Author Q+A: Carey Azzara of “Kaitlin’s Mooring”

What inspired you on this book?

This book is based, in a small part, on a story in Maine about a boy who had no father or grandfather, but he did have a great grandad. How they created a marvelous relationship is described in the book. Beyond that the book is fiction and the plot addresses how the two generation gap occurred.

Why did you want to become a writer?

I didn’t. Although, I had written technical documents for decades, but I had an interesting experience four or five years ago and it gave me a path forward – something to do I enjoy. And more important, something to do during retirement to keep me out of trouble – I get into trouble easily.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

Working out the story of how the generation gap came to be. Once that was established the book had a good frame and while writing is always challenging, I had direction. That made it possible.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

A sense of purpose. Kaitlin, the star of the show, struggles with this for reasons, you’ll understand quickly when you read it. How she deals with the challenges and how her family manages a double crisis is, I believe instructive, but this is no lecture. The book has adventure, romance, and interesting characters

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

Who can remember back that far, Ha ha. I can tell you this; my favorite book from long ago is Huckleberry Fin. That Twain, what a genius!

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

Start with small bites. I wrote a book of short stories titled Uncommon Heroes and Cars, try that. Folks waiting in doctors’ offices tell me it’s the perfect book, because they can read a story while they wait and not have to invest time in a long novel.

Why should we buy your book?

If you are interested in people, family, friends, community, and romantic relationships you’ll enjoy this book. From funerals to weddings and from the shores of Maine to a naval tour on the Mediterranean sea, you’ll be turning pages.

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