Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
I am from Alberta, Canada where the summers are short and the winters are long. I love to spend time with my family, camping, bonfires, reading and cuddling with my valley bulldog, Maddy.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl and to be honest I cannot remember a time when I was not writing. I’ve always turned to words when I cannot express myself, to send a message, and I am inspired by something or someone.
My desire to create stories has always been a part of who I was. I’ve always wanted to tell tales that will evoke thought into my readers. Whether I’m writing about hatred, greed, lust, forgiveness, trust and love I want my readers to see the problems my characters face and empathise with them.
Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?
I have a lot of favourite authors. I’d have to say every single one of them inspires me. Anne Rice inspires me to push myself harder. Stephen King inspires me to be better. Nora Roberts inspires me to try something new. Jeannette Oke inspires me to remember my roots and know it will all work out.
Kim: Nora is great! Heard a lot about Anne Rice I’m yet to read any of her work.
What genre do you enjoy reading?
I read almost everything except science fiction.
So you’ve published a series, what is the series about?
The Branded Trilogy was definitely a labour of love, and well hate. When I set out to write Lakota Honor (book 1) I had no intentions of creating a trilogy and in fact wrote it as a stand-alone novel. However, readers wanted to know where Nora had gotten her talents from and so I decided to delve into the history of what Nora actually was and how she’d obtained certain powers. Thus brings Blood Curse (book 2) it is placed 200 years before Nora’s story and tells how it all began. Sacred Legacy (book 3) is a continuation of some of the characters from book 2. I love this series. I love the characters; each one having their own mountains to climb I created them to be real in my mind and my readers. I wanted to show that love does conquer all even in the midst of harrowing events.
Kim: Good job! Readers wanted more great to hear.
What was it like creating back to back stories that link?
It was fun! The best part about Sacred Legacy (book 3) is that I already knew what some of the plot was because I had set it up in Blood Curse (book 2)
What has been your most proud moment as an author?
I have proud moments all of the time…but I have to say each time I get a personal email telling me how much someone loved one of my books is the most rewarding. I am honoured to write for my readers they are the best.
Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?
Oh gosh! Everyday! I have so many stories in my head at one time and when the one I am working on doesn’t want to co-operate I get frustrated.
Kim: haha! ‘co-operate’ … humm I must say when I’m writing I do have moments in my head of ‘frustration’ = “Bitch.. imma tame you (my story/plot/character) into submission, now c’mon work with me!!”
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I am both. Sometimes I need to plot out everything in the book and sometimes the ideas are right in my head and I write them down and go!
Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?
UGH! I hate commas. Ask my editor. They make me want to drink more whiskey.
Kim’s reaction: where’s the shot glass I’ll join you.
What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?
Never give up.
Learn from other writers.
Be open to criticism.
Kim: Sounds good to me. Thank you your time Kat and all the best with your future novels.
About the Books
Author: Kat Flannery
Genre: Historical / Western / Paranormal Romance
Sizzling ROMANCE, the WILD WEST, and a dash of PARANORMAL make the BRANDED TRILOGY bundle a heart-pounding and satisfying read…
Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?
Tsura is a Chuvani, and with that comes great power…
Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris returns to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take the pendant that is the key to her power.
Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hoped to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.
But is duty and honor his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.
A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat loves to teach writing classes and give back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career
Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller twice. LAKOTA HONOR, BLOOD CURSE, and SACRED LEGACY (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s three award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.
Visit Kat at: www.katflannerybooks.com
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