Kaylin McFarren is a California native who has enjoyed traveling around the world. She previously worked as director for a fine art gallery, where she helped foster the careers of various artists before feeling the urge to satisfy her own creative impulses.
Since launching her writing career, McFarren has earned more than a dozen literary awards in addition to a finalist spot in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart Contest. A member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers, she also lends her participation and support to various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
McFarren currently lives with her husband in Oregon and visits her second home in California once a month. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren, and look forward to having more.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Banished Threads.
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About the Book:
A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.
While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter. Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.
With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?
First place – 2016 Hudson Valley RWA Hook, Line & Sinker Contest
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What made you decide to become a published author?
I’ve always had a fondest for the written word. As a youngster, I was an avid reader and fell in love with mysteries. A few of my poems won awards and a few short stories found their way into high school newspapers. But it wasn’t until all three of my daughters were grown and on their own that I felt to need to reinvent myself. I realized that I wanted to write a book and end it completely different from all the books I read over the years. The day my father died became a turning point and made me understand the importance of sharing experiences and pieces of our lives, even if it came from a fictional place.
Would you consider your latest book, Banished Threads, to be a one of a kind? How so?
This book, like all the books in my series, comes from personal encounters, work experiences, sightseeing, and information gathered while traveling around the world. I love the idea of creating flawed, multi-dimensional characters that grow despite their weaknesses and the hardships in their lives. I also love the idea of educating readers about places and things and at the same time leaving them guessing as to who the good and bad guys are until the final pages are read. Together, this results in creating a unique story.
Where is your writing sanctuary?
I have a fabulous library inside my home in Oregon where I practically live. It includes a great writing desk, comfortable chair, MAC computer and wonderful bookcases filled with bestsellers, works by up and coming authors, collectibles, Japanese novels and research journals.
What do you believe a writer should not do as far as getting his or her book published?
First, don’t fall in love with the first draft of your story…at least not deeply. It’s not unusual for publishers to toss pages, especially the first chapter, or to eliminate characters that are fun to write about but ultimately serve no purpose. Don’t believe your book is perfect, even after hiring a professional editor and sharing it with friends and critique partners, because somehow errors magically appear even in Arthur Golden books. No matter what anyone tells you, don’t believe that your book will become an overnight bestseller without being seen or recommended by Oprah Winfrey, the New York Times and the top writing critics in the nation. It’s a rare occurrence when this happens and the success is short lived unless you write day and night, and publish as many books as humanly possible. But most important of all, don’t give up on your dream to be a qualified author – the person who can hold a book in your hands and know that every word in it came from your thoughts and imagination. Believe me, the right publisher is out there, even if it turns out to be yourself.
You’re concocting a recipe for a best selling book. What’s the first ingredient?
A compelling premise or storyline that can be told in twenty words or less.
Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?
While in college, I studied art and for eight years owned and operated a 5,000 square foot art gallery in Portland, Oregon where my staff assisted in representing the work of more than 400 artists. This experience came in handy while writing a book about art thieves, especially since a neighboring gallery had more than $200,000 worth of art stolen during one of our monthly shows.
Aside from writing, what’s your passion?
My husband and I formed an organization called the Soulful Giving Foundation due to our pledge to find a cure for cancer. Each summer, we host a music, art and food event at our home, bringing together 4,000 ticketholders and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Providence Cancer Center and Randall Children’s Hospital. With the help of 8 board members, 160 volunteers, 16 restaurants, 40 cases of donated wine, 60 kegs of beer and hundreds of silent auction items, this festival has become an award-winning east Portland event with the slogan, “Come for the Concert, Stay for the Cause.”
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on the next installment in the Threads series, Twisted Threads, bringing together villains from two books and am loving the drama and unexpected twists that I think readers will enjoy and have come to expect from my books. J