1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Well, I'm twenty-four years old, although sometimes I feel about fifty. I have no kids and I'm not married, but I do have two nephews and a beautiful niece that I love as if they were my own, and for now I think that's all I could really handle anyway. I also have two hamsters that are just too sweet. I've been writing since I was eight years old and reading since I was much younger; literature in general has always been a passion of mine.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
As I said before, I love to read. I also play the flute, which I have been doing since I was in the fourth grade, and I love to binge-watch T.V shows and movies on Netflix that I've seen a hundred times before, specifically Doctor Who, Dexter and Gilmore Girls, as well as the Scream saga. You'll find references to all of those in my book if you read closely.
3. Where do you get your ideas from?
Oh man, this question. Haha. I'm not really sure where I get my ideas. They just come to me. Stephen King said in one of his books that there's a pool where all writers get their ideas and it's probably the most accurate description I can think of. The ideas just sort of float to the surface and as a writer it's my job to pull them out and turn them into stories or characters. Most of my more successful ideas come from things I've experienced, and then I embellish them greatly to make them more exciting.
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
“No Backward Glances” is my first published book, but my favorite thing I've ever written were the (very) short stories I wrote as a child. They were about “Super Kat,” and it featured myself as a superhero and all of my neighbors as villains. They were as silly and childish as they sound but they were my first attempt to enter the world of writing so they will always be important to me.
5. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Everything I have written so far has been based on things that have happened to me, because the first piece of writing advice I was ever given was “write what you know.” Of course, as I grew older it became easier for me to take the small seeds of truth and add a lot of fiction around it, but there has always been an autobiographical base to what I've written. However, the sequel to “No Backward Glances” will be entirely fictional so it will be new for me.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I would like to venture into fantasy and the supernatural sometime in the future, but right now I'm very focused on writing what I know how to write, which is romance.
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Where do I even start? Kresley Cole, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, John Green, J.K Rowling, Ransom Riggs, Madeleine Roux, and I've just been introduced to Sable Hunter's books, which have so far been incredible. And those are just current authors. Don't get me started on some of the classics.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I love Bella, who was written one hundred percent with my best friend in mind and as a result turned out to be my favorite woman in my book. She's sassy and blunt but loves Rory to the ends of the Earth and would do anything for her. My favorite male lead is easily Jay, who works so hard to win Rory's trust and wears his heart on his sleeve.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
There are so many times where I'm at work and I'm busy and I have the overwhelming urge to write but when I get home, the urge is gone and won't come back, no matter how long I stare at that screen.
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
This first answer is ridiculously cliché, but my advice is to read. A LOT. I'd say read anything you can get your hands on, but it's also a really good idea to read a little bit of the genre you want to write every day. Second, just write. Don't worry about getting the first draft done perfectly because I promise you, most of that will be changed when it's in its final form. And lastly, but most importantly, have faith in yourself. I never thought I would actually get my book out into the world. I'd dreamed of it for years and imagined it but when Beau Coup emailed me and told me they were interested I was floored, and it gave me a huge confidence boost in my ability. That confidence is something I wish I'd had from the moment I sat down sixteen years ago to write that first short story, and it's something I recommend every writer cultivate in themselves. Be confident and work hard and you will succeed. Hey, if I can do it, so can you.
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?
It starts off with Rory Todd standing at the edge of a cliff, ready to jump. Her heart has just been broken and she just wants the pain to end, but her ex-boyfriend manages to pull her away and takes her home, where she vows never to trust another man with her heart. Then the book skips forward six months and shows Rory answering her phone to be called to the hospital where she works to stabilize a little boy who's been shot. On the way, as she's speeding to get there, she's pulled over by a sexy cop that lets her go with a warning when he learns where she's going. Once Rory has the boy (Mike) settled and stable, she discovers he was a kidnap-victim, and his case is being led by Jay, the handsome cop who let her go.
Jay is instantly smitten with Rory and, after a long lunch discussing music and movies, asks her to dinner. She reluctantly accepts and they have a fabulous date, ending with a smoking-hot kiss that begins a passionate affair between the two of them, with Rory afraid of getting too close and Jay worried that Rory's painful past will get in the way of the future he wants with her.
