1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and sophisticated. And little or no caffeine. I get...weird when caffeinated.
4. What else can you do besides write?
I dance! Basically everything besides Tap, though I can tap a little. I teach ballet, jazz, lyric, and a turns and leaps technique class. I also teach toddler classes and pre-school combo class. Once upon a time, I even taught Hip Hop.
5. Who are you reading right now?
Glenda Larke’s Watergivers trilogy. Absolutely loving it. I was craving a good adult fantasy novel and that’s exactly what she’s given me. Times three! Fascinating desert culture, too. The characters’ reactions to rivers and rain are absolutely brilliant.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I like music that has a real lyrical quality. Being a dancer, I also tend towards things that have great beats, and a lot of change within the music. When writing though, my music tastes change with whatever I’m writing--something darker for a dark scene, or happy for lighter ones, etc. High Fantasy always demands Hans Zimmer.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Along for the ride. One hundred percent. It’s more fun that way. Like an adventure. I tried planning ahead once . . . that book is a mess.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Anime isn’t exactly "cartoons," though some people might consider them such. The stories are often brilliant and complex. I get a lot of inspiration from immersing myself in the anime world. My current work in progress was born of my trying to write a short story while watching both Black Butler and Full Metal Alchemist, (which is, by the way, as far as I’m concerned, one of the greatest stories ever constructed.)
Kate Martin is an adjunct professor by day, a dance teacher by night, and a writer every minute in between. Growing up on the side of a Connecticut mountain in the middle of nowhere wasn’t much good for afterschool shenanigans with friends, but it was spectacular for building an over-active imagination. She spent her childhood weaving intricate plots for her dolls--none of which were ever without fantastical elements. After getting her B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology, she found Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Program, graduating with her M.A. in June ‘08. Her first story was published in July ’09 in Rage of the Behemoth. Her debut novel, Eternal Shadows, a young adult paranormal is available now from Cool Well Press. You can visit her website at www.kate-martin.com.
Just shy of her eighteenth birthday, Kassandra has seen her fair share of war. Peace has forever seemed out of reach, but she never dreamed it would come in the form of a nightmare. World leaders, including her father, are being replaced--by vampires. And she’s been made one herself. The one who changed her, Rhys, is five hundred years old, annoyingly good-looking, and intent on teaching her how to live as the undead. Kassandra has a different idea. But if she’s learning anything, it’s that the movies are very, very wrong. A stake won’t kill them, or herself, and neither will the morning sun, but human blood is a necessity. Too bad the movies couldn’t have gotten that wrong too.
But though they work to bring peace to the human world, the vampires are at war themselves, and soon Kassandra becomes a target in their enemy’s quest to expose the vampire populous to the human race. To make things worse, Kassandra begins to dream of Rhys in the past, and in the present she finds herself strangely attracted to him . . ..