Book Title: The Swan Bonnet
Author: Katherine L. Holmes
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Interview with Katherine L. Holmes
1.What are your favorite hobbies?
Music, walking or hiking, crochet
2.What's your favorite material object that you already own?
I don’t like to say my new tablet. Before that, I would say a vanity table that I refinished, one of the few refinishing jobs I’ve done, and a cathedral-style radio made by Crosley in recent years.
3.Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.
The effort to make a special occasion special. And also, talking of books that we’ve been reading.
4.What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
I liked those cardboard scenes to assemble – a downtown scene and a game scene with treasure chests. I also spent hours with a cologne set where you could combine scents and bottle them.
5.What's you favorite sport?
6.Name 5 favorite movies. Why?
Those Magnificant Men in their Flying Machines – the characters and the excitement of the early airplanes.
How to Steal a Million – loved to pretend I was Audrey Hepburn and then Hugh Griffith was superb in that film and in Tom Jones
Limelight – it’s funny, it’s poignant, and Chaplin was brilliant with dialogue for “talkies”
The Visit – a fantastic side to Ingrid Bergman and a film that flagrantly makes a point
The Cranes are Flying – war and survivors handled so well, and the ending where human happiness is compromised and adjusted
You can see that I love vintage films!
7.What's your favorite love story? (movie or book)
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
8.What's your favorite line from any movie?
“Why, that might be the most interesting wedding night that I’ve had for a long time.” – Sebastian Cabot in Kismet
9.What is your favorite movie (song)?
“What’s New Pussycat?” – from the movie of the same title
10.Whats your favorite horror movie?
Swans are endangered in 1920s Alaska. Unbeknown to Dawn, her grandfather has shot an old swan out of mercy. In their coastal Alaskan town, her father buys the swan pelt, preventing her Uncle Alex, a fur trader, from selling it for export. Dawn’s father surprises her part-Aleut mother with a hat she helped to make and also with an idea to catch poachers. Dawn and her mother become involved with the suspicious effects of the swan bonnet besides its haunting effect. But after they encounter women from a ship and find out about a hunting party, they ride to the inlet. There are townspeople roving the shore too but who is the vigilante and who is the poacher?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katherine L. Holmes’ first published book was The House in Windward Leaves, an MG fantasy which became an E-book Finalist in the 2013 New Generation Indie Book Awards and a Juvenile Fiction Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Also, she won Prize Americana for her short story collection, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories, published by Hollywood Books International. In April 2013, The Wide Awake Loons was released by Silver Knight Publishing. The Swan Bonnet, a historical novel, will be published in July, 2013, by GMTA Publishing. Katherine has worked with used and rare books in the last years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
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