I would like to thank Chris T Kat for taking the time to talk to us about stuff, things, and Sacrifices. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Title: Sacrifices (Jeff Woods Mysteries #2)
Author: Chris T Kat
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Your latest release is Sacrifices. What can you tell us about it?
Without giving away the plot? Not much, I fear. 😉 Sacrifices is the sequel to Attachment Strings, and the second book in the Jeff Woods Mystery series. The main character, Jeff Woods, has to deal with changes in his work and personal life, which are not all to his liking. He had to give up his dream job as a detective, and that’s not easy for him. His lover, Alex, has issues of his own, and these definitely keep Jeff on his toes.
If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
I probably wouldn’t get a word out if I could have a conversation with a famous author. As to whom that would be? Dean Koontz. I’ve been reading his books for decades now, and while there are a couple I don’t care much about, I usually enjoy his work. I’d love to learn the way he writes to immediately draw a reader into the story and completely forget about anything else.
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
Most characters pop into my mind with a certain name attached to them. It’s often the main character, but then I have to come up with a name for this character’s love interest, and that’s sometimes tricky. I’m not a fan of extraordinary names because they pull me out of a story, so I usually try to use ordinary names.
Sometimes a character demands an uncommon name, and if that happens, I follow the character’s lead. Yep, sometimes a change of name changes my perception of the character. Though I have to say that it usually sharpens the character, it becomes clearer in my mind.
A side note: Jeff Woods was at first named Troy, but my husband disliked the name Troy so much that I re-named him…
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. I don’t seek reviews of my books, but since I’m friends on Facebook with several reviewers, I stumble upon them.
Hmm, it very much depends on the review. If it’s a well-thought out review, then I’ll take notes and, if possible, try to avoid certain things. However, I will not change my voice or the general way I write, that’s just the way I roll. 🙂
What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
The best thing is to get reviews or even e-mails at all. I clearly remember the very first e-mail I received. It was only a one-liner, but that e-mail stuck with me because someone had been touched enough by my writing to let me know about it. That’s a really awesome feeling.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Um, reading? No wait, I don’t feel guilty about reading, not even when I really should be vacuuming. I mean the floor will get all dirty in a few minutes again anyway…
Hmm, I love collecting cross stitch and crochet patterns. I have so many, but I can never resist a new book or magazine.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d love to be a shape-shifter, so I could be able to explore the world with an animal’s senses.
What book do you keep by your bed?
I just finished reading “Treasure (The Lost Gods #1)” by Megan Derr, and right after I’m done with this interview I’ll go buy the second book in this series. 🙂
What are you working on? What is next?
Right now, I’m working on a two-book set of science-fiction novels. The first one is done and second is halfway done. It’s my first try at writing science-fiction and I’m loving it!
After that… I’m not sure. I’ll probably pick up a story about an angel that I set aside a while ago, or I’ll write another shape-shifter story. I’m hell-bent on a certain type of shifter. 😉
From the Publisher:
When he was outed on the local news, Jeff Woods gave up his dream job as a detective to become an on-air radio personality. The sacrifice was worth it to keep Alex and Sean in his life, but Alex lost his job, too. Jeff can tell Alex worries he’s pressuring Jeff too much, first with Sean and now the lack of money, but he has no idea what that will lead Alex to do. Desperate times bring out the stupidity in some people, and when Jeff discovers Alex is in over his head in a situation he can’t handle, he needs all his self-control to stay calm.
Life is not easy with the Church of Virtue still spouting venom wherever they go, homophobes at the police department, a gangster who wants Alex in the worst possible way, and a bed that barely holds one grown man, much less two (and a child), but Jeff is there to stay for good, and he’ll do what it takes to make Alex believe him.
About the Author
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or does cross stitch.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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