Behind The Scenes
Hello Book Fanatics,
The lovely Kate Benson is joining us today. Grab a seat and blend in. I think you’ll love what she has to say. I sure did! Let’s take a look ‘Behind The Scenes’ with Kate. When you’re done here, visit the blog page on Facebook. She’s hanging out throughout the day, 12/08. Stop by an say hi and ask her anything else you want to know.
Author Interview Questions:
1. Do you write under one pen name or do you have others?
All of my work is under Kate Benson 😊
2. What genre(s) do you write & why?
I’m a sucker for a good love story. I’ve written a comedy series, an erotic series, a NA series, slightly dark with a dystopian edge and strictly contemporary, but everything I write is romance.
3. What inspired you to become an author?
I love books and have since I was very young. I think my love for storytelling came from my father, my love for books came from my mom and my belief in happy endings is due to my husband. I knew when I was eight that I would grow up and write a book. It’s just always been inside me.
4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Be yourself. Don’t write what you think others want to read, write the story you have to get out. People can get a run-of-the-mill story anywhere, but they can only get your story from you.
5. What do you like the most and least about being an author?
I love the ability to create a world that belongs just to me and my characters for that short moment between page one and publish. I believe, and always have, that the story belongs to the characters who tell it, I just am the lucky one to get to hear it first. There’s something very magical that comes between that first and last keystroke that I’ve never been able to verbalize, but it’s one of the biggest passions of my life and I don’t know how I’ll ever tire of it. I certainly hope I never do.
Once that story has left me though and it’s out of my hands and into the universe, it belongs to my readers, who own the second biggest part of my heart along this journey. I love my readers. Aside from that little piece of paradise that comes with exploring a story with my characters, my favorite part of being an author is returning to it through the eyes of my readers. Their messages, their words of love, encouragement and sometimes shared sadness or anger at the twists in the plot? It’s amazing. I love it so much.
Least favorite part? I still have to go out into the world and wear pants and be a grown up. I’d much rather stay here in my office and travel with my characters than go to the grocery store 😉
6. Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what did you do to get past it?
I did for a long time and I hated it. It was before I started my first book, The Promise, and it lasted for years. I tried everything from forcing the words to trying different techniques and a million other things, but nothing ever worked until I sat down my pen and walked away. I told my husband I wouldn’t ever force another word, every project that ended without completion tore at my heart, and so I waited. Eight years later, I heard whispers. I ignored them. A week went by, they got louder, but I wasn’t ready yet. After a month, I was at a gas station, listening to the radio and I heard the first words so clearly, it was as if that character was in the car with me, telling me to listen.
I finally did and three months later, I published my first book.
Moral of this long answer? Wait for them. They’ll come to you when it’s time.
7. Who are your favorite authors?
I love so many, but for the purposes of this question, I’ll tell you my main influences. I love John Grisham because he makes me think about more than the main plot. He paints a picture of the surroundings, his descriptions having so much depth, I can hear the leaves crunch beneath his characters feet as they walk. I love that.
Harlan Coben is a master of plot twists. I’ve read a ton of mystery and his are the only ones that have stumped me every time. Not only does he stump me every time, I don’t know what’s going on until the final sentence and I have that ‘AHA!’ moment. He’s magic. He weaves his mysteries and plot twists in ways I aspire to with every single book. One hour inside that brain would be a dream for me as a writer!
JA Redmerski wrote The Edge of Never, which is my favorite book. It was shortly after reading this book that I realized that I could write any kind of love story I wanted to. I could write things that inspired me through music, I could write raw emotion. I could write something that would both destroy and repair me in three sentences. I could write whatever I want and there was a market for it, because the love story she wrote between Cam and Andrew is one unlike any I’d ever read and one I will never forget. It’s amazing. I don’t know if anyone will ever love my books the way I love that one, but it’s totally changed my soul.
Alice Walker because she wrote The Color Purple, my other favorite book. I’ve read it probably three hundred times and I’ve not only never tired of it, it showed pain and anguish and emotion and love and commitment in ways I’ve never read in another book. It painted a picture across my soul, made me feel what Celie was feeling in hers. It’s an amazing book that will never leave me.
Nicholas Sparks. He writes ugly cry books that get me sobbing when nothing else can. No matter what you might think, everyone needs to fall apart at the hands of fiction every once in a while. He’s the one that helps me do that.
EL James because she opened a whole new world for indies. I love her stories, but even those who don’t can’t ever deny what she’s done for our little piece of the writing community. She’s like our Elvis 😉
8. What’s next for you; any upcoming events, new releases and etc.?
2018 is slated to be my most intense year yet. I’m so excited for what’s coming! Not only will I be continuing a couple of the series I’ve been working on, I’ve got some new series coming and I’m also going to be signing in Cincinnati in July at Motorcycles, Mobsters and Mayhem with a pretty insane lineup. I’m thrilled about all of it! I can’t wait.
9. Where can we find you and your work?
I’m kind of all over the place!
Most of my work is available exclusively on Amazon (many titles are on KU), but I was very lucky to be a part of The Vault: A Sinfully Sexy Collection, which can be purchased on all platforms through the end of the year.
If you’d like to follow me on social media, I’d love to hear from you!
Here are my links:
Benson’s Book Babes (Fan Club/Reader Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/PromiseSeriesSupportGroup/
Chasing Sophie (Personal Blog): https://katechasingsophie.wordpress.com/
Go Baby! Book Obsession (FB Book Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoBabyBookObsession/