Crystal Jordan: What’s a day in the life of Kate Pearce like? While we’d love to think it’s all bons bons, silk peignoirs, and a sexy pool boy waiting on you hand and foot while beautiful words pour forth from your fingertips onto the keyboard, we know that’s probably not how it works out. You have several children of varying ages, a husband, cats, dogs, and a partridge in a pear tree. How do you manage the work-life balance?
Kate Pearce: Sometimes I wonder how I manage it and there are some days when I just want to run for the hills with my lap top under my arm. The trouble with having 4 kids between the ages of 7 and 20 is that they all need different types of parenting and they all expect me to drop everything and do what they need. Most of the time, obviously, I don’t mind, but some days, when I ‘have’ to get some writing done, it seems as if the family are conspiring against me to invent new and interesting ways to stop me sitting down at my keyboard for more than 5 minutes at a time LOL
My day is comprised of dropping kids off to school, picking them up, shopping, laundry, waking bigger kids up in case they forget to go to college or their part time job-you name a time of day and I’m usually shouting at someone to get a move on J
In the evenings I try and spend some quality time with my lovely husband of 22 years but normally we just stare at each other, hug and try not to cry too much, LOL
CJ: What is your writing process like? Do you have a daily or weekly word count that you try to meet? Or do you wait until the last minute and write like mad?
KP: I try and write Mon-Fri about 2-3 hours a day. I aim for a minimum of 5 pages but prefer 10. I find it I do it this way I’m usually not too rushed as deadlines approach.
CJ: What made you write romance? Why erotic romance? It was because you could write the sexy boy-on-boy action, wasn’t it? You can tell us. We won’t tell anyone, promise!
KP: I love reading romance novels, I really do, so writing them was a no-brainer really. But I always had this tendency to write very steamy and slightly outside the genre, so finding an e-publisher who was willing to publish my work was a far better fit for me at first. The boy-on-boy action just kind of happened. I didn’t ever plan to write it, but it just came naturally with the stories I wanted to tell about not so conventional Regency Rakes.
CJ: Do you read in the same genre(s) you write?
KP: I read everything I can get my hands on except horror and thrillers.
CJ: Do you believe in love at first sight? Soul mates? Reincarnation of long lost lovers?
KP: It’s a great question. I have to say that the first time Mr. Kate Pearce kissed me I knew I was going to marry him, so I can’t really say I don’t believe that there is something funky going on in the love zone sometimes. I love the idea of reincarnation as well.
CJ: You have a degree in history. How do you think your educational background has impacted your writing?
KP: I think it helps with my research. I know how to find stuff out quickly and efficiently and how to distill it down into something usable.
CJ: You’ve written for a number of publishers, in different lengths and both print and e-books. Do you have a favorite story length (novel, novella, short story)? And what do you think are the benefits of writing for e-pubs? For the larger New York publishers?
KP: I think I prefer to write about 85,000 words and up because you can get such a lot in there, but I also like to shake things up and write shorter. It’s great for tightening up the technique to write that perfect short story.
CJ: We know you have a lovely singing voice. Have you ever performed in public?
KP: Who told you that?? When I was a lot younger I performed at several concerts and also in various Gilbert & Sullivan musical operetta’s. I did once think about going on and doing it professionally but even I realized that a) I wasn’t ever going to be that great and b) I didn’t have the cutthroat personality needed to succeed in that industry. I’m not sure if I can still sing btw-it’s been a while LOL
CJ: Name three of your favorite movies of all time.
KP: Singing in the Rain
It’s a Wonderful Life
CJ: You have some rather manic deadlines coming up, which means great things for your readers! Tell us about your current release(s) and what you have coming up next.
KP: Picture Kate blowing into a paper bag.
Currently out is ‘Simply Shameless’ the third of the Regency-set erotic romances from Kensington Aphrodisia.
Next up in October, is “Simply Wicked”.
I also have the fifth Simply novel due to my editor in June-it will be called “Simply Insatiable” and it’s about the evil Lord Minshom. I am enjoying writing it immensely. Then in July I have a contemporary erotic novella to get in to Kensington, which is a new thing for me. I haven’t started writing it yet but it’s all in my head.
And then, I have another ‘Simply’ novel to write by October and I’m not sure what that one will be yet!
CJ: If one of your books were made into a movie, which one would you want to see on the big screen the most? More importantly, who would play in the starring roles?
KP: Ooh I’d love to see Simply Sexual made into a movie. I have no idea who should play Valentin and Peter and Sara, although I have had readers suggest people to me
CJ: Do you have any appearances coming up?
KP: I’ll be at the RWA ‘literacy for life’ signing in July in Washington D.C.
CJ: Where can we find you on the Internet?
*And now for some quick questions…
~Beach or mountains?
~Cozy PJs or sleeping in the nude?
~On men: boxers, briefs, or commando?
~Rock star or cowboy?
~Men in uniform: turn on or take it off?
~Leather or lace?
Leather-(note my kinky short story in L is for Leather from Cleis press)
~Voyeur or exhibitionist?
~Tattoos or piercings?
~Men’s chests: hairy or waxed?
A little hair is fine by me
~Sex on the beach, screaming orgasm, or blow job shot? (As a drink, of course!)
Sex on the beach-but no sand please!