Did you come up with the title your book, The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper? If not, what was the working title? Did you have any say so on the cover this book? I LOVED IT!! Very catchy title and cover!!

Thank you! Shannon Marchese and Jessica Barnes came up with the title, and I LOVE it! The working title was "All that Glitters," which in retrospect doesn't fit the book at all. When the cover choices were being made, I got to choose the model from among a group of photos. This one was by far the best fit. I think she's exactly what Gennie looks like, don't you?

You have written non-fiction books over the years on Empty Nesters, Divorce. Why Christian Fiction? Why make the leap? Which is easier for you to write? Why?

Fiction is SO much easier! With novels, I get to decide what happens. In nonfiction, it's all about real life. I made the leap because I was asked. Janice Thompson (writing as Janice Hanna) and I have experienced empty nest and divorce, and we know many others who have as well. Those books were a collaboration between the two of us with Janice doing the lion's share of the work. She's the expert...I'm the cheerleader.

What was your favorite scene to write in The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper? What was your most difficult to write? Why?

My favorite scene? I have two. I loved writing the scene in the store where Daniel catches Gennie playing "dress up" in buckskins and boots. I also loved writing the ending, which I won't reveal but will say that this one also qualifies as the most difficult to write. I wanted it just right, so I must have agonized over each sentence.

You are a woman that wears many hats—you are an author of historical and contemporary Christian as well as writing nonfiction books. I’ve read that you have a degree in Marketing from the Mayes School of Business at Texas A&M University and hold a certification as a paralegal. In addition, to that you are a publicist for Books & Such Literary Agency. Did I forget anything? Which hat is the most rewarding for you? Why?

Each is rewarding in a different way. I love telling people about my authors at Books & Such. There are so many amazing books being written that bragging about the good ones is a privilege I do not take lightly. Working as a paralegal allows me to interact with people who are often hurting and in need of comfort. And finally, being a writer is such a blessing! I'm humbled with God's grace and provision as He walks me through the process of doing each of these jobs.

How do you work as publicist for Books & Such Literary Agency and write your own books? How do you keep balance in your life? When do you find the time to write?

My life got a whole lot simpler when my daughter went off to college. I try to portion out my time so that I give my best to each endeavor, but I'm still learning how to do that well. I write when I can, which is generally nights and weekends. Balance is something I'm working on.

I’m sure you must be working on a brand new book by now; can you tell us a little something about what this series will be about? Any sneak peeks for us about what we can look forward to?

I'm putting the finishing touches on Anna Finch and the Hired Gun, which has been an absolute blast! Anna Finch, Gennie's quiet best friend, gets her own story with more than a few surprises. Here's a sneak peek of a line I'm hoping will stay in the completed manuscript: "Mr. Beck,” she said slowly, “a Deringer is not my pistol of choice. It is, however, the pistol in my skirt pocket.” ~~Anna Finch

And just to make your readers wonder...this Mr. Beck is NOT Daniel.


If you had 24 hours to hang out with anyone TWO PEOPLE alive or dead in the history of the world (besides Jesus); what two people would you pick & Why? What would you do?

Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. I've got some questions to ask them for this book I'm working on!

Where did you live growing up? What did you like about growing up there?

I grew up in Port Neches, Texas. What I liked at the time was the proximity to the beach. What I like now is the family history - the legacy - that the city holds for our family. I graduated from the same high school as my grandmother and my dad, and I've since had two nieces graduate from there. There's something to be said for permanency. I think our society puts far too little value on what lasts and what's really important.

Name three jobs that you’ve had that might surprise people?

Laborer at a chemical plant, smocking teacher at a fabric shop, and paralegal

What movie greatly impacted you as a child? Why?

Mary Poppins! I loved that movie, especially since I vividly recall watching it from the balcony of the now-gone Village Theater in Port Arthur, Texas! I wanted to live during that time, have a nanny like Mary, and dance on rooftops. But most of all, I wanted to have a floating tea party.

Name four of your favorite books read as a child?

The Borrowers, Anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder, To Kill a Mockingbird, and my grandmother's set of Encyclopedia Britannicas.

You’ve been given the opportunity to use a time machine and visit any TWO events in the history of the world. Which TWO events would you pick and why?

Any two random days from my childrens' childhoods. And why? Because I know now to pay closer attention, to be in the moment, and not to miss a single second because they grow up so fast.

What’s the last movie you saw in a theatre? Did you like it? What snacks did you buy?

Julie and Julia. I loved it! Between the French and the writing comments, I laughed so much! Snacks? As I recall, I went with a group after dinner, so likely all I got was a diet soda and maybe popcorn.

What was the last restaurant you ate at? What did you order? Did you like it?

I had Cheesecake Factory on Saturday for my daughter's nineteenth birthday. We shared fresh guacamole then I had a chicken dish (can't recall the name). Of course dessert was cheesecake - banana for me and turtle for Hannah. Like it? Um...yes!

