Kate Breslin

Creating Inspiration Through Writing

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Welcome to my website! As you can guess by my tagline, I write inspirational fiction–and my debut novel, For Such A Time (Bethany House Publishers) released on April 1st (no fooling!) In fact, I enjoyed my first book signing recently, so you can take a look at my Photos page to see how much fun I had!

Since I’m passionate for history, and writing love stories LABOR OF LOVEabout wounded, complex heroes and the smart heroines who rescue them, this particular tale is close to my heart, and one I’ve waited years to share. It’s about a romance between two of the most unlikely people on the planet; a story of incredible courage, redemption, and faith. It takes place during WWII, and contains enough twists and turns to appeal to action and romance fans alike, and those who enjoy a good historical adventure. It’s inspiring, too, showing the countless ways that God works in their lives. I simply cannot wait to share For Such A Time with you!  

Office 4When I’m not at the computer creating characters or plot twists, I usually have my nose buried in a book. I was a bookseller for 15 years, so as you can imagine, I have quite a collection! And though I may never get to read them all, I can still hope, right? I love so many genres–my current reads include a suspense and a YA fantasy, but my all-time favorite genre is romance–I love stories that end in happily ever after, and if they show God’s role in bringing two hearts together, even better. 

Okay, so I’ve been asked: what does your writing space look like? Well, I liken my “space” toOffice View a turret in a castle–with a spectacular view of our bay and the evergreen forests beyond. In reality, it’s an upstairs dormer room added to our home years ago, and accessed only by a wrought-iron spiral staircase. Sounds very Rapunzel-like, don’t you think? 

It’s also in my creative space that you’ll discover I love anything Celtic. With my Irish and Scottish roots, it’s not hard to figure out. In fact, the very first novel I wrote  took place in 18th century Scotland, and on the wall across from my desk hang my “visuals” of the genre–two Claymore swords, a Scottish targe, or spiked shield; a spear, a dirk, even a double-Office 2headed mace. I’ve got a regular arsenal at my fingertips, so beware those who disturb me while writing. :) One of my  favorite pastimes each year is to attend the Scottish Highland Games in the Seattle area, where pipe bands, Haggis, and caber tossing abound. Occasionally I really get into the spirit by dressing up in my Irish Princess costume, so you might see me strolling past the kilts and Irish brogues in my snood, cape, and gown! Though my current novel isn’t about the Celts, I hope one day to write more stories in that setting.

My “Secret Garden”

In the Pacific Northwest, spring has arrived! The rain is pounding outside in earnest and the bluebells, tulips, Photo0381daffodils, and camellias are blooming! Over the winter, I really missed my little “oasis”–my rose and flower garden. Here is where I sit most mornings in spring or summer, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee while I meditate on God’s incredible creation in Nature. As we get into the warmer months, I’ll also be harvesting herbs from my garden to make my own seasoned vinegars and oils. I love getting my hand dirty! 

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54 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hi Kate, I found you! Thank you for your company Tuesday. I enjoyed getting to know you more and sharing our love of books and writing.
    Carol

  2. Hi Kate! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my delicious pirate recipe. If such a thing exists hehe! I’m super excited about your WWII book coming out. That period is so fascinating.

  3. I love the cover of your new book….coming out in less than a year! Each month passing by gets you closer to the day. I’m going to try regrowing veggies. It’s on my list of things to do. :) Today I’m frustrated. I was trying to post to my blog, but something is “down” and I had a talk with the people in charge. They say it will be this evening before it might be fixed. Ugh. Hurry up and wait. Can’t win! :) And I was trying real hard to get myself in a routine. I’m struggling with the “platform” thing. But still pushing ahead.

    Have a great day!

  4. Looking forward to reading your book.
    Good Luck.

  5. Hi Kate. I am a retail church store manager in Lansing, Michigan, and book reviewer for CBA and just got done with For Such a Time. WOW. WOW. WOW!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Is there someplace I could send you a copy of the review for your archives? Thank you so much for sharing Stella and Aric’s story. I am convinced it would make a wonderful movie. Be sure to drop hints with your friend (and mine), Miss Debbie.

