Sunday, October 29, 2006

ASK FIVE with...Kathleen Dante!

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Kathleen Dante is a new author on the publishing scene with two books out in September. She writes hot romance for both Kensington Aphrodisia and Berkley Heat. You’ll be hearing more from Kathleen in the future with her books, so sit back and get to know her.

1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a former trade magazine editor and gave up that job to pursue
romance writing. Although I’m not an avid hiker, I enjoy nature and
travel, which has taken me to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and other
national parks both in the United States and Canada. I hope to visit
the Great Barrier Reef in Australia someday.

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

My latest releases are ENTANGLED, which is actually my first novel, and
a novella in WILD NIGHTS; both of which came out last September.
ENTANGLED is an erotic romance set in an alternate Earth where magic
exists. The heroine, Kiera, is the president of a toy company faced
with industrial espionage and she turns to Lantis, an adept
specializing in security magics. Since she doesn’t know whom she can
trust in her company, he goes undercover as her lover and things
escalate from there. “Night Pleasures,” my novella in WILD NIGHTS, is
about a florist on the run from a former lover who turned out to be a
necromancer. She ends up getting help from an unexpected quarter.

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

From everywhere and everything. I think there’s something weird in my
brain that makes the strangest connections between what I see, hear,
read or do. ENTANGLED, for example, has its roots in a fantasy by Wen
Spencer, a news article I’d read online on some quantum physics
research, and various anime I watched when I was younger.

For “Night Pleasures,” when I was invited to take part in an Aphrodisia
anthology for Halloween, my brain went something like Aphrodisia . . .
Halloween . . . therefore Samhain and the freedom from social
restrictions during the year-end. And it took off from there.

4. What is the hardest part of writing?

Getting the words down on paper. Even when I can see the scene in my
head, choosing the right words to communicate the nuances I want can be
frustrating. I mean, the dialogue and choreography may be the same, but
your word choices vary depending on whether the characters are feeling
romantic, worried, angry or lighthearted. Doing justice to that can be
difficult. Sometimes I get stuck because the right words refuse to come
forward. When that happens, it’s like pounding your head on a wall and
it’s so easy to procrastinate and do something else.

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

I have my second book, ENTICED, which is a sequel to ENTANGLED. That
will be released in March 2007. I also have a novella in the SEXY BEAST
II anthology that’s unrelated to anything else I’ve written, which
should be out the month after.

Learn more about Kathleen by visiting her at her website and read the reviews for ENTANGLED and WILD NIGHTS posted at Romance Reviews Today.


Stacy~ said...

Nice review, Kathleen & Patti :)

Lucinda Betts said...

Hey Kathleen:

I LOVED your contribution to WILD NIGHTS--very hot! And ENTANGLED is sitting in the top of my TBR pile. Congrats on the reviews and contracts!

Lucinda Betts *~*
PURE SEX, Kensington, Aphrodisia--out now!
NIGHT SPELL, Kensington, Aphrodisia--out now!
MOON SHADOW, Kensington, Aphrodisia--March 2007

Kathleen Dante said...

Ooooh! Thanks, Lucinda! That's great to hear. =)