Finalist Spotlight

Kathi Oram Peterson

Kathi Oram Peterson loves writing romantic suspense that make readers double-check door locks and sleep with a flashlight. She spent years practicing her craft while raising her family and earning her degree. Her dream of publishing a full-length novel came true in 2009. To date she has had twelve novels published. In May of 2019, her novel, A Familiar Fear, won a Whitney Award.

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Kathi Oram Peterson on her Whitney Awards Finalist novel,

A Stranger Watches

What was the inspiration for your Whitney Awards finalist novel?

Wyoming. I love setting novels there.

What was the tipping point that turned this novel from “just an idea” to a project you HAD to complete?

A deadline. But I also felt challenged. Someone had said a murder mystery had to have a dead body discovered at the beginning of the book. I wanted to prove them wrong.

 How did this book evolve into the final story? Did it end up the way you thought it would, or did the plot or characters change along the way?

I usually know how a book will begin and how it will end. For me it’s the middle where interesting changes occur, and A Stranger Watches was no exception. I think some of the best books come from rewrites. And an editor with lots of patience.

Who is your favorite secondary character, and why?

That’s easy. Boo, the main character’s Rottweiler. He’s the one who locates Kyra’s father.

If your book was made into a movie, which scene would you want to be a background extra in?

The cafe where Kyra samples all the homemade goodies.