Best Selling Author Vicki Hinze – A Writer for All Seasons

By Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes

My blogging and spy novel writing partner, Holmes, and I have been restless lately. Fidgety and irritable. Unable to sleep at night. Piper even found herself re-arranging the objects on her writing desk into alphabetical order, muttering about blog hideouts, interrogations, and best selling authors. That’s when we knew it had happened. It was undeniable. We had become Best Selling Author Serial Interviewers.

Rather than deny ourselves the pleasure of talking with more greats like Sandra Brown and James Rollins, we began stalking our new target, Award Winning, Best Selling Author Vicki Hinze. We believe she is the perfect prisoner guest for the Romance Doctors in this season of Valentine Love.

Vicki Hinze

Vicki Hinze can write anything. She has several popular series from romantic suspense to military thrillers to Christian fiction and non-fiction books on the writing craft. She has published over twenty-five books in as many as sixty-three countries and won multiple awards since her writing career began in 1987. A kind and sharing lady who enjoys associating with others, Vicki Hinze is also one of the charter sponsors of International Thriller Writers and served on its Board of Directors.

We are honored today to welcome Vicki Hinze to our blog.

Please make yourself comfortable, Ms. Hinze…. What? Open a window? I do apologize, but that actually isn’t a window. We just put up some curtains because we knew you were coming and wanted to make the cement walls a bit cozier.

Thank you so much for allowing our black helicopter to bring you here to our blog hideout.

I appreciate the opportunity and the ride.  You know I have a special fondness for all things military and those that fly.  (I married a Hurricane Hunter I asked to get into something safer.  He went into Special Ops. 🙂 )

You have a well-deserved reputation for the sort of kindness and generosity that pays it forward. Who were some of the people who helped and influenced you when you were new to the publishing world?

There have been many.  First, I’d have to say Nina Coombs-Pykarre.  At the time she’d published about 60 novels, and yet she invested a great deal of her time bleeding red on everything I wrote.  That was two decades ago, and I still in my head ask myself, “Would Nina buy into this?”  Susan Wiggs has been another mentor.  She’s a very savvy business woman and since the first time I met her has always been home when I’ve had questions or needed to talk over business issues.  There’ve been many mentors over the years, and I’m grateful to all of them.  In this business, you rarely have the opportunity to pay back those who help you, but you can pay it forward, and I’ve tried hard to do that and will so long as I’m able.

You write romantic suspense, military thrillers, science fiction, Christian thrillers, and pretty much everything else. Is there any correlation between events in your life and the types of book you prefer to write at any given time?

Honestly, I write about what I’m fearing most at the time or about something that sets me off like a rocket.  For example, I was midway through a three-book contract for paranormal romance novels when I went to the commissary (grocery store on a military base).  Anyway, this young airman and his wife were standing in the aisle debating between buying a jar of peanut butter and a can of tuna–they couldn’t afford both.  I was stunned to hear that, went home did some research and discovered the lowest four pay grades in the military were eligible for food stamps.  I went postal.  They put their lives on the line for us, their families sacrifice too, and they’re eligible for food stamps?  I went on a “this has to change” binge with elected reps (and it has now) and called my editor.  I wanted to write military romantic suspense/thrillers that depicted the special difficulties soldiers and their families face.  Like custody battles due to deployments.  Military romantic suspense/thrillers hadn’t really been done, but the editor trusted me and we went for it.  That gave me the opportunity to write about a lot of fears–environmental terrorism (before the phrase was coined)–fear of our water supply being poisoned, our food supply, dirty bombs.  I wrote about all of those things in the mid 90s before they were totally on everyone’s radar.

It’s God’s sense of humor, when you get down to it.  I hate to cook, so where do I have the most epiphanies?  In grocery stores.  And in a quirk I can’t explain, I marry my fears to them.  That often results in a new sub-genre, or something being done differently than it has been, but I’m okay with that.  It’s interesting and challenging.  I gravitate toward challenges.

Your books or articles are published in over 60 countries. When publishers in countries that are very different from America contract for your books, do they ever ask you to change things to appeal to their local cultures?

