with Kat Martin
Q. Tell us
about the events that inspired you to write
Scent of Roses?
Scent of Roses
was inspired by a story I began hearing in the summer of 1995. It
was the story of a pregnant young Hispanic woman who had begun to
see the image of a little girl standing at the foot of her bed
warning her that she should leave the house. During that summer, we
found out that a little girl had been abducted from the home the
young couple lived it and was later found to have been murdered. It
was an incredible story, one I remembered for years, one I wanted to
write someday. Of course I added a number of elements, including
Elizabeth Conners, the heroine, and Zach Harcourt, the hero.
elements of this book were the most difficult to write?
Actually, this book
flowed more easily than most, as it was a story I had been thinking
of for almost ten years. I had come to know the characters and most
of the plot by the time I started writing. I wish other of my books
came so clearly into my mind.
Q. Who was
your favorite character in
Scent of Roses,
My hero, Zach
Harcourt, was my favorite in the book. He is a true
bad-boy--reformed, of course, or at least as much as a bad boy can
reform. I saw him clearly and loved his outspoken views--including
those on sex.
Q. Tell us a
little bit about the research you did for Scent of Roses. Were you
surprised by any of your findings?
I did a great deal
of research on the farm setting, which is in an outlying area of the
San Joaquin Valley. I made up the towns, but based them on real
places. The name
Scent of Roses
was always there. I was surprised when I finished the book and ran
across a news article that said that the actual murderer in the
story had roses tattooed all over his chest!
Q. Do you
think you will write another paranormal or ghost story? Explain.
I am currently doing
a series of three paranormal stories. Each of them involves an
ordinary woman who experiences an extraordinary event. I have
always wanted to do this as I know so many women who have themselves
experienced unexplainable occurrences.
Q. Without giving
the story away, what will readers love about this book?
I think they will
enjoy the relationship between the hero and heroine--both of whom
are strong-willed people--as well as the mystery itself. It’s an
eerie tale but fascinating, I think, because it is based on
something that actually happened.
Q. You're known
for your wonderful alpha heroes. Are they your favorite to write?
favorite. I don't think I've written a hero who wasn't pretty much
of a manly man. In Heart of Honor, my next historical, I
write about a Viking who is out of time and place. He is definitely
a macho man.
Q. How do you
stay motivated? What drives you to keep writing?
I enjoy putting the
puzzle pieces together. And I can't imagine just sitting around
doing nothing all day. And I am a terrible golfer!
Q. Which is your
favorite time period to write about? Why?
I like writing
Regency England, Victorian England. I like Med-evils and westerns.
I have a new trilogy set in Victorian England coming out January
Q. Your husband
writes too. What are the pros and cons to having a writer for your
Mostly good, I
think. We know the same people. He understands my problems and I
understand his. He is a great help to me 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. Don't give up!” The worst, “Why would you want to quit
your job and be a writer? That's a really bad idea.”
Q. What are you
dying to try next?
My husband and I are
currently working on producing a TV show. That is exciting for both
of us, makes it sometimes hard to concentrate on writing, but so far
Q. What’s the
best thing about being a writer?
The challenge. You
get to manage your own time and meet interesting people.
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