Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kat Holmes, Crimson Waters, plus #giveaway

AUTHOR: Kat Holmes
BOOK TITLE: Crimson Waters
GENRE: Paranormal romance
PUBLISHER: Muse It Up Publishing
GIVEAWAY: One copy of Crimson Waters to someone who comments, so please be sure to leave contact information.

Please tell us about yourself.

I live and work in Mobile Alabama with my mom, fellow author and best friend L.J. Holmes, and we have two of the sweetest kitties in the universe. I love chocolate, British television, and am a huge fan of Garfield Comics.:-)

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?

Both I’d say. My health usually determines if I’m writing flat out or if I have to take breaks.

When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first published works when I was about seven. It was a short poem and I wrote it as part of a classroom project.

What inspired you to write your first book?

N.J. Walters. She’s an amazing woman and writer, and I am so grateful to have her as a friend.

What was the toughest criticism given to you? What was the biggest compliment?

The toughest criticism is I think when someone buys my book but doesn’t like it because they feel its too short for the money spent even though it was never advertised as anything but a short novel. The biggest compliment I got was from a reader who’d bought every book thus far in a series and wanted to know when more would be out.

Does criticism or positive feedback change how or what you do in your writing?

No. You can’t please everyone. Someone is always going to dislike what you do. You can only write in the end for yourself and hope others like it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?

I learn lots of things especially when I’m researching that I didn’t know before. That’s part of the fun.:-)

Any advice for a new writer just starting out?

Never give up. Keep trying and believe in yourself. You will get rejections, even after publication. That’s part of the process no matter what. Don’t let it get you down.

Who is your publisher, and how did you connect with them?

Muse It Up Publishing is my publisher and a former editor introduced me to them.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on 4 series for Muse. It keeps me busy.:-)

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?

Twitter: @KatHolmes130

Any other news you’d like to share?
I have two more books releasing this year. Seeker, book two in my Hekate’s Web series will release in November, and Love Potion #9.5, the first book in a brand new comedy fairytale series will release in December.

What is your experience working or being around domestic violence?

Loaded question. Unfortunately I have first-hand experience as my father was abusive.

Why do you feel qualified to write a book on this theme?

Again, because I grew up with it.

What gave you the idea for this particular book?

This is book 4 in a series. But I also wanted to honor the difficulties a woman faces when trying to escape an abusive relationship.

Is this a work of fiction or non-fiction? Why did you choose to write it this way?

Oh it’s fiction. I have not as yet been able to write about my own experiences in a factual telling. Don’t know if I ever will be able to.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book?

Fun for one as that’s what I hope a good story gives a person. But also at least a small understanding of domestic violence.

What is the toughest part about writing about this subject, and how did you get past it?

Coming from personal experience is the toughest. I get through it by writing it as fiction with a chunk of other exploits going on in the story besides the violence.

What kind of research did you do for this type of book?

None. I didn’t have to.

Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life? (Has anyone ever realized it?)

Yes, again I had an abusive father. And of course my beta reader, my mom knows as she went through it, too. Also some friends. And now anyone who reads this interview.:-)

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?  Why or why not?

No. In fact many of my books contain elements of both. The reason it doesn’t bother me is because in some form or another, my characters pull through and end up happy and content. They survived. That’s important I think.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of all my books is sometimes I’m just not physically up to writing. But eventually I am and always get back to it.

What is your favorite:

Food? Stuffed peppers
Time of day to write? Morning
Place to write? At my desk
Season? Winter
Holiday?  Halloween
Hobby? Reading of course.:-)
Song? Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkle
TV show? The Vicar of Dibley
Movie? All the X-Men movies
Book? Woven Dreams by N.J. Walters
Author? N.J. Walters
Quote? Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. Said by E.L. Doctorow.

Crimson Waters
Gods at Work series - Book Four
by Kat Holmes
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Greek Myth/Naughty with a tinge of Sizzle
Release: April 2012
Editor: Carrie RO
Line Editor: Greta Gunselman
Cover Designer: Delilah K. Stephans
Words: 15253
Pages: 49
ISBN: 978-1-77127-024-3
Price: $3.50

Back Cover:
Poseidon, Lord of the Sea is shocked when his brother Zeus informs the gods that they are broke and will have to go out into the world of mortals to earn a living. Deciding to set up shop on the beach of New Jersey, he takes the mortal name Neil Waverly and starts up his own swim club and aquatic rehabilitation center. But when he hires a new housekeeper, he finds himself drawn to the beautiful and highly mysterious young woman.

Sonya Peterson is a woman on the run. The last thing she wants is to become involved with a man, even one as gorgeous as her new boss. But when he discovers her past and becomes determined to protect her, Sonya can’t help feeling her heart melt. But her past is fast catching up to her and it has deadly intentions.
Can Poseidon keep the woman he loves safe? Or, will the waters he loves and rules be stained crimson by a madman?

Kat Holmes
I’m a dreamer and a lover of words. Books have been my passion since I listened to my mother reading to me as a child. The love she instilled in me has culminated in my desire to write the kind of stories I have always loved to read. I believe books are the single most important invention mankind has ever created. I started writing when I was only fifteen for my own enjoyment. I still write for my own pleasure, but now I get to share that love with my readers.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Kat. Best wishes with your writing and your upcoming book releases. Sounds like your writing keeps you busy.