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Today my author spotlight falls upon Doralynn Kennedy, who has a background in the military police as well as being a great writer. She's the author of Sleeping with Skeletons, a thriller-romance about a double-crossed American spy hiding out in Ireland (from both the bad guys and the CIA), who knows it's a bad idea to fall in love with a famous film star working nearby on a movie adaptation of Jane Eyre, but can't help doing so anyway. Welcome, Doralynn!

As I've let you and the rest of the world know, I loved Sleeping with Skeletons. It didn't hurt that you incorporated two of my favorite fandoms--Jane Eyre and The Phantom of the Opera. Did you choose those for their appropriate themes, or simply because you love them too?

I did choose Jane Eyre and The Phantom of the Opera mostly for their appropriate themes, but also because I'm a fan. I wanted to use those particular stories to bolster Sleeping with Skeletons -- by incorporating certain aspects of those stories... the little girl with the neglectful mother; Riyad as shadowed by the Phantom. I even used the Bugatti Veyron because Veyron sounds similar to Varens - the last name of the child in Jane Eyre. I hope I was successful, but that's for the reader to decide.

Your story's set in Ireland (along with a touch of France and Afghanistan), and you describe it so beautifully that I ached to be there myself. Have you spent much time there? How much of the story's setting comes directly from your travels?

I have traveled a lot, but for the most part I was never in any one place for long. Some of the settings do come from my travels. As for Ireland, I chose to place Margaret in a fictional Irish town. It freed me up in the story. I don't like using real places as a main location in my stories. Real places are always changing. If you describe a real pub that your character goes to, and it closed down two years ago, you've automatically dated your novel. If it's someplace a character doesn't spend much time, then I'll use a real location. In my latest novel, the action takes place in Colorado. Even though I'm a native of Colorado, I'm using a fictional locale. It gives me more latitude in my writing.

From your writing I could believe spies move among us at a far higher rate than most of us suspect. Is this true? Are you allowed to say? ;)

Actually, spies do move among us at a far higher rate than most people suspect. I can almost guarantee you that there is cloak and dagger going on in a city near you. There's nothing romantic about it though, especially where recruiting is concerned. And a lot of spying takes place online nowadays. The CIA loves Facebook and the social media. Crowdsourcing is used to great effect by all the various spy agencies. But a lot of people aid the enemy without even realizing what they're doing -- the media is constantly revealing information that spies once risked their lives for -- and they endanger everyone in the process. Our enemies consider them "useful idiots."

Give us a line from Sleeping with Skeletons that you personally love.

"Only a very foolish rabbit would stop and let the fox eat her."

If you could take a vacation to the fictional world of any novel, which would you choose?

That's a hard question ... hmmm ... I want to go to Thornfield. (Before the fire.)

What's your most unusual hobby (aside from writing stories)?

Podcasting. I do Bible prophecy related podcasts at Podbean. I post those at Tangle and You Tube. I also do podcasts for a ministry that exposes cults.

What's up next for you and your writing?

I'm looking for a home for my latest manuscript, Stranded (about a sheriff and his new female deputy tracking a series of unsettling crimes in rural Colorado). I'm also trying to find an agent. No luck yet, but I haven't contacted very many, and I only started about a week ago. I continue to write, though I do get burned out by it! Writing... just one big flirtation with rejection. I write - therefore I'm a masochist.

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Thank you, Doralynn! To visit Doralynn Kennedy and find buy links to her novel, please visit her webpage.

Comments

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ext_245956
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Cool.
Hey, Doralynn, let me know when Stranded comes out, I want to review it on my site. You up for another interview?

ann elle altman
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool.
Thanks Ann, I would love to do another interview with you! I look forward to it. I should start doing interviews at my blog... but I think you guys are the only ones who visit it! You wouldn't get much traffic from it. Doralynn
Joy Campbell-Chambers
Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Loved your closing lines, Doralynn. It's scary to think about the information that's out there that we don't know is dangerous. I'm with you on creating novel settings. Gives me way more freedom.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks Joy
I appreciate your comments Joy. It is scary what's out there. It's why I hate the social media sites so much... and the Internet in general. Just wish I wasn't so addicted to it. Thanks again, Doralynn
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks Molly
Molly, thank you for interviewing me. I really enjoyed it! Doralynn
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
oops
I forgot to mention something. I wasn't in military intelligence. I was military police, but I had dealings with military intelligence. Doralynn
mollyringle
Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: oops
Oops, my mistake! I went in and fixed that. Thanks! Great interview, and by the way, your "Before the fire" parenthetical remark made me chuckle. Important qualifier, there.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: oops
thanks. And I love the still shot from Jane Eyre. That's one of my favorite versions. Great film. Doralynn
mollyringle
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: oops
Oh man, Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson knocked it out of the park, didn't they? *swoons and fans self*
(Anonymous)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: oops
yes they did! And the scene from that photo is definitely a 'swooner'. I've always loved how Charlotte Brontë showed 'fire in the bedroom'... erotica for the time... and far more erotic than anything in today's genre.
mollyringle
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Re: oops
*laughs* Oh, I know! Bed literally catching fire - tension, much? (OK, due to madwoman technically, but as you say, it comes off erotic.) I'm so glad you like that adaptation too. A lot of people took issue with the plot changes, but I thought the chemistry and atmosphere were so perfect that I was willing to forgive them anything.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: oops
I didn't have a problem with the changes either. I thought they worked well. And as you say, the chemistry and atmosphere were perfect. I heard more people squawking about Charlotte Gainsbourg (a French woman) portraying the beloved (and, of course, very English) Jane Eyre. And even though I like that version, it's not one of my favorites. I didn't think an American actor, even though it was William Hurt, was the best choice. But Hurt made a pretty good Rochester. However, Anna Paquin was perfect as the young Jane Eyre, and so was the girl who played Helen. That's the only version that I watch the beginning of. Everything else, I fast forward to when Jane leaves Lowood. Doralynn
jjschwabach
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Thornfield? But we can go *anywhere*, right? I would totally go to Pern!

But it's definitely true that writing is a form of masochism :-).
(Anonymous)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Pern and Dune
I thought about Caladan too. I'd like to go there, but Jane Eyre is still my favorite novel, so it has to be Thornfield. Fellow writer and masochist, Doralynn
jjschwabach
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Pern and Dune

Well, then, Thornfield it must certainly be :-)! Pern's got that nasty Thread problem, anyway...
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Pern and Dune
Yes, and Dune has all those damn worms.
jjschwabach
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Pern and Dune
Indeed. And I hear water is in short supply.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Pern and Dune
Oh yes... and I don't think I could strap on a stillsuit and sip! Ewww!
jjschwabach
Sep. 5th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Pern and Dune
No way.
mollyringle
Sep. 3rd, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Miz JJ, I ought to send you some interview questions sometime too, if you want to do one!
jjschwabach
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'd be glad to :-)!
mollyringle
Sep. 6th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
Hurray! They're sent off now, as an LJ message thingy. Let me know if you didn't get 'em, and I'll try some other way!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Wonderful interview, Doralynn. I have learned so much. Can't wait to read Sleeping with Skeletons!

Bisi
(Anonymous)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Bisi
Thanks Bisi, I hope you enjoy it. There were a lot of changes made to it. I still prefer my original version. Thanks, Doralynn
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Miss Molly
Hi Molly, I blogged about your blog. http://dlynnkennedy.blogspot.com/
Doralynn
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