Typically in these situations that’s established in contracts.  That publishers can alter content so that it is consistent with the market in the distribution area. When you think about it, it’s it everyone’s best interest.  Something that is ordinary and totally acceptable in one culture could be extremely offensive in another.  The objective isn’t to isolate or irritate readers.  Now, authors are seeing more contracts call for world rights and those contracts do retain rights on that front.  Since the objective is to provide great reads, it’s a common sense thing to give the work the best possible chance for attaining its objectives.

Christian fiction is a relatively new publishing genre, if you don’t count the Book of Esther. Some people think Christian fiction is all about prayer meetings, devout pioneer women, and girls in fluffy dresses giggling over boys at youth camp, but your books include such gritty turns such as murder and human trafficking. How would you describe the Christian (faith-based) thriller genre to people who are not already familiar with it?

That’s a common misconception about the Christian fiction market and I’m not sure why it exists.  Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from life’s problems or insulate you from realities occurring in the world.  What it does do is give you tools to cope with those challenges and an understanding that whatever you face, you don’t face it alone.  Christian fiction is as diverse as human beings.  You will find people struggling in relationships, struggling against bad things that happen to them, hard times, and all the rest.  It’s a solutions-oriented genre, and one that embraces constructive solutions to everyday problems as well as ones we hope we never have to face.

Often what happens is out of our control.  But how we react to it is in our control.  Faith provides a foundation to sustain us and knowledge of faith provides us tools and constructive solutions.  You’ll find the same diversity in the challenges, obstacles or conflicts that you encounter in any thriller. 

Your newest faith-based thriller, NOT THIS TIME, was released yesterday. Would you please tell us about it?

This is the third book in my Crossroads Crisis Center series.  The books all stand alone and you need not have read FORGET ME NOT or DEADLY TIES first.  It’s a story about two friends that started what’s become a very successful business.  One marries a man that the other can’t stand.  When he goes missing, is kidnapped, and reported murdered, she becomes the prime suspect.  Her partner, the man’s wife, is hospitalized, and this suspect, Beth, must choose.  More than anything she’s wanted this man out of their lives.  Now she suffers torn loyalties.  Does she do the easy thing or the right thing?  Does she put her effort and energy and resources into protecting him?  It’d be right and best in her judgment to not lift a finger, but can she live with herself if she takes that route?  And unless she finds the truth, will she be blamed for everything that’s gone wrong?  Terrorism rocks the town and all signs point to someone close to her being responsible for it.  She fears the truth.  Fears uncertainty.  And she fears the answer to a question she must ask:  is anyone so evil that they’re beyond redemption?

Hard questions, and sometimes not-so-pretty answers.  But we eventually have to face what is.  Not what we wish or want to be reality.  Yet when we do, we gain gems.  New insights, bits of wisdom that help us endure and grow and move on in life stronger for the experience.  Sometimes we discover that what we thought was true wasn’t true at all, and we face our futures with that expanded vision.

We have a big fan of yours here who would like to ask you a few questions, if you don’t mind a bit of dog hair.

Not a bit.  I love pooches.  Especially this rascal. 

*crosses to intercom* Rolf, please bring in The Love Pooch.

Daisy. She had this opportunity to do this final interview with Ms. Hinze shortly before passing on.

It’s so nice to meet you, Ms. Hinze. *lick, lick, wag, wag* I love your books. You really know how to appeal to your dog readership with all of that action and romance. Dogs are all about being active and loving people.

Loyal, too.  *scratching scruff*.  It’s great to see you, Daisy.

My pet human tells me you enjoy oil painting. I know at least one of your books, BEYOND THE MISTY SHORE, involves a mysterious painting. Do you often incorporate art and painting into your books?

I don’t.  Well, once in a while I do.  It’s hard to get a lot of action and adventure going on there, and since 1995, most of the books I’ve done have had heavy military influences.  Not much art or time for painting in between fighting terrorists and preventing biological, chemical or nuclear attacks, you know?  Yes, Misty Shore, the first Seascape book, is about a mysterious artist and a particular painting of the mystical Maine, Seascape Inn.  I also have an artist play a pivotal role in FORGET ME NOT, the first Crossroads book.  Otherwise, it just hasn’t fit.

