HellKat is an adult romance about a successful business woman, Kat James, who has bucked her wealthy family her entire life. She’s independent, sassy, and not looking for a man to complete her. She’s complete all on her own, thank you very much. And she likes her men in suits, no cowboys allowed. Until Tucker Williams causes her to question more than just who she thinks her type of man is. Kat also has a long-time love interest who hasn’t given up on her, Dan Walsh, and he can’t believe Kat would even consider a man like Tucker. However, before Kat can resolve her love life, she first has to survive the revelations of her family’s dangerous secrets.
What does your writing process look like?
My writing process is totally in my head and spills out onto my keyboard. I don’t have outlines, notecards, or anything else. Any research is done online and immediately added to the story or saved to special folders for later access. I go wherever my characters take me. They set the pace.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I love to write first thing in the morning wearing my fluffy bathrobe, mood music playing for whatever scene my head needs to be in, and preferably it’s rainy and gloomy outside. This trifecta rarely happens, but when it does: I’m in a zone!
Do you write naked? I’m naked under my bathrobe. Does that count?
What book do you wish you could have written?
Easy: Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy—come on! Who wouldn’t love that kind of worldwide success!
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Without doubt, Tucker Williams would be played by the long-haired version of Chris Hemsworth. I’m less certain about Kat James. I have a brunette Hilary Duff on my Pinterest HellKat Inspiration Board, but she’s too young for Kat James’s character. So, maybe a late thirties version of her ... whoever that might be? Ben Affleck would be cast as Dan Walsh—hands down.
How important are names to you in your books?
I don’t lose sleep over the names of my characters. I spend the least amount of time on that part of creating a new character. Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? I pick names that fit the ‘feel’ of the character. Since that’s subjective, I get the final say! I’m power hungry that way. Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? Nope! Again, it’s all about what feels right. Names usually just materialize in my head after the initial story idea formulates.
If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why? Easy. I’d be Kat James in HellKat. I know I wrote it, but I also read it many, many times before publishing it! I LOVE her! She’s smart, sassy, successful, independent and not looking for a man to ‘complete’ her. She’s already complete, thank you very much, and she loves her life. The right man would only be icing on the cake for her. And, let me tell you, Tucker Williams would be some mighty fine tasting icing!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My twenty-seven year marriage to my high school sweetheart. We’ve known each other for thirty-six years and I’m still amazed at how much fun we have together. Nobody else makes me laugh as hard or as often as he does.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself thinking that being 50 sounded a whole lot better than being 60, and that I should’ve appreciated it more. But now that you’ve forced me to think about it, I’ll be able to avoid that whole depressing scenario and get my act together now. Thanks!
Were you already a great writer? I think I’m a good writer. And I’m working hard to be great. Have you always liked to write? Yes, I have. As far back as I can remember I enjoyed writing poems and short stories at school.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors? Write the stories you want to tell, the way you want to tell them. Readers appreciate and respect that. And they deserve it.
Do you read your reviews? Sometimes. Do you respond to them, good or bad? Nope. Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? Move on down the road. Listen, you will never do anything that will please everybody. It’s impossible. What’s a hit with one person is a complete miss with another. That’s okay! Don’t let it slow you down. Get over it and move on.
What's your next project? My readers have been loud in their desire for a sequel to my book Chain of Title. Mature women loved Shayna Montgomery, a woman in her late forties who’s sexy, smart, and rediscovering herself, after dissolving her twenty-five year marriage. It also doesn’t hurt that she has a hot-as-hell younger man panting after her!
If we Googled your name what would we see? Since I use a penname, I don’t have to worry about what you’d find. ;) lol
If I wasn't afraid I would: skydive
Do you believe in love at first sight? No. But I do believe in LUST at first sight, which has the potential of leading to some hot loving ... I mean love ... you get the picture! ;)
Does Prince Charming exist? Thankfully, only in Disney movies.
Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? All the time. My dog’s an unrepentant beggar.
What's your favorite material object that you already own? My laptop. I could not live without it OR my broadband connection. My husband will back me on that.
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes) Good health for everyone, world peace, and my very own parking space right up front wherever I go. J
If you could go to the past or future, where would you stay and why? I’d go to the future so I could see all the spectacular changes.
If you turn into your partner for a day, what would you do? I’d pee while standing and delegate all household matters to my wife. What a deal! J
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? There She Goes Again
Name one thing that's impossible to do for everyone present here. It’s impossible to make everyone happy.
Tea or coffee? Tea (herbal)
Tell us something you hate doing. I hate cleaning! Why? It’s pointless. Hours later it’s like it never happened. Annoying beyond belief!
