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Name  Kate Squires

Age  I’m over 30. Is that an answer? 😉

Where are you from

I’m from Northeast Ohio.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I am the author of two Contemporary Romance novels, That Kiss, and its sequel, That Promise. I am also a wife and mother of four children, well, five if you count my husband. He is the hardest one to raise, and needs the most adult supervision.  😉  Of my actual children, three are biological, and one was adopted at the age of 13 years. (Yes, I adopted a teenager. Yes, I’m a little crazy. If not before the adoption, then definitely since it happened.) I am also a foster parent and foreign exchange host parent. I’ve had students from China, Korea, and most recently, Germany.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have just finished a third novel, not related to my first two. It’s called I Will Catch You. It’s different than my first series, and will be a standalone book. It should be releasing later this year, although, I don’t have a date as of yet. It’s in the editing process at the moment.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Since I was little, I have always loved writing. I was vaguely aware I was good at it. I guess it took age, and the realization that I liked my stories, maybe others might too, to get me serious about publishing them.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I sent my first book into the editor, I waited on pins and needles for his harsh words to slice into my ego. Upon getting my edited manuscript back, I read the words: “It’s in overall excellent condition.” I wept, loudly. That’s when I knew I was a writer, and a good one.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Believe it or not, E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy got me into writing. It’s not that I thought her writing style was good or bad, I just loved the way it sucked me in, and I honestly couldn’t put the darn books down. I wanted to write a story that compelling, and so I did. I haven’t stopped since. I hope to meet her one day, to let her know what an impact she had on my life.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I think my style can be considered casual. I don’t use huge words that stop you in mid-sentence because you need to look up the definition. I like writing in the style in which I speak. If I wouldn’t use a word like prestidigitation, then neither would my characters. (By the way, that means ‘sleight of hand’ or magic trick.)


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

That Kiss named itself. The entire relationship of my main characters came about because of a casual encounter, a kiss, which set in motion a series of events. It was a pivotal moment, which I couldn’t ignore. That Promise was more difficult to name. The kiss Matt and Chloe shared was in the first book, so I had to come up with something which related to book one, but didn’t give away any secrets from book two. A promise between my characters was vague enough, but also intriguing. 


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Every book has some sort of message. I guess mine is that it’s never too late, and you should never fight your heart. It knows what it wants before your brain can decipher it, or tell you you’re wrong.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

All of my stories are true works of fiction, with the exception of some of the characters. I have placed a few real people from my life in my books, because they were and are special to me. So special that I wanted to immortalize them in print.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

*Smiles* There are great truths to all of my stories. I won’t pretend the whole book is my life, word for word, but little things inside my stories have been imbedded from true life experiences. Some of my swoon-worthy moments and best fight scenes have been inspired by Mr. Squires!


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?

The above mentioned Fifty Shades was the biggest influence, but I’ve met some great mentors along the way too. New York Times Best Selling Author, Jennifer Probst is one of them. I was star struck to have received a reply to an email I wrote to her, asking her for advice. She not only took the time to reply twice, but both emails were at length!


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I just finished Never, Never and Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, and I’m getting ready to start Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. All were recommended to me. I have no idea what the latter is about but I’ve been told, numerous times, that I’ll love it. We’ll see.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I have formed bonds with a few authors, but haven’t had a lot of time to read their books. Honestly, I can appreciate new, and established authors equally. Just because someone doesn’t have a lot of experience, doesn’t lessen the quality of their writing. Everyone has to start with their first book.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

As I said earlier, I Will Catch You will be out sometime this year. I am currently writing a fourth novel, which has yet to have an official title. I have a title in my head, but since it’s not official, I’ll keep it to myself. After all, it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, and I take full advantage of that right. 😉


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Bloggers! I love bloggers! They can help spread the word about books and authors they love, faster than anyone else! And they usually have no problem writing reviews, which are huge in the world of books. I also have a few writing groups on Facebook which help authors with technical questions. Some days I used them frequently.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I wish, and hope that someday I’ll be one of the lucky ones to call myself a full time writer. Unfortunately, I can’t say that right now. It is my aspiration, but I’m just glad to be able to say I’m an author, period.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Of course I would. I try not to reread my own books too much, because seeing the mistakes I’ve made, makes me cringe. There’s no such thing as a perfect book, and mine are no exception. I do the best I can, make each book as good as I am able to, cross my fingers, and hope the readers don’t call a firing squad. You can’t catch everything you’d like to change because you evolve as time goes on. You learn from every book you write. I’d like to think my writing gets better and better with each new book that comes out.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing originated with my school teachers. When I got good grades on most writing assignments, it boosted my confidence and made me want to achieve more.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure! The following is a never before seen, exclusive excerpt from my upcoming new release, I Will Catch You:

