Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Q&A with Kate Pearce!

Let's give a warm welcome (back!) to Kate Pearce, who's going to chat about herself and her latest release, SIMPLY SINFUL. At the end of the interview, learn how you can win a copy of SIMPLY SINFUL!


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Tell us about your newest release.

My next book is the second in the House of Pleasure series, Simply Sinful. It's Regency-set erotic romance from Kensington Aphrodisia and features Peter Howard, a secondary character in Simply Sexual.

Here's the blurb:

A wicked proposition...
Forced to wed at a young age, Abigail Beecham is tired of living in a sexless marriage. She longs to succumb to the delicious pleasures of pure carnal lust that she has only read about. And if her husband James can't satisfy her erotic needs, he's ready to find her a man who can.
A wild past…
Peter Howard is accustomed to unusual sexual requests. His seven years as a slave in a Turkish brothel left his skilled in sensual delights. But there is little that actually arouses him-until he meets James and Abigail. Maybe now he'll finally experience that exquisite feeling of bliss he so desperately desires.

As anyone who reads my books knows, its not exactly your conventional romance novel, but it is very romantic I promise!


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was always one of those kids who made stuff up-I got into trouble for daydreaming all the time and my parents despaired of me ever knuckling down and getting an education. I always wanted to write and started in my teens, but it took me many years to find my own voice-I wanted to be Jane Austen too much!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Sometimes the characters literally come to me in my dreams-Valentin Sokorvsky and Peter Howard turned up like that. I tend to absorb loads of apparently useless information and then somehow my subconscious swirls it all around and produces characters and ideas. I'm also a great reader, I still like historical fiction and non-fiction and get ideas from there too.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Jelly Bellys...I eat a handful just before I start to write and in a certain order, least favorite to favorite which basically meand I start with yellows and end with reds!

Another thing is that I don't really write anything down about the plot, characters names, anything until I get three-quarters of the way through the book when I write a quick outline to help me get to the end.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That characters just walk away with the story sometimes. I've learned to go along with them :)

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I loved discovering romance novels when I moved to the USA-what a treat! I admire Linda Howard, Judith McNaught, Mary Balogh and many others including the great historical author Dorothy Dunnett. They all influenced me in different ways and I try and take elements of all of them and put them into what I write.

I made some real writing friends in a local class several years ago and we all still support each other and critique together-they are invaluable.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My teenage sons are horrified that their mother knows anything, let alone anything about sex, LOL. My husband is incredibly supportive and very proud of me. My mother is still waiting for me to write a 'good book' without all that sex rubbish in it. Most of my sisters are great readers and the first to tell me whether they like something or hate it! Overall, I can't say that I get the red-carpet treatment at home, I still have to cook clean and do laundry. :)

What's coming up next for you writing wise?

Ooh good things. Simply Sinful comes out at the end of October/beginning of Nov and next year I'll have at least another three books coming out.
First out will be the third and last contemporary erotic Western romance from Virgin Cheek-Riding the Line. It's about another of those Turner brothers, Dakota Scott and it is hot sexy and fun.
Then in May, the third House of Pleasure book Simply Shameless comes out. It's about Madame Helene Delornay, the owner of the pleasure house and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
The fourth book Simply ? will come out in November, I'm writing it at the moment and it features Lord Anthony Sokorvsky, Val's brother. It's fun to write!
I'm also hoping to write another futuristic for Ellora's Cave about Planet Valhalla and those intergalactic vikings when I have time!
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Thank you, Kate!

Now, for the book giveaway....comment or ask Kate any questions and you'll be entered to win a copy of SIMPLY SINFUL!


You can learn more about Kate and what's in her writing mind by visiting her at her website at
KatePearce.com

30 comments:

aromagik said...

I already have a copy of the book so don't count me in the giveaway, but I just had to pop in and say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!! Kate is on my short list of all-time favorite authors! :>]

~Lindy

Kate Pearce said...

Cool Lindy! So gload you enjoyed it- Hey I have a fan! LOL

Kate P x

CrystalGB said...

