For the first official Behind Their Books interview, I’m interviewing LGBT Romance author Kate Hawthorne. Enjoy.
Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m born and raised in California, recently transplanted to Kentucky. I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life, and even though no one told me I could make a living telling stories, I’m doing it anyway. Now existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, I write stories about complicated men in love that are sometimes dirty, but always sweet. I enjoy crafting hard-fought and well deserved happy endings with just the right amount of angst and kink.
How are your books published? Are you self-published, traditionally published, a hybrid? What lead you to choose that path?
I’m self-published. Writing is something that I started pursuing seriously later in life, and I had friends who were self-published so I had their guidance and help navigating the inner workings of the whole thing. I’ve sometimes thought about trying to go hybrid, but I think I’m too much of a control freak 🙂
Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
I adore Sierra Simone, E.M. Lindsey, E.M. Denning, Sheena Himes, Adrienne Wilder…there’s too many authors in my genre that I think are so talented and under appreciated.
What are some books and/or authors who’ve inspired your writing?
All of the above? I know I would not be writing if it was not for E.M. Denning, who was one of my first cheerleaders when I sat down at the keyboard. Aside from her, I am giant fans of Sierra Simone and E.M. Lindsey, and reading their books always pushes me to try and refine my craft.
I know you write LGBT Romance. Are there any subgenres that you would like to write in but haven’t or don’t feel that you’d be able to write?
I’m super happy writing the kinky, contemporary stories I tell. I have a paranormal universe that I have one published title in so far, but the readership is a little different so it doesn’t get much of a hold, but I love being able to create my own rules and then bend them.
Would you ever want to co-write a book with someone else? And if so, who would you like to write with (alive or dead)?
I have!! I have a series I’ve co-written with E.M. Denning, and I’ve written with two other author friends as well. I love the push and pull when I’m not the only one writing, even if we’ve taken our own characters. Co-writing is hard, but so rewarding.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what do you normally listen to?
I didn’t used to, but I’m a convert. I build playlists for all of my books now and blast those on repeat.
Do you have any playlists to go with your books?
Here’s my playlist for my upcoming book Heartless, book 2 in the Room for Love series. You can find playlists for other books there, as well.
Do you write at a computer or do you still write by hand? With me, I write my poetry by hand, but mainly write prose on a computer.
I write at a computer, but all of my character and story notes I keep by hand. I have a stack of notebooks (used and not) on my desk at all times.
Is your reading mainly inside or outside of the genre you write?
I read almost exclusively within the genre I write, but I don’t read the sub-genre that I’m currently writing. So if I’m writing a BDSM story, I won’t read books with BDSM content.
For readers who haven’t read your work before, which book do you suggest they start with?
I think it really depends!! The two books that I love the most are Unfettered and A Taste of Sin.
Do you feel that your genre as a whole is becoming more diverse or have you not noticed a lot of change in recent years?
I think the genre is becoming a lot more saturated, but I don’t think it’s become more diverse. I have only been writing for a handful of years, so I’m sure it’s better than it used to be, but I haven’t seen a change since I’ve been around. There are a lot more own voices authors, but I don’t see them getting the traction or the representation they should.
Who are some own voices authors you’d recommend checking out?
Off the top of my head, and not all of these are necessarily own voices as in, they are gay men writing gay men, but they are writing queer content, disability rep, etc…Noah Steele, Devon McCormack, Max Walker, Shane K. Morton, Michael Bailey, AM Arthur, EM Lindsey, Adrienne Wilder, Atom Yang, Daryl Banner,
How would you like to see the bookish community be more inclusive and diverse? What steps do you think could help this happen?
Absolutely! I think the first step is really listening to those diverse voices and giving them a platform. I have no doubt the writers are there, we just need to step aside and let them be heard.
How have you as an author helped the growth of diversity in the book world, whether in your own writing or actions in the community?
I’ve always done what I can to elevate authors who are better suited to tell the stories that the genre needs. If I’m telling a story of a diverse or marginalized character, I make sure to use sensitivity readers to make sure that I’m getting the story told in the best way I can, and also to make sure that I even have a right or the platform to tell the story. I think it’s important to listen to what the people around you are saying and not step on anyone’s toes.
Now to finish off with a fun, and often controversial questions: Book adaptations…is there one that you’d say was great? Or is there one that you just couldn’t stand?
I am super pleased seeing Outlander come to the screen. I think the casting is perfect and the storytelling is superb.
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