Interview with Kate Pearce

December 6, 2005 | Author Interviews

I’d like to welcome Kate Pearce to my blog. Kate and I are both members of RWAonline and Your Virtual Book Bag. Kate’s new release is a Regency set romantica published by Ellora’s Cave.
Q.) First tell us about your books.
KP: Eden’s Pleasure is a Regency-set erotic romance. It’s about a widow who is offered the opportunity by the Harcourt twins. (Gideon and Gervase) who ruined her, to make all her erotic fantasies come true.

Q.) Are you a plotter or a panster? Character-driven or plot driven? Ever try to be the opposite? Do you have a set method you use when starting a book?
KP: I’m a true panster, If I write one page of plot, character notes and a list of what’s going to happen I consider I’ve done a lot. I think I’m 50/50 on the character and plot. I love adding complexities to both. I’ve never tried to plot. I feel as if I’ve told the story and what’s the point of writing it? I try and write in a more linear fashion these days as I’m often sending out the first 3 chapters and synopsis on spec now-of course sometimes that means I have to rush to finish the book but I’m fairly prolific.

Q.) Your current book is a Regency set. What attracted you to that period? Do you plan on setting future books in this period also?
KP: I love Jane Austen and I grew up reading Georgette Heyer. I’m originally from England and grew up near London. I have a deep sense of familiarity with the time period and the places. To me, writing about it is as natural as breathing.
I’ve written a follow up to Eden’s Pleasure which I’m busy editing at the moment before I ship it off to my agent and editor and I plan to write plenty more.

Q.) Your book is also Romantica. What made you decide to write spicier?
KP: I had a sense that I wanted to push myself as a writer. I gave myself permission to ignore all my inhibitions and really write as if no one would ever see the thing. (That was my original intention, The book sat under my bed for 2 years before someone coaxed it out of me.) I’ve always found writing the love scenes easy and my agent suggested I push that aspect of my writing just to see if I could-obviously I can,…

Q.) What can readers expect to find in all your books no matter the setting?
KP: Good question. Hopefully good tight elegant writing, strong characters and plots and quite a lot of sex!

Q.) Any new projects on the horizon? What would you like to try next?
KP: I’ve flitted around a bit with the various romance sub-genres. At the moment I have a contemporary erotic romance, a sensual Regency historical and a futuristic making the rounds of editors. I’m trying to focus a bit more and even do some career planning. I completed four books this year and almost wrote myself into the ground. Next year I intend to be more careful and perhaps more selective. On the horizon? A second Regency set erotic romance, a second futuristic (if anyone likes the first one) and a big new project involving werewolves, gothic romance and a historical setting, as yet undecided.

Thanks for the interview, Kate!

To learn more about Kate and her books, check out her web site.

Till next time–stay warm. It was -8 F in Wisconsin this morning. (brrr – I’d say something else but this is a G rated blog.)