Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you are up to.
Thank you very much for the interview!
To start out can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a thirty-four and live in New England. I have two cats and a dog, am unmarried and have no children, so that leaves a lot of time for writing! Who are your publishers?
My publishers are Changeling Press, Ellora's Cave, and New Concepts Publishing.
Please tell our readers about your newest books? Any series? When will they be out?
My latest release from Ellora's Cave is Mica. It's part of my Knights of the Ruby Order series, which is about an order of warrior/healers who live on another planet similar to medieval earth. Mica was released in 2005. Scarlet is my latest release from Changeling Press. It's part of The Elixir Maidens series and was released in April. This series is about a vampire drag queen singing group and their romances.
My latest release from New Concepts Publishing is The Mad Knight's Bride which came out on December 30, 2005. It's the sequel to The Chieftain's Bride and in it the villain from The Chieftain's Bride becomes the hero.
Where did you come up with your ideas? What was your trigger?
Ideas come from a lot of different sources. Sometimes it's passing by a person or a place that inspires a story. It's usually different for each book.
Please tell us about your favorite characters. Please include information on the books they are in.
It's hard to say which characters are favorites because they each have something that makes them special to me. A few of the characters I feel closest to are Matthew Winter from The Blood Doctor, Infernal, and God of the Grim. Also Vincent Dilorenzo from The Holiday Stalking and Deep Red, Zach from Highland Stallion, Sir William from The Mad Knight's Bride, Vlas Sascha Evegenyl from Soothsayer, and Sadavis Baptista from Revenge of the Court Jester, which is upcoming from the Ancient Blood series.
Please tell us about your life - Do you write full-time or part-time? What do you do for fun? Any hobbies?
I write full time, but also have part time work. To be honest, writing has always been a full time job (at least time-wise, if not financially!) often in conjunction with a second full time job. When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with my family.
Is writing your main career or is it a side project?
At this point it is my main career, in conjunction with some part time ventures.
If you have a website - Please tell us what we can expect of it - Will you update monthly, daily, yearly? Are there any excerpts for us to read? Contests? Writing tips? Interviews?
I do have a website at http://www.kate-hill.com. I update often, usually once a month, sometimes more. The site has blurbs and excerpts, short stories, occasional contests, a newsletter with guest author interviews, and mini-sites dedicated to each series.
What advice would you give our readers about writing a romance book?
The most important thing, in my opinion, is to write every day, even if it's a little, just to keep in practice. Also, read as often as possible. Learn to take advice, but also know when to follow your own instincts.
How much research do you do for each book?
The amount of research depends on the book. Some require plenty of research. Creating worlds in fantasy or futuristic also takes a lot of time.
What else would you like to tell our readers?
Thank you for the interest in my books! I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to see my work published and appreciate those who have taken the time to read my books. Thank you for this opportunity!