Writer Wednesday: Kathryn D. Murphy

This week I had the chance to meet Kathryn D. Murphy, who is celebrating a new release this week! Her latest novel, Simply a Matter of Time, is available on Amazon. I have my copy, and as soon as I am finished with the school year (t-minute 2 weeks), I will give it a read.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Kathryn and I write contemporary romance with magical realism. I have always loved reading romances since I first discovered them while volunteering at my local library. I bought a whole box of Regency romances for five cents each and read two a day for an entire summer while working at an underused ice cream stand. I read over one hundred novels that summer and never looked back. These days, when I’m not writing in my home in Virginia, you can find me chasing after my toddler, sweating in my garden, or trying a new recipe in my kitchen.

Tell us about your book:

Simply A Matter Of Time is the second book in the Firemark series, which is a contemporary romance with magical realism set off the coast of Massachusetts on the mysterious Brightrock Island. Residents Lizzy and Ethan embrace the world outside Brightrock but as the police get closer to the island’s secret, they must make a choice between the people they love or their lives.

Are any elements of your book autobiographical or inspired by elements of your life?

The settings and some of the family members in this book are inspired by grandparents from Massachusetts and Louisiana. Writing those scenes was truly a page out of my own life and will always have a special place in my heart.

What’s your favorite scene or location in the work you’re currently promoting, and why?

My very favorite scene in Simply A Matter Of Time is the very last chapter, which makes me weepy every time I read it. It took so long for one character to learn her lesson and it’s such a relief when she finally gives in to her softer side.

What book or author has been most inspirational for you, and why?

I have always admired Nora Roberts’s work ethic and have been a devoted fan of her JD Robb series since I was reading it during high school physics. In fact, I was listening to her first book in the series, Naked in Death on CD (I know, it was fancy back then) on my way to high school when I was rear-ended. I was so pulled in by the story that I was completely relaxed and didn’t tense up at all! If that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is.

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

Yes! I’m wrapping up my first in a new contemporary romance series that also has magical realism based around everyday heroines who have secret powers you wouldn’t expect.

Finally, where can we find you?

You can find me at www.kathrynkmurphy.com where I blog weekly, and @kathrynwrites2 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My latest book Simply A Matter Of Time is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088VHY3RS

Simply A Matter of Time

Ethan Brooks has led an extremely long double life, one that always felt stable and secure—until he crossed paths with Nora St. Clair. Suddenly, the dogged police lieutenant is invading his office in her quest for answers about the mysterious Brightrock Island he hails from, an idyllic community off the coast of Massachusetts and home to a literal fountain of youth. Sworn to secrecy about his hometown, Ethan must protect the truth about the mysterious island and those who live there at any cost. But that’s easier said than done as Nora captures Ethan’s attention like no one ever has, upending his carefully cultivated life. 

Resident Lizzy Brooks is enjoying her first taste of freedom from Brightrock Island after almost fifty years when Nora’s investigation throws everything into chaos, trashing Lizzy’s dreams when they’ve only just begun. With the clock ticking, Lizzy only has a few short weeks to explore what might’ve been a grand, romantic adventure with Caleb Broussard, her only connection outside the island. But this quiet, kind man whom Lizzy thought she knew has secrets of his own, ones that could impact everything.

Now Ethan and Lizzy are both on borrowed time. But as Nora gets closer to uncovering the truth, Brightrock’s elders deliver an ultimatum: return home or leave the island forever, forcing Lizzy and Ethan to choose between their loves—or their lives. 

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