I’m a writer, a mom, and a believer in God, not necessarily in that order.
2. What’s your latest release and what are you working on?
My latest release is a contemporary New Adult with strong romantic elements titled A Taylor-Made Life. It’s the story of my heart born out of emotions I experienced five years ago when my husband battled stage IV melanoma.
I’m working on two new adult fantasy romances just picked up by Boroughs Publishing Group. The first of the two, The Pirate Princess, will release early next year.
3. In your current release, A Taylor-Made Life, what was the hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene to write in A Taylor-Made Life was, and I suspect will always be, the hardest scene I’ve ever written in any story. It’s the scene at the end of Chapter 20, and even though it’s not the last scene in the story it was the last one I wrote. I kept hoping and believing I could change the outcome. I considered writing in a miracle, but I knew the story wouldn’t be what it was supposed to be, unless the plot progressed as originally planned.
I had procrastinated for as long as I possibly could. One Sunday morning a couple of weeks after completing the remainder of the story, I woke up at 5:30 AM and started writing. By the time I’d finished, I’d used almost an entire box of Kleenex. The emotion poured out of me like in no other scene I’ve ever read or written. That’s when I realized, I’d needed the release the story provided and I knew others would experience that same healing too.
4. When did you first begin writing, and why are you so passionate about being a storyteller?
Three years ago after rereading my favorite YA fantasy series at least five times searching for an answer the author never provided, I decided to write my own answer. I wrote a short supplemental chapter to the story and filled in the blanks. My short chapter became one of the most popular for that series, and even the author complemented me on it. That was when I realized filling in the blanks wasn’t enough. I wanted to tell my own stories. My own characters needed an audience. I began writing an epic fantasy romance in late November of 2010 and finished it in January of 2011. This past April I saw my dream realized and my first manuscript was published. The words keep coming. There are so many stories to tell. Now, I have to be selective in the ones I choose because my ideas seem endless.
About A Taylor-Made Life
Five years ago while I was pregnant with my youngest child, my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma cancer. It was a difficult and emotional time in our lives. He’s now well and cancer free, but last year when a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, all those emotions came flooding back. A Taylor-Made Life is the result of those emotions. It’s a special story looking for a home in the hearts of readers. I pray you give the characters an opportunity to touch you.
“A Taylor-Made Life is one of the best books I’ve read this year and it’s not one I’ll soon forget… Taylor and Gavin stole my heart and my breath, and I wasn’t ready to let them go.” – Nikki Barrett, Storm Goddess Book Reviews
“Beautifully written, and I would dare anyone not to cry….. Gavin and Taylor have such depth and emotion, it’s hard not to fall in love with them. These two characters will remain in my memory forever.” – Melissa Limoges, Insert Clever Quip Here Book Reviews
“6 Stars, 2 full boxes of Kleenex…Beautiful!” – a.c. Mason, bestselling author
“Kary Rader is a wonderful new voice in New Adult fiction. Taylor-Made is a must-read.”– Jill Limber, author and editor, Boroughs Publishing Group
“Live the life you’re given; love the life you make. Get out your tissue box; A TAYLOR MADE LIFE by Kary Rader will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate your own life and mortality. With a bold female protagonist and a hardened hero, this novel confronts the difficulties of living and dying with cancer.” –The Romance Reviews
They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.
Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn’t find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.
Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he’s gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he’s matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.
When it’s discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor’s mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he’ll never know to a girl he just met.
Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished with words. It’s the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.