I know you also enjoy home improvement. I like home improvement, too. I’ll bet you can do much more with your opposable thumbs and tools than I can do with my teeth. Do you draw on your love of home improvement for any of your novels?

True about the thumbs, Daisy, but your teeth are far stronger, to be sure.  Actually I finished a proposal for a mini-series of books on home improvement recently.  I’m not sure yet I’ll write them, but you know the idea holds appeal.  I love home improvement projects.  A couple years ago, my pet human, a.k.a. Hubby, got tired of the racket and domestic upset and asked for a six-month moratorium on me knocking down any walls.  I opted for a year.  Then last February, we did two major projects.  Both are done now except for a few tidbits.  One more big project to go.  Gutting the kitchen.  Hubby’s an amazing woodcarver (usually of fish and ducks since I tried to kill the carved rattlesnake he had the poor judgment to leave on the kitchen bar overnight) and I’ve conned, er, asked him to build the cabinets.  He agreed and wanted to get started now, but I suggested we wait until after hunting season.  He liked that idea.  Between you and me, Daisy, I did, too.  I need the rest from all that hammering. 🙂

Would you mind dropping by Piper’s place and helping me fix a door frame I chewed? There was this little thunderstorm, you see, and….

I totally understand, Daisy.  *rubbing scruff*  Alex–I was her pet human–hated thunderstorms.  She handled bombs being dropped on the range that jarred windows and teeth just fine, but lightning made her a nervous wreck. She loved to chew ice.  Do you like ice?  Alex would bat the icemaker on the fridge door and get her own.  That worked out fine until we had a hurricane and no electricity.  She batted and batted and got no ice.  She was not a happy puppy about that.

Now, Daisy, it’s not appropriate to ask Ms. Hinze for home improvement assistance. She’s our guest.

*crosses to intercom* Rolf, would you please take The Love Pooch?

Wait.  *Smooch*  Bye, Daisy.  You stay in touch and here’s a “cookie” *dog biscuit* for later when your pet human says it’s okay. 

Thank you, Ms. Hinze. *lick, lick, wag*

Ms. Hinze, can you tell us anything about your current project? Will it be another faith-based thriller, or are you returning to one of your earlier genres?

I’m working on a new series, actually, called Lost, Inc.  Two books are done.  I’m just starting on the third one.  Don’t know the title of it yet, but I think it’s going to be My Deadly Valentine (obviously a February planned release).  They are faith-based romantic thrillers.

You know, every novel I’ve written, regardless of genre, has had suspense, mystery and romance.  The defining factor has been which of those three elements gets emphasis, and to know that I have to develop the story or write it to see what happens.  The Lost, Inc. books are romance with a mystery/suspense element in a faith-based setting.  NOT THIS TIME is a suspense with a mystery and a touch of romance in a faith-based theme.

What comes after this third Lost, Inc. book?  Honestly, I’m not sure.  I have two others in progress that are unrelated, three possible new series, all of which are in some stage of development, a great idea for a new mainstream thriller series, and I’ve been doing a lot of reading in a genre I haven’t tackled to see if I want to tackle it.  Could be fun, but the jury is still out.  I need to read more books in it before deciding for sure.

When I finish this Lost, Inc. novel, I’ll know.  One of the projects will start haunting me, nagging me, waking me up during the night with ideas, and that’s the one I’ll focus on next.

Are there any questions you wish we had asked you here today, or any further comments you would like to share with us?

If you don’t mind, I’d like to expand just a bit on your last question, for your readers who are writers, enough to say that it’s far easier to build a career by writing one type of book.  You build a readership that knows what to expect from you and that helps gain momentum.  I obviously haven’t done that.  I’ve known that I should, but my mind doesn’t work that way and forcing it to violates my vision of success.  I’m a purpose writer of healing books.  So I follow where that takes me.  Self indulgent?  Yes.  Harder to build a readership?  Yes.  Gratifying?  Oh yes.  But if you can write one type of book in one genre, that’s clearly better for building a career–provided it’s the career you want to build.  Just tossing that out there because it’s worth making deliberate choices not drifting onto harder roads.

