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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with genre-bending author Kate Racculia

Kate Racculia, This Must Be the PlaceBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this first week of March 2014, I hereby call to order the 32 meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Racculia.

Kate Racculia grew up in Syracuse, New York, and attended college at the University of Buffalo, where she studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada. She has her MFA from Emerson College and now calls Boston home.  She teaches workshops in novel and genre writing at GrubStreet, Boston’s non-profit creative writing center, and has been a bassoonist, a planetarium operator, a coffee jerk, a designer, a children’s bookseller, a proposal writer, a prospect researcher, and a karaoke god.

She posts many pictures of her cat on the Internet and is a total sucker for a saxophone solo.

Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2010. Her second, Bellweather Rhapsody, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2014.

Find more Kate on her website, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook!

Without further ado, Kate answers all your questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with Bree MacGowan Mystery maven Kate George

Kate George, Crazy Little Thing Called DeadBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 29th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate George.

Kate George is the author of the popular Bree MacGowan mystery series. She was born in Sacramento, California, and has been, in no particular order, a paste-up tech, a motorcycle safety instructor, an actor, and the assistant to the dean of a medical school, all of which provide fodder for her stories. Currently, she lives in an old farmhouse in the backwoods of Vermont with her husband, four kids, and three rescue dogs. Feel free to visit Kate’s website and email her.

And the answers are… Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with Butterfly Clues author Kate Ellison

Kate Ellison, The Butterfly CluesBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 29th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Ellison.

Kate Ellison grew up in Baltimore, MD, the progeny of a visual artist and a local karaoke star. She has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul, and is also a poet, visual artist, performer, and educator. She loves words more than sugar, and would make baked goods out of them if only she could figure out how. Some authors, poets, playwrights and writers who make her weak in the knees include Philip Pullman, Mary Karr, Yannick Murphy, David Foster Wallace, Donald Barthleme, Natalie Angier, Lorrie Moore, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naomi Wallace, Caryl Churchill, and Eduardo C. Corral.

Show Kate some love on Facebook. Then check out her illustrations, poems and other writing experiments, and website.

Now for some answers… Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with historicals addict Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnival, Shadows on the NileBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 29th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Furnivall.

Kate says “I never had any ambitions to become a writer. It sort of crept up on me and now I’m hooked. Born in Wales, I studied English at London Uni and worked in advertising. Married, and reared two sons and numerous cats. A normal busy life. Then the bombshell hit. I discovered that my grandmother had been a White Russian in St Petersburg who escaped from the Bolsheviks and fled to China. What??? I had to rethink myself. I plunged into all things Russian, and out of my notes grew my first book—The Russian Concubine. Now I have written six books and live by the sea in a crazy world peopled by wonderful fictional characters. I LOVE it.”

Find Kate on Facebook and Twitter. She’ll you there!

Drum roll please…….. the answers! Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with criminally good novelist Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis, The Shadow CollectorBy Kate E. Stephenson

Happy New Year!

In this second week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 28th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Ellis.

Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester.  She is now married with two grown up sons and lives in North Cheshire.  She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy, none of which she particularly enjoyed, before discovering that writing crime fiction was what she’d wanted to do all along!

Before ‘turning to crime’ she first enjoyed literary success as winner of the North West Playwrights Competition in 1990.  Her keen interest in history and archaeology features strongly in her books.  Described by The Times as ‘a beguiling author who interweaves past and present’ she has written seventeen novels featuring black archaeology graduate, DI Wesley Peterson and his Liverpool-born boss DCI Gerry Heffernan and four crime novels with a supernatural twist featuring DI Joe Plantagenet (as well as a standalone historical mystery, The Devil’s Priest, set in Tudor Liverpool which is now available on Kindle).  She also writes short stories and has been shortlisted twice for the CWA Short Story Dagger and also for a Barry Award in the USA.

Her latest Wesley Peterson novel is The Shadow Collector.

Find all of her books on Amazon. Then reach out and contact her; email or tweet Kate.

Now onto the answers: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with Ellie MacIntosh creator Kate Watterson

Kate Watterson, BuriedBy Kate E. Stephenson

On this Christmas Day, do I have a gift for you! In this fourth week of December 2013, I hereby call to order the 27th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Watterson.

