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Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest Blog: Kat Martin

(You might be surprised)
by Kat Martin

Then again, you might not.

Most people have the impression that a writer sits down at his desk and thoughts and words just pour out of his head. The truth is oftentimes the thoughts roll around for weeks, months, years before they get the chance to spew out on the pages.

Sometimes it never gets to happen at all.

From as far back as I can remember I’ve had stories percolating in my head. I used to tell my brother and sister wild tales when we were kids. (I would get in my brother’s crib and tell my little sister that I was in jail and she would cry!)

I guess I was testing my story telling abilities even then. In college, people in my dorm would sit on the floor of my room and I would make up stories to entertain them. (I barely remember that since I am such a forward-thinking person and my past is sort of a fog in my brain.)

I never thought of becoming a writer--not until years later when my husband wrote an historical novel and I was helping him with the edits. I decided to try to write a book of my own and picked a Western Romance, Magnificent Passage, because the Old West was a subject I knew a lot about and to which I felt very connected. Our home in Montana is full of Western memorabilia and our library is filled with reference books on the subject.

So I’ve always had lots of story ideas and not all of them have turned into books. One of my wilder story concepts involved a Viking from an unknown island who washed up on English shores in the 1850’s. That was Heart of Honor and I’m not so sure that one went over too well with my readers.

More recently, I’ve been writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense and I’ve discovered it’s a really nice fit for me. The books all feature rugged, tough-as-they-come heroes, and women who can handle them.

In my latest, Against the Storm, Trace Rawlins is an ex-Army Ranger turned private detective. Trace knows from experience that redheads are nothing but trouble, but when photographer, Maggie O’Connell, comes to him for help against a stalker, Trace can’t resist.

I love the characters in this book. Because of my schedule these days, I don’t always have the entire story fleshed out as I used to do. Now it’s an adventure to see what problems the protagonists are going to encounter and figure out a way to help them get those problems solved. Though I don’t recommend starting a book without knowing the end of a story and a credible way to help the characters get there.

I hope you’ll watch for Against the Storm and that you enjoy Trace and Maggie’s adventure.

Would love for you to take a peek at my Against the Storm book trailer, interview (I do these under duress!) reviews, and excerpt. Please visit my website, enter my contest and why not connect with me on Facebook. Although the book will be released on October 25th, you can pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Indiebound
Very best wishes, Kat

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat is the bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance Suspense novels. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, author of more than twenty books, both westerns and mysteries. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.

"I've always loved books. I was an avid reader, with any number of my own stories rolling around in my head. Writing them down seemed a logical step."
"I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."

Kat began with historical romance and is currently writing romantic suspense.


Debby said...

I have always loved your books. I hd them all until recently. debby236 at gmail dot com

Kat Martin said...

Debbie-- you're a doll. hope you like the new ones. kat

Heide Katros said...

I am currently reviewing Against The Storm. Ms. Martin has a wonderful gift to draw her readers into her stories. Her heroes are tough, hard working men, yummy to boot and easy to fall in love with.
I highly recommend the whole Against series.
Heide Katros, reviewer Winter Haven News Chief

Kat Martin said...

Hi, Heide! thanks for your kind words. Am loving writing this series. Hope you like this one! love ya, kat

Unknown said...

You make it sound so easy, when I know it is not. Then again, maybe it is for you -- I very much enjoyed all your books.

Ann Tracy Marr

Kat Martin said...

Ann Tracy-- it is sooo not easy! Sometimes if I think about it too long, I freak out. I worry that I won't be able to make another book come together again.