Saturday, October 1, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Kathy Love

Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Kathy Love to our sites today.

Kathy Love is the author of some very amusing and entertaining series.  She is the creator of the STEPP SISTERS, YOUNG BROTHERS and the NEW ORLEANS VAMPIRES series.  Kathy wrote a pretty amazing bio about herself for her website, so we figured we would share it with you…

Kathy Loves' Bio (By Kathy Love)
I started writing romances when I was in junior high. The heroines were my friends, and the heroes were guys you may have heard of such as the Beatles, the Monkees and other various rock stars and actors. I even wrote a romance where Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was the hero and worked at a carnival, which I think is pretty accurate. If he hadn't made it as a rock star, he'd definitely be a carnie. I was the heroine, of course.

I was also lucky enough to have a best friend who also loved to write. We spend many nights laughing and plotting and writing our wonderful, romantic and completely implausible love stories. (Except for the Steven Tyler story, which as I said, was completely plausible.)

Even though I loved to write, I never really believed I would get published. After all, in the small mill town where I grew up in the mountains of Maine, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here." And that was how I felt about the publishing world.

So I set aside my dream of being an author. I attended the University of Maine, left my junior year to move to Providence, then moved to California, then Maryland. For nearly three years, I didn't write a single story.

But during these years I had many jobs, most of them unfulfilling. I worked as an Atari consultant (don't ask), in retail, and finally as a receptionist at a hair salon (this one was pretty fun). All the while, the desire to write still nagged at me. Finally, in 2000, I decided I needed to try again.

At this point, I should probably add that while I did write lots of stories in my teen years, I never actually finished one. So this was my first attempt to write a real, honest to gosh, novel. With a beginning, a middle and an actual end. I joined the Maryland Romance Writers and a critique group that I'm with to this day. (Thank you, Tarts, I couldn't have made it without you ladies!) And I started my first book, a humorous vampire romance. And guess what?

I did finish it. It took two years, but I did it!

At a conference, Kate Duffy from Kensington Publishing heard about my book from one of my critique partners and asked to see the full manuscript. What? Yes, that was my exact response. I couldn’t believe it. But I sent it in. Kate called and told me that while she liked my voice, she didn’t really love the vampires, and did I have anything else I could show her?

Assuming she wasn’t interested in any of the uncompleted stories from my teen years, (even the very believable Steven Tyler/carnival story) I had to tell her no. To my shock, she asked me to pitch an idea. After a couple weeks of toying with ideas and generally freaking out, I came up with the stories for my Stepp sisters trilogy. I emailed the ideas to her, and within an hour, Kate called and told me she wanted to buy them. Again, I was floored.

Now I have finished nearly thirteen books. Yep, all with beginnings, middles and ends. I’ve even managed to rework that first book that Kate rejected, and it was released as Fangs for the Memories. I can’t even begin to tell you what an amazing experience this has been for me. Somehow, it did "get there from here" (This is best said with a heavy Maine accent--"get they-ah from he-ah."

And not only did I get there, but my best friend who wrote all those silly stories with me made it too. My dear friend, Julie Cohen also became a writer. Check her out here (he-ah). (

Pretty exciting for two girls from Rumford, Maine.

Now if I can just get Kate to publish that Steven Tyler/carnival thing.

Kathy still lives in Maryland with her beautiful daughter, Emily, their crazy Boston Terrier, Daisy, and a very chatty guinea pig, Giggles.

Kathy's romance series, STEPP SISTERS TRILOGY consists of three (3) books (hence the trilogy J), "Getting What You Want",  "Wanting Something More" and "Wanting What You Get".

The paranormal romance series YOUNG BROTHERS , consists of four (4) books, "Fangs For The Memories", Fangs But No Fangs", I Only Have Fangs For You" and "My Sister Is A Werewolf".

