Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I never strived to be a writer, but I've always excelled at it. In school, my favorite assignments leaned toward creative writing.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
So far I've published seven books, but I have at least that many in the works in varying degrees of being done. Asking which one is my favorite is like asking which of my children I like best. I like them all for different reasons. BUT if I had to choose, I'd say On the Edge of Regret is my best. I just like how complicated the story can be, yet how simple at the same time. There are twists that even I didn't see coming, which entertains me as much as the readers.
Do you have a favorite character and why?
Hmm. My favorite character is probably Nash from On the Edge of Regret. He was a lot of fun to write because I got to use my more snarky, sarcastic side. I also liked the dynamics between Logan and his brother, Michael from When Love Breaks and When Love Walks. The way those two banter back and forth was so much fun to write.
If you could meet any character from your book(s), who would it be and why?
I think I'd like to meet some of my antagonists. Kendall from That Kiss and That Promise comes to mind first. She's just someone you'd like to grab by the shoulders and shake some sense into. Also, Maxim from That Promise, who happens to be a Russian dancer, is another one I'd be interested in seeing in person. His description alone makes him intriguing.
Do you have a current WIP you’d like us to know about?
I always have something brewing in my overworked laptop! At the moment I'm working on two books at once. They're related, in that one is the sequel to the other. I don't have a title for either one yet, but I'm planning on torturing the characters terribly. I'm hoping to get the first one out in summer/fall of 2019.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My biggest issue is time, but also the internet. I sometimes wish I could unplug the wifi, but what would I do if I needed to research something for my current work in progress?
What is your favorite writing snack and/or drink?
I drink lemon ginger tea as if my life depends on it. As far as snacks go, I try to pick healthy alternatives to sweet stuff, but that isn't always possible so I try to always have red licorice handy.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Start sooner and stop worrying!! You'll find your groove and your audience. I'm lucky to have found a core group of fans that love my style and my stories and I'm so grateful, you have no idea.
Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book?
My all time favorite book is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Her books have always inspired me to write better and I hope to meet her someday.
What is your favorite season/ weather to write in and why?
I looooove rainy days for writing! I'm not sure why but it really inspires the romantic in me. It makes me think of holding hands and running for cover while giggling, then finally having an intense moment and a passionate kiss while standing in front of your significant other soaking wet. <sigh>
If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for one year while writing a book, where would it be and why? I think a cabin in the woods or mountains would be great and isolated. I'd be off the grid with lots of time to write, but I'm not sure I could do it for a whole year.
What’s the funniest typo you’ve ever written?
Well, it's not the funniest, but I was writing a really intense scene for my third book, I Will Catch You, and I was crying so hard that I couldn't see my computer screen. Tears were dripping into my lap and the only thing visible was the all the red squiggly lines from the dozens of typos I was making. I didn't go back and fix them until I was done with that part of the book because I didn't want to pull myself out of the moment. It turns out that I've made a lot of people cry in that scene who have never cried at a book before. Sorry not sorry.
What are your two favorite book covers that are not your own?
In the romance genre, I see a lot of covers that are similar. I tend to like the covers that stand out. My eye always goes toward the covers with simple images that make you wonder why the author or publisher pick that image to represent the book.
How do you come up with names for your characters?
Most of the time the characters tell me their names. I know that sounds crazy to anyone who's not a writer, but it's absolutely true. They also show me their personality and a lot of times they tell me how the plot is going to go. You could say I'm just along for the ride and to type out what they tell me.
How many drafts of your books do you generally go through before publishing?
I go through way too many drafts, but it's mostly me rereading the story and tweaking it a million times. I've never had to scrap the whole thing and start over, thankfully. By the time my books hit the market I'm so sick of them and I'm ready to start the next one.
Give a shout-out to another author.
Well, I'd like to give a shout out to Melissa Sasina, but that seems a bit premeditated, so I'll go with Amber Lacie, Jamie Schlosser, Claire Marta, and Tee Smith. These ladies are super nice and I think everyone should try at least one of their books.
Where is your favorite place to write and why?
I have this cute little roll top desk that I dug out of someone's trash. It had a broken leg so I fixed it, cleaned it up, and I fell in love with it. It's just big enough to fit in my small office space and it barely has any storage, which works well because I can't make a giant mess. I've always wanted one and it's just so cute...and free!
Do you have any writing buddies?
I do have writing buddies but maybe not in the way you think. I have a small group of people I can call at all hours of the day or night and ask advice about my plotlines. They're brutally honest, which I love and hate about them, but mostly love. I also have a couple authors I bounce ideas off.
If you found someone reading one of your books in public, how would you react? Would you approach them or secretly squee in happiness?
That's my dream! I'd like to think I'd act like a normal person, but I'm sure I'd fangirl over my reader. Then I'd go home and worry that they thought I was a nut job and never read another thing I wrote then tell all their friends to do the same. I'm kidding...kind of. I did find one of my books at a local thrift store. At first I was insulted, but then I thought it was nice that they wanted to share it with someone else. Unfortunately for that someone else, I bought it back from the store and gave it away in a contest with this quirky story.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Yes! If you find a book you loved, please share that love. Tell your friends about it, post about it on social media, go tell it on the mountain, I don't care. Being an author is a lonely job and without the people who love us, we couldn't do what we do. Oh and leaving a review is the easiest way to show the world what great taste you have in books.
Kate Squires is a contemporary romance author. Northeast Ohio, is where her life began and continues. She's the only girl in a family of four older brothers, who lightheartedly tortured her as a child. Her father was an avid reader, and was somehow able to watch TV, and read books simultaneously, without missing a beat. Her mother loved to read as well, and was basically June Cleaver. Kate has three children that drive her crazy, but fill her life with adventure and love. She can’t imagine what her life would be like without them. Aside from writing, she's held other steady jobs which range from Dog Groomer, to Home Health Aide, Housekeeper to Dance Teacher. She's also been a foster parent to countless children, and a host mom to several foreign exchange students. She's published seven romance novels so far. That Kiss, That Promise, I Will Catch You, Tracing Hearts, When Love Breaks, When Love Walks, and On the Edge of Regret! All of her books are available in paperback, and for your e-reader at Amazon.com, and Smashwords.com. Two of her books, I Will Catch You, and When Love Breaks, have been nominated for an indie book award!
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