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