Jen: Our anniversary celebration continues today with a visit from Kate Angell. I first became a fan when I read her Richmond Rogues baseball series. And was happy to hear she’s continued the sports theme with her newest release. Kate, will you share a short bio with us?
Kate: Nationally best-selling author Kate Angell lives in Naples, Florida. She’s an animal lover, avid reader, and sports fan. Bookstores are her second home. She takes coffee breaks at Starbucks. It took her twenty years to get published. She has a never-say-die philosophy to life.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Kate: My latest release is No Strings Attached, May 2013. This is professional volleyball player Dune Cates and sweet, shy Sophie Saunders’s story, set in Barefoot William, a beach community with amusement arcades and carnival rides. I love beach volleyball, and always wanted to write a strong, in-the-limelight Alpha hero who falls in love with a younger woman who’s just starting to experience life, and loving each adventure.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Kate: I’m a total pantser when it comes to writing. I most often write chapter by chapter, polishing as I go, so when the book is complete, it’s ready to go to my editor. No Sunshine When She’s Gone has been tricky for me. I’ve written scenes in puzzle pieces. I’m hoping when I’ve got those pieces fully blocked out, they will fit together tightly in the end. We’ll see!
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Kate: My writing in three words: sunshine, beachy, sand-between-the-toes.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Kate: My writing routine: I’m an early riser, I love mornings. My creative energy is strongest between 6:00 AM and noon. That’s when I get the most accomplished. I’ll work for an hour, take a ten minute break, which sends me to the kitchen for another cup of coffee or I’ll take my dogs into the yard for a few minutes of play. Most afternoons, I’ll edit my morning pages.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Kate: Most interesting comment about my books: The Cates family of Barefoot William owns the town and operates all the boardwalk businesses. I have a lot of characters in my stories. I recently had a wonderful reader sketch a family tree for me. She drew my earliest character, William Cates, 1900, then added generations of family members down to present day. It was amazing. I loved having a reader get so involved with my stories.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?
Kate: I love romance and women’s fiction. If I were to ever try another genre, it might be mystery cozy. I love those curl-up-on-the-couch and drink-hot-chocolate stories. Exciting plot twists, but they aren’t too scary.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kate: I’m presently writing No Sunshine When She’s Gone, the third book in my Barefoot William Series. This is a book that sticks to the beach, yet draws cameo appearances from my Richmond Rogues, baseball players.
Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap is a holiday anthology to be released September 24th. Written with Donna Kauffman and Kimberly Kincaid. Come spend Christmas on Pine Mountain!