Are you Interested in Visiting the Aether with Kathryn Kohorst?

I'm thrilled to welcome Kathryn Kohorst, my critique partner to the blog!

Thanks for joining the crew today and talking about - MARIANNE AND THE MAD BARON, Book 1 in the Sheba Chronicles. Thanks for visiting the crew and talking about your debut!

Don't forget to comment below.  Kathryn is giving away is an eCopy of  her book to a lucky commenter! (And leave your email address!)


Kathryn has always loved to read. Growing up she could most often be found curled up with a book. She craved adventure, romance, and mystery. Each book transported her to a new world with new wonders to explore. Unhappy with the weak female characters she found in many of the stories she read, Kathryn started writing her own. At twelve, she was putting her heroines in danger and allowing them to save themselves.

She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a history degree and then a law degree from Hamline University School of Law.  After practicing law for several years and hating every minute of it she put down her law books and picked up her creative pen, this time to write a book she would publish. She's been scribbling every since. Kathryn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, and a lovable but neurotic cat named Brooklyn.

Let's talk about your debut - MARIANNE AND THE MAD BARON, Book 1 in the Sheba Chronicles.

Marianne Lindstrom’s debutant life is over. Her father’s suicide following financial ruin has left her
orphaned and destitute. She must find work but with no skills, her future looks bleak. Without protection from family and friends, her ruin is imminent.

On the cruel London streets, Marianne is rescued by a monster more frightening than the thugs who attacked her. But after her initial shock at the man’s huge stature and mechanical parts, something about the stranger calls to her.

Arthur Tavish can’t leave the woman. The London streets would eat her alive in less than a day.  He offers her a job aboard the aethership, Queen of Sheba. As Tavish teaches Marianne what life on in the aether can offer, the two fall under each other’s spell.

But a dark force is after Marianne, set on killing her, or worse. As they travel the aether, collecting friends along the way, Tavish and Marianne must unravel the mystery of the demon chasing them and why it thinks Marianne must die.

Nan: I'm just starting to read the book-- and I love the new opening. Readers if you haven't guessed - this is steampunk romance!




NAN: How often do you get lost in a story?
KATHRYN: Almost every time. I will say that since I started writing, I’ve had a hard time with this. As I learn more of the craft, things jump out at me that never bothered me before. Things that I would gloss over as a reader now pull me out of the story, but in general, when I’m reading it’s hard to get my attention.

NAN: What was the first story you remember writing? 
KATHRYN:  I think I was about 10 or so and it involved a big earthquake that broke a portion of California off from the US. Apparently, in fourth grade I thought this was possible. Clearly, I didn’t understand geology. After the earthquake or during it, Dragons and Unicorns appeared in people’s homes. I’m not sure exactly since all I have is the middle of three notebooks. I lost the other two during various moves in my life. Shock of shocks, the Unicorns were good and the Dragons were evil. The dragons enslaved the people but with the help of the unicorns a small group of children saved the day. This was perhaps not the best book that I’ve ever written but it was a start.
Nan: Too funny! Glad the unicorns and children came through!
NAN: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
KATHRYN: Tea and how I take it depends on the tea. Most of the time I drink it straight with no sugar but I add milk to black tea. I blame Nan for this. If she hadn’t corrupted me with her Britishy ways, I would be happily drinking my tea black.
Nan: I do love to corrupt people. LOL

NAN: Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine?
KATHRYN: Benedict Cumberbatch for certain. Christ Pine is very attractive but Benedict has the looks and a voice that reminds me of melting chocolate, rich and decadent with the promise of pleasure to come.
Nan: I knew you would choose Benedict.

NAN: High Heels or Hiking Boots?
KATHRYN: Depends on what I’m doing. I would never wear heels out walking but on a night out, heels all the way. I’m six feet tall and I love being even taller. As my daddy always said, you can reach just as short as short people but you can reach a whole heel of a lot higher. It was his way of telling us to be proud of who we were and to not try to be someone we aren’t.
Nan: Nice!

NAN'S GOTTA ASK:  What do you do to unwind and relax? 
KATHRYN'S GOTTA ANSWER: I play with yarn. I’ve crocheted since I was about five and took up knitting in law school so I could make socks. (Crocheted socks are not so nice.) I’ve had many crafty hobbies during my life, but yarn has stayed with me. It just makes me happy. My husband has at this point given up on my addiction. He just slowly shakes his head and walks away. I’m okay with this as he doesn’t stop me from getting more.
Nan: Her work is gorgeous!

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ANNABEL AND THE TROUBLED EARL, Sheba Chronicles Book Two -- coming Summer 2016
Nan: Such a fun cover!

KATHRYN WANTS TO KNOW: How do you relax?

A lucky commenter may win an eBook of MARIANnE AND THE MAD BARON. Don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you. Drawing will be open through Monday night!!

Thanks for spending the long holiday weekend with the crew, Kathryn. And everyone have a fabulous Memorial Weekend!


  1. This sounds like an exciting debut. I really need to read more Steampunk.


    1. It's an exciting genre. I love writing and reading it!

    2. Congratulations, Mary! You won the raffle. You should be getting a copy in the mail.

  2. Welcome to the crew, Kathryn!

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  4. It took me almost all weekend to get here, Kathryn, but I did and I loved your interview. Of course you know we share the love of Benedict and his amazing voice! And I love the premise of your book. I've finished chapter one--I'm hooked! Congrats on the debut and I hope you have just as much fun with #2!