Monday, December 18, 2017

SMOKY MOUNTAIN BRIDES - Katt Anderson - One Free Ebook

Welcome, Katt. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I probably put 50% of myself in all my books. The other 50% is how I’d like to be. I see myself in all of my characters from the sweet Callie in Callie’s Mountain to the smart mouthed Susannah in Susannah’s Hope. It hard not to fantasize about what you wish you were.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’ve had my share of quirkiness. I was baking a cake at my sisters and put 2 1//2 cups of baking powder in the batter instead of flour. It rose! Needless to say I had to clean the oven.

When I was in high school, I was baking something. It called for cream of tartar. I couldn’t find anything like that in the cabinet, so I used tartar sauce. Talk about awful tasting. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’d say in high school. I loved to do a writing assignment. I read a lot while my children were growing up and always thought I could write. It wasn’t until many years later that I decided to find out for sure.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read all kinds of books. I love Romantic Suspense, but I finished a Fantasy/Speculative that we are going to publish and I absolutely loved it. I loved the Harry Potter series, and I loved the one I finished reading. Who knows, I may have a new favorite.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t keep my sanity, I learn to adjust to it. I continue to stay crazy. This past week has been a roller coaster ride for me emotionally. My best friend and writing buddy, Sandra Robbins, has been in a fight for her life. I learned a long time ago to talk to my husband. He’s a good listener and can calm me down. We’ve spent a lot of time talking this week.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I pick names I like. I named Susannah Cole after one of my husband’s ancestors. I go to cemeteries and look at names for historical fiction. With contemporary novels, I listen to names of people around me. I will also check the telephone directory for last names.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of my children, and that they have grown up to be great Christians. Their children are following in their footsteps. The next thing I’m most proud of is living long enough to start our publishing company at the age of 71. I should have been retiring, but I started working more than I ever have, and in more different ways.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A horse. They are beautiful and have long legs.

What is your favorite food?
Anything Mexican

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest roadblock is finding time to write. After working with authors and publishing for eight hours a day, I find it difficult to write. My thoughts are gone, and also my eyesight. I try to set aside Saturday for my writing. I don’t always get to do it, but I try.

Tell us about the featured book.
Smoky Mountain Brides is a co-authored book with my editor, Pam Watts Harris. I write under the name of Katt Anderson. This is a sweet romance. There are two sections, Pam’s is first about her heroine, Kyla. Mine is second with my heroine, Becki. These two girls had been friends since childhood and had always dreamed of having their weddings at Christmas. Each girl would be in the other’s weddings. Simple? It isn’t, but it all comes together in the last chapter, “Going to the Chapel.”

Please give us the first page of the book.
This is the first page of Becki’s part, “Keeper of the Stars.”
Becki Hunley quickly scooted into the last pew of the enormous church in Brentwood, Tennessee. She’d visited services there several times when she couldn’t go home to Knoxville.
Late as usual, she arrived as the welcome was being made. An older man with glasses on the end of his nose stood at the podium making announcements. Becki remembered her father making so many greetings to the congregation when she was at home. She looked at her watch. Bible Study would be starting in Maryville, Tennessee, about now. The eight o’clock service here was great, but it wasn’t if she overslept and slipped in at the last minute.

The swish of the foyer door opened and a breeze of cold air followed. She turned her head as a handsome man in surgical scrubs slid into the pew beside her. He nodded, and Becki returned his nod.

It was hard to concentrate on the hymns and the sermon with that handsome guy beside her. She couldn’t stop glancing at him out of the corner of her eye. He was probably about her age, blond hair, blue eyes, a good build, and no wedding ring. That was promising. It was hard to find a Christian in the music industry where she worked.

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Connie Porter Saunders said...

Thanks for sharing Kate's interview and first page.
Merry Christmas!
Connie from KY

Anonymous said...

You are quite welcome. And a Merry Christmas from Western Kentucky

Danielle H. said...

I only read Christian and clean romance where characters respect life. I'm going to enjoy reading this book. Merry Christmas! Thank you from Michigan! dhammelef(at)yahoo(dot)com

VanG said...

Thanks for sharing the interesting interview. I have yet to read anything by these authors and would love to win a copy of the book. It sounds delightful. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁
VanG in NC

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the nice comments. I have been writing for about five years, but Pam is fairly new on the scene. She has two tween books out, "The Ghost of Graceland" and "Music City Mayhem" and one Historical Romance, "Aimee." It was so much fun to write a book together. And we became closer friends.

Laurean Brooks said...

Subbing baking powder for flour? Oh, man, I'd like to have seen that, Kathy. Did the cake explode like the one on the Three Stooges video?

I enjoyed this interview with Kathy. I learn something new about her all the time.

The Smokey Mountain Brides excerpt sounds intriguing and unique. I do want to read this one.

May God continue to bless you as you write and work for Him.

Jorie said...

Hallo, Hallo Ms Dooley,

I love Sweet Romances!! :) They are so much fun to tuck inside because you know the ending will leave your heart feeling a bit lighter and full of joy after you've concluded the character's journey! The tenderness of first love, the bliss of second chances or second beginnings - ahh, they are quite addictive to read! :) I love anthologies and omnibus editions of stories, too! You get to have a preview of the writing style of more than one author - thereby, you increase your chance of finding new authors to gather stories by and cheer for writing the stories you love to read!

I think what touched my heart though - as I'm a writer, is how the author herself started her own publishing endeavour lateron in life! To me, that is wicked #awesomesauce! 70s are the new 40s anyway!! :) Go her! :)

Many blessings,
Jorie in FL

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jonie. I love to get lost in a good romance book.

Anonymous said...

Laurean is one of our authors at Mantle Rock Publishing. She is a hoot. Thanks, Sweetie. Can't wait to see you in January!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Danielle. I am like you and I like Clean romances. Our publishing company only publishes clean stories. Not dirty words, or actions. I love to read a good clean book myself. I hope you'll enjoy this book.

Becky said...

Thanks for an interesting interview! Looking forward to reading this book. Becky from Missouri lelandandbecky at reagan dot com