Interview with mother/daughter K.C.Hardy, authors of ‘One Way Ticket Home’
About the Authors
Kristie Hardy, whose life is the inspiration behind this book, holds a B.S. in Education, a minor in English, and is a former teacher. But her most recent profession as a private investigator spawned a desire to unearth the long-suppressed details of her own personal story. She is a mother of two, and a thirty year metastatic breast cancer survivor. Kristie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with her husband.
Cate Hardy, Kristie’s daughter and co-author, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Cate lives in San Antonio, Texas with the loves of her life: her husband and two children.
Kristie and Cate are the mother/daughter writing team of K.C. Hardy. Their latest book is the Christian inspirational fiction, One-Way Ticket Home.
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About the Book:
Title: One-Way Ticket Home
Author: K.C. Hardy
Publisher: Casbury Lane Press
Genre: Christian Inspirational Fiction
Days before boarding the plane to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, Julie Whitaker receives an unexpected phone call from her past. The memory of Mark Jennings, a handsome and charming Top Gun pilot, had haunted her for decades. Their fairy tale wedding was everything she’d ever dreamed of, but it quickly turned into her worst nightmare.
Starting a new a life without Mark proved to be much harder than Julie had imagined. But in her darkest hour, God revealed Himself in a miraculous way, giving her the strength she needed not only to battle depression, but to face a diagnosis of breast cancer that threatened to cut her life short.
Now, amidst the splendor of the Italian Alps, on the eve of her daughter’s wedding, Julie’s thoughts are catapulted back to Mark and the reason for his call. After thirty years, will Julie have a chance to see him once again? And would she even want to?
Based on true events, One-Way Ticket Home will take you on an unforgettable journey of love, loss, hope and forgiveness. With grace, candor and an indomitable wit, K.C. Hardy reminds us that it is often in our darkest hours, that the strength of the human spirit shines the brightest.
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- One-Way Ticket Home is available at Amazon.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, K.C. Hardy! Can you tell us where you are from?
Thank you for having us! Both of us are from the great state of Texas, and more specifically from San Antonio.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
We wanted a title that effectively conveyed our story in a few words. Our title has a double meaning that I’m sure the readers will pick up on by the end of the book.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
Covers are extremely important. We do judge a book by its cover. We wanted something that embodied the emotional struggles that our heroine faces in our book. The sorrow, the longing, and ultimately looking beyond her struggles, to the source of where her true hope lies—in Jesus Christ.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
One-Way Ticket Home is based on my mother’s remarkable true story as a 30-year breast cancer and domestic abuse survivor. It is a heart-warming novel that takes place against the enchanting backdrop of a wedding in Varenna, Italy. Most women will be able to relate to Julie’s experiences—the memory of your first love and the heartache when things go tragically wrong.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
There are several messages that we hope to get across. It is our desire that by writing this book, women of all ages will not only find it to be an enjoyable read, but will discover hope and inspiration tucked inside the pages. There is nothing that we can do, or have done, that can separate us from the love of Christ.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
Because this book was based on my mother’s life, some of the chapters that we had to write were very difficult for her to relive and recount. My mother says that Chapter 3 was her favorite to write—it is a chapter full of dreams, aspirations and hope for the future. On the other hand my favorite chapter is the last one. Often times it is hard to gain clarity in the middle of our storms, and it is not until one is looking in the rear-view mirror that everything comes into focus.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
To give hope to women who see a part of themselves in Julie’s story. To realize they are not alone. They too can make it through whatever they’re facing. They must never give up.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
Kristie—I have a secret addiction to M&M’s, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Hallmark movies. I have a major cougar crush on Zac Efron and Channing Tatum and if I was thirty years younger would definitely be torn between two loves.
Cate—I sneak cookie dough in the middle of the night and belt out Adele songs in the shower when I’m the only one home.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Kristie would like to travel to Ireland one day and stay days-on-end at quaint little bed and breakfasts along the coast. Cate would like to one day travel again to Alaska, and this time see the Northern Lights.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Kristie has always, and will always be a night owl. She is the one person you never have to worry about calling too late. Cate, though she used to be a night owl, has a seven year-old son that has way too much energy, thereby causing her to crash much earlier these days.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Oh yes, aren’t we all?
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
Both of us would like to find a cure for cancer and Alzheimer’s. That may count as two, but then who’s counting?
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
A lot of our book deals with difficult subjects. Because our book is based on my mother’s true story, some of the chapters were particularly hard for my mother to relive. But it was important in order to tell her story that we unearth the details and emotions as much as possible. It was the only way we knew we would be able to authentically connect with our readers on an intimate level and gain their trust. At the same time, we needed to give our readers, and ourselves, a break from the difficult moments. And thus, Varenna was born. We framed our book around a happy occasion. Around her daughter’s wedding. Life is often like that. Happy times are interwoven with times of sorrow and mourning. That is the beautiful mystery of it life.