Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’m the luckiest woman in the world because my husband and I work as a team to write books for our numerous series. Together, we have had forty books published, both traditionally and self-pubbed for a total of over 3.5 million in sales worldwide. Writing has got to be the best occupation ever because you can be anyone you want and do anything you want (and some things you don’t want!), and be anywhere you want. My favorite part of a book is about a third of the way through when the characters take over and write the book for me. After that, I just sit back and write down what they’re saying.
Bob and I love to travel. We’ve been lucky enough to visit several countries (including Australia, Ireland, Amsterdam, Paris, England, and numerous Caribbean islands). We have been in the process of relocating from Austin to Colorado Springs and fixing up our house for the past year and a half, and we are drastically overdue for a vacation. I just had my right knee replaced, so now I have a wicked scar to show off during our next visit to the beach, hopefully in the spring.
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We write our adult books under the pen name of Kathy Clark and our YAs under the pen name of Bob Kat (because our adult books are a little too spicy for younger audiences).
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I like to jump around. I started writing romances because they were the hot genre at the time. But I got tired of reading them because the stories were so simple. When I wrote for Harlequin American, they encouraged more complicated plots, and I kind of pushed their boundaries with my books. Now Bob and I write romantic suspense, new adult romantic suspense, and YA time travel/romance/mystery. It’s fun to switch back and forth because the characters in the adult romances and the YA are so different. But it’s all living vicariously which is great fun.
2. What’s your favorite beverage?
No doubt about this one. I grew up in Texas where we drink Diet Coke for breakfast. But it has to have lots of ice. Bob has a more sophisticated palate and prefers dry Chardonnay. If I’m going alcoholic, I love frozen margaritas, especially at Chili’s, Outback, or Texas Roadhouse.
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be?
I often set my phone on repeat and listen to a song over and over. But I have over 200 songs on it, and I like to shuffle. I can’t pick just one, but I’m crazy about In My Life by the Beatles. It’s sort of Bob’s and my theme song. But right now I’m also into Home by Phillip Phillips, Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez, 100 Years by Five For Fighting, Welcome Home by Radical Face, and the Outlander theme (which is also my ringtone). My playlist has a lot of diversity.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Blank pages. That’s what I love about having Bob as my writing partner. We sit on our deck and plot the books out in great detail. Then he’ll write the first draft, usually giving me about 30,000 words. The beauty in that is that I never have a blank page. I add the color, the emotion, the passion, and the details of the relationship (he focuses on the execution of the plot) which will double the size of the book. It’s a beautiful partnership.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I love Colorado. Plus, we’re close to our kids. But if they were out of the equation, we’d probably live in Australia or somewhere in the Caribbean. We love beaches and sunshine. Bob grew up in Ohio, so he hates the snow. But I grew up in Texas, and I love it, so Colorado is wonderful for me. He’s compromising because he loves me. Ahhhh!
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I used to be an avid reader, but I don’t read as much as I’d like now. I love romantic suspense and an occasional mainstream. I also sneak in an erotic romance every now and then.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Real life is the best place for crazy. Just take something out of the newspaper and “what if” it until you have a plot. We also go to a lot of movies, and something will jump out and generate an idea for a new plot.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Our ideal reader is someone who loves strong characters and interesting stories. If you’re looking for gimmicks (i.e. shapeshifter, mermaids, vampires), our books aren’t going to do it for you. Our books are about real people in challenging circumstances who succeed in the end.
9. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
I don’t know if it’s a superpower, but if it isn’t, it should be. I’d like to time travel. How much fun would it be to skip back and forth through time and experience life in different eras and different places!
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Another Chance is the last planned book in the Austin Heroes. It’s about the youngest Archer brother, Luke, who is a Homeland Security Officer sent back to his hometown of Austin on a case. He bumps into his high school sweetheart and the old flames are still there. But the circumstances of their break-up and life in general work against them. I love the first love/second chance trope, and this one has all that and more. Plus, I just love the Archer brothers. I think Nick is one of my all-time favorite heroes (Book #1, After Love). We also have a YA time travel book out this month called Not My Life.
Our next series is called Breathless and is set in historic Cripple Creek. The first book in that series (Fool’s Gold) is almost finished.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Kathy Clark and her book, ANOTHER CHANCE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
LIST OF BOOKS
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE PUBLISHED BY RANDOM HOUSE/LOVESWEPT
After Midnight (#1 Denver Heroes Series)
WINNER BEST INDIE BOOK SUSPENSE OF 2013
READER’S FAVORITE SUSPENSE 2013
Cries in the Night (#2 Denver Heroes Series)
FINALIST COLORADO HUMANITIES AWARD 2014
Deep Night (#3 Denver Heroes Series)
After Love (#1 Austin Heroes Series)
Almost Forever (#2 Austin Heroes Series)
Another Chance (#3 Austin Heroes Series)
Fantasy Suite (#1 Room Service Series) Published by Loose Id
Master Suite (#2 Room Service Series)
Life’s What Happens
FINALIST BEST INDIE BOOK OF 2013
READER’S FAVORITE MAINSTREAM 2014
Due Dates (Book #1 of Scandals Series)
Killer Date (Book #2 of Scandals Series)
Worst Date Ever (Book #3 of Scandals Series)
Dating For Dollars (Book #4 of Scandals Series)
Change the Past (Book #1 of the Time Shifters Series under pen name Bob Kat) Formerly titled Oh My God (OMG)
WINNER BEST INDIE YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF 2013
Day at the Beach (Book #2 of the Time Shifters Series under pen name Bob Kat) Formerly titled Be Right Back (BRB)
WINNER READER’S FAVORITE 2013
Runaway Lover (Book #3 of the Time Shifters Series under pen name Bob Kat) Formerly titled Believe it or Not (BION)
READER’S FAVORITE YOUNG ADULT 2014
Forever Love (Book #4 of the Time Shifters Series under pen name Bob Kat) Formerly titled Rest in Peace (RIP)
Not My Life (Book #5 of the Time Shifters Series under pen name Bob Kat)
CLASSIC ROMANCE & CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S FICTION
Angel of Mercy (#3 Angel Series)
Another Sunny Day
Born to be Wild
Cody’s Last Stand
Cold Feet, Warm Heart
Count Your Blessings
Golden Days (sequel to Another Sunny Day)
Hearts Against the Wind (Crystal Creek Series)
Kissed By an Angel (#1 Angel Series)
Passion and Possession
Phantom Angel (#2 Angel Series)
A Private Affair
Stand by Your Man (Crystal Creek Series)
Stroke of Midnight
Links to Kathy’s website, blog, books, etc.
NOT MY LIFE on Amazon:
ANOTHER CHANCE on Amazon:
TAKE A HERO TO BED…EVERY NIGHT!
Win a king-sized satin pillowcase with a photo of Luke Archer, the secret service agent from ANOTHER CHANCE, our latest Austin Heroes Book. The pillowcase is perfect for your hair, plus the photo of Luke will give you sweet dreams. Comment on Kathy’s Author Peek Interview or Killer Book Bench blogs. Good luck!
Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!