Thank you so much for sharing your time with us and visiting our blog. It’s been an honor. We’ll have to ask you to put the blindfold back on before you leave, but you’re welcome to take it off before you parachute out over your home. You might like to keep it though. It makes a lovely sleep mask.

Why thank you.  I appreciate the lovely gift, and getting to visit with you here in the cave.  I’ve read about it, of course, but visiting firsthand is a whole different experience.  And my very best *hugs* to you and Holmes, Piper.  Oh, wait.  I nearly forgot.  I brought gifts.  A gold pen for you, Piper.  No, that’s not your name inscribed on it.  It’s the guarantee.  “Thou shalt never experience writer’s block.”  And this is for Holmes. *passes box.*  I know how much Holmes loves things that go boom, so here’s a new ACOG scope for his Sig.  All the bells and whistles–aim is everything, dahlink.

What thoughtful gifts! Thank you so much, Ms. Hinze. You are every bit as gracious as your reputation foretold.

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Ms. Hinze is safe once more in her writing cave, and our interview-junkie shakes have calmed for the moment. Our sincere thanks to this lovely, talented lady whose heart is becoming legend in the writing world. You can find her new book at NOT THIS TIME, as well as all of her books at her website, Vicki Hinze. Also, you can find NOT THIS TIME at a Christian bookstore near you. Find a Christian bookstore near you.


James Rollins and New Characters for Sigma Force

Sometimes, Fortune smiles down, and early this summer, she smiled on us. Holmes and I were driving along a pristine mountain road, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, when a movement caught our attention. It seemed to be a man, trussed up like a Christmas goose and wriggling about in the ditch. Half dazed, he was muttering something about a crazy blonde woman . . . Kristen Lamb, I think it was . . . and a white van. We helped him up and took him home. And, as Fortune would have it, that man was none other than New York Times bestselling author, James Rollins.

James Rollins is the author of seven Sigma Force novels, as well as the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and the Jake Ransom YA series. He is known for high adventure drawn from his extensive and accurate knowledge of science, technology, and history. He is also a veterinarian who regularly contributes his time to his local clinic to spay and neuter animals.

He was so grateful for our help that he agreed to an interview here on our blog. . . .

James Rollins in the woods near the site where we found him.

Good to see you, Dr. Rollins. Thank you for visiting our blog today. I appreciate your cooperation with the handcuffs and the blindfold. I’m sure, as the author of the Sigma Force series, you understand we can’t be too careful about people tracking us to our blog.

Please. Have a seat in the steel chair while I turn on the light. . . . Too bright for you? Oh, you’ll get used to it. . . . No. That burly fellow by the board and bucket isn’t the mysterious Holmes. Holmes leaves the interrogations interviews to me. That’s my assistant, Rolf.

Rolf, you may go now. I’m sure Dr. Rollins won’t be any trouble, will you, now, Dr. Rollins? . . . Just leave that can of RedBull, Rolf, and fill the bucket with water on your way out.

Now, Dr. Rollins. Thank you, again, for being here with us today. . . . You seem to be shivering. What a shame we don’t have a sweater for you. We’ll just get on with the questioning, then.

What was the inciting incident in your own life that inspired your commitment to writing novels?

I don’t know if there was one defining moment, but more a series of ones:  my mom loved to read and instilled it in us kids; reading a lot made me want to write; and finally I figured if I’m ever going to write, I’d better stop dreaming about it and do it.  So I wrote a bunch of short stories that are now safely buried in my backyard and hopefully will never see the light of day—then one day I felt secure enough to tackle the bulk of a whole novel.

*crosses to intercom* Rolf. Send a team to Dr. Rollins’ backyard.

So tell me, Dr. Rollins, when did you first realize you had become a celebrity?

Celebrity?  Me?  I don’t think I’ve reached that status yet.  When I get involved in a blog war with Paris Hilton (or Perez Hilton, I have trouble telling them apart), then I’ll know I’m a true celebrity.

That is a common issue with those two. Being able to tell them apart, that is. . . . Recently, you mentioned that you’re working on a book with your friend and fellow New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry. When you two work together, what is the division of labor? In other words, how does this arrangement work in a practical sense?

