Interview with Kathryn Nolan, author of Wild Open Hearts
29 Oct 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Wild Open Hearts?
Wild Open Hearts is a steamy, slow-burn, opposites-attract romance (which is my favorite trope!) The book is about a hippie, vegan female billionaire whose tarnished reputation can only be saved by a grumpy, dog-rescuing, ex-biker. Wild Open Hearts is the third book in the Bluewater Billionaire series, written by me, Lucy Score, Claire Kingsley and Pippa Grant! These four interconnected standalones feature four female billionaires (and best friends) who live together in a funky, tropical enclave in Miami Beach.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
My Kindle is loaded up with an ARC of ‘The Arrival of You’ by B. Cranford (so good!). I read a ton of different genres so my nightstand is usually stacked with a mix of paperbacks – right now I’ve got ‘Gideon the Ninth’ by Tamsyn Muir; ‘Kushiel’s Dart’ by Jacqueline Carey; ‘The Bean Trees’ by Barbara Kingsolver and ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (an old favorite and the best comfort read).
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Never stop writing. Your voice matters. And when you get a job offer to move from Philadelphia to Sacramento, California — make sure you take it. Your soul-mate lives there.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
More reading and more yoga!
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
My husband, Rob, and I are big travelers. In 2017, we moved into our camper van and traveled all across the country (and Canada) for six months, staying in National Parks and living off the grid. That’s what brings us joy – being in nature, hiking, camping and traveling whenever we can. We adopted a rescue pup named Walter last year who is very active, so now our joy comes from exploring the great outdoors with our dog.
What scene in Wild Open Hearts was your favorite to write?
If I could say every scene, I would! I was obsessed with Luna and Beck from the beginning and loved their natural chemistry and the way they slowly worked to build trust. Their first kiss scene had been in my head for awhile (Fireworks, Mr. Mason) and that was a blast to write. But I have to say — the scene when Luna helps Beck interview Jimmy (who is adopting two dogs) was one of the most emotional things I’ve ever written. And it wasn’t a planned scene, it just spilled from my fingers.
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