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And now, let's get to the inteview...

You’re most known for your steamy erotic historical romances from Kensington and you have plenty of experiences writing in different genres. Was it a difficult transition for you and how do you get all the stories straight when your deadlines are close together?

When I did finally get published, I was published in 3 different erotic romance sub-genres within the first year, (Regency, Contemporary Western and Futuristic), so I never had to make a definite choice as to which single sub-genre I wanted to write and there was never any question of me having to stick with one. (I’m a great believer in not having all your eggs in one basket.) Now, of course, just to complicate matters, I’ve added paranormal historical romance to the mix with my NAL contract :)

I never have any problems keeping everything straight, because the characters are all so distinct in my head. I have written the wrong character name in occasionally, but I usually catch that before it is too late!

What have you learned most about the publishing industry since you began? How much has the economy impacted your career?

I’ve learned that in publishing things seem to happen either super-fast or super slow and that even when you make that coveted sale to NY, you just enter a whole new world of worrying and a level of paranoia that can destroy you. I’ve learned to focus on the things I can control, like writing an excellent book and turning it in on time and ignore the other stuff.

I’m not sure yet how the economy has affected my career. I’ve been lucky enough to be offered new contracts, although I know many excellent authors who haven’t. I should imagine that print runs and sales have been affected, but until I see my royalty statement in Nov/Dec I won’t be able to say precisely what the impact has been.

You recently landed a major deal to write a vampire series historical set in the Tudor period, can you tell us a little more about it? What inspired you to come up with this idea?

This was a weird one. My agent, Deidre Knight, was talking to NAL about me and was asked by the editor if I could write Tudor Vampires, because they would love some of those. So Deidre asked me. :) I thought about it while I was picking my daughter up from school and came up with an idea to base a series around King Henry VIII and his six wives. (I did Tudor politics as a minor in my history degree), the premise being, that the real reason Henry had so many wives was due to all that Vampire activity going on at his court. (of course!).

Deidre loved the idea and asked me to write up a 1 page proposal. I did that, and off it went to NAL who seemed to quite like the idea as well and asked me to send in a proposal for the first three books. I ended up doing this in three weeks…It was really tough going and I had to keep it to myself because it was all so new and we were hoping no one else was doing the same thing. :) After a couple of rewrites, to add more sex, (I think I’d gone too far the other way LOL) Deidre sent it in and gave them a couple of days to get back to us. Then we heard nothing…and we were just beginning to think we’d missed the mark, when they came back with an offer for the three books. Deidre took over the rest of the negotiations, while I went out and bought lots of non-fiction about the Tudors to refresh my memory! :)

How tumultuous was your writing journey and where do you hope to see your career going?

I wouldn’t say it’s been particularly tumultuous. Like most aspiring writers I’ve had terrible contest scores, horrible critiques, many many rejections, editors turning down fulls , editors leaving…the usual stuff that makes you want to just give up and cry. From the outset I saw it as a slow and steady progression and that’s how I still view it. I write the best book I can, and if someone wants to buy it, that’s great. If tastes change and I’m out of a job again, then I’ll just keep going and reinventing myself until I get it right again.

And of course, I’d like to be famous-did I forget to mention that?

Writers either work alone or with a group of other writers. Do you have a posse you write with and do they write in the same genre you do? Do you meet them for writer dates?

I have a great set of local critters, The Hot Writer Babes, whom I’ve worked with for several years now. We all met at a local writers group and have stuck together through a load of life experiences. Only one of them writes romance, but the four of us make a great all-round team. I also have several people who crit my work for me online-I write so many books I need them all--LOL--I don’t really brainstorm much I usually wait until I have something written down before I get any feedback on it.

Tell us about your latest release SIMPLY WICKED? Would you like to share an excerpt?

SIMPLY WICKED is book #4 of the Regency-set erotic romances set in The House of Pleasure. Here’s a quick blurb:

When Anthony Sokorvsky wakes up in the punishment corner of Madame Helen’s pleasure house, he questions where his desire for sexual punishment has led him. In an effort to change his life, he agrees to squire Madame Helene’s widowed daughter, Lady Marguerite Lockwood about town.