It’s actually a short story, and as we’ve not officially begun that process, I can’t say how that will work out.  I’m thinking we’ll end up on some dueling range with pistols at dawn over some trivial bit (a name of a character; the color of the hero’s shirt, etc.).  Whoever wins that duel will get top billing.

I certainly hope you sell tickets to that duel. I have a lovely Sig Sauer you’re welcome to borrow if you need it.

Now, do you actually travel to all of the places in your books? If not, what sorts of things do you do to research those places?

I travel to about 65-70% of the places that I write about.  But I seldom travel for research.  I simply travel for the pleasure of it, gather notes, take pictures, and ask weird questions of locals (“What’s a strange story no one knows about this place?”). Then I shelve it all away until my characters cross that territory.  For those places that I don’t travel, my research is a combination of Internet searches, digging through stacks at libraries, and doing interviews.  Of the two ways, I prefer the traveling.

When you travel, do you pack more like a commando on a mission or a barfly on a one night stand? In other words, are you the guy passing out the sunscreen, or the one borrowing it?

I pack pretty light.  I hate checking luggage.  I did a two week book tour with only a carry-on bag.

*Note to self: Bring extra sunscreen for James Rollins at DFW Writers Conference 2012.*

One of your Sigma Force protagonists, Painter Crowe, is a Native American. What inspired you to write a Native American main character into your books?

For too long, the main characters of action adventures were all Caucasian—and male.  I wanted to stomp all over that stereotype by creating a team that is as diverse as real life, where the women are not regulated to the role of arm candy for the hero or the damsel in distress who needs rescuing.

I certainly appreciate that about your Sigma Force books, and on behalf of women and my small percentage of Native American ancestors, thank you.

Pardon me a moment. *crosses to intercom* Rolf. Bring in the Love Pooch.

Daisy, The Love Pooch

Dr. Rollins, my dog, Daisy, is a big fan of yours. She’ll be questioning you now for a bit. . . . What? The RedBull? Perhaps after the interview, if you give us enough information.

Hi Dr. Rollins. *lick, lick, wag, wag* It’s so nice to meet you. You seem like a nice writer vet. The vet my pet human takes me to is nice, too, but he gets too personal with me. You’re not going to get personal with me, are you?

Well, it depends on the presenting complaint of the client.  Sometimes there’s no way NOT to get up close and personal.

I love meeting writers who get it. Writers who understand that dog readership is a driving force in today’s market. Would you please explain the benefits of having animals in books?

As a veterinarian, I simply enjoy folding them into the story.  I knew from third-grade that I wanted to be a vet, and though I only do volunteer work with my vet degree, that passion still runs strong.  So animals keep creeping in on silent paws into my books.  Also, I think an animal is a great way to personalize and characterize the men and women in a story.  Are they a cat person or a dog person?  Can they ride a horse?  What type of dog or cat do they have?  These details can really make a significant difference in how a reader views a character.

I know they certainly matter to me and to my pet human.

There’s been lots of news about Cairo, the war dog who took down Bin Laden. (Sincere thanks to Cairo’s pilots and assistants.) War dogs are really hot, the way they sky dive and save their pet humans from bombs. Have you ever considered adding a war dog to the Sigma Force team?

In fact, that’s coming up in my very next book:  Tucker Wayne and his canine partner, Kane.  They are an incredible team.

Oh! That’s so exciting! Do you know any war dogs you could introduce to me?

Well, Daisy, Kane is not spoken for at this moment—but first he needs to survive his first Sigma adventure.  Then we’ll talk…maybe over biscuits and a rawhide bone.

That would be lovely. I love biscuits and rawhide bones and war dogs and nice writer vets. Especially all in the same place.

I loved your new novel, The Devil Colony, too. For those who don’t know, it’s about a brave dog named Kawtch who flies in helicopters and goes spelunking and saves the world from total apocalypse with a little help from a few minor characters. He’s like a war dog. Does he have a mate? And does he like tall girls?

Unfortunately, Kawtch has his eye on a cute golden retriever.  He has a thing for redheads.

Oh. . . . Do they need a maid? 

That’s not appropriate, Daisy. Rolf, you may take Daisy back, now.

Dr. Rollins, many people, myself included, are already looking forward to your next Sigma Force novel. Is there anything you can share with us about it?

