Friday, June 25, 2010

JUST YOUR USUAL CHAOS...

KATE DOUGLAS is my guest today and I can tell you she’s as fun in person as she is here. My first impression of Kate was an attractive, very knowledgeable businesswoman with a ready smile. That she is, but she’s also funny and her humor is dry and the sneaky kind that catches you by surprise and cracks you up (sometimes, I’m laughing because I can’t believe she just said what she did, lol!).

Kate’s a delight to talk with and after listening to what she has accomplished and planned I fully understand why she’s as slender as she is. Yikes, the woman is not only a prolific writer but lives chaos, tames it and directs it, like a maestro. I so need lessons or a bit of the energy pool she dips into accomplish everything she does, lol!


Kate, thank you for visiting with us today.



Hi Sia, and thanks so much for the invite to hang out at your blog today! I’m actually looking forward to it—sort of a tiny island of peace in the chaos that’s been my life the last couple of months. It’s been wild—I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Romantic Times convention, and then three weeks later—after writing day and night to finish StarFire, the third book in my DemonSlayers series—I took a redeye to New York for Book Expo. Arrived Tuesday morning from California after a full day and night of travel (we live in the boonies—just getting to the airport is a nightmare!) and hit the ground running—after I checked into my hotel and took a very fast nap!


Thank goodness my StarFire manuscript arrived in NY before I did...that was a relief, especially since it had been due three weeks earlier. (Baaaaaaaaad kate!) Anyway, I met with some folks at Kensington Publishing and then went to a really cool cocktail party that night. I mean, think about it—redeye to NY, cocktail party in Manhattan with all kinds of authors, agents, editors and publicity people and little ole me, from Cobb, California, a town without a single stop light and only the occasional stop sign, sipping good wine on the top floor of the Library Hotel! In frickin’ MANHATTAN! New YORK! Sheesh...I kept thinking, wow! This is what AUTHORS do! (snort! Actually, what authors do is write. A lot. I don’t hang out in my jammies all day just because it’s cool...I do it because I generally don’t have time to actually get dressed. The poor FedEx man must think I don’t own any real clothes!)


But back to why I’m looking for some peace and quiet—did the cocktail party and then spent all day Wednesday at Book Expo. I wandered around like an alcoholic in a bar giving out free samples. I mean, have you ever BEEN to Book Expo? Publishers from all over the world, famous authors (Fergie was signing, and it was just a couple of days after she got caught trying to sell time with her ex, the prince. The security was amazing...) agents, editors and EVERYONE is giving away free books. I came away with my share, believe me. Getting them home on the plane was another story...Wednesday night I had dinner with my editor’s assistant. I’d planned to take him out because he does so much to make my life easier, but Martin said that Kensington was picking up the tab, which was really a nice surprise. Martin, his friend Nick and I went to a cool little Cuban restaurant not far from my hotel and had a wonderful meal.


There is nothing I love more than going out with not one but TWO smart, funny, good looking young men. I felt like a damned cougar—both guys are younger than my son—but they were so darned entertaining and we had a fantastic time. Then I was up at four and on the plane by seven, headed home again. We’re talking VERY QUICK TRIP...


And, as soon as I got home and got my laundry done, my husband and I were off again, this time in the motorhome headed for the Mount Shasta area to do some research for the next book in the DemonSlayers series, and then on to the Allen Array, an amazing place up in the Hat Creek area where there are all these giant antennae checking space for signals from extraterrestrials as part of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project. That was also research for a possible new series—as many of you may have heard, I’m currently writing the final book in my Wolf Tales series--#12 will be the last one. I’d hoped Kensington would pick up my proposal for a second generation series about the children of the Chanku, but they’re not interested at this time. My editor said to hang on to it—I may be able to do it later on, but for now I need something new. I’m thinking!! Honest...


