with Kat Martin re: Heart of Courage
Q. Tell us a little bit about how you came
up with the storylines for the Heart trilogy?
It was one of those
ideas that had been rattling around in my head for years...a hero
out of time, a fish out of water story. Leif fit the bill, a man
from an undiscovered island inhabited by Vikings who winds up
shipwrecked in England. From there, I found a heroine I though
could be his match and so the first book, Heart of Honor was born. Coraleeís
story came next, Heart of Fire, then
Leifís brother, Thor. I liked that Thor was such a man of his time,
which was pretty much medieval. He and Lindsey, a modern woman for
1850ís England, were total opposites. I loved them finding their
way to each other and ultimately to everlasting love.
Which of the three books in the Heart
Trilogy is your personal favorite? Why?
I rarely have favorites. I like the book I am working on. I like
both brothersí books, Heart of Honor
and Heart of Courage, though my
editor likes Coraleeís story, Heart of
Fire, the best.
Q.What is the most challenging aspect of
writing a trilogy?
Keeping everyone straight! The dates and places, the connections of
the people to each other, the descriptions of the residences and the
people themselves. Trilogies are much harder to write, but are also
What was your favorite scene in
Heart of Courage?
There are a lot of fun scenes in the book because Thor and Lindsey
are so opposite. She thinks heís a cave man and he thinks sheís a
Victorian version of a womenís libber
Tell us a little bit about the research
you did for this series.
The Victoria period is fairly new for me, so the research is
ongoing. I am trying to get a feel for the difference between
Regency and Victorian, the clothes, the attitudes, the home
furnishings. There is a lot to learn.
Q. Without giving the story away, what will
readers love about Heart of Courage?
I think that watching two such opposites come together is
endearing. Watching each of them fight the attraction between them.
And ultimately discovering that they arenít so different after all.
All three of these books have very
intriguing names for the hero and heroin. How do you choose a
For me, selection of a characterís name is one of the most important
parts of beginning a book. It requires consideration of the type of
character I want the name to portray. Sometimes I get lucky and a
name just pops into my head. Sometimes I spend days, even weeks
trying to figure out exactly who the main characters are. I even
have trouble sleeping until the name finally converges with the
picture I have in my head. I keep massive lists of names, so that
helps. It is a complicated problem with no real logic, just a gut
In Heart of Courage, the heroís
name is Thor. Heís tall, dark, and blue-eyed, a Norseman from an
isolated island that hasnít changed in years. Thor is huge and
incredibly strong, a massive man as his name implies.
What does the year 2009 hold for you? Do
you have another trilogy in the works?
I have a lot of books coming in 2009. A new historical trilogy
starting in July with Royalís Bride. Reeseís Bride in October, and
Ruleís Bride end of December. I also have a gift-sized Christmas
story, The Christmas Clock, out in October, which I am proud of and
excited about seeing in print.
Q. How do you stay motivated? What drives
you to keep writing?
I donít have kids. I canít imagine just sitting around doing
nothing all day. I enjoy the challenge of writing. Itís like
putting the pieces of a puzzle together.
Q. Which is your favorite
time period to write about? Why?
I love writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense, but also Regency and
Victorian England. I love medievals, but have only written one. I
used to enjoy writing western romance and still read them when I
Q. Have you traveled to the places you write about in your books?
I try to travel to the places I write about. Iíve been to England
several times, traveled in France and Spain, Brazil and a lot of
other countries. Iíve been in most of the 50 states and make a
point to visit an area I think may be in one of my upcoming books.
Q. Your husband writes too. What are the
pros and cons to having a writer for your spouse?
Mostly good, I think. We know the same people. He understands my
problems and I understand his. He is great help in plotting and
researching my novels.
Q. What do you attribute
your success and longevity in the industry to?
A positive attitude and a very strong drive to succeed. I think a
writer has to have a thick skin and a lot of determination.
Q. What's the best and worst
advice you ever received?
The best? Keep after it! Donít give up. The worst? Change your
writing style to fit what is happening in the market. You have to
write your own books and hope you will find the readers who enjoy
Q. What are you dying to try
My story, The Christmas Clock, is a long-time project I finally got
to fulfill. Next, I have an idea for another paranormal series
(Iíve written two already). But I am more interested in phenomena
that might actually happen-or at least I believe it might.
Q. What's the best thing
about being a writer?
The challenge. You get to manage your own time and meet interesting
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