9. Name four movies you could watch over and over again?

Tombstone (Doc and Wyatt again!), Pure Country (George Strait!), Pillow Talk, and The Holiday

10. If you had one free afternoon to do anything you wanted to do what would that be?

Read a book ties with taking the top down on my Mini Cooper and driving through the Hill Country of Central Texas - depends on the weather!


Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this, Nora. Readers are precious, and I love connecting with them.

Thanks for the interview and stopping by so my readers and I get to know you and your books better. I just had to share the picture of your dog I found on facebook. Thanks for letting me share it. It's so cute!!

Nora, The funny thing about the dog is he had never had clothes on before and he had no idea what to do. He just kind of froze then let out this huge yawn. might look like he was being fierce but he was actually waiting to get out of the costume. :)

That's funny Kathleen. Blessings on your writing adventures. All the best to you on your new writing projects. Remember if you’re ever in Atlanta you’ll have to stop by and speak to my book clubs.


Nora :D
ACFW Book Club Coordinator

I look forward to you stopping by again, Nora!!

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CONGRATS TO THE WINNER MARY ZANDER!! Thanks to everyone for stopping by


  1. I love your interviews. You do an awesome job asking questions about the book, and about the authors life. I love the questions about who would you like to go back to meet, where have you lived and what movies could you watch over and over.

  2. What a fabulous interview...enjoyed the pictorials...would love to read this book...thanks for the opportunity.


  3. Kathleen is such an amazing person, thanks for a great interview. I'd love a chance to win The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. Thanks!


  4. I always enjoy your interviews, Nora, and would love to win a copy of Kathleen's book.

    Seeing those pictures of smocking reminds me of the Polly Flinders dresses I bought my daughter many years ago. I hated it when she got old enough to say "no more!"

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  5. I loved the interview. The books she read at a young age brought back alot of memories.You do a great job asking questions!!!! Betsy

  6. I really enjoyed the interview. It's so much more interesting to see all the pictures scattered throughout. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

  7. I would love to win this!! Please enter me:) Thanks!! Lori L.

  8. Great interview.You do a wonderful job of asking questions about the book, and the authors life. Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  10. I just read The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper and I loved that book. I like Pillow Talk too.


  11. I enjoyed the interview. I also love the cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. Hubby went there for our anniversary vacation in Orlando in June. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


  12. Great interview. Cheesecake Factory makes the BEST cheesecake! Please enter me for Kathleen's book. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  13. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday? Wow....not the two I would have ever thought anyone would pick!!! = )
    I think I would more be thinking of meeting maybe Nero (which I know is a weird one as well) and Narcissa Whitman

  14. Reading this interesting interview makes me want to know both of you better. Please enter me in the book drawing. Pat Radaker

    If I win the drawing, please e-mail me and I will send my address. Thanks, Pat

  15. Great interview!


  16. What a great interview with a bunch of fun questions that you asked, Nora. Really enjoyed it. Now looking forward to reading this book by another new author to me. Please enter me in the drawing.


  17. Great interview! Sounds like a great book. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

  18. Nora and Kathleen . . . great interview. I'm looking forward to reading the book. I love all four of those movies too. i would love to win a copy of the book.

    Ann Kinamon

  19. Nora & Kathleen the interview was great! I so agree with what Kathleen said and I quote "our society puts far too little value on what lasts and what's really important." It saddens me that more and more people do not put down roots and do not know their family history! Can't wait to read the book. See ya soon Nora!

    Gail Mundy

  20. Love that her one of her favorite book's as a child was the encyclopedia, mine too!!

  21. I love historical fiction books with romance and humor in them. Sounds like The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper has all that. And the book covers of ...Eugenia Cooper and Anna Finch and the Hired Gun are so appealing. I'm looking forward to reading The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper for Book Club this year.

    -Marlene A. Rauch-

  22. Great interview as usual, Nora! I never thought of myself as reading western style novels, but this one sounds like fun. I'm glad it is on our list for 2010!

    Oh...please enter me in the drawing...Thanks!

  23. I enjoy your reviews/interviews - you put a lot into it
    I'd like to enter

  24. I love reading all your comments!! I had so much fun answering these questions, but they are really hard! I would love to turn the tables on you guy as ask YOU to answer the questions. C'mon! I dare you!!

    Kathleen Y'Barbo

  25. CONGRATS to MARY ZANDER you are the winner of Kathlee's book.

    THANKS TO EVERYONE who stopped by and left a comment. I appreciate you taking the time to check out this interview and Kathleen's new book I loved it.

    I appreciate you taking the time to encouage Kathleen too!! Thanks Kathleen for stopping by and reading everyones encouraging comments and THANKS for that CHALLENGE!! Anyone going to take her up on that???


  26. Greetings,

    My name is Katie Wornek and I am a researcher for a television show called American Ride ( We are interested in using the sepia photo of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday found on this website in an upcoming episode. Do you know if there is an active copyright on the image? If so, do you know how I can obtain the rights to use the image?

    Thank you for your help. Rather than commenting back, please contact me at

    Katie Wornek
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