As soon as we got home, I wrote a short story for an anthology I’m in with Lori Foster—the title is Dime Store Cowboy, and it’s a sequel to my romantic comedy, Cowboy in My Pocket, which was written almost ten years ago. I’ve wanted to write a story for a couple of the secondary characters ever since the first book was published. This anthology gave me a chance to let Mark Connor finally lasso his rodeo queen...LOL! Yep, Cowboy in My Pocket was a western comedy romance, sort of a parody of category romances. If you want a good giggle, it’s still available at Amazon.com and BN.com and most other online book sellers. The sequel will be out next June.


As soon as I finished Dime Store Cowboy, I rushed over to Stockton to visit my mom—she’s almost 89 now—but while I was at her place she had some health issues which meant I stayed over longer than planned. When she was feeling better, I raced back home (it’s about a three hour trip) to finish up copy edits for Wolf Tales 11—that one comes out next January, and I’d forgotten how much I loved it! I’ve been so caught up in chatting about Wolf Tales 10, the book that’s out this week, that I forgot I’d even written 11! It’s sort of a political thriller, though since it’s Wolf Tales, it’s a very SEXY political thriller! One thing I had fun with was letting Keisha step in as the double for the First Lady. When President Obama was first running for office and I saw Michelle Obama, I just about flipped. Other than the hair, she WAS Keisha Rialto, my ├╝ber-alpha, Anton Cheval’s mate. I knew from the moment the president was elected I was going to write a story where Keisha got involved with Michelle Obama, and this one turned out even better than I’d hoped.


Right now I’m getting notes together for Wolf Tales 12. It’s a bittersweet project—I feel as if I know each one of my Chanku like old friends, and it’s going to be difficult not to write anymore of their stories. I had hoped the series would go on a bit longer, but the reality of this business is that when a series has too many books, you start losing readers. It’s time to move on. I’m thinking of moving forward about five years for WT12—Anton’s daughter Lily has been such an amazing character to get to know that I want her to have a bigger part in the final book. She’ll be about seven, just old enough to take off on her own and get into trouble. If you’ve read my series, you’ll recall that there are caves below Anton’s house in Montana, and some interesting hieroglyphics on one of the walls. I really want to find out what they say before I end this series, and I have a feeling Lily is going to be the one to figure them out. We shall see!


So, I’m starting Wolf Tales 12, reminding readers that Wolf Tales 10 is showing up in stores, and cooking like a madwoman because our kids and grandkids will be here for the weekend. We’ve got a family reunion to go to and I’ve got grandkids to hug—our son and his family live in Hawaii and I haven’t seen four year old Ella or twenty month old Owen since early spring, so I’m really looking forward to their visit. Our daughter will be here as well with her two youngest—her husband and oldest son are staying home to keep an eye on the animals. (Sounds like that’s a really good excuse to avoid a family reunion full of people they don’t know!)


I’ll be checking in to see who stops by and says Hi, and I’ll be giving away some books—I LOVE giving away books! I’ve got copies of DemonFire and Wolf Tales 9, and I imagine Sia can probably come up with at least five winners for me. And, if you’re a winner and already have both WT9 and DemonFire, I’ve got an ARC of HellFire or one for Nocturnal, the anthology the comes out in September with stories by me and Jacquelyn Frank, Jess Haines and Clare Willis. Just leave a comment to be entered.

A Life For A Life
The Chanku are gifted with more power—of mind, body, and soul—than the most superior of humans. Yet even these exceptional beings cannot change the laws of nature...or destiny. And when one loses his human life mate to a tragic accident, he is shattered by grief he never imagined possible...

The only thing worse than losing his love is knowing that her death was caused by the incompetence of a goddess supposedly possessed of timeless wisdom. The justice dealt for the goddess’s horrible mistake is a demotion—from immortal to human—and the charge of filling the missing space in the Montana pack. But while some accept her quickly, not all are so willing...
It is time for Anton, Stefan, and Adam to test the newcomer: to see if she can withstand the heights of ecstasy these Chanku men will show her—and to discover whether, when faced with the ultimate sacrifice, she will make the right choice...
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Kate Douglas loves romance. Married 38 years to a man she fell for at first sight, she’s a true believer in love everlasting. Her Wolf Tales have it all—sex, romance, lots of plot and plenty of action...and did we say sex? Her newest series, The DemonSlayers, while not as sexually explicit as Wolf Tales, is filled with rip-roaring action, hot and handsome heroes, and women who know what they want and don’t hesitate to go for it. With four books a year, along with the occasional novella, Kate’s life often teeters on the brink of chaos, but somehow, things always seems to come together when they should. Life's good—but fantasy and romance are even better! 

