Today we have a guest interviewer helping me out.
This is an interview with Kate Douglas (Wolf Tales & Sexy Beast series). She is the one who inspired me to write. I mean years of rejections and she kept at it. Can’t top her determination to create.
Now that is inspirational. So lets find out more about Kate…
How did you get started writing?
I’ve always wanted to write. I kept diaries as a kid, wrote poetry, got my degree in English Literature and wrote commercials for a country-western radio station when I got out of college. Worked as a newspaper reporter and also wrote freelance stuff, but when I discovered romances in the 1970s, I knew that was what I really wanted to write. I started writing for publication in 1984 but didn’t sell my first story until 1998, and that was to an epublisher before anyone knew what ebooks were. It wasn’t until 2005 that I signed my first New York contract. I honestly don’t think writing was anything I chose to do—it sort of chose me.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love everything about writing. Coming up with an idea, developing a story, getting to know my characters. I love revising and editing and making a story work, creating new worlds and even new histories for my characters. There is such an amazing sense of creation in taking the seed of an idea and ending up with a printed book in your hands. There’s nothing else to compare…except maybe pregnancy and childbirth! Writing isn’t nearly as hard on the waistline, though.
What do you dislike most about what you do?
There is absolutely no part of what I do that I dislike. I even enjoy the promotion I need to do, something a lot of authors don’t care for. I see it all as a great adventure.
Is there anything you would like to share about yourself or your work?
I can’t think of anything new—my life is pretty much an open book. I’m all over Facebook and blog quite a bit, and my readers know they can ask me anything and I’ll answer them. My writing schedule is really heavy so I don’t have a lot of time for a social life, which means the online community, because it’s so accessible, fills the need for me to have a connection with real people as compared to my fantasy characters. I’m really pretty boring in real life—have been married to a terrific guy for almost 38 years. We’ve got two great adult kids and between them they and their spouses have presented us with five grandchildren—so far! It’s all good. J
What achievement are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of the fact that after almost twenty years of submitting my stories and racking up the rejections, I didn’t give up. I stuck with it, trusted my agent and my own instincts, and now, I’m a fairly successful author with over thirty books in print. I like to think I’m living proof that stubbornness and tenacity can pay off.
What part of a manuscript do you most enjoy writing?
As I said earlier, I like the whole process, but I think my favorite part is when I get to the last few chapters and everything comes together. I don’t really plot my stories. I just sit down and let my characters tell me what’s going on. Sometimes it takes them awhile to start spilling the story, but they always give it up before too long. That final few chapters, though—that’s where I really get rolling and can be so caught up in the writing that I don’t hear the phone ring, don’t hear my husband when he comes into the office to ask me something—all I hear is the sound of my characters and the action in the story.
How would you describe your love scenes?
Hot. Very, very hot, especially in my erotic romances. I’ve often said there are no barriers I’m afraid to cross. The sex scenes in my Wolf Tales and Sexy Beast books are graphic, they’re erotic, and they tend to push buttons some people don’t want pushed. I have no problem including group sex in my erotic romances, including same-sex interludes. Even my “straight” paranormal series has pretty hot scenes, but I like to think that when the author has created an emotional connection between the reader and the story, that readers are disappointed if they don’t get the really powerful scenes between characters they’ve come to know and care about. I want my readers to feel the powerful emotions my characters feel for one another, and a well-written sex scene makes that connection. I think it tends to grab the reader at a visceral level.
What are you working on now?
I just finished writing Wolf Tales 11 three weeks ago, completed page proofs for Wolf Tales 10 which comes out in July, did the copy edits last week on HellFire, which is the second book in my new paranormal series, The DemonSlayers, FedExed the copy edits for Crystal Dreams, a novella that’s part of my DemonSlayers series, to NY this afternoon, and tonight I’m back at work on StarFire, the third book in The DemonSlayers.
Any professional advice for other authors?
Never, ever quit. If you love writing and feel you’re meant to write, stick with it, because you’ll never feel complete if you quit.
What is your favorite television show?
I watch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, and that’s it. I don’t have time for television—I’d rather read a book than watch the tube, but we turn Rachel’s show on during dinner every night. That’s literally the only tv I see unless my husband drags me downstairs to watch a movie…I do that about three times a year.
What kind of music do you like?
Celtic music on occasion. Native American. I rarely listen to music when I’m writing unless a scene calls for it. Then I’ll play whatever my characters are listening to so that I get the pacing and rhythm incorporated into the writing.
What is the most memorable book you’ve read?
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
Do you have any pets?
Rufus has me. He’s a little furry dog that someone threw out of a car a dozen years ago. He landed well and rules our household.
Do you have a hobby/favorite pass time?
Reading and gardening, though I never have enough time for either. I also love to hike, but that’s another one that takes second place to my favorite thing, which is writing.
Where can fans follow you?
I blog every other week at www.runningwithquills.com and once a month at http://www.aphrodisiaauthors.com/blog/ Plus readers can find me on Facebook . I’ve deactivated my MySpace page—it was just one too many things to deal with!
Find out more about Kate and her novels at her website.
She just recently wrote her first mainstream novel Demon Fire available in bookstores now as well as
Sexy Beast—Chanku Rising
Wolf Tales II
Wild Nights—Camille’s Dawn
Wolf Tales III
Sexy Beast II—Chanku Fallen
Wolf Tales IV
Sexy Beast III—Chanku Journey
Wolf Tales V
Sexy Beast IV—Chanku Destiny
Wolf Tales VI
Sexy Beast V—Chanku Wild
Wolf Tales VII
Sexy Beast VI–Chanku Honor
Wolf Tales VIII
Sexy Beast VII–Chanku Challenge
Wolf Tales 9
Sexy Beast VIII–Chanku spirit (Spring 2010)
Wolf Tales 10 (July 2010)
Wolf Tales 11 (January 2011)
Wolf Tales 12 (July 2011)
April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.