And last, but definitely not least, the NEW ORLEANS VAMPIRES, currently consists of five (5) books, "Any Way You Want It", "I Want You To Want Me", "Demon Can't Help It", "What A Demon Wants" and "Truth or Demon" which was released in March 2011.

Kathy also has 2 new releases, one prior and one upcoming.  "So I Married A Demon Slayer" is an anthology and was just released on September 1. It is the prequel to her upcoming release, "Devilishly Hot", which is scheduled to release on October 25, 2011.

Just to keep you up to speed, here is a brief synopsis of her 2 latest releases and her upcoming one…

"Truth or Demon" (from the NEW ORLEANS VAMIRES series)

If you ask Killian O'Brien, Hell gets a bad rap. True, he's a demon, so he's bound to be a little biased. But he's got great job security, all the women he can handle, a body to die for --literally -- and free reign to do as he likes. Or he did, until teenager Daisy Reed and her two friends got hold of a book of spells and summoned him to do their bidding.

Their demand; find Daisy's older sister, Poppy, a boyfriend. Can't be that difficult, right? It's not like the woman is unattractive. Truth be told, Poppy is irresistible -- and mind-blowingly sexy. Which is exactly why finishing this simple little assignment so he can be sent back where he came from is turning out to be the hardest thing Killian's ever done...

"So I Married A Demon Slayer" (with Kathy Love, Angie Fox and Lexi George)

Hot! By Kathy Love
At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mail room guys are undercover demon slayers, it's not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth to fall in love.
What Slays In Vegas by Angie Fox
When a sexy succubus comes up against a fearless demon slayer intent on killing her boss, a truly wild Vegas night turns into a quickie wedding. But in a city where anything goes, a demon slayer wedding a succubus is strictly forbidden. Which doesn't mean either is rushing to jump out of the marriage bed.
The Bride Wore Demon Dust by Lexi George
He's perfection in a tuxedo—more so out of it—and on a mission to protect his Alabama gal from the mysterious mayhem intent on her destruction. But the bride is a spunky steel magnolia with special powers of her own, determined to drop-kick evil forces across the state line and give her slayer a run for his money.

"Devilishly Hot" synopsis (releasing on 10/25/11)

And you thought your job was hell. . .
Annie Lou Riddle had a plan: Move to New York City. Break into the fashion industry. Work her way to the top. Nowhere in that scenario did she expect to accidentally sell her soul in exchange for a job at Hot! Magazine. Oops.
Demons, it seems, aren't big on letting mortals off the hook. Now Annie is stuck working as assistant/personal slave to Finola White—diva extraordinaire, and glamorous she-devil. Whatever Finola wants, she gets, and she wants Annie to match her up with Nick Rossi, the gorgeous detective investigating shady doings at Hot!
Frankly, Annie sees the appeal. Nick is effortlessly sexy, rugged, charming—and the one man Annie should definitely not be flirting with, or kissing, or. . . Oops. But some loves are too devilishly hot to resist. . .

The books sound amazing don't they?  If you are looking for a great read with romance and humor then we definitely recommend adding these to your TBR list!  Now that we've learned more about the books, let's get to the interview to learn more about Kathy…..

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Kathy!  Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!  We’re so happy to have you with us today!

Kathy:  Thank you so much for having me.  And in October too!  This happens to be my favorite month.  I love autumn and absolutely love Halloween, which I guess is appropriate given what I write.  So this feels like the perfect time to talk about my books and paranormal romance in general.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We like to start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.
Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out easily on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Kathy: Hmm, well, I'm officially an iced tea addict.   I brew a large pot every morning, and it's all gone by the time I go to bed that night.
        I'm obsessed with music, particularly from the 60's and 70's, and I tend to know way too much useless trivia about it.  Random stuff like the names of one hit wonders, that sort of thing.
        And I'm equally as obsessed with costume jewelry.  The bigger and flashier, the better.  I'm pretty sure I was a seagull in another life.