    Please tell her I said “Hello”, by the way.

    Once I get a hardcopy of the book when it releases in April (I only got a copy of the manuscript to use to for the review), it will go on my bookcase right next to Debbie’s books!

    For those reading this post, be sure to get Kate Breslin’s newest novel, For Such a Time, as soon as it releases in April. You will NOT be able to put it down, I sure couldn’t. I give it a whopping 10 thumbs up…well, if that were humanly possible, I sure would.

    • Cristel,
      Ten thumbs up? Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed reading FOR SUCH A TIME (and honored that my book will sit on your shelf alongside Debbie’s – wow!) I can only hope others enjoy it as much. Blessings to you!

  6. I just “met” you at Leslie Gould’s chat. :) Congrats on your new book. I am looking forward to reading it.

  7. I’m reading it now. So what’s next in your author pipeline.

  8. Dear Kate,

    I’m new to your site and learned of it from Patty Wysong. I’m so excited about your book because of it’s setting and purpose. I do hope to be able to read it soon.
    I’m also excited about your Scottish/Irish heritage as it is mine, too. My great-grandmother was a (not “The”, as far as I know :) Flora Macdonald from Scotland, for whom I was named.
    God bless in the distribution of your new book,

    Flora

    • Flora, thank you for your kind words. I do hope you get the chance to read For Such A Time and let me know what you think. And it’s nice to meet another Celtic woman; wouldn’t that be something if your great-grandma Flora WAS the very woman who aided in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape? What a story that was! :)
      God bless!

  9. Hi! I work at Lifeway Christian Stores and saw your book while stocking the bookshelves and was immediately interested. WWII always has fascinated me, and I bought it as soon as I could. I must say, I have not read a book THAT good in a long time, and I read a lot! Aric and Hadassah’s story was so captivating and beautiful, and I am certain it would make a wonderful movie! As an author myself, I was very impressed! I can’t wait to read your next book!
    By the way, I’m part Irish too! :)

    • Elizabeth, thank you so much! I’m pleased you enjoyed For Such A Time. And yes, wouldn’t a movie be great? I’m glad to know another Irish woman, too! :)

  10. FOR SUCH A TIME – What a fantastic story! A brilliant read…Loved it. OK, next book!

  11. I am so happy to be one of Kate’s Crusaders. What a great idea. I’m in the middle of reading your book now. I have the next four days off starting tomorrow so I’ll have lots of time to read on. Thank you so much my dearest girlfriend. Keep writing; you’re great at story telling. Love you always, Jenny

  12. Can’t wait to see what a movie this will be…..I want to read this soon…..Irish roots..:)

  13. Hi Kate: Welcome to the most beautiful Pac. N.W., Seattle area. You mentioned you enjoyed the Highland Games. Do you attend the one in Mount Vernon, WA? I hear they are wonderful. I am sorry to say I have not attended, but daughter enjoys them greatly. Bethany House Publishers have a great article presenting this novel by you. I am very intrigued, as the era of WWI and WWII are quite interesting. I am a people person and enjoy learning how these wars affected them, see their strengths, caring one for another and their faith in God. I just looked at the Sno_isle Library System for your book and did not see it, so will put in a request for it. I hope it comes as a Book on CD or be able to download it. I am an avid reader, but have a sewing business in my daughters on here in Tulalip. With keeping my hands busy, I am unable to read, so listen to books on CD’s. I enjoy Inspirational, Historical novels the best. My favorite authors are Jennifer Chiaverini, Thoenes, Lauraine Snelling, Debbie Macomber, Jane Kirkpatrick, etc. Oh! also, since living near Seattle, Have you been to Golden Glen Creamery in Bow, WA. That was started by my brother, Vic and Judy Jensen. Also, as I said I am a seamstress, if you ever need anything please e-mail me. Thanks Seamstress Irene

    • Irene, thanks so much for posting! And requesting For Such A Time from your library. I attend the Highland Games in Enumclaw, but will try make the games at Mount Vernon soon!

