If today is your first visit thank you for joining us, and if you’re a repeat offender…I’m so glad you came back. lol Welcome to What to Read Wednesday!…the first Wednesday in the new year! I’m excited to have author Katherine Grey with us today. So sit back and relax while we learn about Katherine and her book Impetuous.
I’m excited to have you here Katherine. Please tell us five random things about you the person, not the author. 🙂
I’m 5’11” tall, I have 5 tattoos, I’ve lived in upstate NY my entire life, toast is my favorite food, and large crowds of people make me uncomfortable.
I’m not fond of crowds too much either, and toast is awesome…lol What’s your favorite time of the year?
Summer. I really love the month of June. The weather isn’t too hot or cold, there’s not a lot of rain and the flowers are in bloom.
I can’t wait for June…sunshine and flowers…perfect. What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis for pleasure and Twitter for Dummies for promotional purposes. I’m technologically inept and need all the help I can get.
I heard Twitter for Dummies is full of great info 🙂 When did you first consider yourself a writer? And have you always wanted to be an author?
I didn’t refer to myself as a writer until I was in my early twenties and then only to trusted confidants, but I was always writing stories in notebooks. I never really thought about trying to get anything published until I met a writer who belonged to a former local RWA chapter.
Describe your writing space.
My writing space is the dining room table. It’s a big table that seats 8 that my mother bought soon after her wedding in the late 1950’s. I have room to spread out my notes, research material etc but have to gather everything up when I’m done writing for the day so we can use it for meals.
What genre or genres do you write?
I write historical romance primarily set in the Regency period. I have an idea for a contemporary series that I’m eager to start after I finish revisions on my latest WIP.
Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is my only release so far. Impetuous is set in 1820 London, England and involves an impoverished Spanish Count, Mateo de Montayas, who is searching for a stolen heirloom and bent on vengeance. Once he arrives in London, he learns his nemesis has died but decides to use the man’s daughter as a means of revenge while he tries to recover the heirloom.
I love the premise! And your cover…I’m speechless…well only for a second…lol. It’s awesome. Why this story? What was your inspiration?
I’m not sure I can answer the first question other than the characters wouldn’t leave me alone. They were always pushing their way into my thoughts at the most inopportune times. My inspiration for the story was all the wonderful Regency romances I read by great authors. They pushed me to make the book the best I could.
What two attributes do you like most about your hero?
His loyalty to his family and his determination to do what was right regardless of the cost to himself.
I admired Teresa’s loyalty to her family as well. She risks life and limb to protect her father’s reputation and to keep any type of scandal from touching her ailing mother and although it costs her a great deal, I like her willingness to be who she is regardless of how others treat her.
Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.
Adventurous, fast paced, surprising, touching, sexy, funny, and it has an unusual twist. That was harder than I expected it to be.
Lol…Sorry, I bet it was hard just choosing 7 words 🙂 What comes first for you when you are developing a story…plot or characters?
For me, it’s always the characters. They come to me and urge me to tell their stories.
Please share an excerpt of your book!
Moonlight cast shadows along enormous
bookcases lining the walls. The balcony doors stood
open, the pale silk drapes fluttering in the breeze.
“Well, well, isn’t this a surprise?”
Teresa stiffened at the sound of the deep, husky
voice. She would know that arrogant tone anywhere.
Her heart picked up speed. Slowly, she met his gaze.
He wore the mask and clothes of black as he had
done in their previous encounter.
He released her with an impudent grin.
Eager to put space between them, she crossed
the room and stood with her arms folded on the back
of a chair. “What are you doing here? This is too
much to be a coincidence.”
“I agree. Why do you always seem to appear
where I am?”
“Me?” She gestured to herself in outrage. “I am a
guest here. I have been a guest at every occasion
that we’ve had the misfortune to meet.”
“But why are you here and not in the ballroom
with the others?” He moved toward her, gliding
across the room like a shadow. “Perhaps, you were
searching for me, eh?”
“And perhaps I took a knock in the cradle when
I was a child,” Teresa snapped. “Do you think me
completely addle-brained? Why would I be searching
for you when I didn’t know you would appear like
some wraith out of the mist?” Anger drained away
her normal reserve around members of the opposite
sex. She moved closer and stabbed him in the chest
with her finger. “If I knew you’d be here, in this
house, I wouldn’t have come within a day’s journey
He grabbed her hand as she poked him again.
“And why is that?”
“Because,” she nearly shouted, “you cut up my
peace. I can’t concentrate on my studies. I’ve become
completely muddle-headed. I even mislaid my
notebook. I never mislay my notebook.” Her mouth
snapped shut as she realized what she’d said.
He pulled her closer, laying a finger against her
lips. “Then perhaps,” he whispered, lowering his
head, “I have come in search of you.”
He brushed his mouth over hers, a light touch
that hinted at things to come. Teresa pushed at his
chest. Propriety ruled her head for the moment but
for how much longer?
Great excerpt Katherine. What was the hardest part of this story to write?
The hardest part was explaining why the heirloom meant so much to Mateo and his family and writing what happened to it.
The easiest was the last 3 chapters. I had those written long before the rest of the story. It’s the only thing I’ve ever written out of sequence.
What do you have in the works for 2012?
I have a novella entitled The Muse coming out in 2012. It revolves around a secondary character from Impetuous. I also hope to have revisions of my current WIP completed and the entire manuscript sent to my editor by the end of January so I’m hoping I’ll have another sale before 2012 is over.
Fingers crossed for you! Sounds like 2012 will be an exciting year for you. What’s something you discovered in your journey to publication that surprised you the most?
That it’s really hard to stop tweaking things here and there and pronounce the manuscript finished. Having a deadline helps keep me from changing a word here and there only to change it back again in a later revision. Once I start doing that, I know it’s done.
And finally Katherine, where can we find you and your book(s)?
You can find me at my blog or on Facebook.
You can find my books at the following places:
Thank you so much for chatting with us today Katherine! I know we’ll be hearing more about you and your books in the near future! And to everyone else HAPPY READING!!!!