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39 comments:

readwriteandedit said...

Sia & Kate, I know I'm early, but I was checking out Sia's blog and this post was here and so was I...

Anyway. Kate, you sound terrifically busy and content. How great that the writing life and the family life blend so well and allow you to share one with the other.

Can't wait to read the final Chanku stories and see what you come up with next. I can only imagine how real these characters seem to you, since you've lived with them in your head--and on your computer--for several years now.

Good luck with the future books. And have a great visit with your family this weekend.

Beth

VA said...

Wow! That is some schedule, you sound like my husband. I accuse him of being the undead because sleep seems to be negotiable action for him.

Great excerpt. Talk about wrenching the emotions, you're a brutal woman, Kate.

Question: You seem to have a complicated tree of characters, how do you keep them straight?

Another fantastic introduction for me Sia, thanks.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kate, I'm very glad to have you visiting. Please let me dip my fingers into your energy pool. Should last me some time, lol!

Ashley said...

As a newbie to the wolf series I can't wait to delve into all of them. Also as a new author I wondered about the whole series aspect of writing. I have another coming out in September and wondered when was the too many cut off. What if you have that, just one more...please feeling LOL!!!

It has been a pleasure getting to know you and I can't wait to get my hands on everything I can! Yes I'm greedy...its something I work on every day...well not the greedy part, got that down, more like how to share LOL!!!!

Awesome post!!!

Ashley

~Sia McKye~ said...

Beth, no worries. Once the blog is live, it's open for comments.

Vivian, I have some of the best authors here. I'm glad you enjoyed Kate's writing. Wasn't that excerpt something. I haven't read many of the Chanku stories but even I, not knowing them all, was moved.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ashley, I'm an acquiring trip myself. I really want to get all of Kate's back list. I also REALLY want to read her new Demonslayer series.

Darn it, so many books, so tight a budget. :-D

Erin K Nickas said...

Kate, I was lucky enough to get one of the first Chanku stories very early on. And I was also lucky enough to have it autographed. Unfortunatly, it was on the shelf that way and I didn't get to meet you. I hope that you'll be able to expand on these fabulous stories at some point but I'm definatly waiting with baited breath for the new works. And Sia, this is the first time I've stopped by but it won't be the last!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Why thank you Erin. Always glad to have new readers and friends. :-) Like you I'm really looking forward to this new series of Kate's.

RobinV said...

Love Kate Douglas! I don't think she ever sits down! How do you find time to write all your books?
Robin
hitonafarms@hotmail.com

Kat Sheridan said...

OMG, now I KNOW Kate Douglas and Judi Fennell must be related. Both sooooo busy!

Kate, I was exhausted just reading about your day (then again, I haven't had my coffee yet--oh, SIA??)

The books so wonderful. Sad to be coming to the end of a series, but how exciting to starting something new, that you'll fall in love with just as much! Good luck to you!

Tori Juelich said...

Holy Cow Kate, you are one busy lady!!!!!

I am so bummed that WT12 is the end! Thank you for giving us so many wonderful books in the series. I am NOT giving up hope, just yet, that the series won't continue - either with the adults or the children.

~Tori

Judi Fennell said...

Kat, we're not related, but she did read the first book in my next series and gave me an awesome quote for it. :)

Kate's an amazing woman, and, yeah, when she sleeps is anyone's guess. I'm thinking those naps she mentions are about it!

*waves hi to Kate!

Kate Douglas said...

Good morning, and Beth, you've nailed it. I'm having a blast. My writing took off about the time my husband retired, so he is an amazing help to me. He does most of the shopping, keeps the house clean and in general does what he can to give me the time to write. I'm very lucky he's so supportive, especially when it means I'm up here in my office all day, writing about sexy men...