Kate Watterson is the author of the suspense series featuring homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh published by Tor/Forge. She is also national bestselling author Emma Wildes when she wakes up and decides to don her other (historical) hat. Kate lives in the Midwest with her husband Chris and her handsome feline companion, Mr. Poot.

Kate’s June release Charred was reviewed here on Kate-Book.com, and her current release Bleed is available now. Buried will be released this New Year’s Eve.

Want a chance to win a signed copy of Kate Watterson’s new novel Buried?

Leave a comment here. Tell Kate’s Book Club what you love about Kate Watterson and her cunning character Ellie MacIntosh. The winner will be chosen at random on January 22, 2014; so don’t delay!

Chat with Kate through Twitter and email, and find her books on Amazon.

Without further delay, Kate answers all our questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Q&A with Bad Girl author Katie Alender

Katie Alender, Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this second week of December 2013, I hereby call to order the 26th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Book Clubbers meet Katie Alender.

Katie Alender is the author of the Bad Girls Don’t Die series from Hyperion and the upcoming Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer from Scholastic. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and the world’s politest small brown dog, Scooter. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found in her sewing room, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (very occasionally she manages to do all of those things at once). Follow Katie on Twitter and find links to her books on her website.

Without further ado,  Kate answers all our questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with phenom nonfiction author Kate Buford

Kate Buford, Native American SonBy Kate E. Stephenson

Welcome back, Bookclubbers! Kate’s Book Club took a little hiatus, but I have returned with a full line up of awesome Kate authors. If you have suggestions for Kate authors we have to feature, feel free to contact me. Help us keep the Kate community growing.

In this fourth week of November 2013, I hereby call to order the 25th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Buford.

Kate Buford’s Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe (Knopf 2010) was an Editors’ Choice of The New York Times and won awards from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Professional Football Research Association (PFRA).  The paperback was published in 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press. Burt Lancaster: An American Life, her biography of Burt Lancaster (Knopf/Da Capo/UK hardcover and paperback: Aurum) was named one of the best books of 2000 by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and others.

She has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, History Now, and Film Comment, among other publications, and has been a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, APM’s Marketplace, and on Virginia’s NPR affiliate, WMRA. A member of PEN, the NYU Biographers Seminar, and Biographers International Organization (BIO), she lives in Lexington, Virginia.

Knopf recently released an ebook edition of the Burt Lancaster biography this fall in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth in November 2, 1913 (and maybe as a birthday present for Kate [November 3]—let’s wish Kate a Happy Belated Birthday!).

Check out these books then contact Kate by email and twitter.

And now for some answers… Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: a Q&A with Agatha-award winning author Kate Emerson (Kathy Lynn Emerson)

Kate Emerson, Royal Inheritance

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this third week of July 2013, I hereby call to order the 24th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Emerson.

Kate Emerson is a pseudonym for Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Agatha-award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and of two historical mystery series, one set in Elizabethan England and the other in 1888 in the U.S. As Kate Emerson she has written six stand-alone historical novels set at the court of Henry VIII, including The King’s Damsel and Royal Inheritance (September 2013). As Kaitlyn Dunnett, she writes the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries set in the fictional village of Moosetookalook, Maine. The seventh entry in the series, Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones is in bookstores July 30th. Kate/Kathy/Kaitlyn lives on a Christmas tree farm with her husband and assorted catsShe blogs semi-regularly at Maine Crime Writers and maintains “A Who’s Who of Tudor Women” at her Kate Emerson Historicals website.

Without further ado,  Kate answers all our questions:

Who named you Kate and why?

It was my agent’s idea, thinking that Kate sounded more like an author of historical novels than Kathy Lynn, my real first and middle names. I also wanted to distinguish between the historical novels I was about to write and the genre fiction I’d previously written as Kathy Lynn Emerson.

How did you become an author?

I never wanted to do anything other than write. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Review of Kate Watterson’s Charred

Charred, Kate Watterson

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this first week of July 2013, I hereby call to order the 23rd meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

This week we review Kate Watterson’s latest book Charred, the second novel and the third story in her Detective Ellie McIntosh suspense series.

It is totally appropriate that we feature Charred today on July 3, as that’s exactly where the story begins. And the story is a perfect settle-down-after-the-fireworks book. The heat of this page-turner will leave you feeling singed around the edges in the way that only a good thriller can. The story here is textured, multi-layered and delicious. More than a character study of a villain, Charred is an exploration of relationships, the lengths people will go to survive the unsurvivable. And it will keep you wondering, what is going on until the last few pages.

