Please make welcome Chris T. Kat who has kindly come back for a return visit to answer a few questions and talk about her latest release; Secret Energy.
So, without beating around the bush… Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
At the moment, I’m working on finishing the second science fiction story in a series. There are only one or two chapters left, but time is an issue at the moment. When I’m done with that, I’ll revise the first novel in that series, which will keep me busy for a while. I haven’t written science fiction before, so I’m in uncharted water here. Thankfully, I received great advice from Tali Spencer. 🙂
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t really consider myself a writer. I write when I feel like it, which so far has been often. Lately, I’m occupying myself more with other things (sports) again. I don’t think I could ever be a full-time author. That would be way too lonely for me. As much as I like to lose myself in my own world and create my own characters, I like to interact with real people even better.
Describe your writing space.
I write at a small desk that’s snuggled into a corner of our living room. It’s always a mess since that’s the space where I write my books and do my real life work. The desk is always cluttered with notes and post-its, plus my calendar for guest posts, etc. Then there’s my e-reader, a few USB cords, stuff like that. It’s also the place where I stack papers to grade, books and materials I need to prepare lessons, and not to forget pictures and drawings from my kids. It’s a miracle I find anything at all. 😉
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Secret Energy is my 12th book (plus one short story for anthology). I’ve written four more books, plus a couple of stories I’ve started but not finished yet. Two of the four books are contracted and will be published by Dreamspinner Press soon, but the other two stories I have to revise thoroughly before I submit them.
Hmm, my favorite book? That’s hard to decide. I like all of my books—obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t have written them—but if I had to name my favorites, I have to name two books: Silver Lining and The Wolf and His Diva.
They’re both completely different books. Silver Lining belongs to Dreamspinner’s Bittersweet Dreams houseline. I think it’s the best story I’ve written. It was also the most emotionally draining story I’ve ever written. I absolutely loved the characters, Riley and Scott, and for the ten days it took me to write and revise that story, I was a mess. The Wolf and His Diva is a totally different story. It’s a fluffy and cute story, and I had a blast writing the dialogue between George and Billy. I especially loved writing about Billy in his squirrel-form riding on top of George’s head, when George was in his wolf-form. 🙂
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
No, I don’t, but when I do it’s a special event for me. Those that contact me or interact with me on social media tell me that they like my characters and especially the banter between them. I’m always glad when one of my stories is responsible for putting a smile on someone’s face. What more could I want?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
For a long time, I wanted to become a surgeon. Right until I realized that it would probably better to have good eyesight…
Then I wanted to become an archaeologist. After checking out the regulations for this field of studies, I gave up on that dream. I’d just graduated school and learned three languages other than my native language, but to study archeology I’d have to learn Latin and Greek within two years. It was also strongly suggested to learn Hebrew and another language. That was a bit too much for me.
In the end, I became a Special Ed teacher ,and I love this job!
If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
I’d probably get on social media outlets like Facebook much earlier. I’d also try to contact other authors and set up a blog tour for Seizing It. I didn’t do anything in regards to promotion at that time, and sometimes I’m annoyed at my lack of foresight. Seizing It is still my best-selling book, and it probably would’ve done even better if I’d promoted it a bit. Oh, well, learn and live, right? 🙂
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Yes, I do. It generally helps me to concentrate and dive deeper into my story. Usually I listen to instrumental music, preferably soundtracks. It depends on the mood I need for the story. At the time I wrote my first science fiction story, I listened to the soundtracks of Star Trek VIII a lot.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
When my son, at the age of two and half, was diagnosed with mononucleosis. For weeks he was sick, and after about a month we had to go to the hospital, where he had to stay for a week.On the first day there, the doctors told me they could only try to get his fever down and I should pray. I spent the week curled around my kid, hoping he’d recognize me and get rid of this fucking virus. He made it, but whenever he runs a fever, I go into crisis mode.
Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?
I write in the m/m romance genre, but within that genre, I write in multiple genres. I’ve written contemporary stories, detective stories, shape-shifter stories, light BDSM, and fantasy. For a long time, I wanted to write a science fiction story, and this year I finally plucked up my courage. It was a fun ride, but the revisions will be a lot of work.
Could you ever co-author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?
I’m not entirely sure. I’ve written a couple of fan fiction stories with someone else, and did a few roleplays with other people. It would very much depend on the other person, whether our writing styles are compatible, and if I could be sure our friendship would survive the writing process. I have no idea who I’d choose, and honestly, I think I’d be too shy to ask anyone. As for what to write—I’m open to pretty much anything. I like a lot of genres, so I can see myself writing in whatever genre my co-author would like.