VA--sleep is much overrated. I actually average about five or six hours a night, but I've got a bed in my office and I take naps without guilt. I'm just having way too much fun to slow down. I've always had sort of that "Energizer Bunny" mentality, but "undead" works!

Hi Sia! Thanks so much for inviting me to blog. I love getting to meet new people (you among them--did Sia tell how we met? It was at the Romantic Times convention in Columbus, Ohio, and she was hanging out with Judi Fennell and, well...it's a long, sordid, story... :-) )

Ashley, best of luck with your writing! As far as knowing when to cut back on a series--in this case, it was my editor who explained to me that, after a certain number of books, there's an issue they refer to as "reader fatigue." People just start to fall away from a series when the number of books in it becomes overwhelming. In my case, because the series continues in the anthologies, there will be 21 books after Wolf Tales 12 releases in July 2011. That's a lot of books!

Erin--thanks so much for coming by. Do you recall what store you bought the book in? It might have been one where I stopped by and signed stock on our travels. I don't generally do book signings, but when we travel, I let my readers know where I'll be and try and meet up with them. It's more fun to sit over coffee in a bookstore and get to know people than to just sign books in a formal setting.

LOL...Hi Robin! I sit a lot when I'm writing! I'm at a point in my life where the kids are grown and my husband handles many of the household details, so I write every day, sometimes for up to fifteen or more hours. I really love losing myself in my fantasy worlds--face it! Who wouldn't RATHER be hanging out with a lot of really gorgeous guys, rather than dealing with real life? AND, getting paid to do it! It doesn't get much better, believe me!!!

Kat, thank you! I'm hoping that whatever I end up writing next will have characters I can get as involved with as my Chanku. They've been an amazing experience, and over the past five years have become totally real for me. It's going to be difficult to move on.

Tori, I'm thinking of it more along the lines of taking a hiatus--I can't imagine not writing about my Chanku ever again, and since I already have the next generation's stories in my head, I imagine they'll be breaking free at some point. Thanks so much!

Angela said...

I cant wait to get my hands on Wolf Tales 10 and then when Hell Fire caome out i will be running to the store to get it too. I hope that they get in early. I hate to see the story line end with the Wolf Tales but I hope that you will write about the kids and I know that the Demonfire series will be just a good. Good luck with the family comming in and have fun hugging the grandkids.

Kate Douglas said...

Thanks, Angela! Just heard from my daughter so they're all gearing up to head this way. As far as the books--do hope you like Wolf Tales 10. So far I've gotten pretty positive responses on it--as an author, we always worry A LOT when killing off characters!

Suzanne V said...

Hi Kate,
Just finished WT10 and loved it. You really made me change my mind about Liana. Remember I told you she needed to be bitch slapped? I was sad to see Eve leave Adam and it hurt to read what he went through, but am very glad all turned out well. What a surprise Iggy was! That was a blast to read! Can't believe there are only two more books to go. Enjoy your family reunion. Are lives are so similar as I too am heading to a family reunion tomorrow. I hope fun is had by all.

Kate Douglas said...

LOL...thanks, Suzanne. Ig was just a hoot to write, and he's going to feature in WT 11, too, as well as in 12. And, he's part of the reason I really want to write the next generation stories because he discovers that one of the new babies coming along is his fated mate. He just has to wait for her to grow up...

Have fun at the reunion!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh my, I have so missed out on these stories. I can't wait to read them all.

Kate, I hope you will be able to do the next generation of Chanku. I like stories like that.

Perhaps after hiatus to build demand, they'll let you do them again. I mean, look at Christine Feehan, she keeps writing her Dark Carpathians but she also has a couple of series going on so she might only get on of each out each year. So why not Kate Douglas?

Olivia Cunning said...

