Hi all! Yes, it’s that exciting time again! Today I got a chance to interview the lovely (and yes, I need to improve my vocab!) Katy Madison! Another enjoyable interview, with some more great advice to new writers! You need to check out ‘The Dueling Pistols Series’, which includes The Wedding Runaway and Secret Valentine (so so sweet!). You know that tingly feeling on your fingertips? Well her books can bring about it!
Why did you become a writer? Was there an event/inspirational figure or ambition that pushed you in that direction?
I’ve always been a writer. As long as I can remember I made up stories to entertain myself. I started taking it seriously and pursuing publishing after my oldest sister died of breast cancer at a young age. I realized I didn’t have forever, and it made more sense to try to make a living doing what I loved to do.
Why did you choose this genre – what was most appealing about it and most difficult?
I like happy endings, so romance is the right fit for me.
Sometimes it is really hard to get my characters to a happy place and there are days that I don’t know if I can bring them around—because I don’t make it easy on them.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
My goal is usually to just get the story down and figure out what happens. I’m learning it as I write it.
I hope the reader experiences the emotions that the character experiences.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I start writing in the morning and work until I’m exhausted. Every day. As to where—anywhere. My office is in its fourth location in my house—my son’s old bedroom is now my office. But if the words aren’t flowing I might move outside or to another room. Sometimes I’ll even write long hand in just to jar things lose.
If you were to choose a favourite book you have written, which would it be?
That’s like asking me which child is my favourite. I’m fond of The Wedding Duel because it was the first book I sold. I’m also fond of my latest Gothic romance, The Inspector’s Scandalous Night, because it was really difficult to write, but I like how it ultimately turned out. Now, my favorite hero is Brody from Lord Coleraine’s Scandalous Night. He’s my lamb in wolf’s clothing and I adore him.
What is your favourite book you have read and author?
My favorite book is really three books: The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (I know sci-fi? WTH?) Although right now I’m also pretty hooked on The Game of Thrones books. I’m my favourite author, I write stories that appeal to me after all. Honestly, I couldn’t name any one person as my favourite author. I have many that are auto-buys.
Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Write. Write. Write. Writing is a craft. You learn it by doing it.
Lots of people talk about writing a book, but never produce pages. So plow forward and finish a story, and then another. In addition read. Read. Read. Then write some more.
Favourite colour: Pink.
Favourite flower: Roses or lilacs.
Favourite food: Raspberries.
Favourite day: Any day where a check comes in the mail. I mean I guess if I had to pick a day, it would be Sunday (no mail). As a writer, I don’t take days off, but Sundays are generally more relaxed.
If you were to create your own Fantasy World, how would you describe it?
I’d probably just settle for a tropical island with cool ocean breezes.
Katy has just released The Inspector’s Scandalous Night. Don’t forget to read it 🙂 A short blurb is below!
Inspector Barnabas Harlow is investigating one of the toughest murder mysteries he’s ever dealt with. If he doesn’t identify the real killer soon, justice could go astray. When he meets Henrietta (Henry) Brown, who is just as interested in solving the case as he is, he is more than fascinated. She may be the perfect partner for him in solving crimes and in life. If he and Henry could just solve the murder before the public outcry whipped up by the newspapers forces an innocent man to the gallows…
Henry Brown anything to get the man she believes murdered a string of women off the street—even cozying up to the detective in charge. But the last thing she wants Barnabas to know is that she is the reporter leading the charge against a certain Lord Coleraine. Barnabas will eventually learn who she is, but will it be before she loses more than her heart to the determined inspector?