So to give you a basic rundown we go to the official back blurb:

It’s the hottest summer on record.

The streets are shimmering, walking outside is like walking into a furnace, and yet, someone is still setting fires.

Milwaukee homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh is called to an arson scene and finds bewildered home owners, an unidentified corpse, and cryptic clues. Is it a random killing? The ritualistic nature of the crime points to no, and Ellie fears that the already-oppressive summer is just starting to heat up.

Ellie doesn’t like her obnoxious new partner, Jason Santiago—and he doesn’t like her. Yet when she becomes convinced that their investigation is tied to a cold case, Jason finds himself grudgingly starting to agree. It might be hot as hell outside, but the details of the brutal homicide chill him to the bone….

As fires rage and the body count rises, Ellie and Jason must put their personal disagreements aside to catch a ruthless killer. The heat is on.

Okay, you get the picture. Two detectives who don’t get along, one homicidal maniac with a penchant for flames, during the hottest heatwave on record. Without a doubt sparks will fly. And do they! I picked up this book, and didn’t set it down until I had read it end to end. I was fascinated by Ellie, interested in Jason, and caught up in the firebug killer. This isn’t so much a book of sensation, there is no dogged pace here that keeps you panting at the edge of your seat. Rather there is a consistent simmer of intensity, a slow to boil story line that captivates you from the very first page where you enter the killers mind and access a hidden darkness to which you might uncomfortably relate. It’s the flame that dances in front of your eyes, tempting you to touch. You simply can’t look away. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Review of Katie MacAlister’s Time Thief, 1st in new series

Time Thief, Katie MacAlister

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of June 2013, I hereby call to order the 22 meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate.

Book Clubbers, this week I offer you a  review of the first novel in Katie MacAlister’s new Time Thief series. Let’s start off with the official book blurb:

Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.

Traveller Peter Faa is a member of the Otherworld’s Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, the clues all seem to point toward his own estranged family. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but finding which one is tricky when they’re all experts in the art of stealing time.

After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs who live in a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some pretty spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous black sheep grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu…

When Peter discovers that his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear to him that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side.

Ok, so if that’s a bit confusing and farcical to you, just wait—you haven’t seen anything yet. Time Thief is an odd comedy of errors, uproariously hilarious (I was laughing hysterically in the middle of my hair salon to the extreme annoyance of everyone else—you simply cannot explain what you’re reading, it won’t make sense to anyone not engrossed in the story.) and fantastically sexy. This is not the kind of book in which you might actually want to be any of these characters, as they are all kooky beyond measure, but it is a sure thing when looking for an escape from the mundane. Time Thief is anything but conventional. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Q&A with Romance Maven, Kate Walker

Throne for the Taking, Kate Walker

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this second week of June 2013, I hereby call to order the 21st meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, it’s easy to catch up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Walker.

Kate Walker has been writing for Harlequin since 1984. During that time she has had 60 novels published, with the 61st due in this month, June 2013. Her 2010 novel The Konstantos Marriage Demand won Reviewers’ Choice Best Harlequin Presents Extra Book from the Romantic Times magazine, and in 2011, her book The Proud Wife was shortlisted for the same award.  All her books are available on Amazon.

Kate lives in Lincolnshire UK with her husband and two Maine coon cats. She teaches romance writing workshops and residential courses and is also the author of A Straightforward Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction (Aber Publishing).

Her latest title, A Throne for the Taking, is available as a single title or as part of a four book bundle, Harlequin Presents June 2013 – Bundle 1. Kate always loves to hear from fans so email her here and keep tabs on her new projects on her blog here.

Now enter the world of Kate Walker as she answers all our questions:

Who named you Kate and why?

My mother named me Catherine but only school teachers and parents used the full version of my name. I was named after my Irish Grandmother whose married name was Katherine (Kate) Walker. So it’s this version of my given name that I used as part of my writing name.

How did you become an author?

Even before I could write I was making up stories. My mother tells the story of me recounting the tale of the Three Little Raindrops—Drippy, Droppy and Droopy to my two younger sisters when I was four. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t scribbling away at something, and I wrote my first ‘book’ when I was eleven, an adventure story, most of it in secret in lessons at school—particularly maths lessons, which I hated. Continue reading

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