Today I am happy to have Kate Baum talking about her latest books from the Girl Series "Nice Girl" and "Brave Girl"
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a school librarian who resides in the Hudson Valley of New York. I am happily married and the mother of five children. As a librarian, I am constantly exposed to all types of genre but for some reason, I didn’t read erotic romance until two years ago. Instantly I became hooked! I have always had the dream to become a writer. After reading erotic romance and getting so inspired, I decided to go for it.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading, of course! I love to go boutique shopping with my daughter. I find walking my dog to be the most relaxing part of my day.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Since, I work full time, it is difficult to find a routine to my writing. I take every chance I can get. I’ll write on my lunch hour, while waiting for the water to boil while making dinner, sitting through my kid’s ortho appointments, and, of course, at night when I should be sleeping.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My stories come from fantasies in my head. How scary is that?
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
My stories are like my children. It is impossible to like one more than the other.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I think it is impossible to be a middle school librarian and a mother of five children without having a sense of humor. So unfortunately, what is funny about me is kind of an open book (no pun intended).
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
All imagination but certainly life experiences influence fiction. My character, Eve, is a school librarian rkso I was able to write pretty accurately what her day would be like when she begins teaching in a new school. Her love interest, Lou, always chuckles when he first sees her. My husband used to do that to me before we started dated so I think it is almost impossible to not weave in moments like that in one’s writing.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No, I don’t have a formally named muse. Although, whenever I get stuck in a story, I dream about my story that night. So, in an informal sense, my muse is Kate’s dreams.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Eventually I’d like to write a YA series, since as a middle school librarian, I’m exposed to such awesome YA authors. I have a horror one and a science fiction one in mind.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
WAY too many to write here so I’ll just name off a few…..Lorelei James, Lora Leigh, Annabel Joseph, Jess Michaels, Sara York.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Same answer to question #5, I try to play favorites since I try to totally consume my mind with my characters.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Finding the time to get my butt in a chair and not get interrupted.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
The best advice that was given to me before I started out was to write every day.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Actually, I have to reverse the question….Currently, I am a full time librarian who writes on the side. My goal is in ten years to retire as a librarian and write full time.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Anywhere with my hubby with no children!
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
The Girl Series
Nice Girl – Book One of the Girl Series
Graduate student, Grace Locke moved from the Midwest to New York City to complete her Masters degree in Criminology. She longs to one day be a college professor, but it’s a field dominated by men. When she takes a part time secretarial job at a private investigator office, she assumes it will be interesting to watch how the cases unfold.
Even more perfect is that the office is run by street wise hardened males. It was time to toughen up or she wouldn’t make it in a career she yearned to have. If she succeeds in surrounding herself with alpha males, she can become what she sees as a strong confident woman. She finds power and defiance in her new attitude—until Vinnie.
Former hit man, Vinnie Lewis decides to go straight—the ultimate ‘bad boy’. After growing up with a prostitute mother on the streets of New York City, he has no patience for nice girls like Grace. He’s difficult to work with and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
Grace finds him just plain scary with his six foot four frame, bulging biceps, and a scar from a former knife fight, crossing from his right ear to his chin. She wasn’t prepared for Vinnie. She shakes in his presence but then…is shocked when she can’t stop thinking about him.
Brave Girl – Book Two of the Girl Series
Eve is beyond excitement for her new adventure. Only a truly brave girl could move thousands of miles from home to begin a five year commitment, teaching at an American Indian Reservation.
As soon as she arrives, she finds that many of the tribe’s people aren’t very welcoming. They’re suspicious of the college students who work and live on the reservation in exchange for free graduate tuition.
After a misunderstanding, Eve decides she absolutely despises a certain tribal police officer. Circumstances cause her to keep running into him.
Lou regrets the awkward situation when he first met Eve. He’d been openly distrustful of the college girls who came to live on the reservation. In the past, some of the girls were disrespectful of the tribe’s culture. There’s something different about Eve though. He can’t get her out of his head. The more he tries to get to know her, the more she pulls away. What will it take for Lou to convince Eve that their attraction for each other cannot be denied?
Eve has given up on men. She’s had unsatisfying sex in the past and decided men are just not worth the trouble. She’s a modern young woman and decides that using a handy tool is all she needs to relieve her sexual frustration.
The problem is…there’s a gorgeous sexy police officer that stirs her blood, like no man has ever done before. Eve is tough, strong and brave. She doesn’t like the fact that her legs shake and her voice trembles whenever she crosses paths with him. Maybe if she keeps running from him, she won’t have to face what her body—or her heart is telling her.
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