2)  What are some of your hobbies/interests, or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Kathy: I'm a single mom, so I spend a lot of time with my kiddo.  She's 9 years old, and the world's biggest drama queen.  But she is also the biggest joy of my life.  Well, in between dealing with her major world crises.
        I also love to travel whenever I can.  Not only to see new places, but also to meet new people…oops, wait a minute, my dd is having one of her crises, a lost band folder…
        Okay, I'm back!  Folder found.  ;)  Let's see, I love to read, and I read a lot of different genres, romance, horror, thrillers.  As well as research books.  I enjoy spending as much time with family and friends as I can.  Writing does take up a lot of my time, which is not a bad thing.

3)  What are 2 things that never fail to make you smile and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?

Kathy: Hmm, my daughter's real, genuine belly laughs always makes me smile.  She has a great laugh and smile.  And the kindness of strangers, whether that be toward me or others.
        Two things that piss me off…rude people and people who lie.

4)  Do you have any writing quirks or something you must have with you to start the daily writing process?

Kathy:  Well, iced tea, of course.  I also listen to music when I write.  I actually dislike working in silence.  I make soundtracks for each of my books, which I listen to over and over as I write them.

5)  What are the easiest parts and the hardest parts of writing for you?

Kathy: The easiest part of writing for me is coming up with the story ideas.  The hardest part is getting my butt in the chair and actually writing them down.

6)  Who are some of your favorite authors and series?

Kathy: Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a huge favorite.  I love her work.  I also love Linda Howard…her book "Sarah's Child" was the very first romance I ever read.  I just recently discovered Stacey Kayne, who writes western romance, and I devoured all her books.  Loved them.  I also love Lisa Kleypas, Erin McCarthy, Christie Kelley, Heather Graham, Beth Ciotta, Alexandra Sokoloff, and F. Paul Wilson.  Those are just a few.  There are many, many more.  I'm a big reader!

7)  What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies?

Kathy: I love paranormal stuff.  Supernatural is a favorite.  What's not to love about two hunky, hunky brothers battling demons and other paranormal creatures.  I love all the ghosthunter shows, particularly Ghosthunters, Paranormal State, and Ghostly Encounters.  I also have a weakness for Survivor.  Oh, and Raising Hope.  Cloris Leachman is the best!]
Some of my all-time favorite movies are American Werewolf in London, Fright Night (the original--I haven't seen the remake), Lost Boys, Harold and Maude, Strictly Ballroom and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

8) What was one of the most surprising things you learned over the course of your career so far?

Kathy: How supportive so many of the established authors have been.  It's very refreshing in a pretty competitive business like publishing to receive advice and encouragement from so many successful authors.
9) Do you have a personal favorite amongst all of the books you have written?  Maybe one that has extra sentimental value, etc?

Kathy: I have two.  My second book, Wanting What You Get, which is a small town set contemporary.  The heroine is a shy bookworm and the hero is the mayor--the town golden boy.  Except he's also an alcoholic.  Not a recovering alcoholic, but a full-fledged one throughout the whole book.  I fell in love with these two and being able to redeem the hero and give my sweet heroine the man she deserved.  Also, I will always cherish the call I received about this book from my editor at the time, the now deceased and greatly missed, Kate Duffy.  She told me this story was very brave, because I created a hero who could have been so easily unredeemable, and she thought I pulled off his redemption perfectly.  That was a very proud moment for me. This one is very sentimental to me for many reasons.

        My second favorite is more a character than just a book.  Sebastian is the youngest brother of my Young Brother, vampire series, and he does have his own book I Only Have Fangs For You, but he appears in all the other books in the series too, and he was just so much fun to write.  He loves being a vampire and he's just a sarcastic, funny guy.  I realize I created him, but I swear he's funnier than I am.  Weird, I know.

