Interview & Contest: Katie Reus

Jen: Today we welcome Katie Reus to Romancing the Book.  Katie, will you please share a short bio with us?

Katie: My ‘official’ bio can be found on my website but ‘unofficially’ I write romantic suspense and paranormal romance, live in the South, love red wine, the beach, spending time with my family and visiting old cemeteries.

Jen: Tell us about Alpha Instinct.

Katie: This is the official back cover copy and describes it perfectly:

Fear has a scent. So does desire…

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Katie: I was 25-ish (I really can’t remember my exact age which is sad because I’m 30 now…maybe I was 24?) and I was published a couple years after that after placing in a contest (I have some erotic romantic suspense out with Ellora’s Cave). I’ve had a few ‘calls’ like the one when I got the call from my now-agent (who I freaking adore) offering representation. We never sold that first book…or the one after that. But, she stuck with me and the third book we sold was Alpha Instinct (and two more books in the series!). The first ‘call’ I received from my agent I acted like an utter moron. I was on vacation at the time she called and I couldn’t think of any questions to ask her and I was probably slightly hyperventilating so she told me to take my time and think about it and to email or call her if I had questions, etc. Once I calmed down from my excitement I put on my business hat and moved from there.

The second big call I received was from my editor with NAL/Penguin, which was about a year and a half after I signed with my agent. I knew it was coming because my agent had already made the deal for my Moon Shifter series, but I was still not very smooth or witty when I spoke to my new editor. I probably talked too much, I’m pretty sure in a high pitched voice and I sweated a lot. Like so much, it was embarrassing and I was just so thankful I was alone in the house. I don’t know why I was nervous because she couldn’t see me. Up until actually talking to her I secretly thought it was all a big mistake. The moment we hung up, I burst into tears.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Katie: Not that I know of.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Katie: Heh, I used to! I have a 7 month old so my ‘routine’ is writing before he wakes up, writing during naptime and the majority of my writing I get done late at night. I swear my little guy has turned me into a vampire. So even though I don’t have the strict schedule I used to, I still knock out 2000 to 4000 words a day. Writing is my full time job and I treat it like that.

Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to experience? If so, how?

Katie: Yes, it definitely has. I have a better grasp on my craft and while I’m still learning every day, I trust myself more when working on a story. I understand more about my characters’ motivations and story arcs and just about writing in general (from reading a whole lot!). I think it’s only natural that my voice has changed and strengthened over the years. It’s like with anything; practice makes things better.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Katie: Writing a synopsis ahead of time is definitely the hardest. If my husband comes home and finds me cleaning like a madwoman, he knows I’m having avoidance issues. The easiest is when I’m starting a new story. The first 50 pages usually flow very fast. The most rewarding part is hearing from readers. It still stuns me to open my email and find fan mail and I hope that feeling never gets old.

Jen: If Alpha Instinct was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Katie: I’d love to see Connor played by Gerard Butler. It’s not that Connor looks like Butler in my mind, I just think Gerard Butler is super sexy and that voice…yum. And I’d love for Cote de Pablo to play Ana. Pablo is from Chile, not Spain, but she’s so gorgeous and I love her character in the show NCIS 😉

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Katie: My favorite authors are; Linda Howard, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kaylea Cross, Laura Wright, Cynthia Eden, JR Ward and Nalini Singh (and any books by them are generally my faves). Right now I’m reading The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper. I’ve only read one of her previous books, but I’m going to actually add her to my list of favorite authors because so far, her work is freaking hilarious. I love her voice and only wish I’d discovered her sooner.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Katie: I have a 7 month old now and a husband who works night shift every other month so I honestly don’t get much free time at the moment. When I do, I love to just sit and read. I try to read every day, even if just for a few minutes. Or exercise for fun! I know that sounds weird but if my MIL is watching the little guy I love to work out and not have to worry about time constraints.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Katie: I have a few more books scheduled to release this year; a novella and full length book in my Moon Shifter series and a couple of novellas from Harlequin Nocturne Cravings. Other than that, I’m just working on future projects and will hopefully have news soon.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Katie: Here are all my social media hangouts!
http://katiereus.com
https://twitter.com/katiereus
http://katiereus.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/katiereusauthor
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1563059.Katie_Reus

Contest details:

  • The prize is a copy of Alpha Instinct, print or ebook depending on their location (see below).
  • Due to NAL’s request, only US residents can win a print copy of the book.  However, anyone who can claim an ebook from Amazon or B&N is eligible to enter the contest for a digital copy of the book.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
  • A valid email address needs to be included in your comment.  If you’re worried about spam, please modify your address, such as admin.bookblog AT gmail.com.  You can also send a message to this email after your comment has been posted.
  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, February 29.

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