What's your pet peeve? Slow drivers! Isn’t that everybody’s pet peeve?
What's the one thing, you can't live without? Broadband internet connection. Swear to God!
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up? I wanted to be an author.
What was your favorite decade? (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, etc.) 80s: I finished high school, graduated from college, and married my best friend. Plus the music was the BEST!
What takes you out of your comfort zone? Having to mingle at public gatherings pushes me way out of my comfort zone.
Sitting alone in a big field, looking at stars, what do you think/feel? How privileged I am to be able to observe the stars at all.
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be and why? Robert Downey, Jr, Gerard Butler, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I refuse to pick only one. They’d have to share me—I’m unselfish that way. ;)
What specific thing have you done that impressed yourself? Ten years ago I sold a business owner on the idea of allowing me to work from home as an independent contractor. He said yes and the rest is history. The arrangement still works great for both of us!
What internet site do you surf to the most? Besides Dayreader Reviews, of course. Facebook
What is your favorite dessert? Anything that involves milk chocolate and caramel.
What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Hands
Who is your best friend? My husband is my best friend. Tell us about him/her. He’s funny, a great dad, and abnormally patient to put up with my mouth and attitude.
If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be? NUTELLA!
What's the naughtiest thing you have done in school? No way am I telling that here! My husband doesn’t even know!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I’d want to fly.
If I came to your home and looked in your refrigerator, what would I find? Greek yogurt, chocolate milk, grapes, wine, watermelon...
What is your favorite quote? Please cancel my subscription to your issues.
What is the craziest thing you've done lately? I recently attended my son’s two day college orientation and registration. It was crazy in that I kept thinking: how did this all happen so fast and how exactly are we paying for this? That’s as crazy as it gets right now.
Did you ever go against a fashion rage? I always go against rages of any kind. It’s just who I am. Why? I don’t like being told what to do, or being a follower.
When people look at me, they would never guess that I: am 50 years old. Or maybe people are just being nice when they tell me that...hmmm...?
My favorite unusual food combination is: scrambled eggs with ketchup. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
If you were to be on a reality TV show which one would you be on and why? I’d choose the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It’d be fun to freak them out. I’d be the only one without Botox, a spray tan, lip filler, and fake boobs. I’d look like an alien.
If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it? My website link. J
What is your most embarrassing moment? My most embarrassing moment was attending a wedding where my husband and I were very much underdressed – it’s what I get for listening to him in the first place. See he works with the person whose daughter was getting married. And I trusted him when he said ‘business casual’, because I never saw the invitation, which I found out after the fact said black tie. We looked like the Clampett’s in comparison. I wanted to run and hide...after I strangled him first!
Listener or talker? Listener
Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself? Yep, I’ve done it. Go to movie? Yep, done that to.
What was the first car you drove? Ford Escort
What do you miss most about childhood? Not a thing—really.
What was the first live concert you ever attended? Loverboy. Their opening act was Huey Lewis and the News before anybody had even heard of them. GREAT night!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? Cut to the front of every line.
Do you like Tom or Jerry? Jerry
How many licks does it take to get to the middle of a tootsie pop? Too many, that’s why I chomp it.
If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be? Star Trek: I’d be Captain Kirk. The ultimate bad boy. Star Wars: Hans Solo. I thought he was sooo cool!
Sing in the rain or dance in the streets? Sing in the rain, because as bad as my singing is, it’s better than my dancing!
What comes first, Chicken or Egg? Neither
What is the wallpaper on your computer? GTGRAPHICS.DE The rise of a planet
What music are you listening to? Chris Botti
When is your birthday? I’m a Pisces.
What will you do to celebrate your next birthday? I don’t do celebrations. I’m a low-key person and that’s not gonna change now!
What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving—the forgotten holiday, squeezed like a pimple between Halloween and Christmas. :-/
Have you ever gone cow-tipping? Um, no!
Do you do dance crazy when no one is looking? That’s how I dance when people ARE looking! That’s why I don’t dance!
Do you like to sing in the shower? Nope! Even I don’t like my singing. J
Do you think people should eat the fish they catch, or just let them go? Makes no difference to me.
Do you scream on roller coasters? I don’t do roller coasters—never have! Never will!
Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on DVD? Rent at home. Why? I can rewind, pause and take breaks, and not listen to crinkling popcorn bags and slurping drinks around me.
Weirdest thing you've ever eaten. An Andean delicacy: cuy (coo-ee). It’s Guinea pig and I tried it while visiting Cuzco, Peru.