Monday, June 7, 2021

Cover Release!





One Year On Broadway: Finding Ourselves Between the Sand and the Sea 

by Kathryn McKendry


A true story of forbidden love, adventure, and letting go


How do you know when it’s time to close one chapter of your life and begin a new one? To let go of the past, open your heart, and trust in a new beginning?


At first we said, “no.” We knew it was ridiculous.


And yet something in our hearts led us back to the Island.


Having no idea where it would lead, my husband and I took a leap of faith and became co-producers of the Broadway Revival of Once On This Island, the musical that had given us so much. 


Even if it failed, we would have a great story to tell.


We ended up with so much more.


*****

Thank you so much to J.L. Woodson at Woodson Creative Studio for this gorgeous design! As soon as I opened the email, tears came to my eyes. 

I still don't have an official release date set in stone, but stay tuned! Now I'm one step closer to getting it out into the world.

I'm also looking for anyone who would like to review it or help out with a book launch blog hop. Please email me at kjmckendry@yahoo.com if you're interested. 

Thanks so much! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


Kathy


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Releasing a Book is Like Buying a House #IWSG

 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose of this group is to express your doubts and fears as a writer without feeling foolish. It's a place where we writers can come together to offer support and advice to one another and share our triumphs.

Thank you to our fearless leader Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating the IWSG and to all of this month's co-hosts! J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowry, and Rachna Chhabria.

Every month, IWSG gives an optional prompt question. For June the question is: How long do you shelve a manuscript before editing it. Does experience writing make a difference in the time you take?

I have only completed two book-length manuscripts. The first one I put away for several years and I've never really finished editing it. 

My most recent I put away for about a week after completing the first draft. What about you? How long do you wait between drafting and editing? 

 

I have several insecurities this month. 

One Year On Broadway:
Finding Ourselves
Between the Sand and the Sea
My Debut Book!
I'm both thrilled and sort of terrified that my debut non-fiction book, One Year On Broadway: Finding Ourselves Between the Sand and the Sea, is set to come out this summer!

 It is a story of forbidden love, adventure, and letting go.

I'm a bit overwhelmed with everything I still have to do before launch day. But I also want to enjoy this whole crazy process. After all you only release your first book once in your life!

All the anxiety around releasing a book feels a bit like buying a house. There are so many pieces that have to fall into place and deadlines that need to be met and sometimes they just don't work out. What's most frustrating is that often they are out of your control, like when the house inspector finds radon gas and black mold in your dream house or the book cover designer needs to start over on your cover because his computer crashed and totally stopped working. 

Once the cover was completed I had a licensing issue with the subtitle (my fault), I had to come up with a new title and then we had to go back for another cover re-design. I still don't have the final cover.

Each time it happens, I'm disappointed, realizing I have to change the book's release date yet again. Though after missing my first two dates, I let it go. The only thing that really matters is that my story eventually makes it out into the world. 

So I'm tentatively saying my book will release this summer, though I keep wondering if some other unforeseen issue will pop up and delay it further.

I'm also insecure about the fact that I haven't blogged regularly in a few years and all my old bloggie buddies probably think I dropped off the planet. I've let my platform that I worked for several years to build up, slide into obscurity.  It has taken me quite a while to even relearn how to use Blogger, it seems it has changed a bit since I last used it and I kind of feel like the old lady who needs help from a kid to figure it all out again! 

And because I've been absent from the blogosphere for so long, I'm insecure about asking for help getting the word out about my book once the release date is set in stone.

But I am here now and ready to again be an active part of supporting everyone in this community. I can't wait to see what you have all been up to. Thank you all for being part of this amazing group!

I'd love to hear your book release stories.

What kinds of things do you do to prepare for your book launches? Do you hold physical launch parties and if so where? or do you just do virtual launches, blog hops and tours etc? What have been the most effective things you've done to get your book into the world on schedule? and what things have gone wrong?


Kathy

Saturday, December 19, 2020

One Year On Broadway

How do you know when it’s time to close one chapter of your life and begin a new one? To let go of the past, open your heart, and trust in a new beginning. To take a leap.

At first we said, “no.” We knew it was ridiculous.

And yet something in our hearts led us back to the island.

Having no idea where it would lead, Jesse and I took a leap of faith and became co-producers of the Broadway Revival of Once On This Island, the story that had given us so much. 

Even if it failed, we would have a great story to tell. 

We ended up with so much more.


Here is an excerpt from my first book, One Year On Broadway: Ridiculous! Interesting! More Amusing Than Mangoes! 

Coming out soon!

Friday, July 24, 2020

What is Love?





What is love?
What does it mean to live  in love? 
Imagine a world where we all walk in love
An infinite LOVE                                                  
Not bound by the artificial walls we build of
Us vs. them.
A  LOVE  that  transcends    all    boundaries  and      borders 
All classes and colors; 
All genders and non-genders;
All LIFE
All species
Simply love 
Binding all branches together into one trunk 
One living spirit rooted upon Earth like the banyan tree

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Once on This Island! and IWSG

I love Broadway musicals! Luckily, so does my husband and our three kids.  In fact you could say we're fanatics for Broadway. We love the big classics like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon; the newer ones like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Waitress, but one show stands out for us above all the rest.

It is Once on This Island by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Why? I'll tell you our story.

