Saturday, November 26, 2011

Guest Post by Kat Flannery - author of Chasing Clovers

Happy Saturday, everybody!

Today I have a visitor in my blog, author Kat Flannery, whose debut novel Chasing Clovers was just published by Imajin Books. Chasing Clovers is on its way to me to be reviewed and I am looking very much forward to it!

Kat is also one of the authors participating in my 1000+ Giveaway.

Summary from the Goodreads:

Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?

Longing to escape the awful memories and the saloon she once sang in, Livy Green lies about her past so she can be a wife to John Taylor and mother to his two young children. Overwhelmed by the task, she struggles to put her resentment aside and love them as her own.

John loved his first wife and is still heartbroken over the loss, but he needs a mother for his children. When his distant and unfriendly mail order bride arrives, he begins to doubt his decision, though one glance into Livy's terrified green eyes tells him he can’t turn his back on her.

As Livy's past catches up with her and suspicious accidents begin to happen on the ranch, she is tempted to come clean and tell John the truth. But will he send her back if she does? Or will they forever be CHASING CLOVERS?

Ladies, and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to the author of Chasing Clovers, Kat Flannery!

A Dream Come True by Kat Flannery

Writing is something that has always been a part of my life. When I was young I’d write stories about anything I thought was interesting. As I got older the act of writing became so much more than jotting down stories about my neighbour’s quirky cat. It was a way for me to express what I felt passionate about and wanted others to know. Writing fiction is no different, at least for me it isn’t. When I sit down and begin a story, I need to have passion in order for the words to flow. I need to connect with my readers and this is the way I do that.

When I began thinking of ideas for Chasing Clovers, I knew I wanted to write a novel that would touch my reader’s lives. This was a long thoughtful and time consuming process. I wrote character biographies that were so in depth I wondered if I’d ever actually write the book. However, this process was essential to me and my writing. I needed to know my characters well enough to write about their trials and tribulations—to be able to feel empathy for them. After I finished the biographies I needed to do research, this was the fun part. I loved learning about Mail Order Brides, and how people lived in the 1800’s.

I wrote a chapter outline, and I didn’t follow it. Once I was half way through the book, the characters went in their own direction and my chapter outline went out the window. Scenes changed and the story evolved from a small portion of my brain to consume me, keeping me up nights. I grew to love my characters and I strived to help them with their plight.

After I had the rough draft of Chasing Clovers completed, I hired an editor. Together we worked on making the book what it is today. A few months after the final draft, I prepared my query letter, and synopsis. I had done a bit of research on publishers during the editing process, and since I knew my target audience was women I looked for that genre. After antagonizing over whom to send out to, I decided on a handful of publishers. The manuscript was bound by elastic bands and slipped into a brown envelope. The Postal worker, a polite gal, had to pry the manuscript from my white fingers, as I tried to hold it for a little bit longer. She reassured me it would be in good hands, and I left feeling as if a part of me was gone.

Soon rejections arrived in my mailbox, along with discouragement and wondering if this is what I should be doing as a career. With the help and encouragement of my family and friends, I kept sending out my manuscript. It wasn’t until six months later and more rejections, that I was offered a contract from Imajin Books. I cannot express how happy I was when I’d read their letter.

Since I’ve signed on with Imajin Books, I’ve not only been welcomed into a great group of authors, but aided by their publishing team about marketing my book and getting my name out there. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, and the whole rejection process was all worth it!

Author Bio:

Kat Flannery has had her writing published in numerous periodicals. She’s received her diploma for Creative, Freelance, and Business Writing. She is co-owner of Prairie Dog Publishing, where she devotes her spare time as head of Marketing and Communications. CHASING CLOVERS is Kat’s first published novel, and she is currently hard at work on her next. Visit and , and connect with Kat on Facebook and Twitter.

Congratulations, Kat for publishing of Chasing Clovers and thank you for visiting my blog!
Happy reading!


  1. I love mail order bride books and have read several by different authors. Great interview and I am looking forward to reading your review!

  2. This does sound good. I'm so glad the author stayed persistent to get her book out.

    Thanks for the posting!