“May I have this dance?” Asks a voice from behind me. Startled, I look at Georgia. Her eyes are big, and her mouth has fallen open at the sight of whomever she’s looking at. Oh Shit. I turn around on the stool to see who just spoke to me. I swallow hard, when my eyes, once again, land on the glinting, hazel eyes of Mr. Beautiful, himself. I am momentarily struck dumb. I quickly recover, and find my voice, though it’s shaky.

“Uh…excuse me?” I manage to squeak out.

He chuckles slightly.

“I asked if you’d like to dance with me. It’s a Two-Step. You know how to Two-Step, don’t you?”

Is he kidding me? This gorgeous man is asking me to go out, and make a fool of myself. What the hell do I say to that? How can I refuse him? I’ve been ridiculously entranced, and on some level, fascinated by this very attractive god-like creature. But I don’t want to humiliate myself any more. How do I tell him, no, in a nice way?

“Um, sure.”

What did I just say?

“Great!” He says, with a big, beautiful, all-teeth-showing grin, which would warm any girl’s panties.

I blush furiously, and feel the temperature in the room rise. He takes me by the hand. It’s warm, and his grip has a masculine feel. It’s not sweaty like Mike’s hands tend to be. I look back at a wide eyed Georgia and she shrugs. He leads me to the outside, couples ring. Stopping in an empty part of the floor, he turns to face me.

“I’ll start out going backwards, okay?”

I nod, and we position our arms. My right hand, in his left, and his right hand at my waist. My left hand finds his rock hard shoulder to rest on. I smile apprehensively.

“Ready?” He asks, looking down at me.

My eyes are probably wide open, in an I-can’t-believe-I’ve-just-agreed-to-do-a-Two-Step kind of way.

“Wait!” I exclaim. “I only know the basics. Please don’t do anything fancy.”

He smiles. He has a very nice smile.

“I promise. Nothing fancy.”

Reluctantly, I nod, and we begin to move. We are going in a counter-clockwise circle, and I’m trying hard to concentrate. In fact, I am looking at our feet, trying to make sure I don’t screw up. He removes his right hand from my waist, places his fingers under my chin, and lifts my head, so that I am looking at him. I gasp slightly at the contact.

“Eyes up here,” he says, fixing his intense gaze directly into my eyes, and pointing, with the same two fingers, to his face. When he has my attention, he replaces his hand. Staring nervously, into his kind eyes, our feet step to the rhythm. Quick, quick, slow, slow, over and over again. For the most part, he takes it easy on me, but there are a few times when I almost lose the rhythm, and mess us both up. Luckily, he is very patient, not to mention, he leads very well. By the end of the dance, I am grinning broadly. I’m doing it. I’m actually doing a Two-Step. My heart is racing, at the thought of the song coming to an end. The nerve-wracking Two-Step, is almost over. But then, our time together is almost finished too. That thought is sobering.

“Thank you very much, for the dance,” he says, as the song ends. Then he gently lifts my hand to his mouth, and plants a soft kiss on the back. His lips linger there for longer than is customary. When he lifts his eyes to meet mine, my heart races again. I feel my cheeks heat.

“You’re welcome.” My response is breathy. And with that, he walks me off the dance floor, bows his head, slightly, and disappears into the crowd.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes. The middles of my books can be difficult. I usually know exactly how I want them to start and end, but the details in the middle can be sketchy. My characters tell me where their stories will go, so I try not to plan too much. I’ve tried making an outline of each chapter, but my characters just look at me and laugh. They usually get what they want, and it’s almost always better than I could have planned.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Colleen Hoover, so far, is my favorite author. She writes in a similar, casual style that I love. Her words are compelling and she is definitely one author I automatically one click.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

