To encourage you to read on, I've included pictures of our heroes below!
When Love Matters Most's hero Rick Vasquez, left, and Seized's Kyle (Mac) McKenzie, right.
It's a little unfair that Elizabeth picked Hugh Jackman first for her hero, FBI Hostage Rescue agent Kyle (Mac) McKenzie, because I think Mr. Jackman would be perfect as San Diego Police Department K-9 Unit sergeant Rick Vasquez. Elizabeth did think of it first so I (grudgingly) let her have him, but you must admit that Rick doesn't look too shabby in the picture either.
So, to celebrate our releases (and because we have a lot of fun working together), we've done a number of joint promotions. For something a little different, I decided to ask Elizabeth to join me for this post to answer a few common questions we get asked. I hope you enjoy our interview!
Elizabeth: I’ve always been fascinated and awed by the jobs that law enforcement officers do. It’s a natural fit for a suspense series, because then you have a reason to throw investigations at them book after book! I picked the FBI because I wanted a character who would work at the federal level, and who I could send all over the country (or world) if I wanted. And as I had the chance to meet former and current federal agents, it only strengthened my desire to write about these fascinating people who choose to put their lives on the line to protect others.
Kate: I have tremendous respect and appreciation for law enforcement personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, and I love all animals, with a particular fondness for dogs. In that context, the K-9 trilogy was a natural outcome for me.
I have to admit, having a lot of fun doing the research was a great motivator, too. I know Elizabeth can relate to that comment!
PC Hilton of York Regional Police in Ontario is a K-9 officer and trainer, and is partnered with explosives detection dog Max. PC Hilton was extremely generous with his time, knowledge and expertise, and I loved meeting Max.
Max has his own police badge and “business cards!”
PC Hilton also gave me some “light” reading material!
Elizabeth: I totally agree! The research is one of my favorite parts! Before I started my Profiler series, I read a ton of books on the FBI, profiling and serial criminals. And with each new book, I tend to find things that interest me to work the plot around, so I can do more research!
Elizabeth, what three words would you use to best describe Kate’s When Love Matters Most?
Elizabeth: Rather than me coming up with the words, I borrowed them from a review by RT Book Reviews: action, tension and romance.
Kate, what three words would you use to best describe Elizabeth’s Seized?
Kate: Ripped-from-the-headlines (to cheat a little and make that one word!), intense, and suspenseful.
Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?
Kate: My next release will be the third book in my K-9 trilogy. The working title is When I Found You, and it’s scheduled for release on July 1st. It’s the story of K-9 Unit captain Logan O’Connor and San Diego International Airport chief of security, Ariana Atkins. Here’s a teaser:
Security breaches at San Diego’s international airport are putting passengers at risk, and bringing the competence of the airport’s chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question. With explosives being the weapon of choice, Police K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be the airport’s best line of defense. But is the airport targeted or does the perpetrator have another motive? And when it comes right down to it, can Ariana trust Logan with her life . . . and her love?
Elizabeth: I’m about to get revisions on my fourth Profiler book, Stalked, which continues to follow FBI profiler Evelyn Baine and Hostage Rescue Team agent Kyle “Mac” McKenzie. A little hint of what’s up next for Evelyn:
The secrets we keep can be deadly…
When a teenager goes missing, leaving behind a note that foretells her own death, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is put on the case. The suspects are numerous: the girl’s estranged parents, her too-smooth older boyfriend…even a possible human trafficking ring out of a nearby college campus. But the closer Evelyn gets to the truth, the harder someone works to make sure his secrets stay buried…even if it means he has to bury Evelyn, too.
Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?
Kate: I read an article some time ago that referred to fictionalizing facts. I believe every author does this to a degree. I certainly do.
Writing about what I know or have experienced leads to a more genuine, believable story, in my opinion. My background and experiences provide a wide variety of ideas and perspectives, and I hope they serve to enrich my writing. Although I don’t do it consciously, I’m certain I’ve taken characteristic and nuances from people I now and given them to my characters. No one has called me on it yet!
Elizabeth: While I’ve never straight-up tried to write a person I know, I have definitely borrowed characteristics and traits of people and blended them into characters! I think it’s natural – writers are observers by nature, and part of what we see ends up finding its way into our books. No one has called me on it either…except for with Evelyn! I’ve had people tell me they see pieces of me in her! (I choose to believe they’re talking about her determination and not her social skills! <G>)
Kate: I can definitely say that your social skills are far superior to Evelyn’s! You raise a good point, though, because my friends have said that they see pieces of me in my heroines!
What’s your favorite treat?
Kate: Anything with chocolate in it!
Elizabeth: I’m with you, Kate! If it involves chocolate, I’m there.
What’s your favorite place to read/write?
Kate: Although we sold it recently, my husband and I were fortunate to own a beautiful cottage in Lake of Bays in Ontario on the shore of a small lake. We had a guest suite on the main floor overlooking the lake. It was one of my favorite places to read or write.
Elizabeth: Your writing views are definitely inspiring!! I used to sometimes drive out to my mom’s house and write next to her pool with a cup of coffee and (you guessed it!) some chocolate! There, I’d have a goofy Newfoundland to “supervise” my writing.
At home, I generally deal with marketing and business items in my office, and take my writing into my dining room. I get a lot of “help” from my birds (and by help, I mean sitting on my shoulder, running across the keyboard or flying around the room and making me laugh!).
Kate: Oh, the running-across-the-keyboard reminded of the time Logan became a little too enthusiastic about his critiquing, and I had to buy a new laptop. Yes, that’s a tooth mark on left center of the screen!
Thank you for reading our interview, and a very special thanks to all our readers who make it possible for us to do what we love.
And don't forget that effective January, all Heartwarming releases are available in mass-market paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and all four January online releases are available in select Walmart stores all this month. To find a store near you, please visit the Harlequin website.
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