10)  If you can spend the day with any one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

Kathy: It would probably be with all the Young Brothers, Rhys, Christian and Sebastian.  Particularly Sebastian, of course.  I think we'd go out for a really nice meal, even though they don't eat.  It would be very posh and expensive, but sometime over the course of the evening, we'd end up in a seedy bar listening to a 70's cover band.  And that would be all Sebastian's idea, of course.  J

11)  Can you please give us some more detailed information regarding the NEW ORLEANS VAMPIRES series?  Will there be any more books in this series?

Kathy: The New Orleans vampire series was thought up while I was in New Orleans with Erin McCarthy.  We were in a bar, watching a cover band…wait this sounds an awful lot like my answer to the last question… Anyway, we were watching the band and came up with the idea of a cover band of vampires, who "pretend" to be vampires, so they can live and feed out in the open. That is when we came up with The Impalers.  And my books Any Way You Want It, I Want You to Want Me and Demon Can't Help It all revolve around New Orleans and that vampire band.  What A Demon Wants is also loosely tied to that series.  As is Truth or Demon.
        And actually Erin McCarthy and I are currently working on two books for Berkeley, also about a vampire band in New Orleans.  The first book The Fangover will be out next year.  And as you can probably guess from the title, it's going to be like The Hangover, except with vampires.  These are really going to be a lot of fun.  We're very excited about this project.

12)  Will "Devilishly Hot" be the first book in a new series? If so, how many books are planned for the series and what's coming up next?

Kathy: Yes, it is a new series.  I was thinking about the book "The Devil Wears Prada" and started to wonder what it would be like if the fashion industry really was run by demons.  And that's how the Diva Demon series was created.  Readers can actually get a little glimpse into this new world in my novella, HOT!, which is included in the So I Married a Demon Slayer anthology with the wonderful Angie Fox and Lexi George.  AND that book is available now!  Devilishly Hot will be out at the end of October, and there will be at least two more books in this series.  I'm finishing up Devilishly Sexy, the second book in the series now.

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13)  Do you have any other upcoming projects planned that you can share with us?
Kathy: As I said, I'm going to be doing the books with Erin McCarthy.  The Fangover books.  They should be really fun and funny.

14)  What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked, and how would you answer that question? 

Kathy: What question have I always wanted to be asked?  Hmm, I guess I would like to be asked who has had the biggest effect on my career to this date. I would definitely have to say my family and my critique group, for being there and being so supportive and believing in me.  But there was also another person.  My first editor, Kate Duffy.  We worked on nearly 15 books together before her untimely death in 2009.  She took many chances on me and truly believed in my writing.  I miss her very much, and the publishing industry misses her every day as well.  She was a powerhouse in the romance world and an amazing person.  I'm thankful to have worked with her.

15)  While we have you here, is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Kathy: Definitely.  Because of my readers, I get to do a job that I love and that's an amazing thing.  Romance readers are such devoted fans and that means a lot to me. I love hearing from you and meeting you.  And I'm glad there is a market out there from my stories.  Thank you so much!

Thank you so much Kathy for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We would love to have you back again in the future if you’d like to come and chat with us again.
Kathy: I would love that!  Anytime.  This has been a lot of fun and I look forward to chatting with your readers.  It's going to be a good time! 

If you would like to find out more about Kathy and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.


CONTEST:  Kathy is graciously offering up a signed copy of "So I Married A Demon Slayer" and one Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Devilishly Hot to 2 lucky winners from Book Monster Reviews (1 winner per book).  She is also giving away another signed copy of "So I Married A Demon Slayer" over on the LITERAL ADDICTION website so make you head over there as well.

To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!


Johanna R Jochum said...

OMG! These books sound amazing!Why haven't I read you yet! I love this style of PNR! I read Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George (Loved it) and have So I Married a Demon Slayer on my wish list. I'm adding Kathy Love to my wish list now! Thanks for sharing with us!


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Amy@Amy's Book World said...

I love the Young Brothers series. I want to read the other series too. The look very interesting. I am looking forward to the book you have upcoming with Erin McCarthy. She is one of my favorites also. Great interview.

