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Author: Kate Sherwood
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay, Gay Fiction, Thriller
Release Date: 02/06/2017
Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.
He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.
With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Read. I’ve never taken a course in writing, never read more than a chapter or two of a How To Write book, but I’ve read like a woman possessed for my whole life, and I think it allowed me to internalize a lot of the stuff other people learn through formal lessons. And read everything, not just your preferred genre. Classics, literary fiction, all different genres—everything. You can learn as much from books you don’t enjoy as you can from those you do.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
For me, m/m is much more open. We can write heroes in m/m that we’d never get away with in m/f romance, or in many other genres at all. I’ve written drug-addicted ex-prostitutes as romantic leads—not something that would likely work anywhere but m/m! And I can write in different sub-genres (SFF, action, etc.) without having to establish a totally new audience, which really helps keep things fresh for me.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
The ending, probably. I understand the desire to have everything tied up in a climactic scene, but I also really like it when books are as realistic and true-to-life as possible, and realistically, most of our life conflicts aren’t resolved in a single scene! So it’s always a challenge for me to find an ending that will be satisfying but still realistic.
Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?
Lots! It’s maddening! I need more time for writing—I’m playing with a plan to maybe quit my day job in about four years and start writing full-time, but I’m really not sure I’m going to be able to make that happen, in which case… yikes. I’m writing as fast as I can, characters! Stop yelling at me!
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
I’ll sometimes poll people on Facebook to get an idea of how a certain name resonates with readers, but it’s not really something I agonize over. I don’t tend to use very exotic names (“Jericho” from the current series is about as daring as I’ve ever gotten, I think) so I don’t think there’s a really clear association between name and character. It wouldn’t be hard for me to change names, in general.
If you could rewrite your first published novel what would you change?
I’m not sure I’d change anything. My first novel was Dark Horse, and I know if I were writing it now it would be a very different book—more disciplined, less wandering—but I’m not sure that would be a good thing. It’s still my best-selling book and the one that gets the most mentions in “best of” type lists, so obviously it resonates with readers as-is. I feel like if I went back to fix some of the stuff that I currently think of as sloppy, it might lose some of the raw emotion that readers seem to like in it.
How will the world end?
Bang vs. whimper? Nah, I don’t think it will end, not in the way we usually think about it. Change? Sure, yeah, it’ll change. But there’ll still be something left, and from that, new things will be built.
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?
Maybe Margaret Atwood? I’d love to hear her take on writing so successfully in different genres, being accepted as a literary author who writes genre stories, but mostly just on being a cultural icon who manages to stay relevant and involved through decade after decade. As a Canadian, she’s definitely a hero of mine, but I think she’s got style that transcends nationality.
If you had to throw a Stephen King book out the window, which would you choose?
Okay, it was just the audio version I tried, and sometimes they drag a bit (because it’s really hard to skim the boring parts) but I just could NOT get into 11/22/63. I quit listening after about eight or nine hours of NOTHING HAPPENING. Disappointing, but… I’d throw it out, for sure.
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently trying to finish the fourth book in a self-published series of NA m/m. I’m not sure what it is with me and four-book series, but… that’s what I’m doing. We’ve got a book a month from the Common Law series – January-April, and then I’m hoping to have the last book of the Shelter series out in May or June. After that? I’ve got to do some work on two series I’m writing for Entangled as Cate Cameron – a new m/f romance series and an existing YA romance series about OHL hockey players. And I really want to write a m/m contemporary fantasy novel about monster-hunters – I started it with a female MC and I really liked it, but I think it’ll be easier to sell with an m/m element. I think. And it wouldn’t be that hard to switch the female MC to a sort of androgynous male character – she was really androgynous as a female character, too, so I’d just be edging things a little to one side. After that? A lot depends on what’s selling—I have so many things I want to write, it’s almost easier to let the market tell me which ones to focus on, rather than having to choose between them all myself!
Rapid Fire Time!
Batman or Superman? Batman. Omnipotence is boring.
Salt or Pepper? Salt. All the salt in the world.
Pickup Truck or Sedan? Pickup. Mine’s sitting in the garage right now!
Hawaii or Colorado? British Columbia – best of both worlds.
Ice Skating or Ice Hockey? Hockey. Why just skate when you could skate and body check?
Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed. Life is too short.
Cinnamon or maple? Maple. Absolutely.
Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Mountain cabin, as long as there’s lots of wood for the fire.
West Wing or Friday Night Lights? Ooh, tough one! FNL first season beats everything, but it got weird later on, so West Wing for quality over time
Peanuts or Cashews? Cashews.
Favorite Color? Indigo.
Australia or England? England. It seems less determined to kill me
Favorite meal? Pizza. Old-school meat-lovers. Yum!
Roller skates or ice skates? Ice skates! On a frozen pond
Winter or Summer Olympics? Winter. I love seeing a whole bar go crazy for a good curling match!
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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.
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