Author Kaylin McFarren’s Bio:
Linda Yoshida, aka Kaylin McFarren, is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.
Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.
Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Kathy Slevin, a screenwriter from Los Angeles, completed a screenplay for Flaherty's Crossing and has already received positive feedback from several television and movie producers. Fingers crossed that more great news will soon be forthcoming...
She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, about her dangerous, harrowing experiences.
She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.
A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.
She loves her husband of 36 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test.
On A Personal Note:
Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTY'S CROSSING as a source of personal therapy after losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation's colon cancer research department in her father's name. She's now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart.
•September 22nd - 2012 Indie Book of the Day Award Winner
•2nd place - 2012 Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing Contest
•1st place - 2012 AKRWA's Best Break-up Contest
•2nd place - 2012 Central Ohio Fiction Writers' Ignite the Flame Contest
•2010 Champagne Books Publisher's Award of Excellence
•1st place - 2009 Great Beginning Contest
•1st place - 2009 Melody of Love Contest
•Finalist - 2008 RWA Golden Heart®, Romantic Elements
•1st place - 2007 Cleveland Rocks (NE Ohio RWA), Mainstream
•1st place - 2007 Gateway to the Best (Missouri RWA), Single Title
•1st place - 2007 Beacon (First Coast Romance Writers), Unpublished Women's Fiction
•1st place - 2007 Golden Acorn (Charter Oak Romance Writers), Romantic Elements
•1st place - 2007 Hook, Line & Sinker (Hudson Valley Romance Writers)
•1st place - 2007 Hot Prospects (Valley of the Sun Romance Writers), Women's Fiction
•2nd place - 2007 Golden Rose (Rose City Romance Writers), Mainstream
•2nd place - 2007 Touch of Magic (Central Florida Romance Writers), Mainstream
•2nd place - 2007 Where the Magic Begins (Romance Writers Ink), Women's Fiction
•3rd place - 2009 You Gotta Read Reviews (October Public Poll), Book Trailer Contest
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A Message From Kaylin...
The last three months have been filled with excitement, travel and fun developments. First if all, Severed Threads was officially released on July 18th and continues to receive rave reviews. This first book in the Threads series garnered a number of new awards this season, including:
2012 Indie Book of the Day Award Winner for 22nd of September 2012
2012 Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing Contest - 2nd place
2012 AKRWA's best Break-up…
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