In the meantime, and with the help of Rory, Jay is hunting down the man who kidnapped and shot Mike, following every clue and witness statement to the case's startling conclusion.
Continue reading for an excerpt of “No Backward Glances.”
“Rory felt a fluttering in her stomach that she hadn’t felt in a long time. She tried to tell herself it was hunger, or stress from her long morning, and not that incredible grin or his sexy gaze that held her eyes. But a large part of her wasn’t convinced. She pushed that thought away, not willing or ready to think about it yet.
The two finished eating, and talked about everything from music to books and movies until they realized that their plates had been empty for about an hour.
“Shit, I have to get back. Jon is going to kill me.” Rory started to gather her tray, mug and silverware.
“Here, I’ve got it. Go back to work before you get in trouble.” Jay grabbed for her dishes but she moved them out of his reach.
“Thanks, but I’ll get it.”
“Lorelai, give me the dishes.”
“No,” she exclaimed. “I’ve got it!”
“You’re so stubborn! Fine, take them.” Jay let go of the dishes he’d been trying to grab, and Rory stumbled backwards. Jay grabbed at her to stop her fall and instinctively pulled her into him. They both felt the static shock as her body fit perfectly against his, her soft curves melting into his lean muscles.
For a brief moment, they both forgot that Rory’s break was far overdue. They were caught in each other's eyes and arms, and both of their breathing had become shallow. Going on his instinct again, Jay angled his lips closer to Rory’s still not taking his eyes off of her vivid green ones. Just as their lips were about to meet, his walkie- talkie blared.
Jay sighed. “Damn it…” he muttered, plucking his radio form his belt. “James here, what’s up?”
“The boy’s parents are here. You said you wanted to speak with them when they arrived.”
Jay hesitated, still gazing into Rory’s eyes. He still felt desire roiling in his gut, but she backed away quickly, flushed. His moment had clearly passed.
“Yeah, 10-4. I’ll be right up. Keep them there.”
Rory turned and nearly ran to the elevator, but Jay’s shout stopped her just as the doors were closing.
She sighed, and stopped the door just before it had closed all the way. He stepped in and after the doors were shut, pushed her against the back wall and grazed the back of his fingers against her cheek. By the look in her eyes, however, he could tell that the time to kiss her was no longer right. So instead of kissing her, he said, “Lorelai, go to dinner with me tonight. And I don’t mean in the hospital cafeteria.”
Rory’s eyes grew wide, as if she were afraid for some reason. “Dinner?”
Jay grinned and said, “Yeah, dinner. You know that meal most people eat when it’s dark?”
“I don’t know…” she said, looking unsure. But Jay refused to give up.
“I’d really like to see you out of those scrubs.” At Rory’s raised eyebrow, he quickly corrected himself. “I mean, in nice clothes, like a dress or something…just, please, will you come to dinner with me? I’d love to get to know you better.” Rory bit her lip, obviously about to decline, and Jay was determined not to be hurt when she did.
But she surprised him. She sighed and said, “Okay. I can do dinner. What time?”
“Seven thirty. And dress sort of formally, if you can. I already know where I’m taking you, and it’s not Burger King.” He grinned as the doors opened behind him. “I really hope you’re excited, Lorelai. Because I am.” Unable to help himself, he brushed a loose hair behind her ear and tried not to be too pleased with himself when she blushed slightly.
As they walked back to Michael’s room, Rory said, “Why don’t you just call me Rory? Everybody else does.”
“That’s exactly why. I don’t want you to think of me as ‘everybody else’. Also, Lorelai suits you more than Rory does. It’s more romantic. “
Rory smiled and blushed even deeper. “I think so too.” Jay reached out and stroked her face, loving that just that small contact made her look flushed and aroused.”
Kat is currently working on the sequel to this book, “Think of Me,” featuring Rita Morgan and Josh Hartnell as the main characters. To follow Kat on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tsu, or to purchase “No Backward Glances,” please click on the links below.
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