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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Interview of Author Kitty Barton

Today I'm presenting an interview or romance author Kitty Barton.

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Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side.

Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of PNRWriters, RBRU, SheWrites,and NaNo. She is an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups.

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: I told my family. It was a shock because the book had only been out a couple days.

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write?
A: Kaitlin's time out in nature. Why? Growing up I adored fishing, hiking, and camping. It was a ton of fun and great exercise too.

Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: Kaitlin's father's funeral.  Losing someone that close to you is never easy and when my characters hurt, I hurt.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: Cadmon, he's such a complex character and I adore uncovering all his little secrets.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: Kung Fu, belly dancing, walking with the family.

Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: Since I started writing fanfiction in 2006 I've been told characterization is my strongest part. Lately though, I get told my writing is very dynamic.

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Seventeen year-old Kaitlin Sinclair's world is turned upside down when she moves to Indonesia, and discovers the secrets that threaten the existence of the enchanting Cadmon and his people. She dives into a foreign culture, full of mystique and dangers everywhere she turns, where keeping her heart safe might prove as impossible as staying alive!

Her heart stopped when her eyes settled on her boyfriend Payne, with his short black hair and wide shoulders, over by the wall of the school, kissing a blonde, wearing a skimpy skirt. His hand on her bare thigh slid up beneath the hem as he lifted her, and pressed her against his body.

She stopped mid-stride, muscles rigid, as a sudden coldness struck her core.
Kaitlin filled her lungs with a slow breath to calm the rage coursing through her, and felt the heat of the pavement through her sandals, hand tightening on the towel.She tossed the soaked towel on the pavement and stormed over and cleared her throat loudly. “So, this is where you’ve been.”

“Katie!” Payne’s startled eyes opened and he sent her a sheepish look, as he tried to push the pouty girl away.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” She crossed her arms over her chest.

“It’s not what it looks like.” He pulled the blonde’s arms off his neck as a flush crept across his cheeks.

“Oh? Because it looked like you shoved your tongue down her throat.” She glared at the blonde in her tight top. “Get out of my face, Janice!” Kaitlin glared until the cheerleader’s eyes widened and she scurried off like a frightened mouse.

Her glare settled on Payne, who rubbed the back of his neck, and stared at the ground. The tips of his ears turned red. “I didn’t want to, Katie, honest.” His eyes rose to hers, and he used his apologetic look, the one that usually made her melt.

She gave a derisive snort and angled her body away from him.

“She forced herself on me.” He pushed off the wall, and moved towards her.

“She’s a cheerleader. You’re a quarterback. Don’t give me that bullshit!” Her hands balled into fists at her sides. If I wasn’t one warning away from suspension, I'd go kick her ass! She shot him her fiercest glare, with one hand on her hip. It always sent their classmates scurrying out of her way. We’re supposed to be dating exclusively, or so I thought.”

“We are.” He took another daring step toward her. “Honestly, Katie,” he wrapped his arms around her waist. “I’d never do anything to hurt you.” His voice sounded so sincere.

She closed her eyes and inhaled slow, deep breaths as she tried to reign in her temper. She blinked when his lips pressed against hers and his tongue entered her mouth. Oh no he didn’t!

He pulled away, tongue bleeding. “What the hell?”

Her hand connected with his cheek. “How dare you think you can stick that in me after it’s been in another girl's mouth?” She flexed and un-flexed her hand, fighting the urge to sock him in the jaw.

“Calm down, Kaitlin.” He grabbed her by the upper arms, fingers biting into the flesh.

"I'll show you calm," she drove her knee between his legs. His fingers loosened before he fell forward, writhing on the ground. He won’t be using that anytime soon. That thought brought her little comfort as she stormed away and climbed into her pickup. She gunned the engine and squealed the tires as she took off to the store.

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Favorite personal quote:
"An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview. It was fun. :)

Paris said...

Nice interview, ladies! Being a licensed Kung Fu instructor, do you find that you first, choreograph the fight scenes you utilize or does the action flow by more of a 'seat of the pants' method because of your training?

jean hart stewart said...

I echo Paris' question. How much do you consciously plan your fight scenes. I'm in awe that you're a licensed instructor..

Anonymous said...

Hello Paris and Jean, actually it's a combination of both. I know from my studies, and teachings, what moves will flow well into the next set, and which won't. I also know which moves will be most effective.

I draw on that knowledge and let the scene flow. Then if not satisfied, I'll go back through it ad smooth out any rough edges.

Thanks for joining us today and for the awesome questions. :)

Melissa Limoges said...

Very cool interview. Nice excerpt!

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