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Barb P said...

Hi Kathy! I have been your books since Rhys's book first came out. Love the series and you are on my auto buy list. I would love a copy of I Married a Demon Slayer. I also love Lexi George's books, she is such a hoot. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary said...

I now need to go on a book shopping trip! I am so glad you stopped by this blog and told us about your books! This is a great way to meet new authors. I can't believe I hadn't heard of your books before now, I must have been living under a rock. lol

I am really looking forward to reading these books now. :)

Victoria said...

Hi Kathy - You are new to me but your books sound right up my alley. You have some fantastic titles. Did you come up with these cute titles on your own? Thank you.


Trish said...

Thanks for the interview!


Barbara E. said...

I have a copy of So I Married a Demon Slayer, so please don't enter me in that part of the giveaway. I haven't read it yet, but I will in the next week or so. I've read some of Kathy Love's books, and they're fantastic. I'd love to be entered for the giveaway of Devilishly Hot, that would be awesome.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Na said...

This is a new wy to look at demons and I love it. The books all sound so interesting and entertaining. Thank you for the interview.

I already have So I Married a Demon Slayer but would really like to read Devishly Hot!

Cambonified [at] yahoo [dot] com

Kathy Love said...

Hi All!

Sorry for the delay posting. I'm traveling and try to chat via my phone. Eek!

Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments and interest in my books. I'm super excited about this new series.

So what is everyone doing the cold Saturday?

alainala said...

they look and sound awesome! ive had these on my TBR list for awhile, but my library didnt have em.. thanks for reminding me to keep looking! (and i would love to win a copy!)

alainala @ hotmail DOT ca

Cecilia said...

these look amazing! Must seek out her stuff!

Liesa Manis said...

I LOVE,LOVE the covers!!

I can't wait to read Kathy's books!!

cindy vinzant said...

i love your books i cant wait to read the new series
thanks for sharing

kathy miller said...

Great interview. I would love to win either prize. but the ARC of Devishly Hot would be fantastic. And I am a follower.

alice priday said...

all the books sound amazing, expecially so i married a demon slayer :)
please enter me

Lori in Philly said...

I just love the titles how can you not want to read them after reading the titles . Thanks for leaving the other jobs and giving us the entertainment of your writing. Can't wait to read something of yours.

Scorpio1974 said...

Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =) So many books, so little time! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

Chrisbails said...

These books all sound great and would love to win and read them. Kathy is a new author for me and always looking for new authors to read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

kayla said...

These books sound incredible!


Kelly Lynn Benson said...

I recently picked up a few of Kathy's book and I am looking forward to reading them... This interview makes me want to move them to the top of my TBR pile.


Kathy Love said...

Thank you all for reading the interview. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and hearing about my books. So many lovely comments, it's made my day!

So let me ask, which paranormal creatures do you like best? Especially as heroes?

Kathy Love said...

Also Carla is an amazing interviewer. Great questions and so much effort put in to give you info on my books. Very well done.

Thank you, Carla.

*yadkny* said...

Would love to read any of Kathy's books... they all look and sound fabulous! CONGRATS Kathy on your upcoming release!

*follower of the BMR Blog

CatsMeow said...

I have been a big fan of Kathy's for a long time. Love her vamps and demons. She has such a terrific sense of humor that I can't resist.
Thanks for the contest.

KhelseyJackson said...

These books sound amazing!!!

Crissy said...

Thanks for a chance to win :)

SdyLion said...

Great interview and the series look like they could be such great reads. They are being added to the must list now. sdylion(at)gmail(dot(com)

winnie said...

Thanks for the interview. Kathy's books look like fantastic reads :)

GFC follower

lindsey hutchison said...

i love Kathy Love i have quite a few of her books but i still have quite a few too get. i devoured them. thanks so much for such a great interview.

GFC: Lindey