In this author interview, you will learn about romance author Katorah Kenway and hear what inspired her to write her latest romance book. Her books are contemporary romance with a touch of paranormal. She is currently working on her latest release of the Ackerman Security Consultants, Ours to Have, the sixth book in the series. Katorah is also the co-author of the Circle of Ten Sentinel series under the pen name of JQ Beron.
Tell us about yourself…
Writing under the pseudonym of Katorah Kenway, or Katorah K, I grew up with a love of books from the time I was ten years old when a teacher introduced me to the words of Beverly Cleary. From that point forward I read everything I could get her hands on for both enjoyment and knowledge.
Currently pursuing my “second chance” at life with the help of friends from around the world, I chose to turn my love of books into a new hobby. With my laptop practically glued to my legs, I spent the past couple of years pounding on the keys to create numerous story lines. Finally picking one whose characters spoke to me on a personal level, the Ackerman Security Consultants series was born. The characters in the book are constantly in my mind telling me what they want to do and what direction the series should go.
While His to Have seems to be the fan favorite, mine is Yours to Have. I think it has something to do with one of the settings in the story being somewhere that I spent a lot of time at, in my past. Or, maybe it has to do with the subject matter. For some reason I really connected with Cole on a personal level. Although, I have to admit that the character (Hannah) that appears in the first book, Hers to Have, will always be my favorite and she will continue to be an integral part of the series. After all, she is the “boss” and there are so many characteristics in her that I bring from my own personal experiences and personality.
My books are sold around the world and I have been nominated for best new author, favorite romance novel, sexiest cover design, and several other polls throughout my career.
I’m currently putting the final touches on Ours to Have, the sixth book in the ASC series and I already have the next book plotted out in my mind.
To learn more about Katorah Kenway, visit her Amazon page and her website.
What is your book “Yours to Have” about?
It’s all been leading up to this moment.
When last we left our favorites at Ackerman Security, we got a closer look at intrepid administrative assistant, Cole Munson. Working for Hannah Ackerman proves to be anything but the typical 9 to 5 for handsome, charming Cole. But even after everything is said and done, at the end of the day, there’s a whole world living inside him not many know about. Some shocking, but definitely interesting.
But not half as interesting as Halston Davies, a tough as nails former military wonder who takes home the gold in kicking ass every time. Mysterious and far from mundane, she is a wealth of secrets who loves spending her spare time catching up with the latest issue of Guns and Ammo.
The odds are against them. Heavily. Will Cole be able to break through Halston’s hard shell of hatred and convince her of what he’s known since the moment he first saw her?
Welcome to Ackerman Security. Where the only thing hotter than the cases are the staff.
How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
From the beginning of the ASC series, Cole has been pecking at the back of my mind to come to the forefront. He had his own story to tell and it was time. For many months I had Cole pictures as an uptight, all business male that had no time for love. Then I discovered he had a past that explained so much. As I wrote his story, I was surprised at some of the hurdles he had overcome to grow into the man he is today. (Yes, my characters have their own opinions of themselves and who am I to argue with their lives? ha! ha!)
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
To be honest, I write because it’s a part of me. It’s the biggest stress reliever I’ve ever found and look at it as a hobby. To me, if I can make one person say, “I enjoyed that” or something similar, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Without giving too much away, I’d say sharing Cole’s secret past. Especially since I wrote that particular part while sitting in a coffee shop and had to use multiple napkins to swipe away the tears. Luckily the shop’s staff knew me and understood I was writing a touching part of the story.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Getting to know Cole in a more in-depth way. Even though I create the characters, I find that they have a life of their own and you can’t fight who they want to be even if it’s in your own mind.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online or do for your book?
Give us an interesting fun fact about a character in your book.
Since I’ve been talking about Cole so much, I might as well continue on the same path. Even though most people think he’s all business and a workaholic, he has a soft spot for kids and his best friend is the mini princess, Fawn.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be everything when I grew up. I never could quite settle on one particular career, as I tend want to explore all there is to do. I’m constantly learning new things.
At what age did you start writing stories or books?
Hmmm…. I’d have to say in my teens, but those were things for my eyes only.
What was your first writing experience like?
I spent a couple of years as a writer for a hometown newspaper, so I suppose my first published pieces were about events and happenings in the area. These could be from Homecoming Queen to the local sheriff busting up stills or doing drug raids. Basically, anything newsworthy. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed the task.
How did you launch your career?
Excepting the fact that it doesn’t matter what others think as much as it matters what YOU think. Your own self-worth is extremely important and while you can still care what others think (and I do) you have to overcome the fact that it’s how you see yourself that’s the most important thing.
What kept you going..?
Self-drive and fan support.
How has your environment, family, and upbringing influenced your writing?
