Monday, May 26, 2014


I was recently asked by my friend and author, Catherine Chant, to join in a writing process blog hop and I'm excited and pleased to have been asked. 

So let me tell you a little bit about her. I swear, this woman has so many talents, she's like a renaissance woman! What do I mean by that? She's a darn good author, a whiz at creating magic with website designs, and in between all of that, she knits and creates amazing things like I've never seen before. In addition, she's a wife and a mom to Spencer.

Catherine Chant
Award-winning author Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. Her first novel, WISHING YOU WERE HERE (Soul Mates #1), a young adult time travel romance set in 1957, is available now at
Wishing You Were Here,  a Rock ‘n Roll Time Travel Romance, Available Now!
Evil After Midnight,  a Vampire Diaries novella, at

What am I currently working on?
I am currently editing Deadly Obsessions written under my pen name, 
K. T. Roberts. The story is the third in my Kensington Gerard Detective series. Here's a sneak peek at the cover. 

Three bodies and counting . . . a manifesto with a long list of names . . . an abducted child, and the killer is using a familiar MO that is the trademark of a serial killer still at large. Is it possible this so-called copycat spurred the Red Reaper into a jealous rage and he’s doing what he does best . . . killing? Or is this someone who’s having too much fun impersonating him and killing everyone who has ever wronged him?
When two unrelated killings take place, it sends the detectives into a tailspin . . . and now it’s a race against the clock before he kills the next person on his list . . . Detective Jesse Kensington!
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I write in two different genres, sweet romances and suspense with romantic elements. The sweet romances are just that, no sex, no swearing and perfectly safe for any age group to read them. Then comes my mystery writing. They're not so sweet, hence the pen name. I wanted my fan base to know if they purchased a copy written by K. T, it was going to be a little grittier, in that, these are New York detectives who do cuss. I don't overdo it though, and I've been getting rave reviews. 

Why do I write what I do? 
I enjoy every aspect of the writing process, and I learn something new with every story I write no matter what genre. I have humorous contemporary romances all based on cooking that even include my recipes, which I've developed myself over the years as a chef. Those recipes are written right into the story.  

 Of late though, I've been focusing on mysteries. I currently have a detective series with three books completed:  The Last Witness, Elusive Justice, and a brand new release coming soon, Deadly Obsessions.  These books are currently on sale for $0.99 until June 1. So if you haven't purchased your copy yet, hurry while supplies last.

How does your writing process work?
My writing process includes using a personality test and an extensive interview with each character. Once that's completed, I compare the information to an astrological sign and I'm good to go! Of course, that's after I outline. 

When I first started writing, I was a seat of your pants kind of author. That doesn't work so well with mystery, and certainly not thrillers. You have to lay out your plan so you know which direction you're going. I'm a firm believer in, if you don't know where you're going, how are you going to get there? Staring into my computer screen trying to figure out where to go next, doesn't work so well for me. So now, I outline each chapter and it's much easier to write the story. That's not to say my story doesn't change sometimes, it does . . . depending on the demands of my character at the time, because sometimes they speak to me. And there you have it!

Leave a comment and I'll select two names at random to win a digital copy of The Last Witness or Elusive Justice. Or, if you'd prefer, I can send you the digital copy of Deadly Obsessions when it's ready in a week or so. Your choice.

Next up on June 2nd are three terrific authors who will be posting answers to the same questions. Here's a little something about each of them. I hope you'll stop by and say hello.

Gail Kretchmer

G. Elizabeth Kretchmer holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. Her short fiction, essays, and freelance work have appeared in The New York Times, High Desert Journal, Silk Road Review, and other publications. Her debut novel, The Damnable Legacy of A Minister's Wife, is literary women's fiction and will be out mid-June. When she’s not writing, Ms. Kretchmer facilitates therapeutic and wellness writing workshops and spends time in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three adopted sons.

Cathleen Dunn

Author Cathleen Dunn has lived in Seattle for the last 20 years after growing up all over the United States. She's lived in Texas, California, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, and truly likes variety: she attended college both in Washington and Arizona, has a day job at an engineering company, loves rescuing greyhounds, has been onstage with Seattle Opera, and has been known to paint faux finishes and murals inside homes for her friends. She also goes hunting and fishing with her husband occasionally, watches way too many old movies and educational television, and listens to both Baroque and Metal music.
Cathleen is the author of The Witches Trilogy series of full-length novels. She published the first installment, Chimera, in November of 2013 and is currently writing the second novel, Blue/Black, set for release in December 2014. She sets her stories here in Seattle, where the dark and rain create the witches' stories in her head. She just writes them down.

Reece Ryan 
Here is the link to my blog:

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

My post will go live at the following link at 7AM Eastern on June 2nd:

Author Carolyn Hughey Carolyn Hughey, (who also writes mysteries under the name K.T. Roberts) has been a hair stylist, an executive legal secretary, a chef, and of course, a writer. She brings together her culinary experience and her love of writing in Dishing Up Romance, One Menu at a Time, and Catering to Love. When not practicing one of her many talents, she enjoys oil painting, jewelry making, and cake decorating. Hughey lives with her family in Arizona. 

Twitter: @ScribblingDiva