Over 25 years ago, my husband and I were just two college kids who had just started dating. He was working a part time college job as an usher at our university's performing arts theater.  Once on This Island was touring and came to our school. He saw it and immediately bought tickets for us to see it the next night.

It was our very first show together.

The Romeo and Juliet-esque tale of a poor peasant girl, Ti Moune, falling for Daniel, the wealthy son of an aristocrat, touched our hearts especially deep because my parents didn't approve of our relationship.

But I chose love.

And when we were married two years later, we brought the soundtrack of Once on This Island along on our honeymoon and listened and sang to it wherever we went.

Fast forward 23 years of happy marriage to last Sunday December 3, 2017. Once on This Island reopened for the first time on Broadway and we were lucky enough to be there to see it!  I started crying the moment the first notes were sung.  It was 90 minutes of pure heartfelt emotion.

Even if you've never seen or heard the original musical, if you like musicals at all, you should find a way to New York to see this!  It is an experience like you've never had before.  Everything about this musical is phenomenal!  The staging, casting, and choreography, immerses you into the story of the storm ravaged island and its characters.      

The New York Times review said it was a "Ravishing Revival" and it surely is!

Watch the Official trailer!





IWSG

This is the last post of the year for the IWSG (Insecure Writer's Support Group) started by Alex J. Cavanaugh.  It is a place where we as writers release our fears, hopes, and dreams into the world and give encouragement to one another! We post on the first Wednesday of the month! If you'd like to join us, click the IWSG link and sign up!


This month's optional question is:  As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

That's a tough question to answer!  2017 has been pretty great for me, but not because of anything I've really done. It has just been fabulous to see the opportunities that my three children have been presented with and to watch them shine in what they love doing.  So I wouldn't want anything to change. And I guess I've realized that while writing is a passion for me that comes just after my love of figure skating, more than anything I want to spend the last few moments I have with my kids before they are all totally gone. I'm okay that writing has taken a back seat.

But with that in mind, going forward to 2018, the quiet times when my kids aren't around, will be dedicated to writing!


Love, is why we tell our story!


Kathy

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fake ID, Proving Age Does Matter


Fake ID is a new band rockin' the Cleveland area.  They just performed their first two shows this last weekend and received rave reviews from anyone who saw them.

But what makes this cover band with two guitarists, a singer, a bassist, and a drummer so special?

Their ages.

Three of them are 13 and two are only 11 but these kids can really rock!  They aren't old enough to have spent decades learning their instruments, unless they started in the womb but somehow time doesn't seem to matter because they can play!

Of course I do have to admit I'm a bit biased as my son is one of the guitarists.
My son is the one in the red! :)

Another thing that makes them special is that this whole thing has all been on them.  They got together as a band, decided on a band name, set up their own rehearsal times, made up their set list and learned all the songs by themselves.  They decided they wanted to perform and not just goof around in the garage.  They contacted some venues, met with them and set everything up.  All that we parents did was drive them, hope everything would work out (leaving planning to 13 and 11 year olds is scary!) and then beam with pride as we watched them perform!

But as they say on their Facebook page, "Judge us by our music, not our ages" so I will let you judge for yourselves.  Here is a video of them performing Muse's Stockholm Syndrome at the Hiram House Pumpkin Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio this last Sunday!






Kathy :)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

IWSG and Answers to LIES Bloghop!



Today is the first Thursday of the month, which means I missed Wednesday, the day of the IWSG where we writers share our insecurities, hopes and dreams with the world and give support to our fellow IWSGers! Click on The Insecure Writer's Support Group to join us.






This month's theme is Show Your Writer Insecurity Contest. I was so insecure about it that I'm posting a whole day late.  But here it is, a picture of me with the IWSG logo:


Jumping Into Your Insecurities
This picture brings my two loves together, writing and skating and they are both similar in that you do most of your work alone, refining and perfecting and then you have to be brave and show off what you've created to the world. The picture of me skating was taken 3 years ago at an adult competition. :)


2 LIES and a Truth Bloghop!  

Last time I participated in my daughter, Jess McKendry's bloghop called LIES to celebrate the release of her second novel The Inferiors.  Head over to her blog and check it out, in the next couple days she'll be announcing the lucky winner of her book.

I gave you two lies about myself and one truth and you had to pick the truth.  

1. I've lived in Ohio all my life.
2. I don't like heavy metal or rap music.
3. I have an irrational fear of sharks even in fresh water.  

Here's the answers:

1.  LIE, I've moved around over 12 times and lived in eight different states!  Ohio is our home now though.

2. LIE, While rap and heavy metal may not be my absolute favorite genres of music...give me Pantera's Cowboys From Hell or Drake's One Dance and I'll be head banging or rapping right along with everyone else! 

3. TRUTH!!! :)  I'm absolutely terrified of sharks!  Even when I'm in deep, fresh water all that runs through my mind are the scenes from JAWS where the shark comes up behind the person and chomps them in half while skiing or swimming! I know it's totally irrational but I can't help it.  Despite my fear my husband convinced me to go jet skiing in the Gulf of Mexico and kayaking in Monterrey Bay.  Both times, I couldn't wait to get back on shore and later we found out that a great white shark had been spotted the very next week in Monterrey Bay! 

Do you have any irrational fears?


Hope you all are having a great week despite everything in the news. Give everyone in your life a little extra attention and love.  Even in darkness there is beauty all around us.  These dahlias are blooming in my garden right now and they make me smile.





Kathy :)