Interview conducted by Denise Fleischer
Gotta Write Network blogger
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.
Below is a recent interview Kat granted Gotta Write Network. An excerpt of “Into the Fury” and a guest post will follow on her GWN Blog Tour spot. Kat has generously offered to do a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of AGAINST THE TIDE. I get the honor of selecting a winner from one of the readers of this blog post. U.S. fans only, please. If you have questions about Kat’s new novel, her career, or her love of writing, feel free to add a comment below. We appreciate you following the blog and sharing this interview on facebook.
How do the men of Brodie Operations Security Service learn about a threat aimed at lingerie models?
The head of Security for La Belle Lingerie hires the company to provide extra security for the models during their national tour after they receive threatening messages.
Who do they assign to the job?
Ethan Brodie is in charge, with the help of Dirk Reynolds and a small group of men Ethan hires to help.
What evidence do they have to begin their investigation?
Just the notes the top ten models received–until one of them is murdered.
Who is killed and how?
La Belle’s top model, Delilah Larsen, a beautiful brunette.
Who is Valentine Hart and is she in danger?
Valentine is actually Valerie Hartman’s stage name. She is one of the ten models who received threatening notes. Now one of the ten is dead. Ethan is worried the killer will come after Val or one of the other nine girls.
Why does Ethan tell himself to back away from her?
There is a no fraternization rule–none of the employees are allowed to mix with the models. It’s automatic dismissal. Also, Val is a close friend of Samantha Brodie, Ethan’s cousin Nick’s wife. He doesn’t want to cause problems with his family.
Obviously, it’s the secret that puts them all in danger. Is it aimed at Valentine?
There are plenty of secrets that put the women at risk. Val is definitely a target.
What are all the books in this series?
INTO THE FURY, INTO THE WHIRLWIND (Dirk and Meg’s story), and INTO THE FIRESTORM, Ethan’s brother Luke, a bounty hunter, and Emma Cassidy, a lady hunting the same killer as Luke.
What do you love about writing about this family?
The Brodies are the kind of people who make America great. They’re strong, brave, and loyal. They’re men with integrity and when they love, they love all the way.
Writing about bodyguards and detectives appears to be your niche. Has it always been?
Even when I was writing Historical Romance, I wrote suspense into the stories. Detectives and bodyguards are in the thick of it from the start, which heightens the action, something I really like to write.
What novel is currently on your computer screen?
I’m just starting a trilogy set in Texas. The hero is a multi-millionaire so it’s a little different. I’m eager to see where the story will lead me.
What do you love about working for your publisher?
I worked for Kensington many years ago when I was first writing Romantic Suspense. They took a chance on me and published The Silent Rose, The Dream, The Secret, and Hot Rain. I also did a trilogy for them, Midnight Sun, Desert Heat, and Deep Blue. They were great to work with then and they’re great to work with now. I’m excited also to have Alicia Condon as my editor. She’s been extremely helpful.
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