Everyone, please give a warm welcome to authors Kathy Clark and her husband Bob Wernly to the blog today! Kathy and Bob Wernly write as a team under the pen name of Kathy Clark for their adult books and Bob Kat for their YA series, Time Shifters. Kathy has answered the questions, totally disregarding Bob’s input because he’s watching a football game!
If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?
There are so many books that I loved at different stages in my life. As a child, I devoured all the Marguerite Henry and Walter Farley books I could find. In junior high, I loved Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney. Then I discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss. The Flame and the Flower was a delicious introduction to romance novels that changed my life because it made me want to write books like that. I also remember fondly Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught. And I loved the Twilight series. It’s magical when you find wonderful characters who touch your heart and stay with you forever.
Who are some of your favorite book villains?
I think Karen Robards writes the best villains because she takes you inside their heads. They are vicious, cold, cruel, and totally insane.
If everyone came with warning labels, what would yours say?
Warning! Kathy and Bob will use anything you say or do in their next book if it’s entertaining!
As a published author, what non-writing/reading activities would you recommend to aspiring authors?
Just sit back and listen. Everyone has such a great story to tell about their life. That’s the theme of our latest YA romance/time travel/mystery, NOT MY LIFE. It’s about a homeless man who lives under the pier on Fort Myers Beach and is befriended by our teenage characters. When they have a chance to find out what brought him to such a drastic place, they discover that beneath his weathered exterior is an amazing person with a rich, full life.
What does your Writer’s Den look like? Neat and tidy or creative mess? Can you write anywhere or do you need to be holed up in your author cave?
We are sort of unique in our writing style because we write as partners. First, we sit on our deck with some wine and Diet Coke and thoroughly plot our books. Then Bob writes the first draft, usually in the morning, sitting at our bar and using his laptop. I am strictly a night writer. I have zero creativity during the daylight hours. I can’t even make a complete sentence before noon. So, I sit on the couch and add flesh and color to the bones that Bob has given me, often working until two or three in the morning. Then, we both polish it before passing it on to our beta readers.
If you could sit down and have tea (or a beer) with 5 fictional characters, who would you invite to the table?
Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler would be first. Never have there been two characters that were so well-developed that you felt like you were in the room eavesdropping.
I’d also like to hang out with Kelly, Scott, Austin, and Zoey from our Time Shifters series because they are so much fun to write about, it’s as if they are real.
Side characters can make or break a story. What side characters have you enjoyed in other works? What side characters in your own work have caught more attention than you expected?
We just finished an adult romantic suspense series called Austin Heroes. It was about three brothers, all in different branches of law enforcement. They were wonderful characters, and I fell in love with all of them. But their grandmother, Grammy, somehow became a bigger-than-life secondary character. We’ve gotten more fan mail about her than anyone else. In the last book, ANOTHER CHANCE, that will be out in November, she finally got to tell her own story.
Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the readers?
NOT MY LIFE, book #5 of the Time Shifters YA romance/time travel/mystery series will be out on October 18th. ALMOST FOREVER, book #2 of the Austin Heroes series came out in July, and ANOTHER CHANCE, book #3 of the Austin Heroes series comes out on November 1st. All are available on Amazon and most other ebook sites. We are currently working on book #1 of our Breathless series, an adult romance set in Cripple Creek, Colorado. And in between, we’re dying to get our toes in sand somewhere tropical.
Visit us at our website www.LoveRealityRomance.com or write us at Kathy@Nightwriter93.com. We would love to hear where and when you think our teenagers should travel to in the next book. Reviews are always appreciated.
Kathy Clark and Bob Kat love to hear from our fans. Write us at TheThrillOfSuspense@gmail.com and tell us where you’d like to have Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey travel to next.
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NOT MY LIFE is Kathy Clark’s 42nd novel. She’s been a Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America, Co-Founded the Colorado Romance Writers and has been a member of the Mystery Writers of America Rocky Mountain Chapter for many years. She’s been a RITA Finalist, Romantic Times award winner, NY Times best seller, had several books named Best Indie Book and has won the Reader’s Choice competition in addition to several top film festival honors. Her books have sold over 3 ½ million books globally.
Her website has all her books and links and information about her screenwriting career. Find it at www.LoveRealityRomance.com Find her on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/150098.Kathy_Clark . The universal link to Amazon is http://lrd.to/not-my-life .
Right place wrong time…that’s never happened before and what they don’t know could kill them.
On their way home from a trip to the Stanley Hotel in 1911, an accidental detour drops Kelly, Austin, Scott, and Zoey in 1977. They discover that their old friend, Dan Denucci has been arrested for murder. They knew him as a homeless man living under the fishing pier and making jewelry. How had this gentle old man become a killer?
He needs their help, but first they must convince him they have the power to travel through time. But can they trust him?