Kat Bastion is an award-winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature.
On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with the hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love.
Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world.
Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit her blog at http://www.talktotheshoe.com, her website at http://www.katbastion.com, and her Twitter account at https://twitter.com/KatBastion for more information.
Denise: You’ve created a unique time travel which truly challenged your protagonist, Isobel MacInnes. You sent her back to two time periods. How did you come up with that idea?
Kat: My passion for reading Highlander romances led me to encounter Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series, and one of her novels mentioned the Picts and their connection to Clan Brodie. Curiosity piqued, I wanted to experience the discovery through Isobel, delving into both worlds: the Highlanders and the enigmatic Picts.
Denise: There’s always a device that makes the journey possible. Your instrument for travel has mythological elements. I get the feeling a more complex society had its hand in determining who used the device, but why?
Kat: More information about the box and those who govern it will be explained in the next two Highland Legends Series novels.
Denise: What was it like to create your own legend?
Kat: Empowering. Fascinating. Exciting. Gods of our story, writers are responsible for the mechanics that make the world dynamics possible. My greatest interest, however, lies not in the mythology itself, but how humans adapt to all that we cannot control in the world around us.
Denise: Choosing an archaeologist makes a lot of sense because it gives her and her allies an added advantage. Did you have to think twice what the consequences of her interaction would be for the normal course of time?
Kat: Isobel being an archaeologist was integral to the plot, as no one else would have spirited away the found artifact, thus Forged in Dreams and Magick is her story. Due to my writing as a pantster (no major outlines to guide me), and in being true to Isobel’s character, I only considered the consequences of her actions when she did—as her adventure unfolded.
Denise: For awhile, I thought there might have been a connection between the two men she encounters. Had you considered that or it never crossed your mind?
Kat: Since it’s believed the Brodie Clan descends from the Picts, the thought of Velloc being Iain’s ancestor did briefly cross my mind. However, the Highlands were dominated by well over a dozen Pict tribes during Velloc’s time, so the odds of them being related were slim. Additionally, the complexity of a bloodline connection would’ve created an entirely different storyline, and the Forged in Dreams and Magick plot organically flowed away from that possibility.
Denise: The one thing I didn’t think could be possible were the men allowing her to have another relationship. How did you make them understand it needed to be for the sake of their clans?
Kat: Proud and confident men, neither warrior handled the extraordinary situation of sharing their soul mate well, as would be expected. Eventually they each coped with the obstacle the best they could, in their own way. But both were wise enough to realize the rare woman they had and loved her enough to try and make things work.
Denise: Was it difficult weaving together passion, history, war, pride and love?
Kat: Actually, no. Because the story encompassed all of those elements naturally, I found it highly rewarding to paint the canvas in its every rich detail, and it all flowed together quite easily.
Denise: Could there be a sequel to this novel?
Kat: There are two more full novels in the series after Forged in Dreams and Magick:
Born of Mist and Legend releases in the winter of 2014.
Found in Flame and Moonlight releases in the winter of 2015.
A holiday novella in the series, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, is out now.
Denise: What are you currently writing?
Kat: I’m dabbling with an unexpected story, a contemporary, coming-of-age romance with a rural Americana. Starting January 1st, I’ll be sequestered into my writing cave drafting and editing Born of Mist and Legend.
Denise: Why did you choose Amazon Digital Services over small press or traditional publishers?
Kat: Forged in Dreams and Magick has a unique plot and falls into many different genres. In today’s tight publishing world, traditional houses aren’t taking many chances on stories. After doing extensive research on self-publishing, it became evident that self-publishing was the best option for launching this series.
Denise: What other books can we expect and how will you promote them?
Kat: Due to the success of Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (both remaining on Amazon’s Best Seller lists since their respective releases), I plan to promote any future books in the same manner. The support of passionate book reviewers and readers was instrumental in the success of those books. AToMR Tours, Net Galley, and Goodreads were key online components, as was Facebook and Twitter, my social media hangouts.
As I mentioned earlier, the last two novels of the Highland Legends Series will be released in the winters of 2014 and 2015.
I may release one or two books in a couple of coming-of-age stories during that same period of time.
After that, I’m spinning off some of the characters and an underlying story line (yet to be revealed) into a contemporary urban fantasy series, which already has two manuscripts fully drafted.
Thank you again, Denise, for having me on Gotta Write Network today. I’m thrilled you loved Forged in Dreams and Magick. For more of Clan Brodie, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is a classic romantic adventure that I hope you and your readers enjoy as well.
Happy Highland Holidays!