Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Q&A with NY TIMES Bestselling Author, Kat Martin

With: Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Jennifer D.", the winner in Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I’m the author of more than sixty novels, Historicals in the past, currently I write Romantic Suspense.  My last book, Against the Wild took the number 8 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.   I’m fortunate to live in beautiful Missoula Montana, but also have a home in sunny California where my husband and I spend our winters.  Offices in both places make it easy to move back and forth and both places have beautiful views.

How long have you been writing?  

I started in 1985, published my first novel in 1988.

What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?   

I was inspired to write mostly because I love to read.  I tried writing because my husband was writing a book.  In just a few weeks I realized I had found my true calling.  Almost from the start I was writing suspense, though in the beginning the suspense was set in the past.   Eventually I tried Contemporary Romantic Suspense and found I really loved writing that genre.

What are some common misconceptions about writers?  

I have no idea what they are.  I fit most of the stereotypes.  
I’m a hermit, just as you would expect.  I’d rather write than talk.  Most people can’t earn a living as a writer, not a misconception, though some of us have been lucky in that regard.

Are there any other genres you have written, and what inspired you to branch out to them?  

As I said, I’ve written a lot of Historical novels.  I’ve also written in different time periods.  Once I tried writing contemporary books, I felt the freedom and the challenge.  I knew that was what I wanted to do. 

Are you working on anything new right now that you can share with us?   

I’m finishing the edits for Against the Tide, which is the last book in my Brodies of Alaska trilogy.  It’s high-action and plenty of suspense.  After that, I’m continuing with the Brodies, but the publisher is tweaking the titles a little, changing to INTO instead of AGAINST, hoping to make it easier for readers to keep track.  Into the Fury will be the first, Ethan Brodie, Nick Brodie’s cousin.  The first books are set in Seattle. 

What inspires you to write?  

It’s just what I do.  As I said, my calling, what makes me happy. I love the challenge.  I love finishing a book.  I love that readers are enjoying them.

What are you reading at the moment?  

I’m judging for the Rita awards, which means I’m reading about 8 novels in various and sundry genres.  Currently, I’m enjoying a paranormal Western called Gun Shy by Eleri Stone.  Going to give the novel high marks. 

If you could travel back in time, what year would you visit and why?  

Probably the eighteen seventies…things were progressing, becoming more modern, but there was still a real sense of morality, loyalty, and family.  I used to say I should have lived in the twenties because the clothes were so glamorous!

Who would you like to meet in person?  

I just met someone I admire.  Ryan Zinke, newly elected Congressman from Montana, former commander of SEAL team six and first Navy SEAL ever elected to Congress.  He was impressive.  Be interesting to meet Bill Gates and his wife, or T. Boone Pickens, people who have contributed greatly to our country.

Do you create characters based on real connections in your life?  

No.  I’m in fantasy land all the way.  I probably use traits I see in real life people.  A good writer needs to be a good psychologist and a good observer.  

If you were stranded on a faraway island, what one thing would you want to have with you, and why?  

Satellite cell phone.  Then I wouldn’t be stranded very long!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?  

I love to travel.  I like expensive hotels and gourmet meals.  I also like camping.  I don’t mind roughing it on ocassion.  I like boats.  We have a dock but no boat.  That needs to change.

What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?  

When I get stuck.  When I can’t figure a way to solve my hero or heroine’s dilemma.  When I can’t think of a big enough dilemma.  It’s kind of a semi-writers’ block.  It’s more story block.  Trying to figure out how to solve the plot problem.  Once that happens, I’m rolling again.   

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel? 

Six months.  I can do it faster, but I tell myself I really need some sort of life beyond writing.

How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?  

I’m working all day.  I promote in the morning, write all afternoon.  Five to six p.m. it’s time for a glass of wine.  And some personal reading time.

What is your dream vacation?  

On my bucket list is a Silverseas World Cruise.  One hundred and ten days starting in Australia and visiting all the exotic countries I would otherwise never get to see.  That’s my dream vacation, though I always up for a trip to France.

If your novel, AGAINST THE SKY, was made into a movie, who would you cast as the hero?

I think the guy in Hawaii Five-0, Alex O’Loughlin, would be great.  Looks almost exactly like the hot guy on the cover and also the guy in my head.

Chocolate or mashed potatoes?  

Chocolate for sure!

Against The Sky

In America’s last wilderness, there are no limits to what a man can do.
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.

Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be anything more than a one-night stand?

When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both…

Kat will be giving away a copy of AGAINST THE SKY to one person leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST February 18th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. Don't enter me, I have this! But I wanted to say I LOVE Kat's books!! She's been a favorite of mine for a long time! :)

  2. I love this series. I have been following this series from the first book and I'm hook. I even love the new settle fro each of the trilogy in this series. It is like a series within a series but it is also a spinoff of a series. I'm putting too much thought into it. Thanks for the giveaway.


  3. Congratulations to Kat on the success of Against the Wild. It sounds like an exciting series.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. thanks, Maureen. Against the Sky is currently #12 on the New York Times! appreciate the congrats. kat

  4. I'm looking forward to starting this series. Thanks for the interview!

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

    1. Jonetta-- Hope you enjoy the Alaska books. they are 3 of my favs.

  5. Love the series. Especially Gabriel Raines! Thanks for the giveaway! debbiemac73 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Glad you liked Gabe! He was a definite hunk. Couple of hunks in SKY, too. warmest, kat.

  6. I have both of her Brodie books on my wish list, so I would definitely love to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway! jmvarner50@hotmail.com

  7. Enjoyed reading the Q&A! Congrats on your book Kat!

  8. I agree. Alex O'Loughlin from Hawaii 5-O would be awesome if this was made into a movie. I put this book on my wishlist.

  9. Kay I love this series! leanna.hiner@gmail.com

  10. Against the Sky sounds like a must read for me. I want to know how Nick and Samantha handle everything in Alaska.

  11. Against the Sky sounds like a must read for me. I want to know how Nick and Samantha handle everything in Alaska.

  12. Nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  13. Love the series and the interview. Looking forward to reading AGAINST THE TIDE.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  14. That cruise sounds marvelous! As does this book. Wowee, going on my TBR for sure. Thanks for such a fun Q&A!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  15. I would love to win this to to complete this series. yenastone at aol dot com

  16. I love Kat's books.Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Janet B

    jkbsfsd at msn dot com

  17. I enjoyed the interview thank you.


  18. I liked that interview and I would love to read her books

  19. congrats to Kat on her new release! Thanks for the fun interview!

  20. Fantastic interview!! And congratulations on the new book Kat!

  21. You guys are just the best! thanks for all the wonderful comments. A great fun site to visit. thanks so much for having me! love ya, kat

  22. I love, love your books!! I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance.


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