Tuesday, November 8, 2016


From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment―something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to―home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.

Some Q & A with Kerry:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.
Beach lover. Word surfer. Wicked cool mom. Adoring wife. Pet slave. Kid chauffeur. Family concierge. And the list goes on. Then there’s this…
I am the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle best-selling author of Everything We Keep. (Considering how much time I put into writing, revising, querying, etc. this novel, do you know how COOL it is to type those words??)
I am also a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. But my creative outlet became serious when I completed a manuscript. That’s when I was determined to make my writing into something more than a hobby.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
Activities and excursions with the family. Traveling. Reading. Hiking. Skiing. Winetasting. Shopping for shoes.

Where do you get your ideas?
Real life. I’ll come across newspaper articles or news reports and my mind will contort the stories. I like to see where I can take them.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I don’t think my challenges are different than most writers taking the same journey. My debut, Everything We Keep, went through multiple revisions before it was picked up by an agent. Then, after another revision, it had multiple rejections from large publishers. I did one final overhaul and the book was sent to a new list, and this is where things got crazy-real. Within one month, we received an offer. Within two months, there were three or four offers on the table. The book went to auction and was picked up by Lake Union Publishing. They’ve done a phenomenal job marketing the book. I couldn’t be happier.

How do you market your work?
Aside from the marketing my publisher has done, I try to stay active online. Facebook ads help to a certain extent, but the biggest support I get is through my street team/readers’ group. They help spread the word about my news via social media. They also come through in posting honest reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m very grateful for their enthusiasm and support.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on developmental edits for Everything We Left Behind, which will publish Summer 2017, as well as promotions for All the Breaking Waves, coming December 6th. After that, I have several story ideas I’m noodling and hope to work on their proposals.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?
My favorite chapter in Everything We Keep is the last chapter, or epilogue. We debated whether to keep the epilogue because at the time, I had no plans to write a sequel. But, what happens in the epilogue is the obvious conclusion for that particular character. Besides, some of my favorite stories are those where the ending isn’t tidy. The stories and characters linger long after the book is finished.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Pay-it-forward. Always help one another within the industry. The connections you make will help get you farther in the industry. Also, if you believe in your story, and your gut’s telling you not to give up, don’t. It took six years from the first word I typed on Everything We Keep to the day it was published. Believe in yourself and your work. Good things will come back to you.

Kerry Lonsdale
Wall Street Journal & #1 Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author

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***Out now: Everything We Keep***
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