Marguerite has her own issues to deal with, her short marriage ended when her husband was killed in a duel with his best friend, ostensibly over her. In an effort to avoid the scandal, she’s tried to withdraw from society, but Anthony Sokorvsky proves impossible to resist.
Anthony’s nemesis, Lord Minshom refuses to give him up. To Anthony’s horror, even as he finds sexual compatibility with Marguerite, he’s still drawn to the darker side of pleasure. While the couple struggles to understand each other, Lord Minshom believes he holds all the cards to destroy their relationship. But Marguerite and Anthony discover than when it comes to love and acceptance, anything is possible.

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Here’s a short excerpt from Chapter 1 when Anthony is invited to meet the mysterious Lady Lockwood by her half-brother, Christian Delornay.

“Would you like me to scrub your back?”

Anthony’s startled gaze flew to the doorway. Framed against the sunlight stood Christian Delornay, Helene’s son. A permanent fixture for the last year at the pleasure house, seeing as he now lived there and worked for his mother. In the past, Anthony had never paid much attention to him, being far too busy with his own pursuit of sexual excess to worry about another man’s.

“No, I thank you.”

Christian shrugged, the gesture eloquent of his French upbringing as was his slightly accented English. From his prone position in the bath, Anthony took Christian’s measure and reckoned they were of similar height, although as he understood it, Christian was only twenty.

“Are you sure?”

At Christian’s amused tone, a now familiar burning rage churned in Anthony’s gut.

“Absolutely, and you can get out as well.”

“I am perfectly within my rights to be here. This is my mother’s dressing room after all.”

Christian moved closer until Anthony was forced to look up at him.

“You often frequent your mother’s bedroom do you?”

Christian smiled. “Unworthy of you, Lord Anthony. Try again.”

Anthony closed his eyes. “Get out.”

“I will if you agree to have dinner with me and my sister tonight.”

“Why would I want to do that?”

Christian skimmed his fingers along the rim of the bath. Anthony couldn’t take his eyes away from the slow gliding motion.

“Because I asked? Because you wish me to go away so that you can finish your bath in peace?”

“All right.”

“You will come?”

Anthony glared up at his smiling companion. “I said I would, now get out and shut the door behind you.”

Christian bowed. “We will see you at seven then in the main salon.”

As soon as Christian left, Anthony got out of the bath and dressed hurriedly in the plain brown coat, black breeches and matching waistcoat Judd had left for him. If he caught a cab down to the shipping office by the docks he should still be able to meet Valentin. He paused to check his reflection in the mirror. His lips were a little bruised and swollen, but apart from that, he looked well enough. Lord Minshom was always very careful not to mark his lovers above the neck.

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You’re originally from England but moved across the pond to California, do you ever see yourself moving back? What is the most exciting thing about where you live?

I’m not sure if I could take the weather over in England anymore. I like my sunshine too much :) But I do miss my family and friends over there, so maybe when I’m famous, I’ll have a house in London as well and a private jet to take me back there quickly!

I live in the Bay Area near San Francisco and it is a fabulous place to live. You can reach the beach, the mountains, the lakes, the snow and the beauties and sophistication of the city itself all within a few hours drive. What’s not to like?

What is the most extreme sport you’ve ever done, or adventure you’ve ever taken, and what did you learn about yourself?

I did a tandem sky-dive on my 40th birthday-is that extreme enough? I learned that I can scream really loudly with terror, and yet still feel more alive and more aware of being alive than I’d ever felt before.

If you were a nail polish, what would it be called and why?

I would be Pansy Pinkalicious Sparkles because, well-that name says it all, right? And my 7 year old daughter would love it so much.

Any advice for our writers or parting words for our readers?

Just keep writing and please keep reading!!


ABOUT KATE:

Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

After graduation, real life did intervene and she ended up working in finance which was not the greatest career choice for a would-be writer!

