Anniversary Celebration: Interview & Contest with Kate Angell

Beautiful purple and gold fireworks in celebration of July 4th.

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.

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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!

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30 thoughts on “Anniversary Celebration: Interview & Contest with Kate Angell

  1. Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

    Your books sound great, Kate. I love baseball myself, and know I’d enjoy reading them.

  2. Denise Cameron says:

    Love all your books, especially the baseball books since I am an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. You are such a talented writer and look forward to more books.

  3. Nancy Caudill says:

    Hi Kate, I love the Richmond Rogues. Once I discovered you, I went to the bookstore and purchased your other books outside this series, if they didn’t have the book I had them order it for me.
    Keep writing!
    Nancy

    • Nancy – hello! I appreciate you reading my books. My next title No Sunshine When She’s Gone will have cameos by the Richmond Rogues. Beach and baseball.

  4. Anne says:

    I have enjoyed Kate Angell’s books which are wonderful, well written, with compelling stories and realistic characters. Love the settings and locales which are my favorites. Wishing you the best of health, happiness and success.

  5. Marcy Shuler says:

    Your books sound fun and interesting, Kate. I’m especially intrigued by the title: Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap.

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  6. Marcy – the holiday anthology is set in Pine Mountain, which is the location for Kimberly Kincaid’s upcoming (2014) romance series. I think you’d enjoy the three novellas! Cookie recipes included too.

  7. Eileen Aberman-Wells says:

    Kate I started with those Rogues & have been following you ever since. I loved No Tan Lines & No Strings Attached!!! Looking forward to the anthology as well as your next book!!!

  8. Danita says:

    After reading your interview and seeing the other comments I believe I’ve found a new author to try. Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the great interview.

  9. Kathleen O says:

    I read my first book of yours in a anthology with Donna Kauffman and Erin McCarthy and I was hooked.. I am looking forward to reading all of your books.

  10. Chelsea B. says:

    I love the way you described your writing! 🙂 Wonderful interview! I’m super excited to read No Strings Attached!

  11. Maureen says:

    It is so impressive that Kate persevered for twenty years to get published. I like the idea of a beach volleyball hero because it is unique.

  12. “Sunshine, beachy, sand-between-the-toes” is exactly how I’d describe your books, Kate! They’re so breezy and chick-litty but still substantial. Love them so much and loved getting to know you through this interview!

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