This month, I was given the opportunity to chat with a very
talented author, who was willing to give us some of her
valuable time to answer a few questions. So, let’s hear from
Did you always want to
be a writer and when did you seriously begin writing?
I always had an
overactive imagination and made stuff up, so I suppose the desire
was always there! I seriously decided to write a whole book in
about 2000, not long after we moved to the USA.
Do you still have a
“real life” job or are you able to focus solely on your writing?
I have 4 kids between the
ages of 5 and 18, one of whom has some disabilities so I’ve
basically been busy with the career of motherhood for quite a long
time! I hated real work. I ended up in finance and taxes and I
can’t add up!
I read you were born
and raised in England, do you miss it?
I miss my family and the
history, but the weather? Nope!
Tell us about what
That’s a hard one to
answer-I think I’m basically an easy-going irritating dreamer who
would rather read a book or write one than do anything else. I try
to be a good wife, mother and friend but apparently I do have a
habit of drifting off into the land of the fairies…
I read that you write
under several names. Do you find it difficult to find a balance
I only write under 2
names. One for my sweet stuff, of which there is very little
published and Kate Pearce for the more, erm ‘interesting’ stuff.
Where do your story
ideas come from?
No idea. I just catch
them drifting through my mind and run them down.
You write in several
different genres, do you have a favorite and why? Do you have a
genre you would like to try?
The Regency period is my
favorite. My voice is at its strongest and I just ‘love’ to write
those books. I’d probably like to try a straight historical novel
Tell us some of your
favorites: foods, music, movies, books, authors, seasons, and any
others you would like to share.
I love Chinese, Indian
and Italian food, particularly sea food. I’m not a great movie
goer but I’ll watch anything with Colin Firth, Hugh Grant or
Russell Crowe in it. I’m a voracious reader. Some of my favorites
are Linda Howard, Dorothy Dunnett, Ian McEwan, Jane Austen,
Suzanne Brockmann, J R Ward and Mary Balogh. I also love to ride
and snuggle up with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Hunter.
If you could travel to
any time or place in time, where would it be and why?
Definitely back to the
Regency period-as long as I was one of the super rich! Probably
about the time of the battle of Waterloo. I feel I belong in that
time period somehow
What was the best piece
of advice you received when starting out? Do you have any advice
for aspiring writers?
Best piece of advice was
to write a little every day. I also had a great writing teacher
who helped me hone the art of writing a short story, that taught
me how to write tight and make every word count. So I’d pass that
Do you enjoy hearing
from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
I love hearing from
readers. You can contact me through
How does the writing
process work for you? Are you a planner or do you write as it
I’m a pantster. I write
very little down-maybe a page about two thirds of the way through
the book so that I can see where I’m going. I know, not a good
example and it makes writing proposals very tricky! But I love
finding out about my characters as I write the book and how they
What does a typical day
in Kate’s life look like?
I get up around 6:30 and
start shuttling children to school or college, (although my eldest
is learning to drive so I’m hoping things will get better). I
check email, message boards and promo in the morning, Pick up my
daughter from kindergarten and have lunch with her, then we
basically do our own thing for a couple of hours-well I write and
she does girly stuff and pops in every 5 minutes to tell me about
it! (Obviously, I’m supposed to be writing at this time but we
kind of work it out.) Then we pick up the boys,(all teenagers)
make sure they do their homework, feed them huge quantities of
food and then Mr. Kate and I watch a little TV before falling into
bed at 10:30.
Are your family and
friends your biggest fans? Do they read your work?
I have 5 sisters. Four of
them read my books, two of them are very supportive. The other one
finds the whole idea of me writing erotic romance offensive. My
mother is equally horrified and keeps asking me to write a ‘good’
book and bemoaning the waste of my college education. My husband
is a little startled by my choice of subject matter but he’s
supported me both financially and emotionally since 2000 and I
appreciate that greatly. Of course my kids, being mainly teenage
boys are supportive but horrified that their mother knows anything
Is there anything else
you would like to share with us?
I’d love to tell you
about two new books coming out early next year! The first, “Simply
Sexual” is from Kensington ‘Aphrodisia’ and is Regency-set erotic
romance-very edgy and a bit dark, about 2 men who were slaves in a
Turkish brothel for several years before returning to England. The
second, “Roping the Wind” which comes out in Feb, is contemporary
erotic romance from Virgin ‘Cheek’ about a washed up cowboy, his
orthopedic surgeon and their shared fascination for hot sex and
Details can be found on my website
also like to thank you for having me!