Rae: Welcome to the blog. I’ve got a Dalgona Whipped Coffee in a fancy mason jar. It’s my new must have thanks to my teenager daughter who insisted we make one.
What’s in your cuppa or glass ;)?
Katee: When I drink, I usually prefer an Old Fashioned, but we’re out of most of the stuff so these days when I drink, it’s just straight up bourbon!
Rae: For those not familiar with your writing, how would you describe your books and where would you suggest they start if selecting from your backlist for the first time?
Katee: My books are bonkers sexy romps. My backlist can fall into basically 3 categories—saucy cotton candy types of stories (start with Wrong Bed, Right Guy), small town murder mysteries (start with The Devil’s Daughter), and mob-type really sexy dark romance (start with either The Marriage Contract, or deep dive into the bonkers WTF with Desperate Measures).
Rae: Congratulations on your surprise release this week. What was the inspiration for this story and will there be more unexpected books while we are navigating social distancing? Has that helped your creative writing process and do you think you’ll change the way you write moving forward?
Katee: Thank you so much! This book surprised me as much as everyone else. Like everyone else, I’ve been hit hard with the pandemic funk and completely fell out of reading because I couldn’t concentrate. Nikki Sloane’s Filthy Rich American series broke that for me. I inhaled it, and it convinced me that I might be into father-in-law stuff. Once I finished the books, I couldn’t get the idea of it out of my head and it just morphed into this whirlwind drafting of a book in a week. It was like having an out of body experience, but it brought me an absurd amount of joy.
I don’t know that this will change my creative process overall, but it was so fun, I expect I’ll be diverting my schedule for another pseudo taboo book before the end of the year!
Thank you so much for hanging out. It’s time for a round of dirty dozen…
1. What is your must read book and why?
The book that I reread every single year is Anne Bishop’s fantasy series, the Black Jewels trilogy (it’s an omnibus. Totally counts!). It’s one of those that you either love or hate, and it imprinted on me hard when I first read it because of the world-building and characters just jump off the page. It does come with heavy trigger warnings, though, so be warned before you dive in.
2. If I visit your hometown, where am I going and what’s the best place to grab a bite?
This little hole-in-the-wall place called Dick’s that has the best burgers on this side of the state!
3. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?
I’m never quite sure how to answer this question because I’m a bit of an over-sharer. Maybe that I’m really into YA horror, even though I can’t stand most other horror except slashers.
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
My favorite thing in the world is seeing movies by myself. Just going in and enjoying the whole experience alone. It recharges my introvert soul.
5. What are you afraid of?
Ghosts, spiders, serial killers. Maybe in that order.
6. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?
Tats all the way. I am covered. I have a full sleeve, both my ribs done up, and a bunch on my back. They’re all literary and heavy into fairy tales.
7. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)?
I’ve a binge watcher, but I’m not a very good one. The only seasons I seem to finish these days are cooking shows.
8. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )?
I would love, love, love to see Kresley Cole’s contemporary trilogy made into movies that do them justice, dark and seriously sexy.
9. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Coffee. It’s my life.
10. What’s the one career gives you the shudders?
Teaching middle schoolers. Which is kind of hilarious because for like half a year, I thought that’s what I wanted to do.
11. If I opened up your handbag/bag/briefcase, what item would I be shocked to see?
Not sure about shocked, but there are an absurd number of protein bars in my purse at any given time. I’m the Snack Mom.
12. What app on your phone/ipad gets the most use?
Instagram. It’s my happy place.
Rae: Thank you for hanging out today.
Katee: Thank you so much for inviting me!
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.