Sunday, April 3, 2011

Interview with Author Kat Martin

RT's Booklovers Convention is coming to Los Angeles next week! For the next few days, I'll be spotlighting a few authors who will be there. To find out more about what authors will be there please visit the RT website.

Can you tell us a little bit about the books you write?

I've been writing for 25 years, in the early days, mostly historical fiction, but in the past few years I've moved into Contemporary Romantic Suspense. I’m proud to say my latest series, the Raines Brothers Trilogy, AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, AGAINST THE LAW, spent a number of weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.

You write many different genres. Do you have a favorite?

I love what I am writing now, which is Romantic Suspense. There is a great deal more flexibility in writing in a modern day setting, more freedom of the use of language, etc. And a greater range of what modern heroines can do as opposed to those in the past.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences you've had as a writer?

I think one of the best things about being a writer is meeting great people. Other writers, editors and agents, the wonderful readers you meet at conferences. And my husband and I enjoy the travel for research, going to the places where my books are set. I especially love going to Europe.

What are some of things that have happened over the years that have surprised you?

A big surprise was how difficult the publishing business actually is. I have a great number of friends who wrote several book and then quit because of the stress. A number of friends wrote for years and yet are no longer being published. I feel fortunate to be able to continue doing the work I love.

What are your favorite books? Can you recommend a new and upcoming author to us?

I made a list the other day of some of my older favorite books. Winds of War, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Thornbirds, Forever Amber, The Eagle in the Sky--just to name a few. I love Kathleen Woodiwiss’s books: Flame and the Flower, Wolf and the Dove. I’d recommend Joanna Bourne, a marvelous new historical author.

What's your favorite comfort food?
Chicken Noodle Soup and chocolate milkshakes.

Learn more about Kat at her website.

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