Let's see what Kat has for us today:
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Let’s see, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and an author, screenwriter and movie maker. I love to cook, hate to clean house and adore my two English Mastiff dogs.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading, of course. Playing word games like Shuffled Row on my Kindle. Cooking and photography would be considered hobbies I suppose. Favorite thing to do is kick back with my better half and watch movies - particularly old movies from the 40s and 50s.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Butt in chair (or in my case - on the sofa), laptop in my lap and just write until I run out of something to say or not know where I’m going next in the story.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere. Overheard conversations at the store, news stories, other books. Sometimes, when I've just been totally stonewalled, I’ll pick an object in the room and just create a story about that.
5. Out of all of the stories you've written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Probably Beneath the Tor for my longer work. It’s a love story, fantasy, thriller and historical fiction all rolled into one. It’s also the book I get the most email about - mostly saying I’m going to hell for writing it.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I hate shopping for clothes. I hate dressing up to go out. And, diamonds are not my favorite gemstone.
7. Does any of the stories you've written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Many of my short stories have been based on events in my life, but given horrific twists. My longer works are mostly the creatures of a warped mind.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Never thought to name my muse, but I do have a gargoyle in my writing space called Puter. He reminds me to get to work.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
My favorite genre is psychological horror, but my last books have been more thriller. It would probably be safer for me to say that chances are I’ll not write a YA or romance novel in this lifetime.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Billie Sue Mosiman, Jaime Johnesee, Bryan Hall, John Paul Allen, Monica O’Rourke, Nancy Collins, Jeffrey Kosh…this list could go on forever. I have many authors that I read everything they write.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Bertha, the female lead in my short story ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry’ only because I love the way she solves her problems.
Cooter, the mountain hermit in my novella ‘Vengeance is Mine’. Although he’s not a main character, he plays such an important role in the story and I fell in love with him as he developed on the page.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
As a writer - maintaining the discipline to put words on the page every day. As a self-published writer - self-promotion; I hate it with every fiber of my being, but know it has to be done.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Don’t delude yourself. Your words are not golden. Just because you have the story on paper (or the computer screen), you are far from done. Put it away and go write something else for a week or a month, then come back and begin to edit and rewrite. Do this several times before you send it out to be considered for publication or hit the ‘publish’ button on Amazon or other venue for self-publishers.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Not really a fair question since I’ve been a writer since I was old enough to put words on the page. Even had I never sold a story, I would still be a writer. But in my lifetime, I’ve been a waitress, bookkeeper, shipping & receiving manager, computer repair person and many other little jobs. Had I had the opportunity, I probably would have been an archeologist.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Commando - all the way J
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 XIII (blurb)
For over two thousand years, the patriarchal heads of thirteen families have ruled the world from the shadows. When adopted Maria Sanchez marries the wealthy, good looking Joshua Christenson III, she has no idea of who he really is or the ancestry of their child she carries. As the new generation of the thirteen take their places at the table - they have no idea that one in their own midst will seek to destroy them all.
As Maria attempts to understand what is happening in the world and why; the weaker link of the thirteen attempts to gain the power that he so desperately desires.
Although a standalone thriller, The XIII picks up 2000 years after the story told in Kat Yares' Beneath the Tor. A page turner that fits the description of The Da Vinci Code meets The Illuminati. Although first penned several years ago, the themes in this story are front-page news today.
End of Chapter One (excerpt)
Patrick Benedict stormed into the hospital emergency lobby. "My wife, where is she?" his deep voice echoed throughout the floor. He advanced toward the counter as people scrambled to get out of his way. Several were not able to move quickly enough, and were pushed aside by the big man.
From behind the swinging doors of a hallway, a man emerged and gripped Patrick by the arm.
"Patrick, you must calm down. They are doing all they can."
"Where is she?"
"She's down the hall, in one of the emergency rooms. She's in bad shape, Pat."
"The baby? Is it still alive?"
"I don't know, Pat. They've been working since she was brought in. They haven't said anything yet.'
“What do you mean, they have told you nothing? For Christ's sake, Adam, you're her bother." Patrick's anger was rising, his face flushed with a redness that almost matched his hair.
He pushed Adam aside and stormed through the double doors down the hallway. He paused long enough to look into each room as he passed. In the next to the last room, he saw his wife's battered face through the glass. He entered the room.
Several nurses rushed to push him out, but he stood his ground. Around his wife, several doctors blocked his view.
"I demand to know what is going on." his voice resonated off the walls as he walked closer to the bedside.
"Sir, you can't be in here." one of the doctors said, never looking up from his patient.
"That is my wife. And I will be here. How bad is it?"
"Sir, we are doing our best to save both your wife and child. If you will wait outside, someone will bring you news." the young doctor said.
"I will wait right here." he answered as he reached for his wife's hand.
“Call security; get this man out of here.” one doctor said to a nearby nurse.
“Yes, Doctor,” the nurse replied as she pressed a button mounted on the wall.
Looking over at the monitors, Patrick could see that her heartbeat was very weak. The monitor attached to the child showed a beat that seemed stronger, yet obviously distressed.
"Save the child." he said, as he stroked Alicia's cheek.
"Sir we're doing all we can." another doctor responded.
"Save the child. Do what you must, but save the child." Patrick stared at the doctor causing the other man to look away.
"We're losing her..." a voice came from the other side of the table.
Patrick looked up at the heart monitor and saw that the beat had flat-lined. His eyes shifted back to the baby monitor.
Turning to look again at his dead wife, he said quietly, "I'm sorry Alicia."
Moments later, he heard the first cry of his child. Turning to the end of the gurney, he looked as the doctor held the child with the umbilical cord attached toward him.
"You have a beautiful baby girl." the doctor said.
Patrick Benedict turned back to his wife, stoking her cheek and for an immediate instant, his expression softened. "I did love you, you know? Good bye, Alicia."
He laid her hand back across her chest, and turned and started for the door.
Two security guards entered the room and took him by each arm. Patrick shrugged them off as the doctor gave a signal that it was all right.
“I'm leaving.” Patrick said simply.
"Sir, would you like to hold your daughter?" one of the nurses asked.
Without turning around or missing a step, he replied,
“They told us it was a boy."
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For her next book, Kat is returning to her horror roots and writing a novel about serial killers and the masks that they wear. Look for The Profiler: Dark Fantasy in the early summer of 2013.