Interview with Kat Martin

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Interview with Kat Martin 

Affaire de Coeur's February Calendar Girl



Spotlight On NYT Bestselling Author Kat Martin


New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in anthropology, and also studied history. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five historical and contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. With more than sixteen million copies of her books are in print, she’s been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat’s currently working on her next Romantic Suspense.


When did you start writing? 

I begin in 1985. Took me a year and a half of very long hours to finish that novel, Magnificent Passage, a western romance. 


What have you learned about writing since you started?

That writing is a very difficult profession.  That it never gets easier.  That there are lots of advantages but also it’s a lonely existence.


Tell us about your new book or series. 

Beyond Danger is book two of my Texas Trilogy.  It’s Beau Reese's story.  Mega-rich, black-haired, and blue-eyed, Beau was a highly successful race car driver before he left the circuit, sort of a Texas Paul Newman.  Beau loves fast cars and fast women.  

He is also wanted for murder. 

Private Detective, Cassidy Jones, is his nemesis.  She’s smart and sexy and she’s no pushover.

Lucky for Beau, she’s also determined to prove his innocence.


What is your idea of a perfect writing day?

Get up around seven, coffee and watch the news.  Then I go into my office and do a little social media.  It’s not my favorite thing, so I get down to actual writing as soon as possible. 


How/where do you get your plot ideas?

I read a lot.  I watch movies, TV shows, I watch a lot of news.  So much is happening.  Lot of fodder for a plot.


What is the most difficult thing about creating and developing characters?

Making them unique.  I want each one to be different but possess the same qualities as any great hero or heroine.  Sub characters are easier.  No worry about disappointing readers.


What is your favorite thing about being an author?

Being the boss of my own time and energy, doing what I love.  Traveling for conference, which gives me a chance to meet interesting people and visit places I’ve never been.


How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?

I‘ve written around seventy books.  Historical Romance, a couple of straight Contemporaries, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense.


Will you be attending any book signings or conventions? 

I’ll be in Billings, Montana for Western Writers and in Denver for RWA.  I am hoping to go to NYC for Book Expo this year.


Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.

My best advice is to never give up.  Write what you love and keep at it no matter what.  If you can make it long enough, you will probably succeed. 


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