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Q & A with Kat Martin

Where do you like to write and do you have a ritual before you start a book?

I am lucky to have an office in my home in Montana that looks out over the beautful Sapphire mountains.  In the winter, I live at the beach.  My office looks out over the boat channels leading to the harbor.  I get to watch the surfers paddleboarding in and out!  Both great places to write.  No ritual before I start.  I usually take a day, maybe two before I get back to work.  I used to take a month, but I don’t have that luxury anymore.

What was the best fan letter you ever received?

I love the ones that say “I didn’t get any sleep last night.  I ccouldn’t put your book down!”   The best letter was probably the one I got from the Houston Oilers football coach, Bum Philips.  I guess real men do read Romance!

What was your biggest learning experience or surprise during your publishing journey?

How hard it is to make it to the top.  I had imagined that in no more than 15 books, a person could have a successful writing career.  Here I am, 70 books later, still working on it!

What would you have done differently as an author if you could do it again?

If I’d had more money, I would have had more options.  But my husband and I are both writers, so what we earned as novelists was what we had to live on.  I probably would have stayed with the first good agent I had.  I might have stayed with a good publisher longer than I did and not moved so often.

Best piece(s) of writing advice for new writers?

Stay with it.  Persistence is the key.   And write from the heart, books you want to write.  Don’t try to write for the market.

Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

I’m a total hermit.  I rarely go out and when I’m in a group of people, I am completely out of my element.  I am basically shy.  Writing is the perfect job for me.

What is on your reading list?

I’ve started reading Brad Thor.  I always look for Susan Elizabeth Phillips–anything new by her.  I like Laura Griffin and Dana Marton.  

What writing book or reference book that you swear by?

I used to use the AAA travel books for setting information.  Now I do most of my research on the Internet.  Google Maps is my go-to resource.

What inspires your stories?

Could be anything.  Something I see on the news, or an article I read in a magazine.  Could be a TV show.  Whatever it is, it’s back in my brain somewhere.  I can rarely tell you where my stories come from.

What’s coming up for you in 2017?

2017 is going to be an exciting year for me.  INTO THE FIRESTORM, my new release, is one of my all time favorite books.  So I’m excited to see what readers will think.  Then in June,  BEYOND REASON, the first book in my Texas Trilogy comes out.

Lincoln Cain is a multi-millionaire businessman.  After 2 years in prison, he pulled himself out of the gutter and changed his life.  He’s as tough as they come, which means Carly Drake, the woman who challenges him, is going to be in for a rough ride.  Luckily, she’s strong enough to handle him.

Which is good because when she finds herself in the sites of a drug lord, she discovers she needs Linc’s help.   I’m hoping readers will enjoy both books and I look forward to writing a lot more stories.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.   She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.

Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.

Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.

Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots.

Visit Kat’s website at www.katmartin.com

Or look for her on Facebook at Katmartin/author.


INTO THE FIRESTORM

At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . . .

M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.

Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.

Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .