Today we have with us paranormal romance/erotica author Kate Douglas. Kate, thanks for taking time out to chat. I see you've got a couple books coming out within the next month, Hellfire on August 31st and Nocturnal on September 7th. Can you tell us a little bit about each one?
HellFire is the second book in my DemonSlayers series—this one features the Lemurian Alton of Artigos, and 911 operator Ginny Jones, both introduced in DemonFire. Alton is worried about Ginny’s safety when demons threaten to overrun the small town of Evergreen, at the base of Mt. Shasta, where Ginny lives, so he gives her a hypnotic compulsion to go and visit her cousins in Sedona, Arizona. Alton thinks he’s sending Ginny out of harm’s way, but instead he’s dropped her right in the middle of the newest demon invasion. As soon as he realizes what he’s done, Alton heads to Sedona to protect the beautiful woman he can’t stop thinking of, and he and Ginny end up in a true fight for their lives. This story has some twists and turns I really wasn’t expecting, and I think readers will love Ginny. She’s not one to take any sh*& off ANYONE, especially this tall blond dude who thinks he knows what’s best for her.
The story I’ve got in the Nocturnal anthology is called Crystal Dreams. It’s also part of the DemonSlayers series and takes place about the same time as Ginny and Alton are fighting demons in Sedona. However Crystal Dreams, the small crystal shop in Evergreen, is the site of this demonic battle—Mari Schwartz is running the store for her mom while her father recovers from surgery. Mari’s always denied her magical heritage, but when she knocks out an almost seven foot tall guy she thinks is attacking her, all her long-held beliefs are shattered. Darius of Kronus is way too real to be merely a myth, and he’s just saved her from something that really can’t exist. Not only are demons after Mari, she discovers she’s an even more powerful witch than her mother, which is a very good thing, since she and Darius are all that stand between demonkind and the citizens of Evergreen.
What was the inspiration that made you pick up that pen (or sit down in front of the computer) and decide to write?
I’ve always loved to write. I come from a family of diary keepers and writers, though everyone else wrote for pleasure, not publication. My first job out of college was writing commercials for a country western radio station in Turlock, California in 1972. I like to think I’ve moved up the employment ladder since then, but I’ve always been a writer at heart. Once I discovered romances and fell in love with the genre, I knew that I wanted to create my own stories.
What do you think is the best part about writing? The worst?
I’m asked this question a lot, and all I can say is, there is no worst. I love writing. Love every bit of the process, from coming up with the ideas, to writing the stories, to revisions and copy edits and seeing that final book on the shelf in the store. I love hearing from my readers, going to conferences, and reading books written by other authors. It’s all good.
How much time are you given to write a book, from draft to finished product, or does it vary depending on the contract you're currently under?
I’ve been under contract with Kensington since late 2005, with my first book, Wolf Tales, coming out in January 2006. Since that time, I’ve written fourteen novels and ten novellas for anthologies, plus a few short stories for various charitable anthologies. I’ve had a new book out every three months since the first book released, which means I have approximately three months between books, though it doesn’t always work out quite that neatly! Right now I’m writing Wolf Tales 12, which is due August 15, and then I’ll start CrystalFire, due November 1, but I usually figure on about two months to write each one. Remember, there’s also a lot of other stuff going on—copy edits and page proofs for books in production, promotional efforts (blogs like this, Facebook, letters for bookclubs, etc.) and lots of things that take up time. Answering email alone takes me all morning. I work seven days a week, but like I said earlier, it’s all good. I can’t imagine enjoying anything else as much.
I know several of your stories are in anthologies with other authors. Do you have any control over who those other authors are, or is that entirely up to the publisher?
Just about everything in this business is up to the publisher, though we, as authors, can make suggestions and our editors will do their best to fulfill our requests. I tend to leave those decisions entirely to my publisher—they’re in this business to make money, and I doubt they’re going to intentionally put out a bad product. Authors can propose anthologies with other authors of their choice, but I haven’t had time to even think along those lines. It’s been a really REALLY busy five years!
You mainly write erotica. Have you had any opposition from people because of what you write?
Well, my 89 year old mother’s not real happy, but it’s not the sex—she has trouble with books where people turn into animals! Actually, my email is amazingly positive. At first I got some shocked emails, but those who have stayed with the series and know the characters have gotten past their surprise and realize that the graphic sex is just a small part of the overall series. The stories are about family and love and the ability of love to heal what’s broken. I think that message is stronger than the explicit sex, which is very much a part of the characters’ personas. Plus, I get WONDERFUL thank you notes from men who love the fact their wives read my books, and even nicer notes from women who have their spouses reading the parts about foreplay...I like to think I’m doing something good for relationships around the globe...
Kate, I'd like to thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us. Annette and I both wish you lots of success with your upcoming releases, and any others in the future.
Thank you! I really do appreciate the opportunity to talk about my books. I hope readers will take a chance on my DemonSlayers series. DemonFire was the first, HellFire the second and Nocturnal/Crystal Dreams is part of the story, though not integral to the series as a whole. However, the characters introduced in Crystal Dreams will show up in StarFire, the next in the series that releases in April 2011. I hope you’ll be able to find a couple of winners for me—they’ll receive a copy of either HellFire or DemonFire, along with a stuffed dog that looks just like Bumper, the pit bull/poodle cross from the series.
You can visit Kate's site at http://www.katedouglas.com/.