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 pastâ€¦
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!
Thank you, Kate!
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You can learn more about Kate and what's in her writing mind by visiting her at her website at KatePearce.com