Today, we welcome contemporary author Katie Lane to The Romance Dish! Katie's recent holiday romance, Hunk for the Holidays earned 4.5 stars from Andrea. (read her review here) Her newest book, Trouble in Texas looks to be just as much fun. Andrea recently interviewed Katie about her books. Take it away, Andrea and Katie!
Hi, Katie, and welcome to the Romance Dish! We’re happy to have you join us today. Congratulations on your newest releases, Hunk for the Holidays (September) and Trouble in Texas (out tomorrow!). Can you please tell us a little about each book?
Trouble in Texas is about Miss Hattie’s Henhouse, an infamous house of ill repute. Elizabeth Murphy is the straight-laced librarian who has inherited the henhouse, along with the three old women who still live there. Brant Cates is an emotionally wounded cowboy who comes to Miss Hattie’s in search of his great-grandfather’s murderer.
Hunk for the Holidays is about Cassie McPherson, a workaholic who ends up hiring an escort for her family’s company holiday party. Except the escort turns out to be more than Cassie bargains for, and she’ll soon discover a few surprises beneath the sizzling smile and sexy tuxedo.
As you can tell by my review, I absolutely loved Hunk for the Holidays, which is a Christmas-themed romance. What was your favorite part about writing a Christmas story?
I adore Christmas, the entire shopping-decorating-cookie-
baking craziness. So I loved putting all those elements into my story and making it one big festive holiday party!
The upcoming Trouble in Texas is the fourth book of your Deep in the Heart of Texas series. What can readers expect from the books in this series?
A hot cowboy. A strong heroine. Zany townsfolk. And, hopefully, a lot of laughs.
I traveled there with my husband and fell in love with the friendly people. So I brought them home with me:o)
Which comes first for you, the characters or the story?
Always the characters. They are the ones who tell me how the story is going to play out.
What do you find is your biggest challenge while writing?
Sitting down and writing. I can be easily distracted so it’s hard for me to get started every day. But once I write that first sentence, I’m golden.
Which of your heroines is most like you and why?
I’m a mixture of all my heroines. Faith’s insecurities. Hope’s bossiness. Shirlene’s bluntness and wit. Elizabeth’s love of books and solitude.
What hobbies/activities do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, play golf, and knit. Although my golfing and knitting leave something to be desired. Lol!
What are a few of the books on your keeper shelves?
Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer, Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and One Summer by Karen Robards.
Can you give us a hint about what is next for you after Trouble in Texas?
Flirting with Texas comes out July 2013. This is Beau’s story. Beau is the younger brother to Brant (Trouble in Texas) and Billy (Catch Me a Cowboy.) I teamed him up with Jenna Jay, Hope’s and Faith’s younger sister. Beau is a lover and Jenna a fighter, so as soon as I started writing, I knew they were going to be a fun match.
Quick Six Time!
Coffee or tea? Tea
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
Alpha or beta? Alpha
Diamonds or pearls? Both
Heels or flats? Flats
Blond, brunette, or ginger hero? Redhead
Thanks for answering all my questions, Katie! Now it’s your turn—is there a question you’d like to ask our readers?
Absolutely. Describe your favorite type of hero.