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Monday, August 19, 2013
INTRODUCING CANADIAN AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE -- KAT FLANNERY
Interview with this fascinating young Albertan author, who is part of Imajin Books' Summer Sizzle Sale from Aug. 15-31.
Kenna: Hello, Kat. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Kat: I live near Edmonton, Canada. I’ve always loved to write. I used to jot down lyrics, poems and the odd short story when I was younger. As I grew older the need to write intensified and I couldn’t stop. I wrote while I was pregnant with my sons and I’m still writing, only now I am published.
Kenna: What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to date?
Kat: I write Western Historical Romance. However my recent book had a touch of paranormal and I really enjoyed exploring that side of the genre realm. My next book will have paranormal in it. I’ve written two full-length novels, CHASING CLOVERS, and LAKOTA HONOR and a novella HAZARDOUS UNIONS have all been published with Imajin Books.
Kenna: What do you think of eBooks?
Kat: I will always love the smell of a new book, but I do feel eBook is the wave of the future. I love the accessibility of being able to download a book anywhere and read it.
Kenna: Have you self-published?
Kat: No, I have not.
Kenna: Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Kat: My favorite book is LAKOTA HONOR and Otakatay is my favorite character thus far.
|Lakota Honor book cover|
Kenna: If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Kat: I get asked this all the time. In LAKOTA HONOR I’d have Jason Momoa and Emily Blunt play the main characters.
Kenna: Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Kat: I read Linda Lael Miller, Steven King and Jane Austin. But it wasn’t until I was older that I read for pure pleasure.
Kenna: Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Kat: I do write every day when I’m into a story. I have to. I do a little of both, some plotting and some by the seat of my pants.
Kenna: Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Kat: I do a ton of research, more so than I need. As for editing I do a bit as I go but nothing as extensive as when I’m done. I also use an editor.
Kenna: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Kat: I’m a third person gal. I have a difficult time reading first person and therefore I don’t write it. No, I’ve never tried second person.
Kenna: What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Kat: My favourite aspect is getting to do what I love for a living and the least favourite is the long hours and brain overload while doing it.
Kenna: If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Kat: I’d choose Jane Austin, JFK and Dean Martin and I'd cook Lasagne.
Kenna: Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Kat: I freelance and write marketing material for other companies.
Kenna: What are you working on at the moment / next?
Kat: I’m getting ready for the release of HAZARDOUS UNIONS, two Civil War tales, one written by myself and the other by fellow author Alison Bruce, September 7th.
Kenna: Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Kenna: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
Kat: I love to hear from my readers, so please drop me a line on my Facebook page or via my website.
Kenna: Is there anything you’d like to ask me?
Kat: Yes, Coffee or Tea and if you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
Kenna: I'm a real tea granny and drink black hot tea frequently during the day. If I could go anywhere in the world I'd go to the Greek islands and take a classical tour.
Kat: Thank you, Kenna, for having me on your blog. I wish you and your readers a wonderful day!!
Thank you again for taking part in this blog interview, Kat. I’m very grateful for you taking time out from your writing to answer these questions and wish you all the best with your future projects.
NOW FOR SOMETHING MORE ABOUT KAT AND HER NOVELS:
Bestselling Western Romance author, Kat Flannery takes you on a new journey with her new Historical Paranormal Romance, Lakota Honor.
Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn't know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
"Transport back to the old west with this paranormal historical, and its alpha hero, and a heroine hiding her secret talents."
—Shannon Donnelly, author of the Mackenzie Solomon Urban Fantasy series
"Ms. Flannery doesn’t shy away from writing gritty scenes or about unpleasant topics…That’s what good writing is all about—bringing out strong emotions in a reader."
—Peggy L. Henderson, bestselling author of the Yellowstone Romance Series
"Those who relish the conflict of a heroic half-breed trapped between the white man's world and the Indian will fall in love with LAKOTA HONOR."
—Cindy Nord, award-winning author of No Greater Glory
"LAKOTA HONOR weaves a fast paced and beautiful prose that lures you through every chapter and leaves you wanting more."
—Erika Knudsen, paranormal author of Monarchy of Blood
Colorado Mountains, 1880
The blade slicing his throat made no sound, but the dead body hitting the ground did. With no time to stop, he hurried through the dark tunnel until he reached the ladder leading out of the shaft.
He’d been two hundred feet below ground for ten days, with no food and little water. Weak and woozy, he stared up the ladder. He’d have to climb it and it wasn’t going to be easy. He wiped the bloody blade on his torn pants and placed it between his teeth. Scraped knuckles and unwashed hands gripped the wooden rung.
The earth swayed. He closed his eyes and forced the spinning in his head to cease. One thin bronzed leg lifted and came down wobbly. He waited until his leg stopped shaking before he climbed another rung. Each step caused pain, but was paired with determination. He made it to the top faster than he’d thought he would. The sky was black and the air was cool, but fresh. Thank goodness it was fresh.
He took two long breaths before he emerged from the hole. The smell from below ground still lingered in his nostrils; unwashed bodies, feces and mangy rats. His stomach pitched. He tugged at the rope around his hands. There had been no time to chew the thick bands around his wrists when he’d planned his escape. It was better to run than crawl, and he chewed through the strips that bound his feet instead. There would be time to free his wrists later.
He pressed his body against the mountain and inched toward the shack. He frowned. A guard stood at the entrance to where they were. The blade from the knife pinched his lip, cutting the thin skin and he tasted blood. He needed to get in there. He needed to say goodbye. He needed to make a promise.
The tower bell rang mercilessly. There was no time left. He pushed away from the rocky wall, dropped the knife from his mouth into his bound hands, aimed and threw it. The dagger dug into the man’s chest. He ran over, pulled the blade from the guard and quickly slid it across his throat. The guard bled out in seconds.
He tapped the barred window on the north side of the dilapidated shack. The time seemed to stretch. He glanced at the large house not fifty yards from where he stood. He would come back, and he would kill the bastard inside.
He tapped again, harder this time, and heard the weak steps of those like him shuffling from inside. The window slid open, and a small hand slipped out.
“Toksha ake—I shall see you again,” he whispered in Lakota.
The hand squeezed his once, twice and on the third time held tight before it let go and disappeared inside the room.
A tear slipped from his dark eyes, and his hand, still on the window sill, balled into a fist. He swallowed past the sob and felt the burn in his throat. His chest ached for what he was leaving behind. He would survive, and he would return.
Men shouted to his right, and he crouched down low. He took one last look around and fled into the cover of the forest.
Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing, or researching, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book.
Her first novel, CHASING CLOVERS became an Amazon’s bestseller in Historical and Western romance. This is Kat’s second book, and she is currently hard at work on the third.
When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband.