Tonight I am delighted to be joined for Friday Night Drinks by author… Kathy Obuszewski. Apologies to Kathy, this post should have gone up yesterday but I found myself in a wifi blackspot and wasn’t able to get it up until now.
Kathy, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Yards Big Hayes-y 13 which is a big hazy IPA
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
I would take you to my favorite brewery in Philadelphia: Evil Genius. They have a fun open space and really creative beers. I haven’t been to Philly without going there and spending at least a few hours. Then after that, I like to hit Barcade. Then we can play some arcade games including a crazy Michael Jackson one that Sega made and they have like seven different pinball machines. It’s a great selection of local craft beers and a solid mixed drink place. If it was a Thursday or a Saturday, I would also go to my other place which is called Fermentery Form. They have a really cool speakeasy vibe especially since you have to go down an alley and past a dumpster to get there and there is no sign. You only know it’s open if the green light is on.
If it was local to Cleveland, I would go to Goldhorn Brewery. I love the space with its very open feel and hardwood bar. The beers are very solid. Not always exciting but I have only had one beer that disappointed me there. You can talk and hang out there. The food is solid. It’s my favourite place to hang out and drink. Even though I like beer at Market Brewing and VooDoo Brewing better, I love the overall vibe of Goldhorn. it’s not as well known. It’s actually where I will go to drink to celebrate a new book release or just want a drink to forget life after having to testify in court. The fact one of my friends from hockey is the manager there is a huge plus.
You sound like a bar & beer connoisseur! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Given the name of the drink, I would have to hang out with Kevin Hayes, the centerman for the Philadelphia Flyers who the beer was named after. He’s incredibly funny and has created a great addition to my favourite hockey team.
I would love to go drinking with Dorothy Parker. She’s one of my favourite writers of all time and is so incredibly witty even if she’s rather cutting.
So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I’m releasing my new novella, Hockey Hottie. It’s the launch of my second hockey series and a new pen name for me. Plus I love the idea of merging Halloween and romance together especially in a hockey setting. It’s basically mixing all my things together. I started this novella because I was reading Zoey Indiana’s halloween novella and I thought it was a neat idea. I haven’t seen it with hockey romances but when I said I had this crazy idea to do a Halloween hockey romance to a few friends they all encouraged me to do it. The story is super sweet and a lot of fun.
That does sound fun, and very different! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment was publishing each book, especially my first one Deking the Puck. It took so much labor and love to really get it done. I loved it. It was true sending out 200 Foot Game.
My biggest challenge is twofold. First is marketing and letting people know that my books exist. I initially published under my name Kathy Obuszewski and I know it’s super difficult for people to spell. So I’m going to be republishing my books under Kat Obie. Plus all my book titles are hockey references that those who aren’t in love with the sport won’t get them.
Then from a writing standpoint, I get major doubt in my story. Is it good enough? Did I lose the plot? Will people like it? Am I improving my writing? Will people read it? I will turn to my alpha readers and get their thoughts. That way I know if I am on the right track. Plus I will say as I re-edit and go through Deking the Puck to make it ready for it to become Falling Fast, I can really see the growth in my writing.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
A goal of mine is to make enough money to have a house in Lausanne, Switzerland and be able to write and overlook the lake. Initially, it was a house in the French countryside. But the more I thought about it, it switched to Lausanne. I loved all the social media posts from the Flyers when they played there. The lake is so beautiful. Also, they are home to a hockey team. While it’s not the NHL, I could still have access to my favourite sport. I would be able to play.
I want to do that all with book sales. So I know I have to become a best selling author and develop a real following.
I love a big ambition! What are have planned that you are really excited about?
So I’m super excited about the release of the Hockey Hottie. This is one of my favourite stories that I have written. It comes out on October 1st.
Then in the next book in the series will be called Hockey Hellion which will come out on January 20th. I have some more holiday novellas in the works and I enjoy writing those. I like how I’m doing some nontraditional holiday novellas including April Fools.
Then on October 28th, I will be releasing Falling Fast. It’s the reworking of my first book. Then on Nov 11th, I will be releasing Crashing Hard. It’s the renaming of my second book. Then on Dec 2, I will be releasing Loving Baby which is my Christmas themed story in the Loving the Sound Series. Then I can release Stepping Up on December 26th which was a really fun story to write.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
The favourite place I’ve been is Copenhagen, Denmark. I studied there for a year. I love how I could learn a whole new language there and yet I was there for six months and only knew a handful of Danish and had no issues.
