Author of Letters from Home, and the forthcoming novel, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, Kristina McMorris discusses her Japanese-American heritage, the extensive research that went into her new novel, and the trials and tribulations of being a writer.
Kristina McMorris is a graduate of Pepperdine University and the recipient of nearly twenty national literary awards. A host of weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program, she penned her debut novel, Letters from Home, based on inspiration from her grandparents’ wartime courtship. The book has been praised as a must-read by Woman’s Day magazine and “a sweeping debut” by Publishers Weekly, and has achieved additional acclaim as a Reader’s Digest Select Editions feature, a Doubleday/Literary Guild selection, and a 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Historical Fiction. Kristina lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.
SARAH McCOY is the author of the novels The Baker's Daughter and The Time It Snowed In Puerto Rico. The Baker's Daughter released on January 24, 2012 and was praised as a “beautiful heart-breaking gem of a novel” by Tatiana de Rosnay and a “thoughtful reading experience indeed” by Chris Bohjalian. The Baker’s Daughter is a Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club selection. Sarah has taught writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. The daughter of an army officer, her family was stationed in Germany during her childhood. She currently lives with her husband and dog, Gilbert, in El Paso, Texas, where she is working on her next novel.