  14. Hi Kate! I just found your website and it’s nice to read more about you! I’m 1/4 Scottish and have always loved that part of our history as well ~ though not as lucky to visit there yet! We’ve made it as far as England :) Congratulations on your new book, For Such a Time! Your writing space and area to connect words on paper is simply beautiful! Best wishes to you on the new book and blessings!

    • Kelli, you’re so kind! I’m glad you like my website, it’s filled with the things and people I love. I’ve been to Europe a few times, but haven’t been to Scotland, either. I hope one day to make that trip. Please stay in touch, and thank you for your blessings and support!

  15. Just finished reading and reviewing your book for the publisher. LOVED it!! How fantastic that you are living and writing in my old town. :) bless you!

    • Dalyn, So nice to meet a (former) local gal! I just read your review–thank you so much for your kind words! I’m pleased to know the essence of the story in For Such A Time was as moving to you as it was to me when I wrote it. May we never forget! I appreciate your support and I hope we stay in touch. Psalm 71 has special meaning for me as well, so that’s something else we share. :) Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

  16. Hi Kate! I love reading debut novels and was totally blessed when given the chance to read your book For Such a Time. I fell in love with Stella/Hadassah and Aric and their story would make a wonderful movie. From the moment I first met Aric on the page he cried out to me “a young Liam Neeson”.

    While the basis of the story was horrific, you allowed the reader to see a soft side of a Nazi and it gave me hope that maybe during that horrific time someone like Aric really existed.

    I will be posting my review for For Such a Time later today. I can hardly wait for another book from you. :D

    Blessings,
    Cindy Woolard
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com
    http://www.cindywoolard.blogspot.com

  17. Just finished your book. Loved it! Writing another book? Anything you care to share??

    • Myra, thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading For Such A Time! Yes, I’m working on the next book, another historical romance this time set in Britain during WWI. I’ve posted a board on Pinterest (Title: Not By Sight) if you’d like to take a peek at some of my story ideas. I’ll have more details soon, and I appreciate your support! :)

  18. Im supposed to be working but got hooked on your book For Such Time As this. Love your book look forward to number 2. Tks

  19. I just finished “For Such a Time” this morning. What a riveting novel! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and had a hard time putting it down. I have a interest in the plight of the Jews under Hitler. Thank you for writing about their awful treatment, but also the unwavering faith of many of them. Hope more novels will be forthcoming!

    • Margaret, I really appreciate your kind words. Yes, it was a horrendous time for so many! Thanks so much for enjoying the story!
      Blessings,
      Kate

  20. I just finished reading For Such a Time, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I too love history, especially history centered around God’s people. The book of Esther is my favorite book of the Bible, so when I saw the title For Such a Time, I knew I had to read it even though I was not familiar with the author. I love the way you write so expressively and poetically. I can’t wait for your next book.
    Wanda Vande Linde

  21. Got hooked on your book a few days ago and haven’t been able to put it down! It’s been a long time since I have enjoyed a book so much and it has refreshed my love of reading. Get working on that second one, impatiently awaiting it’s release!

    • Rebecca, thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the story and that you’re loving to read again. Yes, I’m busy working away on the next one. Look for NOT BY SIGHT next summer!
      God bless,
      Kate

  22. I loved your book For Such a Time.It was well done and definately kept my attention.Not all books do.Well done.

  23. What a beautifully written book about a horrific time in history. Thanks so much, Kitsap co loves you! God bless you!

  24. Kate, I just finished your book and I just loved it. Will be anxiously awaiting your next one but I’m afraid it will be a longer wait than I would like. Please hurry and get another one published!!

    • Joann, thank you for your lovely words! My next novel, NOT BY SIGHT, will release July/August of 2015. I hope you sign up for the newsletter so we can stay in touch. I’ll be posting story excerpts from time to time! :)

  25. “For Such a Time” captured me from the start, arrested me though out its entirety , and left me hungry for more! What a debut!
    Thanks for using your gift to not only entertain, but to enlighten others. You have incredible insight and made history come to life in your pages.
    Yummy.

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