Sheís one of the pioneers, along with Janette Oke, Frank Peretti, Jerry Jenkins, and others. Each has increased reader awareness of new genres, causing a proliferation of new titles. Dee and I came up about a year or a year and a half apart. I was impressed with her before she ever really made it big, thinking, Oh, we both write for the same company, weíre both ďHĒ on the shelf and weíre going to be right next to each other. How exciting for me! Plus, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, Jerry Jenkins, and other bestselling authors can only write so many books a year. Avid fiction readers are always looking for a new book, so theyíre going to want to sample the books by Kathy Herman and other relatively new authors. They canít write fast enough to satisfy the market.
Do you think writing suspense is more difficult than other types of fiction?
Since itís all Iíve written, I canít say for sure. But the way I write, I have to be careful that the suspense doesnít outweigh the inspiration. Iíve been able to do that. But itís an ever-present challenge. Plus, my readers have come to expect a certain level of suspense. That can be difficult to maintain.
You have a new series coming. Can you give us a sneak peak at what we can expect from it?
What Iím going to do next is a stand-alone novel called Poor Mrs. Rigsby, which will be out next July (2004). The following March, The Seaport Series will start. One of the characters thatís been in all the Baxter books is relocating to the town of Seaport, and will be a main character in this new series. I donít plan to change my style, so readers can expect the same type of suspense and characterization.
Itís worth mentioning that many of my readers want me to write additional stories in The Baxter Series; but realistically, thereís only so much that can happen to this little town before it becomes absurd. The fifth Baxter book, A Fine Line (Oct. 2003) will be a dramatic conclusion to the series. Readers will be surprised at what happens as the result of one manís courting temptation. Hang on! Itís going to be a wild ride! Readers can find out more on my website www.kathyherman.com, and they can contact me as well. I love hearing from my readers!
What do you hope to accomplish through your writing?
When all is said and done, I want people not only to have enjoyed an exciting read, but also to have grown closer to the Lord and those He has put in their path. The truth of the gospel is woven throughout every story-- in the characters, in their struggles, and in the different way the Christian characters deal with the challenges theyíre faced with. When my readers close the cover on each of my books, I hope theyíll take a few minutes and absorb the inspirational message into their souls, then be willing to share what they know with people who struggle without hope.