Well, I think I’ve given a small hint about a new character.  As to the rest, that’s still tightly under wraps—except in this next book, Sigma goes head-to-toe with the true leaders of the Guild.  And only one group will be left standing afterward.  And how that all ends is a shocker.

Ah. Now, that’s the answer that gets you the RedBull.

Thank you so much for your time here today. I do apologize, but we’ll need to put you back in the handcuffs and blindfold as we leave. You can take them off when we push you out of the plane over your house. Just count to ten and pull the cord for the chute. You’ll be fine.

James Rollins is now safely back in his writing cave once more until at least December. You can find his bestselling books at his James Rollins website, on Amazon, or at Barnes & Noble.

Thank you, again, James Rollins, for your time, and for being such a good sport about the chute getting tangled up. It was an honor to have you visit.

Any questions or comments?

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

Holmes–Student of Sex, C4, and Hollow Points


Kait Nolan: Wolf Writer, Wolf Kisser

To cap off our Labor of Love Day festivities, Holmes and I are pleased to have a chat with romance writer extraordinaire, Kait Nolan*. Kait just released her new book, Red, which is a YA twist on the Red Riding Hood tale, because, after all, every fairy tale has a dark side.

I downloaded Red to my nook as soon as it came out, and it disappeared just as quickly. No, nothing is wrong with my nook. My 13-yr-old daughter took off with it. She started reading and didn’t stop until she was finished. Except for once, that is, when the tension had her so caught up she had to run into my office and bemoan Sawyer’s dire situation. This is what my very discriminating daughter had to say about Kait Nolan’s newest novel. . . .

Red is a thrilling adventure with surprises around every corner. A wonderful mix of romance, violence, and supernatural transformations. An absolutely intoxicating read!”

Kait Nolan. She even looks like a romance writer, doesn’t she? Her answers are the ones in bold.

So Kait, we’re delighted for the chance to get to know you better.

We’d like to start out by asking, what was your inspiration for Red? What tipped the scales for you from passing idea to active endeavor?

The voices.  They wouldn’t hush.  Elodie literally woke me up at night telling me her story.  Which did not put me in particularly good humor with her, as I value my sleep.  But the only solution was to tell her tale.

Sounds like a strong young lady.

Piper’s daughter was so excited about your writing after reading Red that she downloaded the rest of your books. We realize it’s a bit late to ask this, but are all of your books YA?

Actually no, this is my first YA (published anyway—I’ve got a lot of YA manuscripts collecting dust in the manuscript graveyard).  But it won’t be my last.  It’s SO MUCH FUN writing YA. 

BTW, you might want to warn her about one, um, ahem…steamy scene in Forsaken By Shadow.  It’s not too graphic on a romance novel scale, but just sayin’…

Thank you. I’ll be sure to mention that to her. What other books have you written, and what genres are they?

Everything else I have out is a sort of paranormal romance/urban fantasy hybrid (I tend to have too much romance for strictly urban fantasy, but way more action than the typical romance).  There are currently two novellas in the Mirus series (Forsaken By Shadow, Devil’s Eye) and a freebie short story (Blindsight) in the same world.   I’ll be putting out an omnibus of all three (Genesis) in e and print within the next month or so.  Then moving on to full length novels in that series.

Sounds like plenty to keep you busy. Having read your blog and tweeted with you for several months, we have the impression that you are one of the most dedicated writers we’ve ever met. How many hats do you wear, exactly?

Researcher (full-time), college instructor in psychology (part-time), writer (in-between-time), domestic engineer (other-in-between-time), food blogger, and general goddess-in-training

That’s a lot of hats. So are you telling us you are really a cyborg, and you never have to sleep?

Sleep?  What is this sleep thing of which you speak?  I am proudly sleep-deprived since I graduated college in 2002.  😀  Seriously, though, it is a major challenge.  You know that whole “people need an average of 8 hours a night?”  Well I’m at the upper end of that average.  My body wants 10 HOURS.  I usually get about 7.  I am firmly convinced that instituting world-wide daily nap time for grown-ups would be a major step in achieving world peace.

