Location and life experiences can really influence writing. Tell us where you grew up and where you live now. I grew up in a small farming community of Copley, OH. Leaving home at 18 to go to college in Massachusetts was the beginning of many years living and working in various states. I have recently relocated back to Norton, OH to be with the love of my life.
Where do you get your inspiration from? I get inspiration from the memories of my childhood and the strength from which I had to cope with them.
What is the hardest – getting published, writing, or marketing? All of these present a formidable challenge but marketing has been my greatest challenge.
What marketing works for you? I have found that personal presentations of my book, especially at local public libraries has been personally fulfilling and rewarding.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?Absolutely. I have the greatest family going. My friends are completely supportive and have read my book.
Do you plan to publish more books? Yes, I am currently writing my next memoir of my world travels.
What other jobs have you had in your life? I have had a number of professional leanings through my professional life. All fields of social work, bartender, nursing home administrator, image consultant, career advisor and international teacher.
If you could study any subject at university, what would you pick? Astronomy.
Tattered Phoenix is a heroic, real-life American memoir of one woman’s brave fight for success in the last half of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1940s, author Kachina Riley details her family’s brave struggles against mental illness, illiteracy, and other health issues. In the end she achieves upward mobility beyond anyone’s expectations, earning two master’s degrees and breaking free from the limitations of her Appalachian roots to become a highly respected professional social worker and a world traveler. She is forced to fight her way through many challenges along the way as she rises from the ashes, torn but never beaten. In many ways, Ms. Riley’s story is the story of our nation evolving into what it is today. Tattered Phoenix will rekindle memories for anyone who grew up in America during the post-war era.
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Genre – Memoir
Rating – PG13