Hi Kate-

I wanted to stop by and thank you for writing the Wolf Tales series. I'm sad to see it will come to an end. The first one I read, I think it was IV, inspired me to push my own writing in a direction I hadn't considered. Before reading Wolf Tales, I'd always tried to write sedate sex scenes, which never felt "true" to me. I read your Wolf Tales book and I thought, WOW, THIS is the kind of sex scenes I should be writing. Hot hot hot. And this book has a plot, too. Even better. So I was inspired. And then I took a cold shower.

I started writing an erotic romance, my first- I'm still working on finishing that one - it's a time travel. Then I wrote a second one. Not about shapeshifting wolves. About sexy, sexy rock stars. It's launching Sourcebooks' erotic romance line in October. It's first of five in a series...so far. And I think I could write erotic romance novels about rock stars for QUITE some time. 12? Can do. I kind of have a "thing" for musicians. (I need another cold shower now.)

Anyway, thanks for the inspiration, Kate! And I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I can attest to the HOT HOT HOT, Olivia, and a solid plot too. It's authors like you and Kate that got me to look at erotic romance differently. I had tried a few before and was very disappointed hardly a plot between sex scenes...ewww.

I'm not a prude and don't have a problem with hot sex scenes but for goodness sake, give me a REASON for the sex, give solid characters and a great storyline. Thankfully, there are those that do.

Betty Hamilton said...

I am glad to hear that the WT10 is already showing up at the bookstores.... I will stop tonight and see if I can pick up an early copy!! Still so sad that WT12 will end the series and hoping that your publisher will let you do a series on the next generation.... hope you keep us updated on the older generation too!
-Betty

Kate Douglas said...

Olivia, congratulations on your sale!!! I'm a real fan of one of your fellow authors, Cheryl Brooks, who writes the sexy Cat Star Chronicles for Sourcebooks. What's the title of your first book and the name of the series? I was the same way about the sex scenes in the romances I used to read--they'd FINALLY get to the bedroom, and then I felt cheated! I love the fact that publishers finally accept the fact that women enjoy reading a sexy romance--they used to think we were much too delicate, I guess.

Sia, I so agree with that--you can't get away with explicit sex scenes unless you've built an emotional bond between the reader and the characters. If your reader doesn't care about the story or the characters, those graphic sex scenes are nothing more than porn. I don't want to go there--but it's a fine line we walk and it's not nearly as easy as it looks. :-)

Betty, I will have to figure out a way to do those second generation stories, mainly because I really REALLY want to write them! I may go ahead and just write them and wave them under my editor's nose...if I can find the time!

Olivia Cunning said...

Thanks for asking, Kate.

The series is called "Sinners on Tour". The band Sinners has five very sexy, gifted-in-bed members, and each book will follow a different band member as he finds love while touring the country.

The first novel "Backstage Pass", which is about the lead guitarist, Brian Sinclar, hits the shelves October 1, 2010. The second "Rock Hard", about the vocalist, Sedric "Sed" Lionheart, will be released April 2011.

That's probably more than you wanted to know, but I'm excited!

Cathy M said...

Hi Kate,

Wow, I am exhausted just reading about your crazy schedule. I am a long time Chanku fan, and loved Demonfire. Can't wait to update my Wolf Tales collection, and knowing that the series will be ending for awhile, will make book 12 even more enjoyable.

Have a wonderful family time this weekend.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kate, I hope you're enjoying grandbaby kisses and hugs today.

I'm enjoying reading all the responses to Wolf Tales. I think it's unanimous, none want it to end. But still this new series sounds scrumptious too.

Kate Douglas said...

LOL...actually, Olivia, it's not nearly enough! I think it sounds like a lot of fun--I'll be watching for the first one to release. Good luck to you--this must be so exciting! There's nothing quite like that first book releasing!

Thanks, Cathy. It's so much fun to have the kids and grandkids here. We're watching a movie right now--one for grown ups, and hoping the grandkids will stay in bed! (yeah, right...they've made about twenty trips down the stairs to the media room--we're on the bottom floor, they're two flights up in my office.)

Thanks, Sia. Love having the grandkids here, but it's a good reminder that motherhood is for the young...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ain't that the truth! I'm so glad you're having fun!

