Stuff in the ‘Kerstin March’ Category

4 November, 2015

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After graduating from St. Olaf College, Kerstin March built a career around writing. During her start asKerstinRET_New-00161vY9FtIcsL a small town newspaper reporter, and as a public relations professional later on, she always enjoyed bringing out the personal side of news stories.

When she sat down to write her first novel, Family Trees, she could picture the setting clearly. The story would take place in Bayfield, Wis., on Lake Superior’s south shore – a place that felt like a second home to her after spending countless family gatherings there since early childhood. As Kerstin continued to write, the setting always remained the same – but the story unfolded in ways she hadn’t imagined on that first writing day.

After her debut launched in June 2015, her second novel, Branching Out, was released in December 2015 (Kensington Publishing Corp.) Both novels have been translated into German under the titles, Die Zeit der Apfelblüten and Apfelblüten Sommer (Egmont LYX). 61idpRvfRJL

In addition to being a writer, Kerstin is the editor of St. Croix Valley Magazine, and a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Kerstin lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. When her family isn’t scrambling with work, school, and errands, they can often be found up north, braving ice-cold swims, fish boils, and bear scares on Lake Superior’s shore.

 


19 July, 2015

FAMILY TREES launches debut novelist Kerstin March

K.MarchDSC_0490K.MarchDSC_0513Kerstin March sent these photos from the launch party at  for her heartwarming novel, FAMILY TREES (Kensington).  Valley Books sold books at the event, which was held at The Library (Marin Restaurant) in downtown Minneapolis. Approximately 300 people were in attendance, and some, no doubt, enjoyed the Apple-tinis, served, in a tribute to the book in which an apple orchard figures.


1 June, 2015

Meet Kerstin March, author of FAMILY TREES

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Launch Party

“The Library” at Marin Restaurant

The Chambers Hotel

downtown Minneapolis

(books provided by Valley Bookseller)

 

June 6

Barnes & Noble, Woodbury
Contact: Ella Zak, Manager
702 Valley Creek Plaza, Woodbury 55125
June 14

The Valley Bookseller

217 N. Main St.

Stillwater, MN 55082

valleybookseller.com


1 June, 2015

Family Trees, Kerstin March

In this moving and insightful debut novel set along the breathtaking shores of the Great Lakes, a young woman must decide which dreams are worth fighting for, and which roots to keep firmly in place…
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Sensible and self-reliant, Shelby Meyers knows exactly what she wants. She’ll never again depend on her errant mother, Jackie, who abandoned Shelby when she was a baby—and is forever searching for an elusive, glittering life. All Shelby needs is her beautiful, windswept Lake Superior, her loving grandparents, and the treasured-but-struggling family apple orchard she helps run—until a new love, Ryan Chambers, opens her heart to chance, and her eyes to a wider world than she ever imagined.

But just as Shelby is looking toward an exciting future, Jackie unexpectedly returns—determined to make up for the past and “help” her daughter get everything she never could. Her confidence shaken, Shelby finds herself at odds with Ryan, and with his wealthy family’s overbearing expectations. Now, through wrenching change and sudden loss, Shelby must find a way to see herself, and her mother, in a new light, forge an all-too-fragile understanding—and risk the kind of freedom that brings its own unexpected, enduring rewards…

Reviews

“Fans of intelligent contemporary romance will enjoy this story of love, forgiveness and growing into adulthood.”  –St. Paul Pioneer
“Kerstin March writes a captivating story of love, heartbreak and triumph.” –Laura Sobiech author of Fly a Little Higher“A charming, romantic story of life after loss, filled with lush descriptions of Lake Superior’s magical beauty.” –Kristina Riggle, author of the Whole Golden World

“A sweet, heartening story, Family Trees explores love, loyalty, and the growing pains inherent in building a life for oneself.” –Lindsey Palmer, author of If We Lived Here

 About the Author
After graduating from St. Olaf College, Kerstin March built a career around writing.  During her start as a small town newspaper reporter, and as a public relations professional later on, she always enjoyed bringing out the personal side of news stories.  Kerstin lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. When her family isn’t scrambling with work, school, and errands, they can often be found up north, braving ice-cold swims, fish boils, and bear scares on Lake Superior’s shore. Family Trees is her first novel. For more information, please visit www.kerstinmarch.com.

2 October, 2013

So you are a debut novelist…

I was thrilled this week to make a 2-book deal with Kensington Publishing for first time author, Kerstin March. I think this happy ending can be instructive for debut novelists, especially those writing mainstream women’s fiction or genre fiction, so I thought I’d share a little bit abou102-02454_IMGt how this came to be.

Kerstin came to my attention through a writer’s conference (Madison Writers Institute) in Madison, Wisconsin, where I was presenting along with other agents, authors and publishers.  This is a particularly well-organized and informative conference where this agency has discovered authors in the past, so I was very pleased to attend for the second time.  So lesson #1 is that first time authors could do well to ask their writing friends about their experiences at writing conferences, as some are better than others. But the better ones bring in talent from the publishing world around the country, and sponsor interesting and educational programs and panels, as well as providing writers with an opportunity to meet one on one with publishing professionals.  This is fantastic, of course, in giving new writers an overview of the industry, but also in connecting them with other writers who are serious about getting published.

Kerstin was also introduced to me by a writer already represented by this agency, Anne Greenwood Brown, who we adore. Anne is the consummate professional:  brilliant, creative, funny and immensely talented.  Best of all, she’s nice, really nice.  So I took her referral seriously.  If, as a new writer, you can get to know some more established writers who are willing to mentor you and facilitate your entry into the publishing world, you will be one of the lucky ones.  Most of our clients come through referral, not over the transom.  But at the same time, don’t be pushy.  It needs to develop organically, and it can put another writer in a difficult position if he or she is not a true enthusiast of your work.

When Kerstin sent me her manuscript many months later, I was very impressed. But I also thought that there were ways she could strengthen it, and like the pro that she is, she listened and took the time to do a revision.  Soon we were ready to go.

During one lunch date with an editor, I mentioned Kerstin’s novel, and the editor suggested that she might want to develop ideas for a sequel or possibly more than one linked novel.   That was a great idea, and Kerstin immediately gave it a try.  The first effort didn’t entirely work, but once again, Kerstin rose to the challenge and came up with just what I needed.

So when Martin Biro, a smart young editor at Kensington called to tell me how much he liked FAMILY TREES, and wanted to to know what Kerstin might do next, we were ready.  Martin snapped up the first and second novel, and voila, a talented author’s work will see the light of day. Martin loved FAMILY TREES, but he also wanted to invest in a writer’s career.  Knowing that there will be a follow up to FAMILY TREES, and a shared vision, instilled trust in this new author, and he was able to get the backing of his publishing team.

I’m always looking authors who not only exhibit raw talent, but also listen, learn, and work with me to help me to get their work the attention it deserves.  Here’s wishing all you debut novelists out there luck.  But sometimes we make our luck.  It doesn’t just happen.

–Joelle Delbourgo

 

 

 

FAMILY TREES is a charming story set in a small lake town on Lake Superior.