Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an online community of authors located across the globe. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy. Visit Kerry at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.
As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.
A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.
In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like for you?
How about one word? Bumpy. For 99% of us, the ride isn’t smooth and the off-ramps enticing an exit are plenty. The key (in my case) was to keep moving forward, even when the rejections had me burning fumes. The journey was so worth it though.
What was your inspiration for writing Everything We Keep?
Revealing that would give away a key plot point in the story. ;) Let’s just say I saw a TV show where a character had a condition that fascinated me. Intrigued, I started researching and well…the real-life case scenarios I came across were, to be cliché, stranger than fiction. They sparked the foundation of Everything We Keep.
Are any of your characters based on yourself?
Oh gosh, no! I’m not at all interesting. But the people around me are.
If you could cast Everything We Keep as a movie, who would play the lead characters?
This is a tough one. I’ll pick the top three characters. Thinking of current possibilities, I’d have to say:
Aimee Tierney: Alexandra Daddario or Alexis Bledel. (I waffle between these two. It’s the all about the eyes. ;) )
James Donato: Matt Bomer
Ian Collins: Scott Eastwood
What is the strangest movie that has ever made you cry?
I am a sap. I get teary over commercials, cartoons, you name it. It doesn’t take much for a movie to make me “happy” cry. Strangest movie off the top of my head? Blended, with Adam Sandler.
Where is your favorite place to spend money?
DSW. Shoes, baby. It’s all about the shoes.
Thanks to Kerry for chatting with us and TLC Book Tours for sharing her book with our readers.
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