Kristie Hardy, whose life is the inspiration behind this book, holds a B.S. in Education, a minor in English, and is a former teacher. But her most recent profession as a private investigator spawned a desire to unearth the long-suppressed details of her own personal story. She is a mother of two, and a thirty year metastatic breast cancer survivor. Kristie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with her husband.
Cate Hardy, Kristie’s daughter and co-author, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Cate lives in San Antonio, Texas with the loves of her life: her husband and two children.
Kristie and Cate are the mother/daughter writing team of K.C. Hardy. Their latest book is the Christian inspirational fiction, One-Way Ticket Home.
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About the Book:
Days before boarding the plane to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, Julie Whitaker receives an unexpected phone call from her past. The memory of Mark Jennings, a handsome and charming Top Gun pilot, had haunted her for decades. Their fairy tale wedding was everything she’d ever dreamed
Starting a new a life without Mark proved to be much harder than Julie had imagined. But in her darkest hour, God revealed Himself in a miraculous way, giving her the strength she needed not only to battle depression, but to face a diagnosis of breast cancer that threatened to cut her life short.
Now, amidst the splendor of the Italian Alps, on the eve of her daughter’s wedding, Julie’s thoughts are catapulted back to Mark and the reason for his call. After thirty years, will Julie have a chance to see him once again? And would she even want to?
Based on true events, One-Way Ticket Home will take you on an unforgettable journey of love, loss, hope and forgiveness. With grace, candor and an indomitable wit, K.C. Hardy reminds us that it is often in our darkest hours, that the strength of the human spirit shines the brightest.
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- One-Way Ticket Home is available at Amazon.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Welcome girls! Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourselves?
The research we did was primarily focused on Italy and in particular, Lake Como. We also researched the University of Texas at Austin during the time period from 1974 through 1978 - everything from school buildings, classes available, clothing, music and certain vernacularisms to insure that the book was true to the time period. It was a long time ago and it’s hard to recall certain details.
Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?
Initially, we did submit our manuscript to quite a few publishing companies. In the final analysis, however, we realized that the only way we were going to be able to stay true to the message and not compromise our story was to self-publish.
If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself? Can you tell us what that was like?
The POD company we chose helped us with that. Because of that, it was a pretty easy process.
If self-published, how did you determine the price?
We wanted to be competitive and not price our book out of the market. We studied the pricing of other books similar in genre and number of pages to ours and pretty much priced it towards the lower end of the scale.
Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book? Why?
Yes. We chose October to release our book since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
How did you choose your cover?
I (Kristie) looked through many images, but when I first spotted the one I chose, it was love at first sight! The picture embodied every emotion I wanted to convey...from the sense of longing and pain to ultimately a feeling of contentment and resolution. It was perfect!
Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?
Oh my goodness, we wrote and rewrote the book many times. At one point we completely dumped entire chapters and hundreds of pages in the trash and did a complete about-face. Then we sat down, turned to each other and cried!
Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book?
No, not yet.
Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book? If so, what’s the link?
We actually created our book trailer totally on our own and we’ve heard fantastic things about it. The link is:
What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?
We’ve read that it’s a great way to market and get the word out about your book.
We have signed up to take part in The Goodreads Author Program. This is a completely free program that was developed to help authors reach their target audience. It’s the perfect place for new authors.
What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?
Do extensive research on the various Print-on-Demand Book Publishers (POD) and Resources, such as Lightning Source, Lulu and CreateSpace. Compare pricing and services before deciding which is the best fit for you and your book. Also, check out the various methods to market your book. There are several reputable companies who will help you get the wheels in motion, but the cost can vary greatly from one company to the next. Time spent on the nitty gritty of marketing your book will be time well spent and invested.
What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?
Go out to your favorite restaurant and order a glass of your favorite pink bubbly! Hats off to you! It’s time to toast to all your hard work and dedication.
What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?
We set up a Twitter account, FaceBook page, website and created the trailer.
Do you have a long term plan with your book?
We hope that our book will reach women everywhere and be translated into many different languages. It is our ultimate dream that the book can transition to a screen play.
What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?
We truly want to thank all of our readers for investing the time to read our book. We hope you enjoy reading it almost as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it. God bless each and everyone of you.