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.
First, thanks so much, Karen, for allowing me to visit with you and the gang here on your blog. My name is Kathy Ivan and I write a variety of books across several genres. I recently quit my full time job to write, but was a medical transcriptionist for more years than I like to admit. My very first job out of high school was working in a medical records department in a hospital in Key West, Florida. After that, I stayed in the medical field for the rest of my working career. While I wrote in high school, I never did anything serious about writing until I was living in Texas. Another woman who I worked with became a published author and invited me and another friend/coworker to a book signing. Afterward, she invited me to attend the local RWA Chapter (Dallas Area Romance Authors), and from there the writing bug struck again. My first book (Desperate Choices) was published in 2010 by Carina Press, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
1. How did you get started writing?
As I stated above, I got back into writing seriously around 2006, when I started attending a local RWA chapter. I studied voraciously to learn the craft of writing, worked on making my writing better all the time. I had published authors look at my work and give my critiques, which helped me hone my skills. And I wrote. And wrote. And wrote. Because you can’t get better if you’re not putting words on the page.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I tend to be very plot driven when I’m writing romantic suspense. I like to have an idea of the story. I know certain things have to happen to lead the reader along until they get to the satisfying conclusion. This seemed to really work well for romantic suspense, because I get the best of both words—a mystery to be solved, and a happily-ever-after for my hero and heroine.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love making the people in my stories come alive. They are always surprising me, taking off in a totally different direction than what I anticipate, and that’s usually a great thing. But I have to say, I love writing the ending, because everything gets wrapped up, all the loose ends are pulled together, and the bad guy/gal gets caught. Plus, you’ll always have a happy ending with my books.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Become a professional reader – maybe go into editing, because I could never leave the world of words behind. To me they are pure magic.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Dinner, because that’s the time I get to sit back and rewind, relax and slow down, knowing I’ve had a good and productive day. Plus there’s dessert after that meal. LOL
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
Wow that’s a tough one. I think it’s different for each story. Sometimes the male character is the strongest, because it’s his story to tell. Other times, if the book is focusing on the heroine, then she’s easier. But I always love writing the villains, because they are so deliciously evil, and I love delving into them to find out what made them into the baddies they are.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
YES!!! If I don’t get to read at least a little bit during the day I start going into withdrawal. Right now, I’m reading a lot of paranormal romance, particularly shifter romance, which I don’t write. I’m a sucker for paranormal romance of any kind though, and some of my books have a paranormal thread running through them, although it’s not the main focus of the story. I’m a fairly eclectic reader, and read across multiple genres, as long as it’s a romance.
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?
Hmm, somewhere with a view of the water. A beach house or lake house overlooking a gorgeous view, but with all the luxuries. I’m not a roughing-it kind of gal.
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
I’ve always been drawn to purple, the deeper and richer the better. I love the saturation of the tone and tend to have a lot of clothes that have purple in them. Plus amethyst is my birthstone.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I write in two series right now. I have a book coming out the first week in August in the Lovin’ Las Vegas series called Vegas, Baby! (Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.) This is contemporary romance.
The other series I write is romantic suspense, the New Orleans Connection Series, and I planning/hoping the next book will be out the end of September (for those who follow this series, this will be Carpenter’s “the ghost” book).
Be sure to come back to read more about Kathy and RELENTLESS PURSUIT on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Kathy’s website, blog, books, etc.
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For a list of all my books and buy links to the various retailers, visit my books page on my website at: http://www.kathyivan.com/books.html
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Kathy is giving away an e-book copy of RELENTLESS PURSUIT, New Orleans Connection Series, Book #2 (or one of her backlist books if winner already has Relentless Pursuit) to two lucky readers who comment on her **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read this book! Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your story with us!