New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels. Kat has written more than sixty-five novels with sixteen million copies of her books in print. Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.
Q&A with Kat Martin
Where do you call home?
I am lucky to live in Montana, but also have a winter home at the beach in California.
What is your favorite place to eat?
A gourmet restaurant
I’m a real meat eater, but I also love salad and veggies, love Mexican food and margaritas!
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Tons of frozen meat (we live 25 miles from town), yogurt, milk, bread and plenty of staples in the pantry.
Favorite Wine? Favorite Chocolate?
Chardonnay and big bold reds. Not really a connoisseur of chocolate. A chocolate soufflé tastes great!
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
I would like to see our schools teach more history, expose our kids to things that have happened in the past so they don’t let it happen again. I would like to see some old-fashioned morality being taught to our children.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
My hubby and I will be in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the Western Writers of America. We’ll also be in NYC for Thriller Writers, and in San Diego for Romance Writers of America
What genres do you write and do you go by different Nom de Plumes?
I have written Historical Romance, straight Contemporary, and Romantic Suspense, which is what I am currently writing. I’ve written under pen names in the past, but all those books are now available under my own name.
How attached do you get to your characters, especially with your series?
I get way too attached. The day I write THE END is a grim day at my house. Takes me a week to get over losing my friends, then I am off on a new adventure.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
Into the Whirlwind is just out, Dirk Reynolds and Megan O’Brien’s story. In February of next year, Into the Firestorm will be released. That’s Luke Brodie and Emma Sullivan. She’s a lady bounty hunter, one of my personal favorites. Then I’m off to Texas for a Romantic Suspense trilogy that begins with Beyond Reason. Texas multi-millionaire, Lincoln Cain, meets Carly Drake, a woman determined to make it in a man’s world.
Biggest surprises/learning experiences you didn’t expect once you became a published writer?
I mistakenly thought there would come a time when you didn’t have to worry about whether or not your next book would sell, whether or not you would get a new contract. Unfortunately, that’s not so.
What would you have done differently if you could do it again?
Nothing I know of because I don’t know how a different choice might have turned out. Every decision I made was the best I could make at the time with the information available. Plus, I got to write what I wanted.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Just keep writing. Keep learning and trying to get better. Never give up.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Nothing is really easy about writing. It’s all hard. Getting through the middle is probably the hardest part--no wait-- getting started is the hardest--no wait. Making the whole thing come together at the end is the hardest. (See what I mean?)
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was a successful real estate agent, but I was ready for a change. I needed a new challenge. I started dabbling with the idea for a book and once I got going, I was hooked.
What ignites your creativity?
A new story idea. If I can get a great new story in my head, I’m ready to rock and roll. Sometimes it happens easily, others not so much.
Let's talk about the day to day creative process. Take us through a typical writing day for you.
I write four long days a week and three half days, after I get home from the gym. I do social media in the mornings or after I stop writing for the day. I work a lot.
What challenges have you faced writing a specific scene?
Sex scenes can be really difficult or they can flow and be great. I like them to have a certain poetry, but I don’t always get there.
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