A great deal of my stories are pulled from things that have happened in my past or around me, so I’d say family, friends, and the environment influenced me a lot.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer?
I’m a part-time writer who wishes it was full-time simply for the pleasure of writing.
How many books have you written so far?
I have six published books and working on the seventh now. This includes the series I co-author under the name JQ Beron.
What genres do you write in?
Basically my books are considered contemporary romance but they contain a bit of the paranormal and border on erotica. Definitely for those 18+
What inspires you to write?
A vivid imagination and a brain that refuses to shut down.
What are the titles of your other books?
Hers to Have
Theirs to Have
His to Have
Yours to Have
Mine to Have
Ours to Have (current project)
Easy Love – The Circle Begins (JQ Beron)
How do you go about crafting realistic characters?
It’s funny because I used to read JR Ward’s posts about how her characters spoke and argued in her mind and thought she was a little bit wacky. Then I started writing more seriously and discovered everything she said was true. The characters come to life in your mind and they battle for their own words. Maybe that’s what makes my writing special (in my mind) because I connect with the characters on such a unique level.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Keeping all the characters from arguing at the same time. ha! ha! Seriously, it’s a major accomplishment to keep focused on the current characters when you want to bring all of them into the mix in each book so that your fans know what they’re up to.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently putting the final touches on Ours to Have, book 6 of the ASC series. This one takes us into the life of Quinn Whitehorse. Who the mini princess (Fawn) calls Q.T. like in “cutie”. There is a story behind that which will be revealed in the book.
Do you ever suffer a writers-block? If so, how do you overcome it?
During this latest project I suffered from an accident and not only had to have surgery but also deal with post concussive syndrome. With my mind in shambles, dizziness, headaches, and blurred vision, writing was the last thing on my mind. Not to mention I couldn’t even look at my computer for any length of time. On the days I was able to write, I had to work hard to get my brain to get back in writer’s mode and I admit it was hard. The best thing I found was to keep my phone handy and when a thought occurred to me, record it and then play it back later. For someone who was used to writing on a daily basis, this block was hard to overcome the most.
What’s your process of writing a story?
I start at the beginning and write my way through to the end. I know some write in a way that they jump around from chapter to chapter but I find that I have to go from start to finish. While I have the ending in my mind, I just can’t put it on the pages until I have everything before it in place.
What’s your favorite environment for creativity and productivity?
The coffee shop is my local hangout spot to write. I can enjoy a good cup of brew, have a quiet working environment, and people watch at the same time.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Since I have a full-time job, I write every chance I get. Usually a little bit each day.
Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
I’m horrible to jump from place to place. Not in my actual writing, but while writing an idea or thought will hit me and I jump to a browser to research or whatever. I suppose it’s all about multitasking, which drives some people crazy. Me… It’s just the way my mind works.
Where do you sell your books?
I’m exclusive with Amazon, except the very first book (Hers to Have).
Do You Have and Agent/Publisher or Do You Self-Publish?
Tell us about your self-publishing experience…
I’m thrilled with self-publishing because I don’t have to conform my story to someone else’s thoughts. However, I admit that having a publisher would help with advertising and promotions in a way in which an individual can’t always accomplish.
Tell us about your publishing experience…
How do you promote and market your books?
Mostly through social media and word of mouth. Also through book signings.
What is your advice to Indie Authors?
Be yourself and get to know people. Word of mouth is always a great way to promote but also by getting to know other Indie Authors. It’s a group who generally (in my experience) are willing to help promote each other.
What are you really good at and love doing asides from writing?
Reading. ha! ha! I do spend a lot of time reading, but I’d have to say working with software programs would have to be my best trait. I tend to be able to learn a new program in a matter of minutes and find the challenge exhilarating.
Would you like to tell us about your job or a business you may have?
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to read, play computer games, and research any topic that comes to mind.
What are your favorite books? What authors do you admire?
I like a wide range of books. Depending on my mood I might be reading two or three books at the same time. I pick and choose what to read based on my attitude of the moment. I like romance, military, paranormal, western, and many more.
If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you and why?
If I’m choosing from my own books, I’d have to pick Harmond Dane first, as he’s the head of the Ackerman empire and I think he’d have some interesting stories to tell. Plus, his survival instincts would have to be incredible as a “former” Marine (yes, I know… once one always one). Then I’d pick Spade and Nicholas because hello… they are HOT!! Oh, and I suppose their former military experience would come in handy too. LOL
What are your big dreams and goals?
I would love to be living in a mountain cabin where I could spend the winters curled up in front of a roaring fire writing and/or reading.
What do you love best about an author’s lifestyle and being an author?
Meeting other authors and the fans. It’s one of the best things ever!