Last week Kat Martin published her latest novel INTO THE WHIRLWIND to great fanfare here at Fresh Fiction! Reviewer Helen Williams instantly put down the book and wanted to know more from Martin about her BOSS, Inc. series, how she picks the right leads for her books, and what she has coming out next.
Helen Williams: Did you already have Dirk and Meg’s story developed when writing Ethan and Valerie’s story?
Kat Martin: Originally, I didn’t plan to give Dirk a story at all, but at the end of INTO THE FURY, he was so sad I had to give him one! I had to make things right for him and Meg. (smile here)
HW: Do you find it difficult to continue a series or does each story flow right into your next story?
KM: Sometimes the stories flow, as with INTO THE WHIRLWIND, where I knew the characters, immediately realized the kind of threat Meg might have to face could involve her child. Other times, I struggle, which I am doing now on a new project.
HW: Since some of your characters have some sort of military or special ops background is this from experience or do you just enjoy these types of stories?
KM: No special background, except that I live in a family of mostly men. Some have had military experience, all are very supportive of men in the service. I have a high respect for the military and I believe the kind of background a former soldier has makes him a good candidate for a hero.
HW: When you decide on a story what comes first — the character or the storyline?
KM: It can go either way. In WHIRLWIND, I knew Dirk and Meg from Into the Fury so the story came as a result of what happened in that book. In FURY, Ethan Brodie’s story, I knew the setting would be Seattle and that the hero would be related to the Brodie brothers of Alaska. But actually that book started more with story. I thought a book revolving around a group of beautiful lingerie models and hot bodyguards would be interesting and fun.
HW: How do you decide what makes a good story for the characters?
KM: I wish I could tell you. As I said, story and character go hand in hand for me. One has to fit the other. I really have no idea how I decide, just little elements that have to come together.
HW: How long does it take to develop and then write the story?
KM: I spend a total of six months writing a novel and I work pretty much every day.
HW: Looking forward to Luke’s story in February 2017 — will there be more?
KM: Luke’s story, INTO THE FIRESTORM, turned out to be one of my personal favorites (so is Whirlwind. I loved Dirk and Meg together). After that I’m heading to Texas for a trilogy that begins with BEYOND REASON, out in June of 2017. Multi-millionaire, Lincoln Cain goes head to head with Carly Drake, a woman determined to compete in a man’s world.
HW: Do you plan to write anymore stories in the Against Series/Raines of Wind Canyon?
KM: I think the Texas Trilogy will be a little more along those lines. Two brothers, Linc and Josh Cain, and Cain’s business partner, Beau Reese. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me to get those three written.
About Kat Martin
For New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin, a career in real estate led her down the road to romance.
Through real estate, Kat found her own perfect match–her husband, Western author Larry Jay Martin.
“We were on opposing sides of a transaction–I represented the seller and he represented the buyer,” Kat recalls.
A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he’d written. Kat fell in love with both the book and the author!
“It was quite a romantic story,” she admits. “I’d still like to see it get published.” Then, after doing some editing for her future husband, she thought she’d try her own hand at writing.
Kat moved on to become the bestselling author of over fifty historical and contemporary romance novels. To date, 15 million copies of her books are in print, and she’s been published around the globe, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, Estonia, Lithuania, South Africa, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Portugal, Turkey, The Slovak Republic, Spain, Argentina, Estonia, Czech Republic and Greece.
When she’s not writing, Kat also enjoys skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe. Currently, she’s busy writing her next book.
About INTO THE WHIRLWIND
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc.
Megan O’Brien is at her wit’s end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son’s life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.
Dirk’s never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he’s got to help Meg rescue her son.
The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.