Kate's business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate's stories richer and more vivid.
Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.
Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. They enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers.
It's my pleasure! It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which just hit shelves earlier this month:
Is she part of the solution... or the problem?
It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego's international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport's chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question.
With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O'Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana's best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren't misplaced... but it wouldn't be the first time he's misjudged someone's intentions.
As a huge fan of first lines, I'd love to hear the first line of When I Found You. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?
"The pilot’s bringing the plane back?" Ariana Atkins, chief of security and asset protection for the San Diego International Airport, swiveled away from her desk and stared at her senior security manager.Although I write fiction, my personal belief is that for a reader to be drawn into a story (among other attributes) it has to be genuine and credible. I try to draw on my personal knowledge and experiences to the extent possible, ensure that I do the necessary research and, at times, fictionalize facts.
I have been fascinated by airports and the aviation sector for as long as I can remember. Professionally, I have had some involvement in the industry. As such, I have more insight into an airport’s operation than the average person might, and I also tend to pay more attention to media coverage of airport or aviation related incidents.
My primary goal for the opening scene is to establish the setting and introduce the main characters in a way that will capture the reader’s interest. An airline pilot deciding to bring an aircraft back shortly after takeoff and for a somewhat unusual reason engages both the hero and the heroine under less than ideal circumstances, and will hopefully accomplish this goal. Without giving away too much, I will say that this scene is a case of fictionalizing an actual occurrence.
Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out how Kate came up with the title and the hero's name, and what her guiltiest pleasure is. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of your choice of one of the previous books from the K-9 trilogy, so you don't want to miss that either!