Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Chris.
My name (okay, no, it's my pseudonym) is Chris T. Kat. I live in Germany with my husband and two kids and work as a special ed teacher. When I'm not working or taking care of my family I love to read and write. Yep, it's in that order. I've always had a fondness for animals (the smaller and furrier the better :D ), which is why many of my stories include animals or belong to the shape-shifter genre.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
Um, I'm supposed to tell you something witty now, right? I can't really think of anything... Would it surprise anyone if I told you I did weight training when I was around the age of 18? I could lift more weight than many of the guys. ;-)
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I've written as a child and teenager but dropped it when school became busy. Yep, it was school that prevented me from going on with writing?it had nothing to do with other important things. ;-)
I didn't write (except nonfiction) for almost 15 years. Some years ago I was ill for several months and during that time I discovered fan fiction. I read anything I could get my fingers on but I always felt a certain type of story was missing in my main fandom, so after some consideration I tried my hand at writing the kind of story I wanted to read. I've never looked back since then.
Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
I love to write, it's the most comforting and relaxing hobby I ever had. As for the publishing industry?it has its up-and-downs like everything else does. I certainly love it when a reader tells me they liked a story because it's great if a character/a story connects with someone else.
The promotional side of being a published author is sometimes a struggle. I think I found a way to promote my books without feeling uncomfortable, whether it helps selling books is a different matter. ;-)
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
To put it in one word: dumbstruck. Sure, I did submit “Seizing It” but that was mostly due to the urging of other people. I'd already prepared everything to publish it on my blog for free. I was in shock when DsP offered me a contract.
What's your favorite part of writing a book?
My favorite part is getting sucked into my characters story and how they interact with each other. I love to see their personalities develop and how they handle different situations.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
Yes, sometimes more and sometimes less. I love reading in the M/M genre and within the genre I prefer shape-shifter and BDSM stories. But I'm not fixed on these books. I also read mainstream (mostly Dean Koontz) and fantasy (David Eddings). The latest m/m book I've read and greatly enjoyed was Lori Toland's Dangerous Submission.
Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I'd love to write a high fantasy story but I'm still shying away from it since the world building has to be exceptional. I'm not sure I'm up to write this kind of story although I love to read them.
Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
My most recent release, which has been on September 18th, is Hunter's Hunt. It's my first title with Torquere Press and a light BDSM story. Hunter, who defines himself as a bear and is on the look-out for another bear, falls for a man who is absolutely not his type. Adrian, Hunter's love interest is young, cute and just everything Hunter usually despises. Still, he can't forget Adrian and eventually has to make up his mind.
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
I've signed two more contracts with Dreamspinner Press. One is for a shape-shifter story, called The Wolf and his Diva, which will be released in March/April 2014. The second contract is for the second Jeff Woods Mystery, titled Sacrifices (sequel to Attachment Strings, projected release date is April/May 2014).
Anything you want to say to your readers?
I'm grateful to anyone who reads my books. Thanks for reading them and letting me know you enjoyed them. :)
Chris T. Kat's recent releases:
Wanted: one bear. Must be burly and hairy, and strong enough to paddle. Hunter Bell is on the prowl, and he knows just where to find his prey: at the Bear Trap, a gay leather bar he’s more than a little familiar with. So many men, so little time. He’s just about to pounce on his choice of the evening when a newcomer enters the bar, turning everyone’s head. Adrian Michaels is everything Hunter despises in a man. He’s lean and boyish looking, and he has the deepest dimples Hunter’s ever seen.
And yet there is an immediate attraction, one that neither man can deny. They’re both too astonished to do anything about this apparent interest in one another, and they waste their opportunity. Now it’s up to Hunter to forget about his stereotypical preference and go for the guy that’s just entered his dreams. If only he can admit to himself that Adrian’s what he really wants…
Attachment Strings (Jeff Woods Mystery #1)
Detective Jeff Woods and his partner have a new case. Someone has been making threatening phone calls to the mayor’s daughter, vowing to kill her disabled child. Though there have been accidents at the girl’s school?enough to take the threats seriously?the facts are few, and leads are sparse.
Needing a breather from the burden of the case, Jeff heads to a bar, where he meets Alex Fisher. Alex isn’t his type, but he’s young and cocky and perfect for a one-night stand. Or two. Soon Jeff starts thinking about how difficult and lonely it is being a cop, and that maybe Alex could fill a void in his life. But Alex has his own obligations: a disabled brother who is the target of threatening letters.
Jeff isn’t sure he’s ready to play house or overcome his prejudices, but he begins to think Alex might be worth it. Caught between his growing affection and his inner demons, Jeff struggles to focus on the case and protect Alex and his brother as the danger builds.
Excerpt from Hunter's Hunt:
It took a moment for the newcomer to absorb his surroundings and, when he did, he flinched. A few men chuckled upon discovering the baffled look on the guy's face, which proved that he indeed hadn't known about the nature of the Bear's Trap. Hunter watched him shift from one foot to the other while most men turned back and resumed their conversations. The new guy remained rooted to the spot, dripping water all over the floor, before he squared his shoulders and pushed through the mass of bodies. At last he reached the bar, where Hunter was still standing, for some unknown reason interested in this guy.
The newcomer waved at the bartender. "Is there a phone anywhere?"
"You don't have a cell phone?" another guy asked, perplexed.
The newcomer shot him a 'drop-dead' look, startling Hunter into a laugh. The new guy turned toward him with a quizzical look. Hunter was face-to-face with an irritated man, whose dark blue eyes were blazing.
"Bad day?" Hunter heard himself ask.
Hunter pulled his cell phone from his pocket and held it out to him. "You might better go to the back. Otherwise, you won't be able to understand anything."
Baffled, the other man took the phone. "Thank you, uh, what's your name?"
"Hunter." He held out his hand for the other man to shake.
"Last name or first name?"
"Thanks, Hunter. I'm Adrian."
Adrian gestured with the phone toward the end of the bar and raised one delicate eyebrow. "This way?"
Hunter nodded and beckoned Adrian to go past him. Adrian only made it a few feet before one of the other men groped him, drawing out a surprised yelp from Adrian. He shoved the guy aside then proceeded farther into the back. On his way, he struggled with advances from more guys than Hunter could count. At some point, Adrian whirled around and, even from that distance Hunter could see the fast heaving of his chest, the free hand balled into a fist, and the stressed look on his face.
With a sigh, Hunter pushed away from the bar and strolled after Adrian. He caught up with him right when another man, a regular customer called Dean, made a pass at him.
"Hey, knock it off. He's with me, Dean."
"With you? Since when are you going for his type, Hunter?" Dean asked with a sneer.
Hunter shrugged while he sent a dark glower toward Dean, which caused the other man to drop his eyes and inspect the contents of his glass thoroughly. Hunter laid a hand on Adrian's shoulder and pushed him ahead. Adrian cast him a worried look but walked where Hunter steered him. After opening a door to a private room at the end, he ushered Adrian through and switched on the light.
Adrian clutched the cell phone in his hands, staring at Hunter with an apprehensive look. Hunter noticed that Adrian's eyes were of a dark, almost navy, blue. He swallowed. Even behind the glasses, Adrian's eyes seemed large and expressive. He had to concentrate on listening to Adrian's question. "Is this... is this some kind of leather bar?"
"Yeah. Never been in one before, have you?" Hunter asked.
"No. No offense and all, but I'm not very fond of it."
"Need a bodyguard?"
Adrian eyed him before he obviously came to some kind of decision. "You free for bodyguard duty for maybe an hour?"
"Sure." Hunter grinned. "I won't even try to molest you."