New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots.
What was the first poem/story you wrote about?
I wrote a short story in the 8th grade. I got an A minus. Never thought about writing anything else for nearly more than twenty years.
What does writing mean to you?
Writing is a calling. It’s like having a disease you can’t get rid of. You feel compelled to make up stories and write them down on paper. It’s a love/ hate relationship.
What are some of the careers you juggled before you decided to finally become a full-time writer?
I was in the Title Insurance business for 5 years after college. I thought I would become a corporate type person. I was a real estate agent for many years and loved it. I did all kinds of odd jobs, like working for J.C. Penney and being a grocery checker, though those were just fill-in interim jobs.
What made you come up with the idea for your latest series? What sort of research did you have to do for the books?
I had an idea for this big, smart, super hunky mega-rich guy who was a real bad ass before he turned his life around. Lincoln Cain turned out to be one of my all-time favorite heroes. By the time I had finished Beyond Reason, Linc had a partner named Beau Reese. Beau was hero material so he had to have his own story, too. Then I gave Linc a younger brother so Joshua Cain had to have a story, as well. I wound up with my Texas Trilogy.
Regarding research, there is always a lot of research if you want the book to be credible. I don’t know if it’s the same for fantasy or sci-fi or something like that, but definitely for historical fiction or contemporary. Since this trilogy is set in Texas, I have been digging around in Dallas. I write a lot of police action so I have to do research on criminology. I’ve done research on terrorism for several novels lately.
Out of all your characters, which of them do you relate to the most and why?
I do well with men. I live in Montana. Which means I am around men more than women. So I like to write the hero’s part. I like to write career women better than mothers because I have never been one. I have step-kids but isn’t the same as having a baby of your own.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
It takes me six months of serious work. Even if I finish in five, it takes me a month to polish, look for mistakes, make sure it’s right and get ready for the next one.
What is the best thing a fan has ever said to you?
My favorite thing for a fan to say is “I couldn’t put it down.” That’s real success for me. Recently I had a fan write and tell me they had read forty of my books. I thought that was pretty cool.
How do you handle negative reviews? Do they help you grow as a writer?
No, they DO NOT help a writer grow. I try to avoid them at all costs. What one person will tell you is wrong, another person will love. You have to be you own person, do what you think is right. I think the best authors are constantly teaching themselves, constantly learning.
What are some things about the book industry you had no clue about until you became a writer?
I had no clue how hard it is to succeed in this business. I had no clue that publishers more often than I thought decide if you are successful or not. I thought if you just worked hard enough you would succeed, but it takes help to really make it big.
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