In the deep blue ocean lives an ancient predator…
Dr. Grace Mann knows great white sharks. As the daughter of an obsessed shark researcher based at the Farallon Islands, Grace spent her childhood in the company of these elegant and massive creatures. When a photo of her freediving with a great white goes viral, the institute where she works seeks to capitalize on her new-found fame by producing a documentary about her work.
Underwater filmmaker Alec Galloway admires Dr. Mann and jumps at the opportunity to create a film showcasing the pretty biologist. As he heads to Guadalupe Island in Baja California Sur for a three-week expedition, it’s clear that his fan-boy crush on Grace is turning into something more serious. But even more pressing—Grace’s passionate focus on the sharks just might get her killed.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write at my desk. I have a small office in my home in Arizona. I usually do business stuff in the morning and write in the afternoons.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
When I’m writing a first draft, I’ll set a daily word count that I want to hit, usually around 2,000 words. Later when I’m in revision mode, I’ll change that goal to 2-3 pages per day.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
I drink water and tea. If I’m particularly stressed over my writing, I tend to turn to candy. Sweetarts, red licorice, and gummies are my favorite.
– What is your favourite book?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s such a lovely and perfect romance.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
No. I currently write in two genres (contemporary adventure romance and historical western romance), and that’s keeping me fairly busy.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Maybe in the most roundabout way. When I’m developing characters, I’m usually looking for traits that will complement the story I want to tell.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, but I do take notes on my phone.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m pretty open to reading anything that catches my eye, so I try not to limit myself.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Gosh, I have many author friends that are wonderful writers who I’d be pleased to work with, but if I had to choose someone I fan girl over, then it would be Katherine Neville. Her novel, THE EIGHT, is one of my all-time favorite books.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Of late, Morocco has been on my mind, specifically Marrakech. I’m developing the next novel in my Pathway series, ANCIENT WINDS, and I’m trying to decide if I’ll include it as a location.
Thanks so much for having me!
Thank you, Kristy McCaffrey and Love Books Group Tours.
About the author
Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. A fascination with science led her to earn two mechanical engineering degrees—she did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh—but storytelling has always been her passion. She writes both contemporary tales and award-winning historical western romances.
With the release of Deep Blue, Kristy is launching The Pathway Series, a project she’s been developing for years. Each book will combine her love of animal conservation and environmental awareness, while also shining a light on unique and diverse locations around the world. Come along for high adventure with honorable heroes, determined heroines, and Kristy’s trademark mysticism.
An Arizona native, Kristy and her husband reside in the desert where they frequently remove (rescue) rattlesnakes from their property, go for runs among the cactus, and plan trips to far-off places like the Orkney Islands or Machu Picchu. But mostly, she works 12-hour days and enjoys at-home date nights with her sweetheart, which usually include Will Ferrell movies and sci-fi flicks. Her four children have nearly all flown the nest, and the family recently lost their cherished chocolate Labrador, Ranger, so these days a great deal of attention is lavished on Ranger’s sister, Lily, and the newest addition to the household—Marley, an older yellow Labrador they rescued in early 2018. Both dogs are frequently featured on Kristy’sInstagram account, so pop over to meet her canine family.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir
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