1. How did you get started writing?
I sold my first book to Dell for their Candlelight Ecstasy line way back in 1982 after attending an RWA conference and meeting an editor. When they ended the line, I moved to Harlequin American where I stayed until 1994 when my editor retired. My husband and I started writing screenplays and sold a few (only one of which was actually produced as a cable TV movie). But in 2012, we decided to return to writing novels and jumped headfirst into the self-publishing pool. Since then, he and I have written fourteen romantic suspense, new adult, and YA novels. In 2014, again at an RWA conference, we met Sue Grimshaw of Random House, and we signed a six book contract with them for their Loveswept line.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
It’s more interesting to write stories that have complex characters and storylines. I wrote classic romances for years, but it’s more challenging to write about real life and real people who are strong and intelligent, but somehow involved in a bad situation.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love to plot. Bob and I take a couple glasses of wine out on our patio and brainstorm “what ifs” until we come up with a plot we both love.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I have a degree in Fine Art, and I love to sculpt and paint, especially animals. I also love to bead and do mosaics, but I’m not sure I could make a living at any of those things because it would be like adopting out my children. I don’t like to let anything go unless it’s to someone who will love it.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I’m not a morning person, so if I eat breakfast, it’s at night. Bob and I usually eat only one real meal a day, and that’s in the late afternoon or early evening.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
My favorite characters are always the charming, cocky, slightly flawed males who are usually firemen, cops, or military. I enjoy digging deep into the souls of an alpha male and finding their soft, gooey, sentimental center. My hero, Nick Archer, in After Love is exactly like that. I totally fell in love with him. Almost Forever is about a by-the-book Texas Ranger who never breaks the rules until he meets Lori. It was fun taking him from rough, tough lawman to crusader to prove his woman’s innocence.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Just as with my writing, I like complex characters and storylines, so usually I prefer romantic suspense. My favorite authors are Linda Casillo, Karen Robards, and when I’m in the mood for fantasy, Amanda Hocking.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
Have you heard the Zac Brown Band song about “toes in the water, ass in the sand”? That’s my theme song. I love the Rocky Mountains and would miss them desperately, especially the snow, but if I could live anywhere, it would be where I could walk out my back door and be right on the beach with the waves rolling in and the sunsets over the water. (Again, since I’m not a morning person, sunsets always make me smile, especially when they’re behind a mountain or dropping into the sea.)
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Absolutely red. It’s vibrant and eclectic and alive. I also like blue and purple (which is, of course, red + blue).
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
The third book in the Austin Heroes series Another Chance is about the third brother, Luke, who works for Homeland Security and bumps into his high school sweetheart when he returns to Austin to stop a terrorist attack. Old fires ignite, but it comes down to who will survive. It will be out in November, 2016.
Be sure to come back to read more about Kathy and her book, ALMOST FOREVER, an Austin Heroes Novel, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Kathy’s website, blog, books, etc.
After Love: http://amzn.to/1RTgoJZ
Almost Forever (preorder): http://amzn.to/1XpuQSq
Another Chance (preorder): http://amzn.to/25CeAi9
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Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your story with us.
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