1.Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I’d have to say the romance genre chose me. I don’t think of myself as a romantic, but I’m a sucker for a happy-ever-after story. And I’m fascinated by relationships. What is it about one person that attracts you while another you can walk right on by and not notice?
2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
There are so many really fine romance writers. I adore Marian Keyes, although I’m not sure you’d call her a romance writer. I love Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s characters. Oh, and Deborah Smith! I can’t get enough of her southern voice.
3. Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
A Deliberate Father, published by Harlequin, Superromance, came out in December. I was often envious of writers who talked about those magical books that almost write themselves. A Deliberate Father was one of those books. Nell Hart, the heroine, is determined to adopt her niece and nephew, and Jordan Tanner, the hero, is just as determined to sell the old Victorian where Nell and the children, along with a cast of misfits, live, thereby jeopardizing the adoption (not for the interview but for your own info, here’s a lovely review just released today! http://books.usatoday.com/happyeverafter/index). I also have three romantic suspense ebooks on Amazon and Smashwords. Shattered, Sleight Of Hand, and The Art Of Deception. As for future projects, I’m working on proposal with my Harlequin editor. And I have plans to self-publish more romantic suspense.
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I don’t have an agent, and at the moment I’m not sure I need one. It took me ten years to finally sell a book, despite having finaled in and/or won several writing contests. About four of those years was time-out to deal with, well, life.
5. What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
See above! I’ve really enjoyed going indie. There is so much creative energy within the indie publishing industry. It’s like being part of a new frontier! Finally, it’s the readers, not the gatekeepers, who get to pick which books succeed and which ones don’t. I have my doubts it will stay that way for long, but it’s fascinating to be part of the wave while it lasts.
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?
I would love to be left alone to just write. Having said that, I’ve seen the benefits of using social media and am thankful I have those programs at my fingertips. But given a choice, writing trumps everything else.
Info about the author:
Reading was Kate Kelly’s first love, and she read prodigiously as a child, her first ‘real’ book being Anne of Green Gables. Writing came in fits and starts, but she didn’t take it seriously until her forties. Now she can’t get along without it. She has the good fortune to live on the east coast of Canada with her husband (the children have flown away). She writes, grow herbs and perennials and sails when the wind blows her way.
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