Kate Sherwood on Darkness ~ Interview Local Giveaway

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Title: Darkness
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay, Gay Fiction, Thriller
Release Date: 03/06/2017


A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

I always like it when readers seem to “get” what I’m going for with a specific book. Like, for Long Shadows, one of the early reviews (I think at Goodreads?) said something about it reading like a television series, and that’s exactly how I saw it in my mind. Four episodes, each self-contained, but with an overarching relationship arc for all the books. So I don’t know if that was “nice”, exactly, but it was certainly good to read!

What one story made you lose sleep as a kid?

Hmmm… probably none from a “too scared to sleep” perspective—I’m not too prone to fear. But “sad enough to cry myself into a soggy pillow”? Anything with hardships to animals. Black Beauty was brutal, Old Yeller can kiss my ass, Watership Down has a lot of explaining to do, Where the Red Fern Grows should be banned/burned, Charlotte’s Web is a damn travesty (I know, she’s just a spider, but I DON’T CARE!)…okay, I gotta stop thinking about these because I’m getting all weepy…

What tool do you use to plan scenes? (such as index cards, white board, ouiji board, etc)

I just sit down and start writing. If I get totally stuck sometimes I try to write things in a notebook and use that as a way to map things out, but I rarely get far with that approach. I tried index cards a few years ago, and bought, like, ten different colours of cards, and then a bunch of white cards with different-coloured stripes along the sides that were going to coordinate with the solid-coloured cards somehow, and a dozen or so of those little flip-top index-card boxes with tabs so I could sort the cards out, and a big, shallow bin that I could keep all the boxes in… and then I just stared at them for a couple weeks before packing them up and shoving them in the corner of my office. I want to be a well-organized planner, but I really don’t seem to be.

Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?

I read them, mostly because I do my own website and promo stuff and it’s hard to find flattering lines from reviews if I don’t read the reviews. In terms of influencing my writing… sometimes, I think. More so when I was first starting to write, or when I write in a new sub-genre. I have a pretty thick skin, so it doesn’t bother me to read criticisms, and it can sometimes give useful insights.

How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?

No – I’d love to be more organized, but… I try to tell myself I’m “organic” as opposed to “slapdash”! For characters, really, I don’t think it’s an issue. I know my characters pretty well and they stay consistent without much effort. But for timelines, little details, etc. – I largely rely on good editors to catch my stupidity!

What book do you keep by your bed?

Just my Kindle, and whatever I happen to be reading. Nothing I refer to again and again, though.

If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?

Boring, I know, but… with pets and family (yes, probably in that order of priority—I love my pets!), eating and drinking in front of the fire.

If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?

Assuming equally pleasant life-styles for each, definitely a cat. Cats just know how to please themselves? If they’re sleeping, they look completely cozy and comfortable no matter their position; if they’re awake, they can ignore anyone who doesn’t amuse them; if they’re playful, they can be incredibly athletic and graceful one moment, totally goofy the next… it’s a good life, I’d say!

You lock three M/M authors in a room and drop in one item. Who are the authors, what is the item, and what happens?

Hmm… I’m not too well-networked with the m/m team… how about… Alexis Hall, KJ Charles, and… I know, Dani Alexander! And then I drop a simple rock, about the size that fits well in a person’s hand, into the room. And they’re writers, so… they write!

Alexis spends about two minutes looking at the rock and then comes up with a brilliant, insightful blog post starting with the rock but spiraling out into issues of social justice, pop culture critique, and probably board games.

Meanwhile KJ Charles has created a fascinating magic system based around the inherent solidity of rocks and how their seemingly passive nature is actually a form of strength, since it takes a lot of magical energy to hold things together so tightly. And the rock gets to wear a Victorian outfit!

Dani? Well, Dani has about fifty million hilarious and touching things to say about the rock, but he just won’t share them with us! Come on, Dani—we promise to love it!

Rapid Fire Time!

Spring or Fall? Fall. Those are my colours.
Sushi or pasta? Pasta
Alone or At a Party? Alone
Music or TV/Movies? Music.
Call or text? Text. ALWAYS text.
Sex or Chocolate? Both?
Cat in the Hat or Horton Hears a Who? Horton. The cat was a jerk.
Read or writing? Gotta do both.
Red or White? Red. A nice deep one that’s almost purple.
Trees or Flowers? Flowering trees – magnolias are nice…
Coffee, black or doctored? As much doctoring as it will hold
Cook or eat out? Order in – best of both worlds!
Favorite beverage? Diet Coke
Red Heads or Blondes? Red Heads! We rule!
Swimming or skiing (variation on the beach/mountains)? Swimming.


Darkness on Goodreads
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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Darkness tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

Twitter: @kate_sherwood

Farewell Giveaway
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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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14 thoughts on “Kate Sherwood on Darkness ~ Interview Local Giveaway

  1. You got an insightful interview there, huh! 😉 I second you with reading the criticisms & looking at them in a positive way. There are reasons why readers make these constructive criticisms if not to thrash the author’s work, but to remind the author that they believe in him/her to be better. ^_^ And that last question? I was like, “WOW! These authors mentioned got some brilliant ideas in mind!”


  2. Thank you for the interview, Kate. I would spend the last night more or less like you… My pets and my family are the most important things in my life (I think you can include my kindle in the pets label)

  3. I enjoy this short interview, makes me want to hurry up to start reading this series. Alas, one more installment to release… 😉
    Your series sounds marvelous, Kate. Congrats on the newest release!
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Congrats and thanks for the interview. This book and the whole series sound great. I love gay mysteries and thrillers, and I’ve got to get started on this one.
    – TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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