What is a talent you wish you had, but don’t?
I really wish I could draw. I admire all those cover artists, or generally artists that are capable of bringing an image to life on paper.
Thanks for telling us about yourself, Chris! Add for sharing an excerpt from Secret Energy!
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When wolf shifter Robin agreed to cover for his older brother Tim and Tim’s lover Jay, he never imagined feeling so stifled. Tim’s overprotective attitude suffocates him. Pressure from within—the urge to find his own mate—mounts daily. With a little help from Jay, Robin finally convinces Tim to let him go for a run alone, but he has no inkling that his life will change forever as a result.
Unexpectedly, he finds his mate Peter Brannigan, an old and special soul, and the one shifter who can bring balance to Robin’s life. The new couple spend days together, developing their bond as mates. Yet even as they explore and cement their relationship, crisis looms just ahead when an old enemy of the pack shows up and kills someone Robin loves.
The scent called to Robin, setting something free within him—something unfamiliar and primal in nature. Robin’s mood alternated between exhilarated and scared, the combination and sheer intensity of both feelings troubling him.
Robin stopped near a small creek and carefully stepped inside the stream, the cool water soothing his paws and ankles. He took a few swallows of the clear water while his heartbeat slowed down.
The scent was strong around the creek, but Robin was unable to pinpoint it. After raising his snout high in the air, he inhaled the smell deeply, hoping it would infuse his lungs and from there spread to every part of his body, because whatever it was, it had a highly arousing but also calming effect on him. A long, high-pitched yowl broke free from his throat, announcing his longing.
Robin waited before he swept his gaze around. High pines surrounded the small creek, casting shadows on the water’s surface. The creek flowed slowly and smoothly, only occasionally hindered by rocks strewn in its bed. The water swirled around them, creating small vortices that gurgled.
Would anyone answer his plea? What would he do if someone did? Why was he even expecting someone to answer? It couldn’t be his mate—it just couldn’t—although everything would make sense, then.
No one answered Robin. In fact, he couldn’t even hear the usual cacophony of animal noises, just the water lapping at his feet. Robin pricked his ears, concentrating hard on what he could hear—the purling of the creek, the wind whipping through the treetops, and sometimes branches creaking. His breathing sounded harsh, closer to panting. Something wasn’t right, not at all.
Robin walked over to the other side of the stream, the earlier exhilaration dwindling. He shifted from foot to foot, darting his gaze around. An uncomfortable sense of isolation nestled into his insides. Maybe he should have listened to Tim after all?
Shivering, he stood there, not sure whether he wanted to go on with his search or go back to Tim, Jay, and Walter. Going back meant safety, whereas going after his potential mate—or whatever it was he was following—could mean anything.
Robin tucked his tail between his hind legs. He had never heard of a wolf being afraid of his mate. Wouldn’t that mean the scent didn’t belong to his mate? Or maybe his mate was nuts and he somehow recognized it? Whatever the scent was—or to whomever it belonged—it didn’t smell like a wolf.
What if his mate was female? How would that work? He had never been into girls. He liked them as friends, but any kind of advances had him running for the hills. Robin was gay, period. No, the scent had to belong to a male wolf.
No, wait. He’d already ruled out another wolf.
The darkness settling around him didn’t help the queasy feeling in his stomach. Whichever direction he turned his head, something moved in the shadows, leaving him vulnerable and scared. The moon remained partially hidden behind the clouds, but even if the sky had been clear, the moonlight wouldn’t have been able to illuminate the forest ground properly. Or at least not in a way Robin wanted.
Suddenly he started. The moon? Oh hell! Shouldn’t he have been back hours ago? Surely Tim was already looking for him. Why hadn’t he realized hours had passed? Had his wolf taken over without him noticing? His father obviously had a point with not wanting Robin to go anywhere alone in his wolf form.
Robin threw his head back and closed his eyes before he howled at the moon, the sound of his voice echoing through the forest, silencing every other animal in his vicinity. This time someone answered him. Robin jumped at the sound of a roar at the other side of the creek.
The roar didn’t sound like a wolf; it was too guttural for that. After his initial jump, Robin stood frozen, shock waves rolling through his entire body.
Chris T. Kat
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Chris-T.-Kat/e/B008FQQH2Q