Hi Kate. Great interview. Simply Sinful sounds wonderful. I love books set in the Regency era.

Jane said...

Hi Kate,
Which books are harder to write, Regency or Western set romances?

Cathy said...

Hi Kate, I enjoyed reading your interview. It was nice to meet another JellyBelly addict, lol. For me it's the sours, I love those puppies.

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Jane!
Actually it's harder for me to write the Western contemporaries because I'm originally a Brit LOL, I've lived in California for 10 years now but I still have to get my American friends to check my contemporaries for Britishisms!
The Regencies, being fancy and English kind of suit my writing voice without me having to think about it.

Kate Pearce said...

Cathy- I had a long happy relationship with the sours and then I got bored and bought one of those huge all-flavor jars in Costco and I've never looked back-although I did try the Coldstone flavored ones last week and they were okay!
I drag my kids to the Jelly Belly factory at least once a year just to get the belly flops LOL

Karen H in NC said...

Hi Kate,

Interesting interview. I love it when the author says she just puts the words to paper while her characters do all the talking.

Regency historicals are my favorite genre. I'll have to add this book to my BTB list.

Jennifer Y. said...

Fabulous interview! I am looking forward to reading this book as well as the upcoming ones!

PattiF said...

I have this funny vision of a sticky keyboard with the jelly bellys.

PattiF said...

Oh, I was going to mention...I have Simply Sinful headed my way via Amazon. Can't wait to read it.

Sandi said...

I thought it was interesting about the Jelly Beans. I don't like them, and don't see the fascination with them, but was really surprised to see the least favorite was yellow. I would have thought it would have been the black ones.

I have a friend coming to visit from England soon, and one of her friends has a jelly bean fascination, so we'll be searching out the biggest bag we can find for her! I'll have to ask my friend to ask her friend if she has a way to eat them.

Sandi

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Karen, yes-hangs head-I have no real process so when my editor asks me what the book is about or for a synopsis I end up sending something that bears very little resemblance to the finished book. Luckily they let me get away with it!

And for me, the characters finding themselves as I write is the most moving and emotional thing that can happen.

Kate Pearce said...

Hi jennifer y-I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing them!

Hi Patti-the nice thing about jelly bellys is they really don't get sticky-perfect writers food-and I hope you enjoy Simply Sinful too!

Kate Pearce said...

Sandi-I've never liked much yellow food, not sure why, so that's why I always start with the ones I don't like, now licorice, the black ones, I do like so they come halfway through the order.

I like them because I can indulge my sweet craving with less than a handful, and for some reason they get me in the right mood to write.

It's a shame you don't live near me, the jelly belly factory is only about 40 miles away from where I live. They sell really big bags of the belly flops there for about $9!

Estella said...

Hi Kate,
You mentioned authors who have inspired you, but which authors do you read now?

Sue A. said...

Hi Kate, I'm only familiar with your western books so I'm looking forward to checking out this regency set series.

I was just wondering are there any differences in the writing guidelines or restrictions set for the two different publishers, Virgin Cheek and Aphrodisia?

Strange but cool that you're writing a American western for a UK book line and a Regency for an American book line.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Kate! Congrats on this latest! Do you do anything special to celebrate each release? Or is it all "old hat" by now? ;) And what's on your keeper shelf? Or do you have a couple favorites you reread?

Lil said...

I enjoyed reading the interview. Kate, I chuckled to see how the different family members react to your writing.

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Estella!
"You mentioned authors who have inspired you, but which authors do you read now?"

I read very widely-currently I'm rereading the JR Ward books, I just finished up a Christine Feehan (Turbulent seas) and I have Deidre Knight's new Spartan one on my TBR pile and the anthology with Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh etc to read.
I try not to read too many Regency historicals when I'm actually writing one as I am now (Simply Wicked will be book #4 in this series) I don't want to pick up any ideas LOL

Kate Pearce said...

Hi sue a
"I was just wondering are there any differences in the writing guidelines or restrictions set for the two different publishers, Virgin Cheek and Aphrodisia?

