Interview with Kat Martin

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Interview with Kat Martin

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Thank you for taking the time to chat with us.

Welcome Kat Martin,

Kat is one of the most prolific authors I have had the privilege to meet and spend some time with. She and L.J. are wonderful, gracious people. With continued success, Kat has brought many readers the best entertainment every time they open one of her books. We wish them continued success with any endeavor they choose to follow.


Where are you from?

   I was born in Tulare, California, raised in Bakersfield, CA


Married to a wonderful husband who is also an author....LJ

Children? Pets?

   No kids.  L. has 3 boys so I get plenty of kid stuff.  My darling cat passed.  None can compare so no pets, plus we travel a lot.  We do have horses, cows, chickens and the neighbor’s dog on the other end of our Montana property.


What is your favorite place to eat?

  Oh, geez...I’ll have to say a bistro in Paris... second choice any good place in New York City


Favorite foods?

  French food.  Italian.  Steak.


If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

   In Montana, lots of stuff since we live 25 miles from town.  We keep the fridge and pantry well-stocked.  Lots of wild game in the freezer.  Aside from that, lots of fruits and veggies.


Where do you like to go when you want to run away?

   I love expensive hotels and good restaurants.  So, any great resort will do.


Attending any conventions/conferences this year?

   In 2015 we’ll be at a book signing in Boonesboro, MD at the Turn the Page Bookstore on April 11, a store owned by Nora Roberts and her hubby.  A big event that should be fun.  We’ll be at Western Writers of America and usually RWA but we may be in Europe next year.


What is the best advice anyone ever gave you? 

  An editor once told me I was a really good writer.  Once she said that, I started to believe I could actually succeed as an author. 


Tell us your latest news? Current projects?

   I’m always on a new AGAINST novel.  Two more set in Alaska.  AGAINST THE SKY is Nick Brodie’s story, out in February.  Then Rafe Brodie is in AGAINST THE TIDE, out in June.


Easiest and hardest thing about writing?

   There is no easy thing about writing.  All of it is hard.  Just figuring out how to solve my own mystery takes hours.


What inspired you to write your first book?

   My  husband wrote a western novel that I really loved.  I was helping him polish it and I started thinking...humm...maybe I could do this.


What ignites your creativity?

    Could be anything from a movie, news on the TV, an article or even a book.  Even a dream or a photo.


What challenges have you faced writing a love story or a specific scene?

   Every scene is a challenge.  Once you get the dialog going, it starts to move.  Thinking this stuff up in the first place is the challenge.  Regarding love scenes, I like to write them, so for me making them interesting and different is the trick.


Is your writing area/office organized or strategically placed chaos?

   I’m fairly well organized, at least I keep things picked up.  I have a big office in Montana and smaller office in California, where keeping it organized is crucial.


Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?

   I love silence.  I look at the computer screen as if it were a TV screen playing a movie of my story.  I want to see that movie clearly, with no distractions.


What author would you like to meet and have a cozy lunch with?

   Wilbur Smith would be interesting.  A fabulous historian and inspiration.  Dean Koontz I’ve met but would love to spend some time with.  He is my true mentor.  I know most of the romance authors, lots are fun to spend time with.  I’ve never met Danielle Steel...she might be interesting. 


Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with? (If you were free to do so)

   For a while it was Bradley Cooper, but I’ve moved on to Captain America...what’s his name?  Oh, yeah, Chris Evans.

What books do you have on your favorites shelf?

  Outlander, of course, great new series.  Outlaw by Penelope Williamson, fab western romance that was made into a movie.  Wilbur Smith’s Eagle in the Sky my all-time favorite romance.  Anya Seton, any of hers.  Kathleen Woodiwiss, any of hers.  Nora Roberts’ Chasing Fire and Northern Lights, among others.


What book are you reading now?

  I’m reading Dana Marton, Deathscape, great book so far.


Any new authors who have caught your interest?

  M.L. Buchman.  Night stalkers and Firehawks.  Both fabulous series.


If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?

  Learn your craft.  Don’t just write something and stick it up on the Internet.  Make sure it’s something you’re proud of.  Then just keep writing.  Never give up your dream.


What would you like to say to your readers?

  Thanks for sticking with me over the years.  And for trying something new when I switched from Historical to writing Romantic Suspense.  Hope you liked AGAINST THE WILD and will watch for AGAINST THE SKY and AGAINST THE TIDE. 


Love you all! 


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Purchase Kat's books on Amazon 

Sneak Peeks of Kat's books:

Against the Wild 

The Summit 

Read Kat's book reviews from AdC

Read Kat's AdC interview from 2011 

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