Friday, August 07, 2015

Interview + Giveaway: Karen Katchur (Author of THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD)

Today on Carmel & Kyla, we have a very special guest!!! *squeals* And it's no other than...

Karen Katchur

For those who don't know Karen, well, she's a new author. Her debut novel is called The Secrets of Lake Road. It was just recently published by Thomas Dunne Books. To know more about Karen and her debut novel, just keep on scrolling down. :D

Karen Katchur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University and a Masters of Education degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. She enjoys running and tennis. THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD is her first novel.


1. Hello, Miss Katchur! It's truly an honor to have you here on my blog. The Secrets of Lake Road is your debut novel. For those who don't know about it, could you tell us more about it?

Thank you so much for having me! SECRETS [of Lake Road] is about first love, lost innocence and the destructive power of buried secrets, not only within a family, but also within an entire community.

2. In a few words or so, describe the main characters of the book, Jo and Caroline.

Jo is a thirty-two-year-old wife and mother of two. For sixteen years she’s kept a secret about what really happened the night her teenage boyfriend drowned. Her guilt surrounding his death has prevented her from moving forward, and in the process, adversely affects the relationships she has with her family and everyone connected to her. 

Caroline is twelve-years-old and trapped between childhood and adolescence. She doesn’t understand why her mother is distant and unavailable. When a little girl disappears from the beach, Caroline is tossed from the security of childhood into a world that she suddenly sees as unsafe.

3. What was your inspiration in writing The Secrets of Lake Road?

When I was a kid I enjoyed many summers at a lake in the Poconos, but not nearly as much as my sister and our late grandmother. It was their love of the lake and its community that inspired this book.

4. Recommend your book [The Secrets of Lake Road] to the readers.

I hope readers will enjoy THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD because it is both a family drama ripe with a mother/daughter conflict as well as a mystery. I hope they come away from the novel feeling as if they experienced some of the nostalgia of having spent summer vacations with their own family and friends. And I hope the suspense keeps them turning the pages!

5. Lastly, what is your message/piece of advice to those aspiring writers?

My message to aspiring writers is to keep writing and improving your craft, and to never give up. I’m not sure who said this and I’m paraphrasing, but I believe it’s true. “The only difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is that the published writer never gave up.”

Know more about The Secrets of Lake Road...

by Karen Katchur

Published August 4th 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN-13: 978-1-250-06681-7 | $24.99 | Hardcover
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A haunting story about the destructive power of secrets, this accomplished and gripping suspenseful women's fiction debut is perfect for fans of Lisa Scottoline and Heather Gudenkauf

Jo has been hiding the truth about her role in her high school boyfriend’s drowning for sixteen years. Every summer, she drops her children off with her mother at the lakeside community where she spent summers growing up, but cannot bear to stay herself; everything about the lake reminds her of the guilt she feels. For her daughter Caroline, however, the lake is a precious world apart; its familiarity and sameness comforts her every year despite the changes in her life outside its bounds. At twelve years old and caught between childhood and adolescence, she longs to win her mother’s love and doesn’t understand why Jo keeps running away.

Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach. Rescue workers fail to uncover any sign of her—but instead dredge up the bones Jo hoped would never be discovered, shattering the quiet lakeside community’s tranquility. Caroline was one of the last people to see Sara alive on the beach, and feels responsible for her disappearance. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the little girl. As Caroline searches for Sara, she uncovers the secrets her mother has been hiding, unraveling the very foundation of everything she knows about herself and her family. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a riveting novel that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.


Meet Karen Katchur…

Tuesday, August 4—Bethlehem, PA
Moravian Bookshop, 6 PM
428 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Thursday, August 6—Elkins Park, PA
Open Book Bookstore, 7 PM
7900 High School Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Thursday, August 13—Emmaus, PA
Let’s Play Books, 6 PM
379 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA 18046


“This is the perfect book for a sultry summer afternoon: it conjures cicada song in the heat, woodsy green shade, and a lake that hides its secrets deep. The Secrets of Lake Road is a true storyteller’s story, at once a relentlessly gripping mystery that builds suspense from its opening words, and also a wise examination of the trouble with mothers and daughters.”
--Bethany Chase, author of The One That Got Away

“Gripped me with its provocative opening sentence and held me in its spell until its final, shattering revelations. A suspenseful, heartbreaking novel.”
--David Bell, bestselling author of The Forgotten Girl

“A haunting story taut with suspense and packed with hope, loss and poignancy. Readers won’t want to put it down until the final page has been turned and the heart of the mystery revealed.”
--Marilyn Brant, New York Times bestselling author of The Road to You

“Part tender coming-of-age, part edge-of-your-seat suspense...Pick up this book forewarned that you will do nothing else until you finish reading it.”
--Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls

 “Gripping and evocative...Katcher skillfully weaves between past and present, revealing devastating truths along the way.”
--Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Fragile World

“Drenched in atmosphere, mysterious and haunting, The Secrets of Lake Road dives deep into a community’s secrets and shows how love and heartache can be equally binding. I lost days to this book as I couldn’t stop reading.”
--Sara Foster, author of Beneath the Shadows

“Will have you turning the pages faster than you thought possible, desperate to find out what mysterious event has fractured the residents of this haunting lake. Karen Katchur has written a book whose setting and characters will gnaw at you every time you try to put it down.”
--Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Forever, Interrupted

And of course, this post would not be complete without a... giveaway!


• Giveaway is open to US residents only. [Sorry INTL folks! :(]
• Must be 18+ or have parent's permission to join the giveaway.
• Most importantly, do not CHEAT. If you have one invalid entry that means I will consider all of your other entries as INVALID. If it was invalid by accident, you can notify me over at Twitter.
• Once the giveaway is over, I'll be the one to contact the winner. If he/she doesn't respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Questions? Suggestions? Violent reactions? Feel free to email me for further information.

Big thanks to St. Martin's Press for making this possible!

1 comment:

  1. Yeay for debut authors! It's so nice to know more about Karen and her book! Thanks for sharing this lovely interview, Kyla!


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