Kat's mom is her inspiration for writing as well as being her hero and her best friend.
"I remember listening to her read to me as a child and I loved the way she could make the stories come alive," she explained. "She always encouraged me to use my imagination and be as creative as possible even when other people tried to push me down."
Kat wrote her first piece in first grade—a little poem about a turtle who wanted to fly. And, she's been writing ever since, even though she didn't become a published writer until a few years ago. She has published and/or contracted thirteen books and is working on number fourteen—the sequel to Hidden with the working title of "Seeker."
She is currently writing three series. Her Gods at Work series asks what would happen if the banking crisis had hurt the coffers of the Greek gods as well as mortals and the gods had to suddenly come down and work among mortals to earn their living. Frozen is the first book in her Artica Lights series about a world parallel to this one—however, that world is eternally locked in winter. The sequel to Frozen is scheduled to be released in December. And, Hidden, her current release, is the first book in the Hekate's Web series.
I asked her which book was her favorite.
"I love them all; they are my babies," she told me. "But Hidden, Frozen, and The Lighthouse, I think, are my personal best. The reason is I just had so much fun writing them and I think when you truly have fun with a story it just makes it so much better."
"How do you do the research for your books?" I asked.
"I get books on the topics I need to know about and research things online as well. Most of my books are fantasy novels taking place in worlds I create in my mind, but there are still things that need to be accurate. For instance, in Frozen my hero was a zoologist and he was studying Adelie penguins. I made very sure that every detail I gave about his work and the penguins was accurate. It’s a point of pride with me to be as thorough as possible."
"How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?" I wondered.
"Pornography is nothing but sex. There is no plot or anything. Erotica has a lot of sex but also has a clearly defined story. And erotic romance has some sex, but it’s driven more by the story and the development of the characters. I’ve never written porn, but my Gods At Work series I would classify as erotica. Everything else I think would qualify as erotic romance."
Kat's favorite erotic author is N.J. Walters, with her favorite book being Walters' Woven Dreams.
"N.J. does the sex scenes really well, but she is also able to build the story and develop characters so that by the end the story ends you care about the people to the point where you'll get mad if they don't have their HEA. In Woven Dreams, all the characters are wounded in some way and have major issues (both physical and emotional) to overcome. I cried through that book," she admitted.
Other authors who Kat believes write excellent erotic fiction are Kresley Cole, Lynsay Sands, Christine Feehan, Kay Dee Royal, J.R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Christine London, Danielle Ravencraft, and way too many more to think of.
N.J. Walters is also the author who encouraged Kat to try submitting her own work to publishers.
"I totally credit her with getting the courage that allowed me to become a published author," Kat said.
Kat told me that she doesn't really have a work schedule. She does prefer to write first thing in the morning when she's fresh, but if her Muse starts pounding ideas into her head late at night—or even when she's sleeping—she'll head to her computer and write.
"The Muse refuses to shut up unless I do," she said with a smile. "My Muse gives me a general idea of where to take the story. I never know what will happen; my characters are always doing things that surprise me. That's part of the fun. If I try and outline my Muse shuts up and the story just won’t come to me no matter what I do."
When she's not writing, she reads a lot and listens to audiobooks. She also has two kitties she likes to chase all over the place. She also enjoys baking.
"If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?" "Oh wow. Only 5 huh? I’d bring my iPod because I’d want to have my music and audiobooks with me. I’d have a charger to keep the iPod working. I’d have plenty of spare batteries for the charger. I’d want a portable toilet. Let’s face it, friendly bushes have a tendency to be less than friendly if you snag a branch or squat on the wrong thing like poison ivy. And the last modern convenience would be unlimited toilet paper so you don’t have to trust that supposedly friendly leaf," she said with a smile.
Finally, I asked, "What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?"
"Never give up. Keep trying. Rejections are part of the game and, believe it or not, even published authors still get rejections. If you keep trying and you believe in yourself, it WILL happen eventually."
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