Mandie – Thank you Kate for taking the time to hang with us today, Tell us a little bit about your book and have you published before?
Kate – Dragon Rider’s Gift is an adult fantasy romance developed as a spin-off of my Portals of Destiny
series. That series takes place across several magical dimensions and follows the rise of an evil mage in
the world of Tir Thar and his war for supremacy. Dragon Rider’s Gift introduces a determined soldier, his
ancient dragon, and the magic and love of the dragon guards’ princess as they combine forces to repel
the mage’s attack against their homeland.
My first book in the Portals of Destiny series, Return of the Legacy was published last year as well as the
first two books in Guardians of Eden series, Betrayal’s Shadow and Warrior Reborn.
Mandie – Will this be the only book in the series?
Kate – Dragon Rider’s Gift is the first story in a dragon rider trilogy. I had more details about the dragon
riders than would work for the Portals of Destiny books and I wanted to tell their story. These are
shorter books, following the resurgence of the dragon riders to the glory they held before the mage of
Brennagemore began his war.
Mandie – Are you currently working on anything else?
Kate – I’ve just finished the third book in my Guardians of Eden series, Destiny’s Mark, which is due for
release September 12th. My next project is the second story in the dragon rider trilogy, Dragon Rider’s
Soul and the forth Guardian of Eden book.
Mandie – Do you have any advice for authors wanting to publish? (Why did you choose to go indie? If this
applies – If not why traditional)
Kate – My advice is to look at all the options, listen to the experiences of other authors, and decide
which works for you. The choice boils down to your personal goals. There’s no harm in trying both. I’m
published traditionally, via small press, as well as indie published. Indie publishing is not for the faint of
heart, but I like the ability to control all the pieces of the publishing process from selecting editors and
working with cover artists to formats and design for ebooks versus print books. All of these things are time
consuming. Traditional publishing offers a great deal as well and it supports the new author for most of
the items I’ve listed.
Mandie – What is your favorite writing snack?
Kate –I really don’t snack while writing, but it’s summer and I can’t help but indulge in a few spoonfuls of
Hagen Dazs Rum Raisin Ice Cream after dinner. Love that stuff!
Mandie – What gets you in the mood to write?
Kate –Editing. No really. I write fulltime, so mood is a luxury for me. But with a plot that I find interesting
and characters and world building I enjoy, a quick round of editing my previous scene usually gets me
back in the flow. The biggest killer to writing consistently is to be swayed by mood. I need to write every
day, even just a page. It keeps the enthusiasm going.
Mandie – Who is your favorite character and why?
Kate – I really enjoyed writing about my dragon lead, Kraz. The idea of being thousands of years old and
immortal with a deep treasure trove of powers is challenging. He was great fun to write, but he wanted
to be a scene-stealer! I love writing about magical characters almost as much as I enjoy writing about
people falling in love.
Mandie – Favorite book of all time?
Kate – Not one favorite. Lots I love. However, here a few that I enjoyed this year: Easy by Tammara
Webber (romance), Indulge by Megan Duncan (Para Rom), Insurgence by Veronica Roth (YA), Casket
for Sale (Only Used Once) by Jeff Strand (horror/comedy/thriller)
Mandie – I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast?
Kate – A spinach, mushroom, and feta cheese omelet.
Mandie – Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?
Kate – Almost all of my stories are fantasy based and created in either fantasy worlds or contemporary
urban fantasy. That gives me quite a range of settings to play with. I’d be hard pressed to pick one to live
in unless I got some superpowers to go with the relocation!
Mandie – Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!
Kate – Definitely read Dragon Rider’s Gift if you enjoy fantasy, magic, dragons, and most of all, love.
Mandie – Thanks Kate for stopping by!