Hear, hear! Now, you clearly must love writing to be so dedicated. What did you love most about writing Red?

I loved stepping out of my Mirus world (which I love) and playing in a new one.  It’s always a joy to me to explore new worlds and new characters, and in this case it was particularly fun to be…not an adult for a while. 

What’s your favorite thing about Elodie Rose, the leading lady of Red?

Elodie kicks butt.  She’s strong, independent, and capable and doesn’t wait around expecting somebody else to come save her or fix her problems for her.

What’s your favorite thing about Sawyer, the young man/wolf?

His bu…I mean, his absolute dedication to Elodie.  He totally respects her strength and doesn’t feel threatened by it.

Sounds like a good man. Especially if he has a nice “bu….” (Holmes insists I note that last sentence was a Piper comment, and not a Holmes comment.) When you finished Red, did you dive right into a new project?

Oh I tried.  It didn’t go well. My brain, it esploded. 

Lol. Can you give us any hints about the topic of your next book?

Well, I can’t say with 100% conviction, but I’m probably going back to my Mirus world to play around with that other favorite wolf-shifter featured in Devil’s Eye.

While reading your blog, Piper discovered a page with great gluten free recipes. Since more and more people are realizing they are sensitive to gluten, have you ever considered writing a cookbook?

Not so much, no.  I enjoy food blogging and sharing recipes for food I enjoy.  But I’m not sure I’d have enough totally original recipes for a formal cookbook.   Now a fiction series that includes recipes…THAT I’d like to do.

Piper’s dog, Daisy, was very excited to know we’d be speaking with you here today. She has a few questions for you, too, if you don’t mind.


Hi Kait. *wags tail* I’m so happy to meet an author who gets it. . . . Oh, sorry about that fur on your dress. . . . Stephanie Meyer got it. She wrote those books about that sexy Jacob and some other characters that cluttered up the rest of the pages. Dog readership is a driving force in today’s book market, you know. Jacob was my main alpha, but now you’ve given me another sexy wolf to love in Sawyer. *rrrowww, wag, wag*

Who wants a tummy rub?  *scratch scratch scratch rub*  Who’s a good girl?  Have a meatball.

Thank you. *lick, lick* Those were some great kisses in the book. You know. The ones where the token girl gets to kiss the brave, sexy wolf. It was clear you wrote that from first hand experience. Did you get to kiss lots of wolves for that material, or do you have a main wolf?

I do have a main wolf.  We’ve been happily mated for just over twelve years now.

Did it taste like meatloaf? I love meatloaf. I always imagined kissing a wolf would taste like meatloaf.

That would depend entirely on what I made for dinner …

So I remember seeing some stuff about Arnold Schwarzenegger in the news recently, and I was wondering if that super-wolf, Sawyer, and that token girl who follows him around need a maid?

Now, Daisy . . . That’s not appropriate. Sorry about that, Kait. I’m still working with her.

I’d love to know what else you would like to tell us about Red?

I suppose that it is a stand-alone.  I keep getting asked if there will be a sequel.  It wasn’t written with a sequel in mind, and at present I don’t see much room for one, but I’ve learned never to say never with my characters.

Is there a question you wish we had asked you today?

Can’t think of a thing.

Since we are The Romance Doctors, and you’re a romance writer, do you have any questions for us?

Not at the moment, but give me time to get into the next WIP.  I’m sure something will present itself!

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog and giving us a chance to learn more about you and Red. Sorry about that dog slobber. A touch of Dawn liquid should get that right out . . .  Daisy, get out of Kait’s car . . .

Red, which is highly recommended by both Piper and the most discriminating YA reader you’ll ever find, her daughter, is available at Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, and All Romance EBooks. It’s been an honor to speak with you today, Kait. Thank you for stopping by.

Do you folks have any questions for Kait?

Piper Bayard—The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

Holmes—Student of Sex, C4, and Hollow Points

*Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. The work of this Mississippi native is packed with action, romance, and the kinds of imaginative paranormal creatures you’d want to sweep you off your feet…or eat your boss.  When she’s not working or writing, she’s in her kitchen, heading up a revolution to Retake Homemade from her cooking blog, Pots and Plots.

You can catch up with her at her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.