The only travelling I do is onto Google. Fortunately, you can research anything by letting your fingers tap the correct keys. I do travel to local venues for signings and readings, but I don’t usually venture outside a ten mile radius, for now.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design all my own covers. I select the photos, and font. I have a graphic designer put it all together for me, but the hardest part is deciding what the perfect look should be.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part is always finding the time to steal away from my family. My husband is a saint when it comes to taking care of family matters while I’m otherwise engaged. He doesn’t mind sharing me with my characters.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned I am good at what I do. Not the best maybe, but good enough to stand with some famous authors. I’ve also learned that I can accomplish a new goal, even though I never envisioned this path for myself.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, and write often. Also, don’t expect to get popular overnight. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t over advertise yourself, and be kind, always.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes! Thank you for taking a chance on an author you’ve never heard of before. I appreciate each and every one of you. My existence in the world of Contemporary Romance books is because of the positive feedback you give me. I want to send out a special thanks to those of you who take time out of your busy schedule to write a review. It means more to me than you’ll ever know. Lastly, I want to thank you for commenting on Facebook takeovers and giveaways, even when you’re not entering the contest. Your kind words like: “Not entering, but just wanted to say I loved this book,” says to me and other readers that they too, should take a chance on me. For all these reasons, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes. I just ordered a copy of it online! It was The Ghost Next Door by Wylly Folk St. John. I was a child when I read it, and was fascinated by it. I haven’t managed a reread yet, but hope to soon.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My children make me laugh frequently. They come up with some crazy ideas. Since I am, for the most part, and upbeat kind of girl, not a lot makes me cry. Sad movies do it, as well as real life horror stories from some of the foster children that have come through my door, make a huge impact on my heart.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?

The list is endless. I’d like to meet Jesus, to ask Him why the world is the way it is. I’d like to meet Robert Pattinson, well, just because I’m Team Edward. Patrick Swayze because I’ve always been a dancer and I’m in awe of his skills in that field. Colleen Hoover and Jennifer Probst, so I can pick their brains. Derek Hough from Dancing With the Stars, just because I’d love to be his partner for a season. And if I had to pick one more, it would have to be Christopher Reeve, or Henry Cavill. I’d just like to know how it feels to be Superman.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

Here lies Kate Squires. She was a very talented New York Times best-selling author, but most of all, she was sweet, kind, and caring.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

I love crafts of any kind. Sometimes I’ll go to craft shows, look at something someone has created, go home, and duplicate it. I also love dancing and singing, both of which I do pretty well.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Impractical Jokers, Big Bang Theory, Castle, and Grey’s Anatomy for TV. Letters to Juliet and anything Nicholas Sparks had a hand in, for the romantic in me. The Twilight Saga, Divergent, The Hunger Games and the like, for my more adventurous side. I’m not ashamed to say I’ll be there on opening night when Fifty Shades of Grey premieres as well.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favorite foods are Chicken, Chocolate, and veggies. (Sounds gross when I put them all together.) My favorite colors are Pink, Green and Purple. I love country music but have been known to download movie soundtracks just for some instrumental sounds. I also like some classical stuff too. The top forty is okay too, in moderation.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Well, I’m not just a writer so I can say that I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing right now. I’m a dance teacher, and a nurse’s aid, at present, but I’ve also been a dog groomer too. My dream job though, is to be a well-known writer. I’m not sure if I’ll ever reach my goal, but I’m closer than I’ve ever been before.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

My website is www.KateSquiresAuthor.com. There you can read all about me, and my books. There are direct links to Amazon and Smashwords, synopsis, sample chapters, and info about upcoming events and new books. Everything you need to know is all right there. If you’re bored, stop in and say hello. I reply to every email and private message I get, so don’t be shy. I love hearing from my readers! I’m also on all social media, and you can find my contact information under the ‘contact’ tab on my website.

Amazon Page http://www.amazon.com/Kate-Squires/e/B00MG5V8D0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

Here are the links to my books:

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That Kiss

(Amazon)

http://www.amazon.com/That-Kiss-Promise-Book-ebook/dp/B00KX6FNT4/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1423160721&sr=1-1&keywords=that+kiss

(Smashwords)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/503979

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That Promise

(Amazon)

http://www.amazon.com/That-Promise-Kiss-Book-ebook/dp/B00LKWBCSG/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1423160859&sr=1-1&keywords=that+promise

(Smashwords)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/503995

 

I’d just like to take a moment to say thank you to Fiona for letting me do this interview. She’s kind enough to want to know more about me, so she can relay it all to you. I’ve done my best to answer her questions, so I hope you weren’t bored. Thanks so much for taking the time to compile these questions, Fiona. It was so much fun answering them!