Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Tour: The Moonlight Serenade by Kate Hinderer Interview

Determined to someday sing on the stage in New York City, Collette takes an internship at the luxury resort on Fascination Island.

While she plans to hone her craft by singing nightly on the stage of the Moonlight Serenade restaurant, she never expected to be pushed outside her comfort zone.

Shy and reserved, she is challenged to step outside herself and release the inner diva. When Falcon comes along, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.

Before long Collette is forced to make life-changing decisions that will impact her future in ways she never even imagined.

The Emerald Isle
Fascination Island Book 1 
To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents Audyn takes a job as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention.

When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.


1.     Where did you get the idea for the novel? Since this is the second book in the series, I’ve had the general idea of the book in my head for over a year. Even as I finished the first book, I was working out the characters of the second one. I wanted Collette, my main character, to be very different from the previous main character so that the book would stand on its own and the characters would not be comparable.
2.     Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title? When I named the first book in the series I decided to keep the series titles focused around the name of the spot the main character works on the island. Audyn worked as a lifeguard at the Emerald Isle. Collette worked as a singer in the Moonlight Serenade. Perhaps, it’s not the most original title choice but it helped keep the series linked.
3.     Which came first, the title or the novel? The novel came first. I changed the title a couple times, based on changes to the restaurant the main character sings in every night.
4.     Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you? I have to say, something as simple as having readers reach out to me about loving the book or a specific character, is pretty sang exciting.
5.     What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read? I am spending the summer returning to the classic that I never got around to reading. The Great Gatsby is the first one on my list. I’m only a handful of pages in.
6.     What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)? I wrote a book called the Single Yellow Rose. It was a Regency England novel with Dukes and Earls, balls and garden parties. All the characters were my good friends in high school. They each picked the name of their character and the name of their love interest. The story filled about 6 college-lined notebooks and was written as I sat in classes, apparently taking notes.
7.     What is your writing process? I start without paper – just an idea. I mull it over, watch those around me, tweak character traits, etc… I then mind map the main characters and make a basic outline of the larger plot elements. From there I jump into the writing and let it take over.
  1. Who are your favorite authors of all time? Madeleine L’Engle, Alexandre Dumas, Chaim Potok, Dee Henderson,
  2. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? I’ve never done a book signing, but I imagine I’d write a little note.
  3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I hate talking about my books to the people closest to me in real life. I love talking about it online, blogs, social media, etc… But to talk about the plot, especially with these paranormal books, to anyone I know in real life always just feels oddly awkward. I don’t know what to say. I love writing but feel weird talking about it. Weird.. I know. 
  4. How do you react to a bad review? I think all reviews offer something an author can glean for the next book. For instance, my first book got a lot of great reviews but a number of people said it was super slow starting and difficult to get into. From that I learned the importance of having interesting elements early on that pull the reader in and get them to keep reading. As a reader I understood that, as an author it was a good lesson to book crafting.
  5. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? I text all my friends and family a million times the first day Aurora Undefined was available online. With each new sale they were bombarded with me messages. I’m pretty sure I remember treating myself to a Venti iced Starbucks treat as well.

About the Author:
In a nutshell: Writer. Blogger. Journalist. Marathon runner. Social media enthusiast. Beer drinker. Avid YA reader. Traveler. Chicago native. Milwaukee resident. Music fanatic. Fashion lover. Oldest of nine. 

Writing has been in my soul from the very beginning. In grade school I started my own local paper for the street I lived on. In middle school I wrote for the school paper and loved any English writing assignment. I started writing novels in high school. At the time my friends were the characters, the setting was almost always Regency England, and I scratched the story into lined notebooks.

Now, I have a journalism degree and a dozen various business writing gigs under my belt. I’ve lived in a handful of US cities including Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis and New York. I pen a personal fashion and lifestyle blog,, and continue to write about commercial real estate. 

My first book, Aurora Undefined, was published in 2011. The Emerald Isle, the first Fascination Island book, came out during the summer of 2012, at which time I immediately began writing the second book in the series.

Next up . . . stay tuned! I’m working on a new contemporary novel as well as the third book in the Fascination Island series.

Kate Hinderer Writes (blog):
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Twitter: @kate_hinderer

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