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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Kate Roth

Please welcome Kate who is talking getting in the 'mood' (for writing of course!) and about her latest release.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
I’m Kate Roth and I come from Indiana!
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My debut novel THE LOW NOTES is a story of forbidden romance between a teacher and student and the fall-out of what can happen when you choose following your heart over following the rules.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from so many areas. Music is a huge source of inspiration for me. But I’m also inspired by the stories and experiences I hear about from the people I meet at my job as a hair stylist!
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
For me the ‘swoon’ worthy man or ‘book boyfriend’ has to be multi-dimensional. If he’s a strong type then it’s his vulnerability that becomes sexy. If he is a bad-boy, he has to have that heart of gold. I think seeing a realistic man with flaws is worthy of swooning over.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I love Kevin Reed from THE LOW NOTES. I loved writing him! He’s my favourite because he is vulnerable but sexy (just the way I like them!). I usually like writing men better than women and I have a special attachment to Kevin.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I’m a total movie buff so the best thing for me to do to chill out is watch a movie either at home curled on the sofa or at the theatre.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
It usually evolves on its own for me. I can tell from my characters almost instantly how spicy of a relationship they need to have. Every one of my stories involves a love story but they don’t always go into the ‘erotic romance’ level. But some do ;)
Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
Hmm…I guess never say never. While I enjoy reading a lot of types of romance and erotica I can’t see myself writing a BDSM story mostly because I don’t know enough about the lifestyle/culture of it. Other than some very fringe erotica, I’m pretty open. I’ve written a lot of very different things in the past but I think if I were to publish any erotic romance it could be under a pen name to keep my contemporary/new adult career separate.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
I would say it’s a little of both. Mostly imagination sprinkled with a touch of personal experience. Using my own experiences helps me portray feelings and emotions more realistically in my writing.
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
I definitely like to have a good playlist for writing love scenes but it’s also nice to have a little wine! Of course, I can write anywhere and any way I need to when there is a task at hand but I’m at my best with good tunes and a relaxed setting.
For most of her youth Kate Roth spent hours thinking up stories about love and relationships. Her passion for writing was sparked in big way in 2008 when she took a chance and signed up for a class to try and hone some of her former ideas into something more. What started as a novel-writing course turned into Kate's dream come true of becoming a published author.
Kate Roth's debut novel, THE LOW NOTES, was released by Rebel Ink Press in 2012. She is currently working on a supernatural romance, RECKLESS RADIANCE, with hopes to publish in 2013.
When a chance meeting between high school teacher Kevin Reed and singer Nina Jordan ignites an instant spark, they must decide if it's more important to follow your heart or follow the rules.
After caring for his dying father, Kevin Reed, returns to his hometown of Wexley Falls, bereaved, unemployed and exhausted at the thought of starting a new life. After a failed blind date, Kevin meets young singer Nina Jordan who takes his breath away with the sound of her voice. The connection is instantaneous and mutual on their first date, but both are crestfallen when they discover days later, to their horror, Nina is Kevin's student at the local high school.
Deciphering between notions of love and lust, fate and coincidence, Kevin and Nina find themselves unable to turn their backs on what they can't deny is a once in a lifetime feeling. Told from both perspectives, The Low Notes explores a love that feels right even though it seems wrong.
Purchase The Low Notes on Amazon and find Kate on her blog.

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