1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I discovered romance books when I was in an unhappy marriage. I think I chose romance as an escape from my reality – at least the people in the books lived happily ever after.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspired you particularly?
Due to my background as a Los Angeles Police Officer, my stories are a combination of romance and suspense. Not considered ‘romance writers ‘per se,’ Jackie Collins, Joseph Wambaugh, and James Patterson have been big influences.
Those authors write about relationships steeped in danger and passion. Often, their various characters are romantically involved. I would say my stories follow that pattern as well. I try to write authentic crime while creating arresting stories. Sometimes to keep things authentic, the romance might not work out the way the reader would expect.
With that said, I’m living proof that romance can and does exist in the life of a police officer. I met my police officer husband ‘on the job,’ and we couldn’t be happier. This month we’ll celebrate our seventeenth wedding anniversary.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My last book was called A Dozen Deadly Roses. In the story, a psycho leaving dead roses stalks LAPD Officer Jade Donovan. Now, cop trainee Mac Stryker brings new fears: can Jade hide the fact Mac fathered her son Donnie?
Former drunken cop Mac’s job is on the line, yet he risks it all for Jade. Will they be in time to save Donnie from the stalker?
My next release (which should be released in March of 2012) is called A Deadly Blessing. In this story, the critically-ill daughter of the governor of California has been kidnapped. LAPD Detective Maddie Divine is assigned to find her before it’s too late. But this high-profile case comes with secrets on every side: cops, politicians, even the innocent.
Maddie Divine: Her marriage hangs by a thread, her SWAT-officer husband faces severe issues at work, and almost as bad, she can’t trust her detective partner.
Travis Divine: After the death of a SWAT teammate, he’s a shell of the man he used to be. He’s lost his touch with his work, his wife and, occasionally, even reality. Can he regain the warrior mentality needed to support Maddie and do his job?
Preston Truesdale: The California governor’s daughter has gone missing, and so has her only kidney donor. Is it coincidence or something more sinister?
Pilar Luna: The mayor of Los Angeles is a media favorite, and she plays Preston like a Vegas pro would play a Midwestern farm boy…all in hopes of reaching the White House. Will she hit the jackpot?
Tiffany Truesdale: The brainiac teenager evaded her security team to spend a night on the town with her girlfriends, but can she outwit the man who kidnapped her before time runs out and her kidney fails?
A Deadly Blessing is a lightning-paced story of suspense that will keep readers on edge from beginning to end.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I’ve been seriously writing for about thirteen years. It took me a while to learn my craft while still working full-time as a police officer.
I’d just begun to get some interest from agents and publishers when I began to hear about the self-publishing revolution going on in the book industry. After carefully weighing the pros and cons of each method, I ultimately decided to self-publish my book.
5) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
(Smile) Yes! A Dozen Deadly Roses made the top 100 bestseller lists at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. That’s of all their e-books – not just mystery. I was shocked and amazed…and very happy.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
During my investigation of the self-publishing world, I read a lot about how much time the self-promotion takes. I also learned that it didn’t matter if you were self-published or traditionally published – most of the promotion falls on the author.
I do find the social media aspect does take a lot of time. But with that said, I feel I have a responsibility to connect with my readers who make the effort to reach out to me. And…I LIKE to interact with my readers and love it when they contact me. That’s the only way I know I’m connecting with them. I’m best on Facebook and my website, but I give it a good old Yankee try when it comes to Twitter.
Info about the author:
Kathy Bennett is no stranger to murder and mayhem. After twenty-one years as a Los Angeles police officer, this retired cop’s authentic crime experience results in arresting stories.
As a police officer, most of Kathy’s career was spent working patrol in a black and white police car. Prior to retirement, Kathy was assigned as a Senior Lead Officer, with approximately five square miles in the City of Los Angeles her responsibility. Kathy also served as a Firearms Instructor at the LAPD Police Academy, a crime analyst in the ‘War Room’, a Field Training Officer, and worked undercover in various assignments. She was named Officer of the Quarter twice, and Officer of the Year once.
Kathy self-published her debut novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses in June of 2011. The e-book climbed the charts becoming one of the best-sellers at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In early 2012, Kathy will published her second full-length suspense novel, A Deadly Blessing, and is currently working on her third book.
She’s married to a Los Angeles Police Officer, Rick and they have one daughter and one granddaughter.
Kathy likes to go hiking with Rick and their three Labrador Retrievers, incorporating photography into many of their adventures. Attempting to recapture some of the excitement of working the streets, Kathy can periodically be found in Las Vegas risking a few bucks on a slot machine or at the blackjack tables.
To know more, visit: http://www.KathyBennett.com
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