Happy Friday boys and girls. I’m so excited to feature one of my favorite medieval romance authors, Ms. Kathryn Le Veque. I’m amazed by her ability to produce stories at the speed of light–all of them exciting. Let’s get to know Ms. Le Veque…
Kathryn has been featured regularly on Kindle Nation, Coastal Conversations, Confessions of Romaholics, Goodreads, and a host of other blogs and websites highlighting her novels. Kathryn is an award-winning author and has legions of dedicated fans all over the world.
Kathryn’s Medieval Historicals have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She believes that total immersion in a time period is essential to creating the perfect story. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.
Although Kathryn’s passion is her Medievals, she is very proficient at writing Contemporary Adventure Romances and one of her novels. “Fires of Autumn”, received over 50,000 downloads on Bookbub in a two day period. Additionally, one of her novels, “Lady of Heaven”, is currently being adapted into a screenplay.
Kathryn is the author of 45 novels and counting.
I’m clearing a book shelf for ALL your titles Kathryn.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always had a big imagination, even as a child. Sometimes it got me into trouble! I was always coming up with stories or plays –I was big on plays when I was about 7 – and then when I was about 13, I decided to type out a story on my mom’s old Remington typewriter. It was a space epic with hot blooded teenagers! And that’s where it started.
Are you a plotter or panster?
Plot, plot, plot. And then plot some more. And then let the story take its own twists and turns based on events and dialogue. But no matter what happens in the middle of the story, I always know how it’s going to start and end. That’s written in stone!
At what age did you write your first novel?
13 – a glorious effort in juvenile fantasy – “Journey to the Stars”.
Give us some background on your books/series. Share your favorite scene. Who’s your favorite hero/heroine?
Since I’ve got 46 of them, that gives me a lot of material to choose from! LOL! I would have to say that THE DARK ONE: DARK KNIGHT and THE WHITE LORD OF WELLESBOURNE are two of my favorites because they really exemplify the bonds between knights. Of course, they’re great romances, but they also emphasize the trust and friendship between men who have faced life and death together. But the same thing goes for the DRAGONBLADE TRILOGY; nothing is stronger than the bonds between men who have killed with and for each other in battle.
One of my favorite scene, however, has to be in THE DARK ONE DARK KNIGHT when our hero, Gaston de Russe, comes to the bedside of his lady after she’s nearly died giving birth prematurely to twins. To preface this scene, they’d had a fight and she stopped talking to him and committed herself to a convent. So Gaston receives word that she’s on her deathbed and when the most feared man in the kingdom comes to the convent to be at his lady’s bedside, he does something very unexpected – he breaks down. He shows is human side. I defy anyone to read that scene and not cry with him. It’s truly touching.
As for my favorite hero/heroine, I’m really fond of all of them for different reasons, but I’d have to say that one of the sweetest pairs is Gaston and Remington. One of the sexiest pairs is Matthew and Alixandrea, and one of the wildest pairs is Kirk and Mara. They all have something different!
Any advice for mastering the art of writing a book/series?
Yes – educate yourself on the business of writing, and I mean the bones of how to write a novel. Learn your craft and be prepared well before you ever start a novel. ‘Anyone’ can write a book, but it takes a true craftsman to write a novel. There is a difference.
What’s your personal favorite out of all the novels you’ve penned? Why?
The White Lord of Wellesbourne. Because Matthew is my secret husband – he’s an amazing example of a true man!
When did you first realize you were a sensation with readers?
LOL!! When I started getting emails and comments from people who knew my characters better than I did! And also when people started doing fan art! That’s such an amazing feeling when you start to realize people really LIKE what you write. Wow!
What’s your most successful marketing strategy?
Bookbub. The best tool ever. But… there is a caveat. Your books must be priced low in order for it to work. It’s a GREAT tool.
What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been?
Chepstow Castle in Wales. Gorgeous scenery! You can let your imagination run wild there!
Name your favorite real-life or fictional hero… How have they influenced your life?
I’m not sure I really have one except for my father, my husband, and my brother. True and real men who live their lives righteously. I have great role models.
Name your favorite books from childhood and adulthood.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. My absolutely favorite of all time. Why? Because that man had a hell of an imagination. Mars colonized? Sheer genius!
What’s your astrological sign? Do you fit the characteristics associated with it? How?
Aries. Because I am an A++++ Personality!! Don’t mess with the Ram! LOL!
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned from your journey as a writer?
I hate to say it, but it’s an easy one – be very, very careful who you trust. Second lesson learned: Never, EVER respond or react to a negative review. Ever. Period.
Favorite Color: Pale green
Favorite Actor/Actress: Katharine Hepburn
Favorite Movie: How Green was my Valley or The Lion in Winter
Favorite century and why?: Thirteenth. Because a whole lot of stuff happened then!
Favorite Food: Anything greasy. There, I said it.
Least favorite vegetable: Raw onion!!! Gah!!!
First boyfriend/How old?/Why did you like him?: Glenn. 5 years old. Because he had a big forehead.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Generous, intelligent, outgoing, methodical, open.
Love the movie choices and I’m with you on raw onion…
Join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque
Visit her website at www.kathrynleveque.com
Thanks for visiting with us today Kathryn.