I’m thrilled to welcome Kate Meader to Lit, etc! Today’s the paperback release of Kate’s Hot and Bothered which I reviewed yesterday and I really enjoyed it! Kate’s easily become of my fave to go authors and on top of that (and no it has nothing to do with the fact with both have a master’s in medieval history).
You can read an exclusive excerpt of Hot and Bothered here and there’s also a giveaway!
Q. Tell me something about Kate Meader other than the standard bio on your website.
A lot of people don’t know I have a masters degree in medieval history. I studied medieval nuns and holy women who used their connection to God to discover untrodden paths to empowerment in their community. Medieval nuns were probably the first feminists!
Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Before I begin each day, I walk three times around my writing desk and whisper “Praise to the goddess, Jill Shalvis.” Ha – just kidding! Sorry to disappoint, I can’t say I have one.
Q. What makes the romance genre special?
For the most part, it’s written by women for women. I think there’s something very special and empowering about that.
Q. What characteristic do you think all heroes should have?
Unrelenting focus on his heroine. As soon as he has her in his sights, she should be all he can think of, and every decision should be filtered through his attraction/obsession/love for her. I’m a big fan of the hero in pursuit.
Q. A book that in some way cemented you as a writer?
Writing is a relatively new endeavor for me – I only started about four years ago. I’d read romance when I was younger but stopped for several years and and one of the first books I read when I started up again was Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It blew me away! I was so amazed by the humor, the dialogue, the sheer craft, that my first thought was “uh, who the hell do I think I am venturing into this romance-writing business?” Then I let it sit and was inspired. I doubt I could ever top romance superstar, SEP, but every day I try to get a little bit better.
Q. What books are currently on your nightstand?
Super-sekrit books! I’m currently reading entries for the Romance Writers Association RITA contest, which is like the Oscars for romance. My mouth is zipped as per the rules!
Q. While at a bookstore, have you ever bought your own book?
Yes! It was my first book, Feel the Heat, and I had yet to receive my free copies from my publisher so I bought one for “a friend.” As you do. 😉
Q. Finally, and on an entirely unrelated note, who would play you in a film of your life?
Julianne Moore – she’s a classy redhead, a multiple Oscar nominee, and has the gravitas necessary to pull it off!
01. Facial hair or clean shaven?
I’m on a lumbersexual kick right now – men with beards all the way! (Chopping wood in flannel is a bonus.)
02. Alpha or Beta?
03. Sleep in or get up early?
Sleep in, but realize I have to get up early to get anything done.
04. Winter or summer?
Summer. I probably shouldn’t live in a city with eight-month winters.
05. Tie and jacket or bowtie and sweater?
Tie and jacket. Add a beard and I might faint in a girly swoon.
06. Superpower you wish you had?
Stop time so I could create more hours in the day.
07. Favorite song?
So hard to choose! But if you make me, I’ll go with “One” by U2. It’s their most haunting song and Bono’s best vocal (I’m Irish, so I might be a bit biased).
Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.