Strange but cool that you're writing a American western for a UK book line and a Regency for an American book line."

Good question-Virgin Cheek is actually closing its doors next year, but it was originally designed to be erotic romance as opposed to the more literary erotic style of Black Lace. It was also about contemporary America.

So a narrower guideline in many respects than for Aphrodisia which takes all sub-genres from historicals to paranormals and contemporaries-as long as they are scorching hot.
For mt, Aphrodisia has been a dream to write for because I've never been told I can't write a particular scene a particular way-when I asked my editor if it was okay if the heroine in Simply Sinful didn't appear until chapter 4-well past the first love scene-he was fine with that :)

And yes, the irony of my current publishing line up hasn't escaped me!

Kate Pearce said...

flchen-yup I'm an old pro-I give myself a mental pat on the back, tell my family, who kind of grunt and just get back to work!
Although when I first see a copy of one of my new books on the shelves I still get a little giddy and maybe even squee a bit!

Amy S. said...

Simply Sinful sounds great!

Caffey said...

Hi Kate!!! When I heard this SIMPLY series was coming out, I so loved book one, SIMPLY SEXUAL! I'm excited about the new one SIMPLY SINFUL (love to be in the contest!). I thought maybe it was going to be a series when I read the first one (or I'd beg for more, LOL). Thrilled there will be more SIMPLY books, and too another cowboy with CHEEK!

You do the contemps of cowboys, have you thought of doing cowboys in historicals? Or any other genres you'd like to write yet? Any you'd not write (like if you write horror, I'll cry cuz I'll miss it cuz I'm a wimp, LOL). And too you said you write by the seat of your pants, do you write charts tho of details of the stories to guide you through the rest of the books?

I have a series of Dorothy Dunnett that I was recommended and now I shall pull out! I heard many good things about them!

Laurie said...

Do you get different reactions/comments from readers in the US vs UK vs Aussies etc? I mean: Does a genre historical do better in certain countries or parts of the US vs other areas, erotica,?
I love the regency period so I will definitely look for your books!

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Caffey and glad you enjoyed Simply Sexual.
I 'think' I'm going to stick with my Regency historicals, the futuristics and maybe contemporaries for a while. I love to write all of these and it does keep me busy!

And no, no charts, no nothing. I have a list of characters and pile of research notes and usually one page where I sketch out how I'm going to get to the end of the book-that's it!

Dorothy Dunnett is the best-her books take a while to read by they are well worth the effort.

Kate Pearce said...

Hi laurie,
I'm actually a transplanted Brit so I 'think' I get the sense of my historicals from my upbringing. I occasionally get complaints from my UK audience that I have Americanised stuff, and sometimes I get complaints from my US audience that I've got it wrong for them. LOL You just can't win sometimes!

When the book gets copy-edited I sometimes try and put back the British phrases that make more sense to me and my characters than the grammatically correct American one. For example, I can't write wineglass as one word, it's technically correct in the U.S. but not in my mind or in my books time period.

It also seems harder to sell romance as a genre in the UK, most bookstores don't stock it in its own section. I'm not sure how well my U.S. books do in the UK-I think overall I sell better in the U.S.

I think Australians, having been brought up a little British LOL tend to like my style as well.

Caffey said...

Kate, I realize theres so much involved with writing! Know we appreciate it! I'm just not a organized person so I sometimes can't imagine doing all you do with the writing, family, promos, chats and I'm sure more! Sounds exhausting talking about it! LOL.

Actually I enjoy rich think historical fiction and saga books. I don't get much time to read them, like you mentioned of Dunnett's, so I usually plan a bigger book when I know I have nothing big going on for a few days.

Thanks for answering all my questions! Cathie

robynl said...

I so look forward to the last of the Western romances. Love them!!

Kate Pearce said...

Thanks Robyn l-I'm going to miss writing them...but at least I got to tie up a few loose ends in 'Riding the Line' because I knew it was going to be the last one.