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, ‘western style’ in the regional parks of Northern California

Kate writes in several different romance sub-genres under different names. She is a member of RWA and is published by Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.


To find out more about Kate, visit her online at http://katepearce.com

Comments (18)

On October 15, 2009 at 9:13 AM , Booklover1335 said...

Hi Kate,
Congrats on Simply Wicked...Anthony sounds completely droolworthy :)

I am also very excited to here about your Vampire Tudor series. This sounds so interesting and can't wait to see what you come up with.

I actually like it when an author that I like can successfully write in multiple genres that way I know I have go to authors no matter what type of book I am in the mood for. Keep writing and I'll keep reading :) Thanks for the interview HOR!

 
On October 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM , RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thanks for the great interview and excerpt.
I am definitely intrigued by the Henry VIII court & vampire series.
Thanks for sharing,
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

 
On October 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM , Gwen Hayes said...

Kate Pearce is one of the loveliest people I have ever met. Congrats on all your well-earned success, Kate.

 
On October 15, 2009 at 11:58 AM , Bella said...

Thanks for the interview ladies, and Kate, congrats on the new Tudor Vampire series -- I love it! Can't wait to see what happens with the six wives! When do you think the first one will come out?

Congrats also on Simply Wicked -- yum - Anthony sounds to die for!

~bella
b42bella AT gmail DOT com

 
On October 15, 2009 at 12:01 PM , Hailey Edwards said...

I'm waiting on your Tudor series. I love vamps and look forward to seeing your unique spin on them.

 
On October 15, 2009 at 12:06 PM , Kate Pearce said...

Hi everyone! I forgot to say when the Tudor Vamps are coming out, didn't I? The first one KISS OF THE ROSE is tentatively scheduled for Sept 2010-so not that long considering I haven't actually finished writing it yet :)

 
On October 15, 2009 at 1:09 PM , Charlotte McClain said...

I'm putting Kiss Of the Rose on my calendar (though I'm sure you'll be reminding us.)

 
On October 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM , joder said...

Tudor Vampires sound great! Looking forward to that series.

And thanks so much for the excerpt. I now want these books even more than I already did.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

 
On October 15, 2009 at 2:45 PM , Lynne Roberts said...

Vampires and Henry the VIII, I can't wait. : )

Awesome interview!

Kate, I too am a California girl and loving it!

Congratulations on your recent and upcoming releases!

 
On October 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM , Kate Pearce said...

No pressure on the Tudor Vamps then-gulp! LOL

 
On October 15, 2009 at 5:22 PM , Jax Cassidy said...

So glad you were able to do this interview Kate! I am dying to get my hands on those Tudor vamps...LOL

I'm sure it'll be awesome! :)

 
On October 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM , Fallon said...

Hey Kate!

Great interview. Simply Wicked sounds absolutely, scrumpscious. I can't wait to get this one.

Happy Sales,
Fallon H.

 
On October 15, 2009 at 5:38 PM , Jane said...

Hi Kate,
I loved "Simply Sexual." Congrats on the book deal. The Tudor Vampires sounds like a fascinating series.

 
On October 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM , Virginia C said...

Hi, Kate! You are "Simply Sensational"! Congratulations!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

 
On October 15, 2009 at 7:44 PM , Sue A. said...

Kate, what a great premise for the new series! I can hardly wait to read your take on the Tudors with a vampire spin!

 
On October 15, 2009 at 10:03 PM , topazpromotions said...

I love what you did for Ellora's Cave and now I'm happy to see what you have out now!

I think historicals are making a comeback especially the erotic ones.

 
On October 16, 2009 at 12:56 AM , Lyoness2009 said...

Pansy pinkalicious sounds good to me! :) Congratulations Kate on your newest release. I was lucky enough to read your first book and it was divine. :) Fun to read, I coulnd't put it down.

lyoness2009 AT hot mail **dot** COM

 
On October 18, 2009 at 10:52 AM , joder said...

I'm so excited to have won!! Thanks so much!