with Kat Martin
Q. Tell us
about how you came up with the story for The Summit?
Though I have
dreamed stories, seen stories on TV or read books that inspire me,
this tale came straight out of my head. A writer’s mind never
ceases to amaze me. I have no idea how I got the idea, but once
the kernel was in there, it just kept growing until it became a
elements of this book were the most difficult to write?
I think writing from
Molly, the little girl’s point of view, was the hardest, though
working through what her dad must have suffered in losing her was
also very hard.
elements of this book were the most fun to write?
This was exciting to
write, not exactly fun. But it was great to have such a
high-action, fast-paced tale to tell, one with a ticking clock.
Summit was your second paranormal suspense novel, is there a 3rd one
in the works? Tell us a little about it.
written five stories with an element of paranormal, The Silent Rose,
a ghost story, The Dream, The Secret, Scent of Roses, and now The
Summit. The final book in the current series is tentatively titled
Season of Strangers. It’s an eerie tale, the story of two sisters
who discover they are missing a period of time and their search to
discover what happened to them during that time.
Q. Who was
your favorite character in The Summit, and why?
I liked both the
hero and heroine in the tale, Autumn because she was strong enough
to face her terrible nightmares and deal with them and because she
was so determined, Ben because he was such a devoted father, and
macho without being too domineering.
Q. Tell us a
little bit about the research you did for The Summit.
I do a lot of my
research on the internet. When you Google Missing Children, for
example, a lot of websites pop up. One I refer to in the book is
www.missingkids.com I also spoke to law-enforcement
giving the story away, what will readers love about this book?
I think readers will
like the fast pace and be able to empathize with Ben, a father who
has desperately grieved for his daughter and now has a second chance
that she might still be alive.
Q. What was
your favorite scene in The Summit?
Probably the climax,
Ben and Autumn’s exhaustive race against time to save Molly. I hope
it will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
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 love writing
contemporary, but also like Regency and Victorian England. I like
Medievals and westerns, though they are not as popular with readers
so I don’t get to write them. Heart of Fire, the second book in my
Heart Trilogy, an historical, will be out the end of the year.
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 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.
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 dabbling with a TV cooking show. That is exciting for
both of us. Should be interesting to see where it leads.
the best thing about being a writer?
The challenge. You
get to manage your own time and meet interesting people.
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