Today’s guest is Kate Hill, with her new release and a fun interview…
Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?
My name is Kate Hill, but I also write as Saloni Quinby. I’m a vegetarian New Englander. My hobbies include reading (of course!), watching horror and action movies, working out and spending time with my family and pets. I have two dogs and two cats.
Where did you get the idea for FANGS AND FISTS 1: BOLT?
I wanted to write a series about werewolves and demons that is different than the Witches and Wolves/Witches and Demons series that I write under my Saloni Quinby pen name. I knew that I wanted the werewolves to be gladiators as well. Keeping these things in mind, I outlined the Fangs and Fists series.
Are there any tricks, habits or superstitions you have when creating a story?
When I’m writing a first draft, I like to listen to music. It helps me block out this world and step into the fictional world. When I’m working on edits, though, I prefer quiet.
Do you collect anything?
Books, comic books and movies (mostly horror and action).
What was your first job?
From the age of twelve to sixteen, I worked for my father. He was a painting contractor, so I swept a lot of floors and sanded a lot of walls!
Have you written any other books that are not published?
If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please 🙂 )
Blaze from my out of print Knights of the Ruby Order series. He’s hard to communicate with, but I’d like to talk to him.
What do your friends and family think of your writing?
My family and friends are incredibly supportive. I’ve been very lucky in that way.
What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
Master Zigor from the Blood and Soul series. I’ve always called him my problem child. LOL!
How did your interest in writing originate?
For as long as can remember I’ve loved to read and tell stories. When I was a kid, reading was my favorite thing to do and I wanted to write stories of my own to entertain people.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Alexandre Dumas. His stories had everything–action, romance, great heroes and villains.
What is your favorite…
Movie – This one is too difficult to narrow down.
Music – I like mostly metal.
Place you’ve visited – The White Mountains
Place you’d like to visit – Hawaii
TV show from childhood – Scooby Doo
TV show from adulthood – This one is hard to narrow down, too.
Food – Peas
Sports team – I don’t like to watch team sports.
Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Television.
Thank you so much, Kate. I enjoyed getting to know you. Now, Kate has a question for our readers…
What is your favorite supernatural creature?
Kiara remembers what life was like living free–before she was taken by demons and bred to gladiators so that the new generations of wolves would retain their ferocity but forget their freedom. Mated to top gladiator Grit, she has a son with this surprisingly gentle lover who is also planning their escape. When Grit is killed in the arena, his close friend Bolt upholds his promise to protect Kiara and the cub.
Bolt and Kiara have loved each other from the moment they met, but they buried their feelings because she was mated to his best friend. When Grit dies, despite their guilt, Bolt and Kiara surrender to their desire for each other. Will their love be strong enough to help them win freedom from their evil masters?
“You haven’t even had time to grieve,” he said.
“Grit was a good man. I couldn’t have found a better friend here in this disgusting place, but we were thrown together. We didn’t choose each other. We decided to make something out of what we had.”
“And if you had a choice?” he whispered in a voice rough with emotion and so close to her that his breath tickled her ear.
“After what just happened, you have to ask? Haven’t you always known?”
“I want to hear it.” He grasped her upper arms and turned her to face him. His gaze burned into her. “I need to hear it, Kiara.”
“I would have chosen you, Bolt. For the times Grit and I actually mated, I would do so with you every night in my dreams.”
“Kiara.” He pulled her into a possessive embrace. Then he pulled back enough to hold her gaze again. “I’ve loved you for so long. Grit was my closest friend, but seeing you together gnawed at my heart. I didn’t want him to die, but I love you. I can’t help feeling it’s somehow wrong.”
“It’s not. I feel the same way.”
From the adjoining room came Jett’s voice.
“I have to check on him,” she said, wrapping the towel around her middle.
She left the room and Bolt followed, putting a towel around his waist.
They found the cub sitting in his crib, smiling.
“I know he’s not yours,” Kiara began, picking up Jett, but Bolt took him from her.
“Now he is,” Bolt said with as much feeling as when he’d confessed his love for her. Jett snug in his arms, he leaned closer to Kiara and whispered in her ear, “Grit told you of our escape plans.”
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.