Thursday, August 14, 2008

Please Welcome Author...Katie Reus!

Thank you for taking the time to interview with us. Katie’s newest release is City of Secrets. City of Secrets, her full length romantic suspense novel became available in digital and print format in May 2008!

The Wild Rose Press –
Ellora’s Cave –

1. When/how did you know you wanted to write?

KATIE: When I finished Lauren Weisberger’s novel Everyone Worth Knowing, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Since I don’t want to spoil the end, I’ll just say that at the end of the book, the heroine motivated me to follow my dreams. I’ve always loved reading romance and had thought that writing would be fun, but I never had the motivation to actually try it until that book.

2. How long did it take you to become published?

KATIE: A little over two years.

3. Who are some of your favorite authors?

KATIE: I have many so I’ll narrow it down to three. Linda Howard, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Elizabeth Jennings (she also w/a Lisa Marie Rice). They all know how to write the kind of men women love.

4. Many authors are doing strictly e-books, do you think this is just a trend, or does it spell the end of real books?

KATIE: I think that at least for the next century, the world will always have a place for paper and e-books. I think e-books are the wave of the future, but I think it’s a long time coming until paper books are considered a secondary choice instead of a first. This is just my opinion, but there’s such a problem with internet e-book piracy and I think this will motivate publishers to stay with print a lot longer, among other reasons.

5. How long does it take for you to write books?

KATIE: For a full length, 3-4 months. (not including editing, lol) I have a full time job and a full time husband, but I consider writing my second ‘job’.

6. Do you see yourself writing in the same genre in 10 years? If not then what?

KATIE: Honestly, I don’t know. I just know I’ll be writing what I love in ten years. I write romantic suspense because I love it. If that changes, then I’ll be writing something new.

7. What advice do you give to those who are just starting out or trying to become published?

KATIE: I say this in every interview. Don’t take rejection personally. Publishing is a subjective business. Sometimes I find this advice hard to take myself, but it’s so very true.

8. What is your favorite part of writing?

KATIE: I love writing internal conflicts between characters and adding life threatening external conflicts just makes the story that much more exciting. I majored in psychology so I love dissecting what makes people tick. The way people react under dangerous circumstances says a lot about who they are.

9. Do you have any projects you are currently working on?

KATIE: I just finished a category type romantic suspense and an erotic novella. I’m looking for homes for both of them. Currently, I’m about a quarter of the way through a single title romantic suspense.

10. Did it take a lot of rejections for you to finally get published or was it pretty easy for you?

KATIE: I have a thick file folder full of rejections. The first manuscript I submitted to the world is still gathering dust, and will probably never see the light of day.
J All those rejections were my first real lesson in how tough this business is. I found a quote that I’ve taped to my computer as a reminder to keep striving toward my goals. “If you don’t get a rejection at least once a day, you’re not trying hard enough.”

11. Do you write your stories out with pencil and paper first or do you work straight on the computer?

KATIE: I’m a computer girl all the way! Sometimes if I get stumped or have a block, I’ll pull out a notebook and write longhand, but only until I get back into a scene. I type much faster than I could ever write.

12. Getting back to your books coming out soon. Tell us a little about what to expect from them.

KATIE: Running from the Past is an erotica novella that will be released from Ellora’s Cave September 10, 2008. Here’s a quick blurb:

Miami socialite, Emma Garcia has been running from who she is her entire life. When she witnesses a horrific crime, she goes on the run. In desperation, she answers an ad for a chef on a remote horse farm in the middle of nowhere Florida. It seems like the perfect plan until she figures out what to do with her secrets. The only thing she doesn’t count on is being attracted to the rugged cowboy who owns the place. Whenever he comes around the only thing she can focus on is his seductive voice and sinful body.

Retired Marine, Caleb Ryder hires Emma even though he knows she’s lying about her identity. He desperately needs the help, but he also doesn’t have the heart to turn away a woman so obviously in need. After being burned by a woman once, he doesn’t let that deter his mission to claim Emma’s body and heart.

Randomly enough, I also have another release on September 10 from The Wild Rose Press. Here’s the blurb from Trust No One:

World renowned singer Calista Kingston leads a charmed life, but when a sadistic killer marks her as his next target, she turns to an unlikely ally for protection. The one man ruthless enough to guard her is also the man responsible for the death of her best friend. Sexual sparks fly when circumstances force them to share a roof, and Calista can’t deny her growing lust for the last man she ever expected to want.

Retired CIA agent Dane Leven accepts the security job to protect Calista out of guilt. He thought he was prepared for anything, but he’s blindsided by his unexpected and unwanted attraction to Calista. A relationship is the last thing he needs, yet the longer he’s around her, being hers forever is all that matters. Unfortunately, he’s harboring a secret that could tear them apart. When this job is over, will she forgive his ultimate deception?

13. When and where can we purchase your books?

KATIE: City of Secrets can be purchased in digital format at, or any other e-book provider such as Fictionwise. It’s also available in print on Amazon.

Trust No One will be available in digital format from The Wild Rose Press next month and soon after, will also be available in print.

Running From the Past will be available in digital format only from Ellora’s Cave.

16 deadly screams:

jessewave said...

Hi Katie
Terrific interview. I'm really looking forward to reading Running from the Past which I saw on EC's "coming soon" list a couple of weeks ago. Love your quote "if you don't get rejection at least once a day you're not trying hard enough" :) I'll have to remember that.

Great job on the interview (you too Sierra)!.

Aunt Darlene said...

This is a great interview Katie....I Love you baby and I AM SO PROUD OF YOU......hope to see ya'll soon.....LOTSA LOVE FROM:Aunt Darlene

abi said...

Great interview Katie!

Sarah said...

Excellent interview Katie! After not being able to put down City of Secrets, I can't wait to read your upcoming books!

JenB said...

Great interview, ladies! Looks like I've got some books to check out. :)

Terry Odell said...

Congrats on all your successes! On a roll doesn't begin to describe it.

Tracy said...

Hey Katie! Great interview. I love the quote you have posted to your computer.

Can't wait for your two new books!

Katie Reus said...

Jessewave - I have to listen to my own advice more than I like, lol!

Aunt Darlene - thanks for checking out the blog :)

Abi, Sarah, JenB & Terry - Thanks ladies, you guys are great :)

Tracy - That quote has become my mantra these past few weeks!

Dara Edmondson said...

Congrats on the double releases! Looking forward to reading both.

Katie Reus said...

Thanks Dara!! I have a few of your new releases on my tbr list ;)

Gracen Miller said...

Hi, Katie. Thanks for blogging with us Thursday. It was such a great honor having you. Awesome interview blog btw. Good luck on your current books and the ones you're trying to find a home for.

Sarai said...

Ha i knew we get you hooked on SK!!!
Great interview as always!

Katie Reus said...

Thanks Gracen! It was fun being here :)

Sarai - St. Martin's was smart w/ that free promo book b/c after reading it, I've put all her Dark Hunters series on my keeper list. I just can't believe I'd never read her until recently.

Ashley Ladd said...

Great interview with Katie.

I see you use Florida settings.

Hope you're weathering Fay well.

Ashley Ladd said...

Are the Deadly Vixens accepting any applications for future interviews?

Gracen Miller said...

Yes, Ashley, we are accepting applications for future interviews. In fact, I had already planned to start sending out notices this week. If you're interested, please e-mail me at and we'll schedule a mutually convenient date.