By: Kat Martin
Congratulations to Elizabeth, the winner of Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
People often ask me what my writing day is like. Since I’m a workaholic, most of those days are long and mentally exhausting. I thought it might be fun to tell you what my perfect day would be.
Aside from a day in Paris or Rome, or some other exotic location, I had a perfect day last week. I did a little book promotion for the latest in my AGAINST series, AGAINST THE SUN, which is out May 28th, then went back to work writing the book that comes out in January of next year (AGAINST THE ODDS). I worked straight through until five o’clock in the afternoon, writing and enjoying the view of the snow-capped mountains outside my window.
It was one of those days where everything just seemed to fall together. Great writing days don’t happen that often so authors value them highly. I felt tired when I wrote the last scene of the afternoon, but happy with what I’d produced.
Because it was the first truly glorious day in Montana after a long cold winter, my husband and I decided to go on a camera safari. We loaded some snacks into the pickup and headed up into the hills.
In one afternoon we saw three herds of elk, hundreds of deer, three groups of sand hill cranes, osprey, Canadian geese, ducks and woodpeckers--it was an animal lover’s dream. Add to that, scenic mountain vistas that stretched as far as the eye could see.
As it started to get dark around nine p.m. (we’re already getting long days this far north), we headed for the only food available for miles--Trixie’s Antler Saloon. Yup, that’s right. Trixie’s will throw a steak on the grill and draw you an ice cold beer. It’s rustic, I can tell you. But it’s always fun to drop by after a day in the mountains.
Afterward we headed home in the dark, tired, but smiling. It was the end of a perfect day.
The next day I went back to work promoting AGAINST THE SUN, big Jake Cantrell and Sage Dumont’s story, which deals with a visit to Texas by a Saudi Arabian sheik and his family, The sheik is there to negotiate a three hundred million dollar oil-well equipment deal.
Jake is hired to act as Sage’s bodyguard and teach her the protocols she will need to know in order to complete the transaction. Customs like not showing the bottom of her foot, which is considered an insult, or making the okay sign, which is giving someone the evil eye.
Because of the research involved in getting the customs, clothing, and attitudes of the Saudi visitors correct, AGAINST THE SUN was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever tackled. I’m proud of the way it turned out. I hope you’ll look for AGAINST THE SUN and that you enjoy it.
Love to hear what your perfect day would be.
Very best wishes, Kat
I hope you’ll try AGAINST THE SUN and that you enjoy it.
Kat is graciously awarding a copy of AGAINST THE SUN to one lucky commenter. Print copies are eligible for US and CANADA postal addresses only.
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