Hi everybody! My name is Katherine Bone. I’m so glad Erica invited me to join her, and our wonderful panel of gifted authors, in the tea room. (Thanks, Erica. Waving!!! Hi, Jennelle, Amy, Lisa and Cora!!!) Tea rooms are excellent venues for an afternoon break. One never knows when Alice might drop in…
Mad hatters aside, there may be occasions when I show up for teatime improperly dressed or sauced. If that happens, just nod and say, oh, it’s just Kathy. Why? Well, I must make a confession. While I write Regency and Contemporary romance, I’m addicted to pirates. Yes, Rogues, Rebels & Rakes of the Captain Jack Sparrow variety. Truth be told, if my resident Rogue approved, I would have a life-size version of Captain Jack in my office right now, or perhaps… in my bedroom. (But I digress.) As it stands, I must satisfy my cravings with posters of Johnny Depp, Captain Jack figurines (some tell tales), lunch boxes, bobbleheads, ships, some in bottles, a shark, and a ceramic pirate skull candy dish that my youngest made for me a few years ago. Did I mention I also have dreads?
I do hope I haven’t scandalized you by my confession, my fellow tea mates. Tea is a fabulous time to dish ondits. But I must fire a warning shot over my bow. There may be moments when I suddenly spout pirate jargon. You see, I have a treasure trove of pirate research books at my fingertips. Aye! And plenty of pirate romance to digest in my TBR pile. (I’m a well-propertied woman!)
Combining passion and idiosyncrasy allows for the spark of wonderful ideas. If you enjoy something, run with it. (Like a pirate fetish.) Life is too short not to be experienced. Life is serious enough without falling into despair. What is my message? Hope. What kept Columbus sailing when superstitions labeled him insane? Hope. What has drawn politicians from every nation to the UN? Hope. What did Captain Jack say when he propelled himself expertly from one ship to the next? “And that was without any rum.”
My message to you, as I lift my right pinky and take a sip of steamy black tea laced with rum, is this. If I believed what everyone told me, I wouldn’t have a book debuting October 29th from Crimson Romance. Hope, my darling tea lovers, is a deal breaker or a deal maker. You have to believe in order to receive.
And now that I’ve shared my inner Kathy, I think I’ll adhere to the code and answer some of the questions posed to our panel. (They are more than guidelines anyway.)
What was the first romance novel you ever read?
Oh, back when I was just a deck hand, I’d always wondered why my mother didn’t react to cannon fire when she was reading those pretty books with hunky dudes on the cover. (Pirate!) All I would get for interrupting her was a signal flag informing me to “Shush and go away.” I didn’t realize it then, but that book was The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Up until that time, I hadn’t been a big reader per se. But one day, my mother handed me the book and I feel in love with Woodiwiss’s writing style, historical voice, and intricately woven stories that wrapped around me and held me spellbound for hours on end— not to mention years.
Your house is on fire- which five romance novels do you grab on your way out?
(Not that demmed undead monkey!) Hmmm… that used to be easy. Now I have my Kindle, which is full of books. I’d probably grab that, after I grabbed my Netbook and thumb drives. LOL! But if I had to name my favorite romance novels, I’d choose, Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer, Yargo by Jacqueline Susann, Come Love a Stranger by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (named my daughter after heroine), Captive Embraces by Fern Michaels, and Captive of My Desires by Johanna Lindsey. On my Kindle these days, MV Freeman’s, Shana Galen’s, Katharine Ashe’s and Michelle Beattie’s books.
What is your secret passion?
Isn’t much of a secret anymore, is it? LOL!!! I adore pirates! And anything that Johnny Depp and Gerard Butler star in. Johnny has a unique way about him that unleashes character within character and conveys the witty verve I adore in a rake. Gerard, or Gerry, (I prefer the sound of the Scottish Gerard) harnesses the brash, rugged, savage alpha male, the rogue who will sacrifice all for the woman or rebel he loves. Have you ever seen him in Attila? (Arrr! I need a bucket of cold water!)
Why do you write romance?
There’s rum? Seriously, love is the most wonderful experience any two human beings can share. It precedes and outdates everything. Men kill to protect it. Countries go to war over it. Loves biggest claim to fame— it is the last word spoken at death. Taking this into account, how can writing romance not be the most powerful literature in the world? (Take that, Pembridge Scholars!!!)
Why do I write romance? I write romance in part, to experience the wonder of new love all over again and to share that emotion with others. If ever there was a deeper calling for a writer, it’s to touch another human being’s heart. (As opposed to cutting it out and spending 10 years ferrying the dead.)
Is there anything in your book that comes from personal experience?
My book DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT debuts in October. It’s the first in the Nelson’s Tea trilogy. My life shares a few similarities to the characters and plot as I’ve traveled extensively and learned to think on the fly. To capture that adventurous spirit, explore the desire to be more is what I want to convey through my characters. And most importantly, as I cherish family above anything else in my life, my characters will do anything and everything to protect those they love.
What is your favorite kind of tea, and how do you drink it?
“Why is the rum always gone?” Seriously, I adore black tea, especially Scottish, English and Irish teas because they are a good dark, potent blend. Russian tea is a wonderful extravagance that I don’t get to enjoy often but I have a good friend who supplies it on occasion. A good day begins with tea and includes a fresh pot for mid-day as I linger over one of my mother’s delicious cream or lemon/ginger scones.
Now that you know more about me, where are you going to go? “DisneyWorld to ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, mate.”
I’ve got my eyes on the horizon and my compass points to what I want most— you, dearest tea lovers! Though I’ll be at my local writing chapter’s meeting today, don’t lose heart. I shall check in and post on occasion. In the meantime, share a fabulous Captain Jack quote that inspires you. Or share your preference, Jack or Will Turner, Barbossa or that freaky guy with the wooden eyeball, undead or live monkey? My spyglass is raised…