Thursday, 9 May 2013

Romancing with Katherine Grey

Welcome to 'Romancing the Novelist', Katherine. First question I like to ask is what draws you as a reader to the romance genre?

Life is hard and escaping into a story where I know the main character won't die in the end, and finds his/her happily ever after is one of the main reasons I'm drawn to the romance genre.

What is the most difficult part of writing a love story?

For me, it's writing the sex scenes. I tend to start out very wordy, trying to get in every thought, feeling, and movement, so those scenes go through multiple drafts and always end up pages shorter than originally written.

Is creating a book title easy for you? Tell us about the process.

Actually the title is one of the hardest parts for me. While I'm writing the book, I usually refer to it as "Main Character's Name's" story. Once I've got the first draft down and start the synopsis is when I begin to play around with titles. I always choose the top 3 I like best and then poll my friends and family to see what one they like best.

Do your characters love the direction you take for them or do they have other ideas?

They definitely have their own ideas. Sometimes I have a hard time reigning them in. :o)

Any tips for writers that you'd love to share?

I have two tips to share: 1.) Write every day even if it's only a paragraph. Writing only when you feel like it can cause you to lose the threads of the story and may take you years to finish the manuscript. 2.) Please pay attention to point of view. I've read books where even inanimate objects were given a point of view.

Tell us about your next book.

I'm currently writing my first contemporary (with just a touch of paranormal elements). I hope to have it finished in the next couple of months.

Thanks for visiting, Katherine. Continued success!!   

An Unexpected Gift

Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with this mysterious woman with a troubled past.

Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus, or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?

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  1. I'm a POV purist too, Katherine. I don't mind reading different POV's in a story. In fact, I prefer stories written from at least the hero AND heroine's POV, but head hopping confuses me and pulls me out of the story.

    Great interview questions, Christine!

    1. Hi Lilly,

      I prefer stories that have the POV of both the hero and heroine too, and agree with you about the head hopping. I just finished a book where the picket fence in the backyard had a point of view and described how great the couple looked together. LOL. Thanks for stopping in. :o)

  2. Hi Katherine. Loved the blurb. Your story sounds great. I have to agree about finding names for my characters. Some come so naturally, but others? One heroine was one name for several chapters, but it wasn't working. Every time I wrote that name, it was just--wrong. It wasn't her. I went on a medieval name search and finally ended up putting two of those names together. And that was her. She liked it, I liked it. And things progressed more smoothly from there LOL. Good luck with your new book.

  3. Hi Barbara,

    Isn't strange how our characters know what their names are before we do? Thanks for the good wishes. :o)

  4. Hi Christine,

    Thank you for having me as your guest.

    1. Best wishes to you and your amazing book. You're welcome to visit anytime, Katherine. :):)