Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Kate Hawthorne and I’m more than thirty, but less than forty 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in San Diego, California and I’ve lived in Los Angeles for twelve years.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a wife, mom, boss, author…I have a toddler who keeps me on my toes, a wonderful husband, and a yappy eleven year old Jack Russell Terrier. I have a day job, so when I’m not there, or out and about with the family, I try to write some kinky love stories.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
On Nov. 6, I released Future Fake Husband, a collaboration I worked on with E.M. Denning. It’s the second book we’ve written together and I’m happy to share it reached #1 in gay fiction, so that’s been exciting for us! It’s free in KU – http://mybook.to/ffh
In addition to that, I’m ramping up for an early December release for the third book in my current series, Giving Consent.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing my whole life. I used to have journals everywhere when I was in junior high and I’ve actively journaled most of my life in addition to writing poetry and short stories. I never entertained writing to publish until 2017 when some friends of mine strongly encouraged it. His Kind of Love, my debut novel was released in January 2018 and I’ve never looked back.
I’ve always loved writing and I think it’s one of the easiest ways I can express myself. Writing fiction has allowed me to create new worlds and that’s so fulfilling.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Even with eight published titles I still don’t really sometimes. I think most writers suffer from impostor syndrome. I’m working with a great narrator to have my books put into audible and I think the first time I listened to chapters from His Kind of Love to proof it really hit home that I’m a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wasn’t satisified with anything I was reading, so I figured I’d write the kind of stories I felt the market needed. I’ve always wanted to write BDSM into my stories, but was hesitant to lead off with that. My first series gets kinkier as it goes on, and my second series is much heavier with that content.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for my first book was such a struggle. The manuscript itself had at least three different working titles. I was actually set on something different, even though one of my author friends had advised against it. His Kind of Love just popped up as a line one of the characters had said and it fit perfectly.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m sure I do have a style that is specific to me, but it’s not something I think I could point out. Content wise, my characters like to have sex, which some people see as a negative, but I see sex as a vehicle for characters (and people) to learn about each other and get to know their partners and themselves better, so I use that in my stories.
I think romance is hard sometimes because you really want to come up with conflict points for your book that seem organic to the plot and the characters, so it’s really important that you’re in tune with the story that needs to be told so nothing seems forced.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I pull a lot more from my real life than most people would think…I don’t intentionally base characters off people I know, though I’ve seen a lot of myself in one particular character I’ve written, it didn’t start out to be intentional.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I write from things I know and places I’ve been. That’s why most of my books take place in Los Angeles. I’m familiar with the landmarks I’m writing about. All of the dates my characters have been on are dates I’ve been on. The night may not have turned out the same for me as it did for them, but there’s bits and pieces in there.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first cover was designed by the immensely talented Dana from Designs by Dana, and the rest of my covers, including my collabs with EM Denning have been done by Samantha Santana from Amai Designs.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think especially with the BDSM I lace into my stories, I want people to see kink as something natural and accessible. So often, the power exchange dynamic is written on the page as such an extreme thing, but there’s nuances and variances to those kinds of relationships in real life. I’ve had people tell me after reading my books they’ve been able to realize things about their own sexuality they didn’t before because they found the journey of one of my characters to be relatable and that means the world to me.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
This is such a loaded question. LOL. I think Leta Blake is an absolutely phenomenally talented author. The Heat of Love books have created an amazing omegaverse and her characters are just so vibrant. When I read her books, I feel like I’m 100% invested in their lives, like they were real people. One of her recent releases, Any Given Lifetime, which is a love story that involves reincarnation is one of my top reads of the year.
I’m probably biased, but EM Denning is also another favorite of mine. I met her when she asked me to beta read the first book in her Desires series, which are also kink stories, and I saw so much of my own experiences in her characters. She has such a strong understanding of the psychology of BDSM and D/s and is able to convey it on the page with a relatable ease that I really appreciated reading.
Also, Sierra Simone, who is a queen and there isn’t a thing she could write that I wouldn’t love. She writes in first person, which I generally don’t enjoy, but her storytelling is so captivating that the POV fades away and before you know it, you’re wrapped up in whatever world she’s created.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Oh, 100% EM Denning and Lynn Van Dorn. My first novel is dedicated to them. EM made me write, and Lynn made me write better.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do see writing as a career. Unfortunately, living in Los Angeles, it’s not something I can have as a full time career because the cost of living is astronomical, but it’s a goal to work toward for sure. Writing is hard work and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book, no. My earlier books, maybe.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I actually spent a lot of time researching the California penal code trying to figure out what offenses would get a character more jail time than others.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
This is funny because one of the takeover games we like to do sometimes is, if you could cast your book with porn stars, who would it be. Haha. I’ve never put thought into what main screen actors I’d want to play any of my characters. I think if we were to cast my last release, Future Fake Husband with porn stars, it would have to be Calvin Banks as Cole and Troy Accola as Rhett.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t quit and don’t go on goodreads. LOL. In all honesty though, I think one of the most important parts of writing is having reliable beta readers who aren’t trying to kiss your ass and will give you the feedback you need. You can’t grow in your craft if you’re writing in a bubble.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For reading, for buying, for reviewing, for spreading the love, and for being so wonderful.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Broken Halos by Aimee Nicole Walker.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Definitely not. LOL. I mean I definitely had a huge collection of Little Golden Books when I was a kid. As a teen though, I remember really loving Desiree by Annemarie Selinko.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything, I’m such a crier. That Subaru commercial with the guy taking his old dog on the bucket list day makes me bawl my eyes out every time. I’m definitely a happy crier…family reunion videos, golden buzzer compilations on Americas Got Talent, winning the Great British Baking Show… As for laughing, I love childish humor. I think Super Troopers is the funniest movie ever made.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’ve never been good with these questions *hides*
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I don’t even have time for hobbies since I’ve started writing. I used to be an avid rock climber, but haven’t been able to pick that back up since I was pregnant. I like being outside and active as long as I’m not in the sun.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Outlander, The Last Kingdom, Vikings, Boardwalk Empire, Law and Order, Family Guy.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love a good cheeseburger and rootbeer float. I have simple tastes. My favorite color is green and I listen to country music most of the time, but I grew up listening to punk so I switch back to that a lot, too.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I can’t even imagine a world where I didn’t have this in my life. I’d probably read a lot more? But I don’t ever want to lose this.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Definitely with my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Kate’s words made someone’s life better.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Hawthorne/e/B0791M6HFZ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1542191068&sr=1-2-ent