They have magical little places like Tivoli Gardens which is the closest thing to a TARDIS out there. It’s not a huge allotment of land but I could spend hours there and it was so much larger on the inside.
I loved how much I learned about a small nation mindset and their form of governance. I healed there and worked on myself.
Although my other favourite places: Dublin, London, Paris, Philly, Prague and Lake Placid, New York.
On my bucket list that I would like to go to next: I would like to go to Iceland. Spend a day or two in Reykjavik. See the Northern Lights, explore the area. Then I want to travel on to Switzerland and stay there for a week in Lausanne. I want to have Swiss chocolate, explore their Olympic museum, Musée de l’Élysée, and other places.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.
While this isn’t a secret everyone finds it very surprising that I have two very different master’s degree specializations. I got my Master’s in Public and International Affairs with a major of Security and Intelligence studies. I did capstones on space power war theory and on biological terrorism (and the best way to spread disease). Then I returned to my love of sports and wanting to work in collegiate recreation. So I got a Master’s of Science in Sports Management from my Alma mater. I love working sports and being the playground on campus. The two degrees don’t have a ton of overlap other than being able to interact and understand non-domestic students.
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
For my must-read that hasn’t changed in years is The Portable Dorothy Parker. I think she touched upon a lot of things like microaggressions with racism, depression, alcoholism and mental health in a beautiful and poignant way. It’s amazing how many things have changed and haven’t since the 1920s. She writes plain but beautiful.
In this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers will be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of her life’s work. At the heart of her serious work lie her political writings dealing with race, labor, and international politics. A Dorothy Parker Sampler blends the sublime and the silly with the terrifying, a sort of tasting menu of verse, stories, essays, political journalism, a speech on writing, plus a catchy off-the-cuff rhyme she never thought to write down.
The introduction of two new sections is intended to provide the richest possible sense of Parker herself. Self-Portrait reprints an interview she did in 1956 with The Paris Review, part of a famed ongoing series of conversations (Writers at Work) conducted with the best of twentieth-century writers.
Letters: 1905-1962, which might be subtitled Mrs. Parker Completely Uncensored, presents correspondence written over the period of a half century, beginning in 1905 when twelve-year-old Dottie wrote her father during a summer vacation on Long Island, and concluding with a 1962 missive from Hollywood describing her fondness for Marilyn Monroe.
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
So I always eat when I drink and I try to moderate myself throughout the night. I will drink Gatorade to help rehydrate my body and put the electrolytes back in in the morning.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
I’m a workaholic by nature so for me my perfect weekends include going back to Philly where I hang out with my friends and I go there just to rejuvenate myself. I tend to pack in a lot of things while keeping it kind of lazy. I loved that on a recent trip, I went to ballet class in the morning, went to the Home Show with some friends, went to my favorite bars: Fermentery Form, Evil Genius, and Varga with friends. Watched the Flyers play a game. That particular trip even got to go to a signing event with the Flyers where I got a bunch of the Flyers to sign a birthday card for me. Do a game night with my friends where we played Cards Against Humanity and Unlabl’d (a beer guessing game). Got baked treats from Isgro’s Bakery. Ate hoagies and fried brussel sprouts.
That sounds like a packed weekend. Kathy, thank you for chatting with and good luck with the new book and the new pen name.
Kathy’s new book, as Kat Obie, is out now as an ebook and you can buy a copy here.
I’ve always had a thing for the coach’s daughter.
Not that he needs to know that. Coach thinks she and I are friends… and we are, have been for years. But I’d sure like to be friends with benefits.
Except then I’d be dead, because coach wants to believe his daughter is still the angelic little figure skater who just needs a workout buddy.
Why, oh why did I ever agree to help her train?
There’s no way I can keep my feelings for her a secret when we’re getting hot and sweaty together.
But I’ve got the perfect plan.
Just one little date won’t hurt.
Until she shows up to the Halloween party wearing that.
Kat Obie is a passionate hockey fan. She plays, she watches, she dreams of it so she decided to start writing hockey romances.
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