Welcome to my very first author interview! My author today is Kary Rader, and her book is titled, “A Taylor Made Life.”
This is a contemporary new adult book with strong romantic elements.
Kary, can you share about how you came to write this book?
Five years ago while I was pregnant with my youngest child, my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma cancer. It was a difficult and emotional time in our lives. He’s now well and cancer free, but last year when a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, all those emotions came flooding back. A Taylor-Made Life is the result of those emotions. It’s a special story looking for a home in the hearts of readers. I pray you give the characters an opportunity to touch you.
Would you share a blurb about A Taylor Made Life?
They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.
Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn’t find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.
Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he’s gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he’s matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.
When it’s discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor’s mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he’ll never know to a girl he just met.
Tell us about Kary, the author:
Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished with words. It’s the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love spending time with my three kids. During the summer we plan lots of activities and do things together. Yesterday we went to see Despicable Me 2 and today we’ll head over to the community water park. They grow up so fast and I don’t want to miss it. My baby will start kindergarten in the fall so no more pre-schoolers in the house.
What inspired you to start writing and to be an author?
Back in 2011 I was reading 5-7 books a week and my cousin, Kendra Highly asked me to read a story she’d written for publication. After I read it, I thought, I would like to write a story. I started writing and haven’t stopped. I’ve five completed novels, eight short stories and at least ten project with 10,000 words on the page.
I’m currently plotting book two in the Taylor-Made series and I have three more books planned. And I’m writing a fun new contemporary New Adult series that I can wait to share.
What is your favorite quote or phrase which motivates you?
In my first book, Queen of Jastain, my hero, Avant is somewhat of a philosopher. In a conversation with the heroine where she feels defeated he says to her, “The difference between success and failure is the direction of your will. It is always too soon to admit defeat.”
That is a quote I try to live by with my writing because this is a lonely business, art and lifestyle. It’s easy to get down with self-doubt, but when you’re given a gift, I believe it’s your responsibility to use it regardless of the obstacles.
Is there anything that you would like to share with your readers?
Sometimes in life we have to walk the hard road, but I want you to know you’re not alone and it’s not the end. Keep moving.
I leave you with Gavin’s parting prayer in A Taylor-Made Life—May He bring you life and in that life may you find joy.
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