Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ask Five with....KATE DAVIES!!!

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Kate Davies is a hot new author on the scene and if you haven't read one of her stories, then I suggest you head on over to Samhain Publishing and pick up one of Kate's books. You won't be sorry.

Now it's time to learn more about Kate Davies!

1. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?

My newest release is called Challenging Carter, and it's the third and final installment in my strip trilogy. Dani signs up for a step aerobics class – and finds herself in a strip aerobics class instead! Her new moves catch Carter's eye, but he's unwilling to risk their friendship over their undeniable physical attraction. Can she convince him to see her – and their relationship – in a new light? It will be available from
Samhain Publishing on February 13.



2. Tell us about yourself.
I'm a former junior high English teacher and drama geek turned stay-at-home-mom and freelance writer. I've written both fiction (short fantasy and plays) and nonfiction (parenting articles, personal essays, and educational research). An admitted romance junkie, I have been known to go to the gym just so I can read for half an hour on the recumbent bike. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and three kids.



3. Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?
So many authors have influenced me, I'd have a hard time narrowing the list down! As a kid, authors like Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising) and L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables) sparked my love of reading and the written word. Marion Zimmer Bradley (Mists of Avalon) was my first editor, buying two stories for her Sword and Sorceress series, so I'll always be grateful to her.



But when it comes to supporting my dream of writing romance, no one comes close to Lucy Monroe. I met Lucy at my first RWA chapter meeting, five and a half years ago. She welcomed me with enthusiasm, encouraging me in every baby step I took. Her positive attitude is contagious, and everyone I know who's met her has agreed that she's friendly, positive, and a wealth of information. She has been a friend and mentor from the beginning, and I wouldn't be where I am without her support.



4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Hmmm, that's a tough question! Sometimes I start with "what if" ideas and see where they take me. A mention in the newspaper, an offhand comment from an acquaintance, even a song lyric can spark an idea. Other times, the character jumps out and starts demanding attention. That happened with Taking the Cake. I was at an RWA meeting and suddenly, I had an image of a woman jumping out of a cake at her fiancĂ©’s bachelor party, and finding him cheating. I wanted to know who she was and why she was there, so I had to write the book to find out!



5. What’s coming up in the near future for you?


Right now, I'm working on some new submissions for special projects with my publisher. I'm also looking forward to the print release of the strip trilogy in a single author anthology later this summer, as well as a short in Samhain's holiday anthology at the end of 2007.



Thank you, Kate, for visiting with us! For more on Kate and her books, visit her website.

4 comments:

Nicole said...

Oh, I love Kate Davies' stories. Strip Tease and Taking the Cake were so hilarious yet romantic. Can't wait for the third book.

Cryna said...

Thank you for the interview with Kate, I love her stories........

Mimmi said...

Okay, these sound awesome. I haven't read Kate yet, so I'm going to have to hunt some of these up in print. Great interview, Patti

Kate Davies said...

Wow!

Thanks, everyone, you totally made my day! Nicole and Cryna, I'm so glad you've enjoyed my books. And you don't have long to wait for Challenging Carter -- less than a month!

Mimmi, right now I have one story in print -- Ritual Love, in the Beginnnings anthology from Samhain. But now that Challenging Carter is ready for release, I'll have a single-author anthology collecting all three strip-themed novellas in print sometime later this summer. (I'd say August, but don't quote me on that. LOL)

Thanks again!
Kate