Devon/Kate Rothwell took time out of her busy schedule to
share a little about herself. Without waiting another moment letís
hear from Summer.
Describe your feelings when you signed your
first book contract.
I was bouncing on the ceiling for days! I
loved it. But then I got nervous because I sold on a partial. What
if the editor hated the rest of the book? I stayed up most of the
night worrying about that one.
Do you have a favorite book that youíve
Not really. I like whatever I'm working on
and hate whatever I've just finished--all part of the process. I
guess I'm particularly fond of Somebody Wonderful because it was the
first book I sold and it got great reviews. That's a Kate Rothwell
What about a favorite character?
Right now my favorite character is the hero
in Revealing Skills, which I wrote as Summer Devon, and also the
slightly neurotic heroine in a brand new book I just started last
week--another Summer Devon book. I've gotten the most feedback about
Mick, the hero of Somebody Wonderful.
Whatís the hardest part about writing, to you?
Is it the writing, editing or promotion?
Absolutely the promotion! The editing and
writing can be hard, but I've been doing them for years, so I know I
can manage them. Promotion--I'm not particularly good at it. I was
once a co-owner of a newspaper and the other two owners fired me
from the job of selling ads because I was so rotten. Luckily my
partners were great at generating ad revenue, and the paper did
well. Eventually I sold my share and moved from Maryland. I live in
Are you a pantser, or a planner?
I'm mostly a pantser, but I do have a
mental plan. Usually. When I don't, I have to take a walk. I find
writing under two names works really well for me. When a Kate
Rothwell book is not going smoothly, I can switch over to a Summer
Devon story. When both stall out, I get the dog's leash and head out
again. Lately I've clocked a couple of miles a day and Soozie the
dog is losing her paunch.
Who do you credit with encouraging you the most
in your writing career?
Linda Ingmanson has been a great help.
She's been my crit partner for a while. My husband is wonderful and
his encouragement takes the form of paying most of the bills!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
While you're waiting for answers from editors
or agents, get to work on your next book. Write the best book you
can, but don't put all of your heart into just one book. Oh, and
don't listen to people (like me) who think they know what you should
do with yourself. For instance, many people have told me to only
work on one book at a time, but I simply can't. I stall out when I
try. The only time in my life I've gotten writer's block was when I
forced myself to concentrate only on one project and nothing else. I
think that's left over from my stint as a feature writer for
magazines and newspapers when I'd work on at least three articles at
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have so many! Again it depends on my mood. How long a list can I
send? Linda's work is great (she writes as Linda Gayle). Judith
Ivory, Teresa Bodwell, Laura Kinsale, Bonnie Dee, Carolyn Jewel,
Megan Frampton, Michelle Pillow, Edith Layton, Flo Fitzpatrick (she
just got a new contract with Cerridwen), Alexis Fleming, Bobbie
Cole/Lyn Cash, Linda Winfree. . . hey look, it's all women! Okay
some men--Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett and PG Wodehouse just
now. I'm in the mood for funny, quirky stuff.
What books do you have upcoming?
Right now everything is out! Revealing Skills is my latest release
from Samhain and I'm in a new EC/Pocket anthology with Michelle
Pillow and Kimberly Dean, called Taming Him. I do have a lot of
manuscripts on editors' desks and I jump every time the phone rings
and I check my email way too often. Well, okay, I do that anyway.
Tell us about you, your life and your hobbies.
I'm married to a microbiology professor and we have three kids, all
boys. The boys take up so much time and effort (and are so much fun)
that there isn't a lot of energy left over. I also work with
refugees from war-torn countries. I have helped them learn basic
English and adjust to this country. I've had that job for almost ten
Anything else you would like us to know?
I have a blog at
And my two websites that rarely change (because
I keep forgetting how to mess with html)