Please give a warm welcome to contemporary romance author, Kathryn Ascher, who is joining us with her book WHAT IT TAKES.
What inspired you to write "What It Takes?"
I was flipping through a magazine filled with interviews with cast members of one of my favorite movies at the time, and in one interview an actor was asked if he was dating his co-star, a question he apparently heard a lot. He denied it and added that he thought fans saw things based on the characters and their responses to each other and they (the fans) confused that with reality. I began to wonder if actors themselves ever confused their roles with reality and what that might look like. I started out with the intent of making Patrick that kind of character, and that’s how Kelsey sees him.
What It Takes by Kathryn Ascher
(Rocky Creek Series, #1)
ISBN 978-1-939371-25-6 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-939371-26-3 (eBook)
6 x 9, 332 pages
Publication date: May 27, 2014
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After graduating college, Kelsey Morgan left her small-town Virginia roots to make it in LA. After years slogging in commercials and music videos, her movie career is finally taking off. But she’s still miles behind her current costar, and Hollywood playboy, Patrick Lyons. Kelsey does everything she can to avoid Patrick off-set, hoping to not become fodder for the supermarket tabloids that scour the streets for Patrick, trying to get an exclusive look at him and his alleged woman of the week.
Kelsey has successfully kept Patrick at a distance, and her reputation intact, until her drunkard brother-in-law Richard threatens to ruin everything by selling her darkest secret to the highest bidder. Now the victim of blackmail, Kelsey has nowhere else to turn but to Patrick’s arms. But, can he be trusted? Or will the past destroy them all before she can find out if he’s the hero she needs?
About the Author
Born and raised in Virginia, Kathryn Ascher tried her hand at poetry and fiction in high school, but put it all aside when she went to college. After graduating with her degree in communications, she married her college sweetheart and went to work for a local radio station. After her first child was born, she became a stay-at-home mom and began spending her free time crafting and reading.
It wasn’t until after the birth of her third child and a blind book exchange that Kathryn decided to give writing another try. When she picked up her first romance novel, she immediately knew that was the genre for her. She was drawn to the strong lead characters and the quirky secondary characters, the settings, the humor, and most importantly the feelings of falling in love for the first time. She hopes that her readers enjoy these aspects in her writings as well.
The inspiration for Kathryn’s first novel, What It Takes, came during a trip to the grocery store. In the checkout line, she amused herself with a tabloid article about a movie sequel she was looking forward to seeing. She read an interview with one of the actors who, when asked if he was dating his co-star, replied that he thought fans confused the characters with the actors and saw what they wanted to see. Kathryn began to wonder what would happen if the actors themselves got confused about their relationships and feelings—and a book was born.
Kathryn resides with her husband and three children in Roanoke, Virginia.