Please tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is My Sister Is A Werewolf, which was released in July 2007. It’s about Elizabeth Young, the last sibling of my “Fangs” series. She’s a werewolf with a slight problem. She’s in heat. And her hero is Jensen Adler, a mortal veterinarian. This book also introduces the readers to The Impalers.
The reissue of Fangs For The Memories also just came out last month. That is the first in the “Fangs” series, featuring Rhys Young, a vampire with amnesia.
What inspired the story?
Well, I’d already written the first three of the Young siblings, Rhys in Fangs For The Memories, Christian in Fangs But No Fangs and Sebastian in I Only Have Fangs For You. It just seemed natural Elizabeth would get her own story. Although unlike her brothers, who are all vampires, she appeared in my mind as a werewolf. It’s so like her to mix it up on me. 🙂
How was it making the transition from contemporaries to paranormals? Or had you always planned to write a paranormal?
I actually made the transition the other way. I know that sounds weird since my first published books were contemporaries, but I was actually writing my vampires first. They just didn’t sell first. (Me: Well, I am glad you didn’t give up on them…I am sure there are many out there who feel the same way)
Can you tell us more about the paranormals you have written?
I’ve written the vampire brothers, which I listed above. And Elizabeth. I’m currently working on paranormals set in New Orleans, based around the vampire band, The Impalers. They are humorous but emotional too. (Me: A nice combo!)
Any other genre you would like to write?
I’d really like to try out historicals. I’m an avid reader of historical romance. It’s what I mainly read, so I’d love to attempt one. I’d also like to go darker within the paranormal genre. Erin‘s new series has really encouraged me to look at that side of my writing too.
What do you hope readers get out of your books?
I hope I entertain. I hope that the emotion I’m feeling about my characters translates to the page, thus translates to the reader. I want my stories to be fun and emotional with characters you can truly like and want to know more about.
What is your favorite part of writing the paranormals? Least favorite?
I love the freedom of writing fantastical characters. I also love placing paranormal creatures into this world and seeing how they adapt. I guess what I like least is tying together all the loose ends at the end of the book. And that isn’t really my least favorite part, it’s just the hardest.
Any plans to return to contemporaries?
I’d love to go back to contemporaries, but as of right now, I’m not sure when or if I’ll be doing that. Hopefully.
So, what is a typical day in the life of the glamorous Kathy Love like?
Oh, geez. I get my daughter up and ready for school. We debate what she’s going to wear for a good ten minutes–she’s five and a fashion victim already. Once she’s out the door, after debating what she’s taking for lunch, I try to force myself to work out. Sometimes that works, sometimes that doesn’t. Then I write. I actually leave my house to write, because I’m terrible about letting other things distract me at home. So I write in Starbucks a lot. Then I talked to Erin. We rarely miss a day without at least one chat. Then Emily (my fashion and food connoisseur) arrives home and we do family stuff. Then I usually try to write some more after she’s asleep. Not glamorous in the least. (Me: Sure it is…sounds a lot more fun than my life!)
How long have you been a writer?
I started writing stories to entertain my friends in junior high. I wrote a lot with my dear friend, Julie Cohen, who is also an author now, writing for Mills and Boon and Little Black Dress. I then stopped writing through most of my twenties, only to decide it was truly what I wanted to do. I sold my first book in September of 2002.
How many books have you written?
I’ve written nine books and one novella. I’m in awe of Erin. (Me: I think we all are…but you are no slouch either!!)
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I agree with Erin, read! A lot. And write. Don’t just think about writing, do it! And submit! And keep submitting. I also know I wouldn’t be published without my local chapter of Romance Writers of America. They provided me with the info I needed to get my manuscripts polished and to the right editors.
What is next for you?
Any Way You Want It, the first of the Bourbon Street vampires will be out in January 2008. This book features Ren D’Antoni, the lead singer of The Impalers. Although he wasn’t always in a cover band. He was once a classical composer on the cusp of great fame. He was fun to write. 🙂 (Me: Ooooh, I can’t wait to read this one!)
When Kathy isn’t tearing up the dance floor and indulging crazy…err…devoted fans like me with blog parties, she can be found online at the following websites…check them out for more info on Kathy and her fabulous books!
I’ll let Kathy go back to partying, but tell me, readers, have you read one of her books? If not, visit her site and tell me one that catches your eye?
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