Poet Loren Kleinman, whom I’ve met and interviewed on numerous occasions is releasing another book – a romance novel this time! I’m happy to give her space to tell you about This Way to Forever. It’s scheduled for publication August 14, 2016, but is currently available for preorder.
Learn more about Loren and her road to publication with her latest book.
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Chatting with Loren Kleinman
Loren, you are an accomplished poet, known for your books of poetry. What made you decide to write a romance novel?
I love, love. Not in the cheesy sense, but love that’s empowering, love that inspires us to be our best selves. Sometimes what I thought was love wasn’t love, and its taken lots of dating, lots of writing, and lots of reading (and lots of heartbreak) to begin to understand love.
I was also thinking about this story for years. The characters started to rear their heads, and it was time to write out their lives, their loves.
What was the inspiration behind This Way to Forever?
TWTF is inspired by a true story, which is my first love. It was a very powerful and heartbreaking romance that taught me so much about myself. The whole time I was in this relationship I just wanted him to love me, see me, but I wound up loving myself more in the end. This book is about strong female voices, the kinds of voices that want to be heard, that want to speak up for what they believe in and not what’s socially predetermined.
Are there any similarities between you and your protagonist, Sara Brody?
Yes! We’re both writers, and a bit chubby in the sexiest ways of course. Did I mention she’s a curvy gal?
But really Sara is this mix of so many women I know as well as a portrayal of the many phases of myself while dating, while journeying to stay true to myself.
I’m hoping TWTF empowers young women to be true to themselves, and live their lives regardless of dating and marriage standards, reflect on what “forever” means to them.
Has poetry helped influence your prose? If yes, how?
It has. Sometimes it’s a blessing and sometimes it’s a curse. Moving from poetry to fiction was one of the hardest things I’ve done because you have to let the dialog drive story, and sometimes ‘pretty’ language does’t do a character or a scene justice. However, I do feel that poetry has aided me when writing description, which seemed to flow rather nicely. Dialog took me way longer to write, and I’m still learning.
What do you consider more difficult to write? Poetry or narrative?
Both are so different and require discipline. I think one can seem harder than the other when you’re starting out, but the point is to not think about how “hard” something is. It’s a matter of committing yourself to the process and opening yourself up to its challenges. It took me over four years to write this novel. I had many times where I wanted to just give up, but I learned to pace myself and take it day by day.
What is next for you as an author?
Right now, I’m outlining the second novel, which is a companion novel to TWTF. I’m also finishing up the companion screenplay for TWTF and starting my fifth poetry collection.
Regardless of how any book does, I have to keep writing, keep going, look ahead.
Thank you, Loren! Find all book details below, including the buy links. You can preorder now!
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Sara Brody thought she had met her soulmate in Tad Bolak, a charming exchange student. Their whirlwind romance includes nights staring at the stars, declarations of love, and promises to talk often when Tad must return to his native Poland to complete his Master’s Degree. But Sara’s idealistic view of Tad and plans to be together when he gets his degree come to a shattering halt when he admits to having a fiancee back home.
Heartbroken, she vows to keep her heart safe from men and and focuses on her own studies. Until she meets Ethan.
Sara discovers that no relationship is perfect, especially when one still mourns past loves. Tad never gives up on her. Ethan wants her to give their relationship a chance. And Sara wonders what will become of her sense of self if she gives in to either man.
He leaned in, his mouth inches from mine. Our lips brushed once, and he held my jaw, his thumbs caressing my cheeks. He gazed down at me as though he’d discovered beauty I couldn’t fathom anyone could see in my skin, my lips, my pale widow’s peak. Soft fingers stroked my neck, slipped into my hair, loosening my ponytail. Unable to glance away, I lost myself in his blue eyes, seducing me like a clear sky on a chill winter’s day. We fell into a temporary kiss, losing ourselves–and our balance–as we stumbled to the floor. Laying beside me, he found my hand, his gaze melting my apprehension.
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Connect to Loren
Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Drunken Boat, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and Journal of New Jersey Poets. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She edited Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA.
Kleinman is the author of four collections of poetry, and her memoir The Woman with a Million Hearts released 2016 with BlazeVOX Books. She also blogs for The Mix (Hearst), where she publishes personal essays in Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.