Kate Douglas said...

Judi--how the heck did I miss your comment? Thank's for stopping by, m'dear!!! Sleep is much overrated--I figure five or six hours a night is more than enough.

The house is still quiet this morning, though not for long. We were up late watching INVICTUS last night--what a great movie! I think the baby had our son and daughter in law awake a bit during the night--but I was up at five, husband made coffee and now I'm down in the TV room w/my laptop since my office is currently home to Gracie, Ella and Cole in their sleeping bags, and I think daughter Sarah in MY little bed--the one where I take naps when I'm working. (See, that's the secret to not sleeping a lot at night. You sort of take shifts during the day!)

Anyway, Judi Fennel's new book I DREAM OF GENIES, isn't out yet, but I can promise you that it is absolutely wonderful. Watch for it--and Judi, you'll have to let readers know when it's due to hit the shelves. I don't have my notes with me this morning.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kate. Enjoy those grandbabies today - my mother tells me there should be a way to have them first before your children! Exhausting, but fun.

I like how you tirelessly promote other writers - what a great way to pay it forward, something that more people should do.

Enjoy!

mylilypad

Judi Fennell said...

Ah, thanks, Kate!

I Dream of Genies is out January 2011, Genie Knows Best in May, 2011, and Leave It To Genie in the fall of 2011.

Not *quite* as busy as you, but I'm getting there. :)

Enjoy the grand babies!

Kate Douglas said...

We're BAAAAAAAACK! Spent the day in Corning, up near Red Bluff in northern California at a family reunion for my husband's mother's side of the family. 83 showed up, it was about 101 degrees with lots of food, lots of little kids and only two of the original twelve were there--three survive, but one is in failing health, but we had a great time, and it was fun to have OUR grandkids there interacting with little ones who are tied by blood to the original great great grandparents. However, as I explained to my daughter-in-law when introductions were being made, we're family but not blood, valuable only for ovaries and uteri...LOL. It was a fun day, but long--it's good to be home, but I was so pleased our kids made the effort to attend. Their Grandma June would have been so proud of them!

Judi...you've still got kids at home. I imagine you're even BUSIER than me!

marybelle said...

I stumbled in here & now I have more books to add to my list. I LOVE THAT. It's like making a new friend.

marypres@gmail.com

Stephen Tremp said...

I agree that sleep is overrated. Sometimes a nap is in order though. And an occassional crash and burn is necessary. But overall I love to get up and stay up writing and blogging. Its my drug of choice.

Stephen Tremp

Kate Douglas said...

Marybelle--what a wonderful stumble! So glad you stopped by. If you're at all interested in checking out the books, I've got first chapters of everything posted at www.katedouglas.com -- erotic stuff in one section and regular romances in the other. You can find the links on the first page.

Stephan, it's so true. Life is too short and I feel like we have to embrace it with both arms spread wide. I love keeping busy and when I'm not in the real world doing my thing, I especially enjoy spending time with my fantasy worlds AND the friends I've made on line. It's all good!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you Kate for the fun and laughter and thank you to those who commented. I will be posting winners in the next few days!

Cherry said...

Please count me in! I don't really read erotica... I'm just not brave enough... don't mean I don't like eroticism in my books though :) ... so, maybe I'd win one and I'd actually start reading this genre ;)

Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/06/win-sizzling-books-at-sia-mckyes.html

Cherry Mischievous
mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

jellybelly82158 said...

Hi Kate,
I love your books!!! Can't wait to get my hands on Hellfire. I loved Demonfire

Terry Dubbs said...

Hi there! What a fun interview! Sounds like you had a blast in NYC and - well, maybe someday you can show the FedEx man a t-shirt and jeans. :) Have a wonderful week, Kate and Sia!

Terry Dubbs

Anonymous said...

Your life sounds soooo exciting!! Not only do you have this fabulous race of people you've created but you make a point of connecting with all of us sex craved fans!! lol Love to read about your world!! Stay real and down to earth Kate! You are my SHERO!!

Susan McClain