Happy Wednesday! Please welcome today's featured author, Kate Noble. Kate's debut novel from Berkley Sensation is Compromised. I just finished it and absolutely loved it!
You can check out Compromised here. And now, on with the interview...
Tell us about your debut novel, Compromised.
Compromised is a fun historical romance set in London – I can’t call it Regency or Victorian, because its time period is dead between, 1829. My hero and heroine, Max and Gail, bicker and snipe, set each other’s backs up constantly, and skate that thin line between love and hate. Whenever they are together sparks fly, but there’s one small problem: Max is betrothed to Gail’s sister Evangeline.
And I can attest - sparks definitely fly! Do you have any hard & fast writing routines or rituals?
Hard and fast writing rituals? Not really. I get into habits for a couple months at a time, but then those habits change. When I was writing Compromised, I would go to the gym every Saturday morning, then on my way home stop at my neighborhood diner, order an omelet and a lemonade and write for an hour, an hour and a half. When I was writing my second book (Revealed, which will be released in Spring 2009), I would type while having the Baz Luhrmann film Strictly Ballroom playing in the background – just a little noise to keep me company. I must have played that movie 600 times. One thing that is hard and fast for me: I always always always work better with a deadline. Necessity (or in my case, panic) is the mother of invention.
I can sympathize. I think I've listened to "Bleeding Love" a thousand times! Can you tell us a little about your journey to becoming published?
When I finished the first draft of Compromised, I was more shocked than anything else -- I had actually completed a book. The ‘now what’ phase began, where I sent the manuscript off to a couple of RWA chapter contests and got some good and helpful feedback, made some revisions, and then started querying agents. After a healthy number of rejections, I landed a great agent, then a publisher. The whole process from finishing the first draft to the date of publication took about 3 years.
Congratulations! What do you do when you aren't writing?
My main activity when not writing is procrastinating. I do this a number of ways: 1. Movies. I love movies, and I consider watching them studying story structure and characterization. Or that’s how I explain to myself why I paid money to see The House Bunny. 2. Television: two words – Project Runway. And 3. Reading. I’ve got a To Be Read pile literally floor to ceiling. I’m always telling myself I should write more often, but darned if my methods of procrastination don’t lure me away.
My reading pile is towering as well. :0) What are you working on now, writing-wise?
I turned in an outline for my third book to my publishers, and now I’m just waiting to hear if it’s accepted. While I wait, I’m ticky-tacking away on the draft. Because the hardest thing for me to write is the first draft, I want to get a move on it. It’s all downhill from there.
What is your favorite thing about being a published author?
I get to write for a living!
Your least favorite?
I have to write for a living!
And here is a random question for you: What do you always take with you when you fly?
A book and a pack of gum. My ears always pop on planes (hence the gum) and the book because… well, duh.
Awesome, Kate! Thank you for being here. It's been a pleasure! Be sure to visit Kate's website at http://www.katenoble.com/. It's gorgeous!
We have a signed copy of Kate's book for one lucky commenter. Same drill - comment by Friday and I'll draw a random winner!