Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Interview with NY TIMES Bestselling author, Kat Martin

With: Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Lisa A.", the winner in Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in a rural area near Missoula Montana and am a snow chicken who spends winters at the beach in California--definitely the best of both worlds.  I’m a workaholic.  Writing is my passion, which works fairly well since my husband is also a writer.  Traveling is my favorite thing to do when I’m not working.
 
How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 1985.  my first book was published in 1988.  I’ve averaged two books a year since then.  I’ve lots track but almost 70 total. 

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

I love action adventure movies.  Plus I love romance.  I seemed like a natural combination.

What are some common misconceptions about writers? 

That they lead exciting lives.  Actually at lot of us are workaholics.    

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

Currently I’m finishing my BOSS Inc. Trilogy, which starts with INTO THE FURY, followed by INTO THE WHIRLWIND,  then INTO THE FIRESTORM.  A bodyguard, a detective, and a bounty hunter.  All three hunky guys who work for Brodie Operations Security Services, Inc.  The books are set in Seattle.  Then I am off to Texas (at least on paper) for a new, as yet unnamed, series

What inspires you to write? 

I love the challenge of coming up with a story concept, then fitting the pieces together.  I love when readers really enjoy the book.

Can you offer any advice to new or aspiring authors? 

My best advice is just don’t quit.  Persistence is the key.  Keep writing, keep learning, keep improving your work and don’t give up until you achieve your goals.

What are you reading at the moment? 

I’m reading a Julie James book.  Love her contemporaries.  I’m also reading Kristan Hannah’s The Nightingale, a great novel.

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

I’d probably go to London in the Victorian era.  I would have to have some money, though.  Being poor was really bad in those days.

If you could be any character in any novel, who would it be and why?

That’s impossible for me to say.  I’ve read thousands of books.  But if I were to choose one of my own books, I might pick Kate Rollins, who falls in love with Chance McLain, a hunky Montana rancher--wait, that sounds familiar.   Or  maybe I would pick Sabrina Eckhart, who wins the love of billionaire playboy, Alex Justice.  Or maybe....?  So many men, so little time...

Who would you like to meet in person? 

That is impossibly hard.  I used to say Boone Pickens.  I still think he’s great.   I recently met Jon Voight, a real thrill.  Any of the Hollywood legends.  Politicians are not high on my list at the moment.    

How do you come up with the titles for your novels? 

I’m really bad at titles so it’s just a matter of luck.

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

Not really, though certain people’s personalities give you ideas for characters.  In FIRESTORM, there is a retired bounty hunter who is a friend of mine.  He helped with the research and he also has a small part in the book under a fictitious name.

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


How about a very capable, great looking, really cool guy?

INTO THE FURY

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, In. are down for the job…

Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.
Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.

Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25476514-into-the-fury

EXCERPT 
CHAPTER ONE
Seattle, Washington

SINNERS, SLUTS, and WHORES--BEWARE.  Your TIME is at HAND.  

Standing next to the long mahogany table in the conference room, Ethan Brodie re-read the note he’d just been handed.  Printed on a plain sheet of white paper, the words were typed in different fonts and sizes, all of them in big bold letters. 

Fairly old-school for the twenty-first century, Ethan thought.  But then, email was a helluva lot easier to trace.

The client, Matthew Carlyle, was Head of Operations for La Belle Lingerie, a retail fashion chain, kind of a knock-off of Victoria’s Secret with slightly less expensive garments.  In his mid forties, five-ten, lean and fit, Carlyle had silver-threaded dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and a thin scar that ran close to his ear along his jaw. 
     
The other man in the room was Ethan’s boss, his cousin Ian, owner of Brodie Operations Security Services, Inc. 

“I imagine in the lingerie business you get notes like this all the time,” Ethan said to Carlyle.

“We get kooks, all right.  Plenty of them.”  Carlyle accepted the note Ethan returned.  “But a letter like this was mailed to each of our ten top models, sent to them at our flagship store here in Seattle, and the company isn’t happy about it.”

“You talk to the police?”

“Not yet.  We’d prefer to handle the problem discreetly, avoid any bad press.  That’s why I came to BOSS, Inc.  Ian and I have worked together before.  I trust him to do the job.”

Ethan turned to his cousin, conservatively dressed in tan slacks and a yellow button-down shirt.  While Ian was blond, Ethan was dark-haired, like most of the Brodie men.  Both were tall, Ethan taller at six-foot-three.  “You have the notes checked for prints?” he asked.

“I did,” Ian said.  “Papers were all clean.  The letters were mailed out of different post office locations in the area so that led nowhere.  Since the models are about to go on tour, Matt’s decided to temporarily beef-up La Belle security, just to be on the safe side.”

“Probably a good idea.”  Though Ethan wished someone else was taking the job.  The thought of traveling for weeks with a group of air-headed fashion divas was the last thing he wanted.  Still, he worked for a living and this was exactly the kind of job he was good at. 
Silently communicating his dislike of the assignment, he flicked a hard glance at his cousin, whose blue eyes lit with amusement.

“Ethan’s the best man for the job,” Ian said, not the least repentant.  “He’s an ex-cop, worked personal security for some of the top execs in the dot-com business.  You can be sure he knows what he’s doing.”

Carlyle nodded.  “I read his resume.  Looks like he can handle the job.”  He returned his attention to Ethan.  “Aside from working protection, you’re a private investigator, correct?”

“That’s right.  Before I went to work in Seattle, I was a homicide detective on the Dallas police force.”

“Good.  I’d really like to find the guy who sent those notes.  I’ve got a feeling about this, and I’m not liking it.  I’m hoping with your background, you’ll be able to sniff around, talk to the models and the hands backstage.  If the guy’s part of the crew, we want him out.”

“I can do that.”

“You’ll need to be discreet.  I don’t want people shook-up before we go on tour.”

Giveaway:
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6 comments:

  1. This is definitely on my want list!

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  2. This sounds like my kind of series!
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  3. Great excerpt! I've been stalking this book for a while now.

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  4. fun interview

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  5. Enjoyed the interview - looking forward to reading Kat Martin's latest.

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