Interview with Kat Martin

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New-York-Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California where she majored in Anthropology and History.  She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western and suspense novels. Kat has written more than sixty-five novels with sevnteen million copies in print. Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New-York-Times top fifteen bestseller list. 






When did you start writing? 

I started in 1985, got published in 1988


What have you learned about the writing and publishing industry since you started?

I’ve learned just how tough it is to make it in a big way in the industry.  With self-publishing, anyone can publish a book but to make it to the top ranks is really tough.


Tell us about your new book or series.  

Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter.   He’ll collect a fat $600,000 fee if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.


Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It’s been a year since she came home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault.  Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.


What is your schedule for a perfect day of writing?

On a perfect day, I get up around 7:30, have coffee, watch the news, then go to work.  First I do email, check out Facebook, then I start writing.  I like to write long days, which I try to do on Tuesday, Thursday, and weekends.  Of course I am working the other three days of the week, as well! 


Where have you traveled recently?

I was recently in West Yellowstone with my husband and family.  We rented a lovely big Montana-style log cabin.  It was a great trip.  Oh, and I got to see Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn in Vegas in December.  Fabulous!



What is the best and worst thing about being an author?

Best thing is being able to set your own hours and of course doing a job that you enjoy.  The worst is how difficult writing a book actually is.  The challenge of completing a novel over and over successfully is enormous.


Tell us about how some ideas for stories popped into your head?

The strangest idea I had for a book came from a reoccuring dream that was the opening scene of a book.  I couldn’t get the dream out of my head until I made up a story to go with it.  It’s a book that’s never been published.  I’m hoping it will get out on the shelves in the next year or two.  Most of my ideas come from something I’ve read or seen on TV, though it might not turn into a book right away.


What genres do you write?

I love to write Romantic Suspense.  I have also written a lot of Historical novels.  And a couple of contemporary novellas. 


What books or series of books can we expect from you next?  

Up next for me is BEYOND REASON, the first of my Texas Trilogy.   A ruthless drug lord wants to use Drake Trucking, a long-established, well-respected trucking firm now run by a woman named Carly Drake, as a cover for his nefarious schemes.


Multi-millionaire Lincoln Cain is determined to protect Carly.  He’s vowed to keep the promise he made to her grandfather, Joe Drake, the man responsible for helping him turn his life around after he was released from prison.


It’s a high action thriller, a battle of wills as Carly is forced to stand up to Cain while the two of them battle the forces of evil and try to protect their hearts.  


What events do you plan on attending this year? 

This is an off year for me.  So far we are going to Book Exp in New York the end of May and possibly Western Writers of America in Kansas in June.  Aside from that, our plans remain up in the air.  Of course I’ll be writing madly, trying to finish my next book!