Sharing suspense through fiction

Posted 10/13/14

Arvada authoress and teacher, Kathy Marvel, sits down with The Press for a Q&A about her latest suspense novel, the Velvet Touch.

As you travel through the book, it goes back and forth between character to character. It lends itself towards being …

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Sharing suspense through fiction

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Arvada authoress and teacher, Kathy Marvel, sits down with The Press for a Q&A about her latest suspense novel, the Velvet Touch.

Why Suspense?

As you travel through the book, it goes back and forth between character to character. It lends itself towards being suspenseful, because it starts with an Allie perspective where she doesn’t know what’s going on and what’s coming next, but there’s romance in there as well — it has a little bit of both.

Recent reviewers describe themes around a loss of security and fear in your book, can you elaborate on that?

Through the story though, Allie is first thinking that she’s crazy. She notices things that are amiss in the house or things that are going missing, she’s also pregnant and so her hormones are crazy. It just feels like you’re going crazy and to find out you really weren’t, someone is in their house — I think that would make anyone feel insecure, and to feel like you aren’t in control.

You write in the synopsis that this novel is inspired by real events, can you detail that for me?

A little bit. A lot of what happened in part one happened to me.
I made it Luke and Allie’s own story … but it was definitely inspired by some true life events. We had an intruder, but again all characters are fictional and inspired by events that did happen.
Since some of those things did happen, it was easy for me to do it an Allie perspective, and it was definitely harder for me to do a Velvet perspective because I’m guessing on what that person maybe thinking or feeling, making up a character on my own.

What character do you most relate to?

I would say I’m the main character in the book, Allie, but I’m also a writer so it’s not 100 percent — not even 80 percent this really happened. 

Why was it important for you to share this story?

When something happens in your life that doesn’t feel good, you want to talk about it and get it out.
My original goal was not to publish, it was just to write for myself and write this story down and it got done and I was like — why not?

Do you have plans to write more?

I plan to write more, it’s just about finding the time. It does lend itself to a sequel, but I’ve also thought about doing a prequel.
It’s about picking something up and getting started and well — I need to get started.
For more information on Velvet Touch or Marvel, visit www.kathymarvelbooks.com.

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