Friday, January 25, 2013

Kathleen West-Townsend, The Hurri-Kaine Series

First, I want to thank Penny for this wonderful opportunity to share –
The Hurri-Kaine Series, - A Decadent Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and Revenge.

1. Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself?  What genre your write and why?
I am trained in Cultural Anthropology, and hold a Master's degree, that said, my first love has always been music, and I mean rock 'n' roll.  My love goes back to saving my pennies to buy the 45rmp records that cost 25¢.  I lived in Hollywood, California, and during the sixties; every musician in the world came here.  At 15, I interviewed the Beatles at LAX, and then backstage at the Hollywood Bowl, for ABC News as a cub reported.  For the next ten years, I met, hung out with, or dated various members of the English Invasion and other LA locals and visitors.

One boyfriend that exposed me to the fast lane of rock 'n' roll was Bill Wyman, from the Rolling Stones.  From his book Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band – Bill Wyman, 1997, is this excerpt.  "Brian's behavior was bizarre that night and Kathy (West) Townsend, a girlfriend of mine at the time," ect...

I continued to be surrounded by musicians because I became a professional dancer in Hollywood clubs, and for concerts, like in arenas behind the Who.  Later, I worked at the world famous club the Whiskey A-Go-Go, and another club in Beverly Hill called The Daisy Club that catered to popular actors.  And then there was Record Plant West Recording Studio, where the Who's Who of the music industry recorded.  A few years later, I squeezed in some legal experience at the Walt Disney Company Headquarters, in their Entertainment Law department.  So, these are the sources I draw from for the Hurri-Kaine Series.

It is tough for me to categorize my fictional writing.  I love Film Noir movies of the 40s, like Mildred Pierce, Laura, and Rebecca.  I love gothic castles with the mystery and weather flashing all about it.  I love Hitchcock and how an ordinary person becomes involved in extraordinary circumstances.  At first glance I would say the genre is Glitz and Glam Romance – a romantic fairy tale with all the trimmings, but that category of writing went out with Jackie Collins.  However, as the story evolves the fairy tale fractures and becomes darker, more suspenseful, and ends as a romantic thriller.  So I guess it would be fair to say I just want to entertain.

2. Tell me about your current book(s) which you are promoting.
I am promoting The Hurri-Kaine Series, Heart of the Hurri-Kaine (Book One Volumes 1 & 2), Blood of the Hurri-Kaine (Book Two, Volumes 1 & 2), with a focus on Eye of the Hurri-Kaine (Book Three, Volume One) released December 30, 2012.

4. What got you interested in writing and what inspired you to write your first book?
Until the age of five, my grandmother would read Grimm's fairy tales to me, and then later I began writing fiction stories in school.  When the Beatle became famous, I wrote my first romance with the Beatles as the protagonist, and myself, and my girlfriend's as their love interest.

Twenty or so years later, it happened accidently.  Stories of my adventures in Hollywood would occasional pop-up in conversations, and I would hear, "Why don't you write about that time?"  And eventually I did in a memoir (yet to be published).  So I guess, it could be said, I inspired myself, because three years after the memoir, I novelized my experiences and Heart of the Hurri-Kaine was born.

5. Do you outline before you write?  If not, what's your initial process?
I can't write from an outline, for me that would be too academic.  I'm one of those creative writers that needs to follow the characters.  I let them go and I do my best to keep up with them.  I once had a character show up in a scene and it was five pages before I knew who she was.

6. What comes first: the plot or the characters?
Oh, the characters are what drive my stories and they tell me the plot.

7. Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
I characteristically fall in love with all my principle male characters, Kaine, Luka, and Nicky.  If I don't fall in love with them, how can my readers?  I always admire and identify with all the females like Solange and Emily, and sometimes I wish I was Holly.

I can't hate or pity any of them because my novels are long, so I have enough time to develop them with a full backstory.  So, I understand each characters motive and why they are pushed to do what moves the story forward.

I could never hate or fear any of my characters.  Even my antagonist I understand, but that doesn't mean he/she doesn't deserve what happens to them.

8. What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)?
Knowing where to stop - I write cliffhangers and it is extremely important to leave the reader wanting to know ‘what happened?’.

12.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Laughs...I'm always writing.  But these days it is traveling.  My Cultural Anthropology degree makes it interesting to go about the world investigating other cultures and the Archaeology minor enhances my travels to sacred sites, ruins and museums.  My last adventure was to Japan, and am already wondering where to go next.

As the playwright, Eugene Ionesco said ..."A writer never has a vacation.  For a writer life consist of either writing or thinking about writing."

I loaded up with my computer, sharp pencils, and notepads, ready for ideas while on the plane, ship, tour bus, or around the pool.

13. What books or authors have influenced your writing?
I cut my teeth on Jacqueline Susann, Sidney Sheldon, and Jackie Collins -- Glitz and Glam novels.  I just loved entertainment rags to riches stories.

14.  What do you see for the future of publishing eBooks?
I believe eBooks are the future.  I see a bright future for anyone that has a story to tell, his or her own way.

15. What are your current books out right now and what are the books coming up for release?
Current books are Heart of the Hurri-Kaine (Book One Volumes 1&2),
Blood of the Hurri-Kaine (Book Two Volumes 1&2) and as of Dec. 30, 2012 Eye of the Hurri-Kaine (Book Three Volume One) anywhere eBooks are sold
Forthcoming is Eye of the Hurri-Kaine (Book Three: Volume 2) and new to The Hurri-Kaine Series lineup is a novella, HIDDEN, the backstory on Nicky Jamison, lead guitar player for Hurri-Kaine.

17. What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Follow what interest you - your passion, and then write your story, the one that lives inside YOU.  Write it your way.  After it's written...  Then edit, edit, edit!!!!!

18. Where can people learn more about you and your work?
All information about me can be found at, About, and Amazon Author.

I want to thank anyone who took the time to come and meet me.  Should you decide to read my Hurri-Kaine Series I would love to hear from you, and please join my blog and contact me for any questions or comments.

Thanks again Penny!!!



  1. Sounds like a great series,

    Good luck and much success!

  2. Thank you Yolanda for your encouragement and good luck.