gothic romance).

  21. Uh oh Blogger's acting funny again... Thanks for the interview!! I'm now inspired to try and get healthy. Hopefully that will last through dinner...

  22. Congratulations on your success, Kathi!

    Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself with us.


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