Interview with Kate Bonham

November 2, 2017

Amazon Bestselling Author Kate grew up in Western Sydney, Australia, hoping to one day have a pet dragon and castle to roam around in. Then the Khaleesi stole her life and she was forced to reinvent herself. 

It was around the age of 15 when she really thought she could make it as a writer, and after course after course on different writing styles, she finally gulped down her fear and pursued independent publishing. 

When she's not writing, she's spending time with her boyfriend and their zoo of pets that include snakes, tarantula, lizards, scorpion, gecko, turtle, axolotl and 2 noisy cockatiels.  

Her writing genres are Paranormal & Dark Romance.


Now, on with the interview...


ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
KATE: I absolutely loved the Goosebumps books. Especially the alternate ending ones.


ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
KATE: No book has made me cry, I don’t cry with my own books either. Movies – completely different though LOL.


ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
KATE: I am currently unemployed but am looking for a job (adminny type job) which is my main source of income so I can do what I love and that is write.


ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it? 
KATE: Yeah for the most part. It’s hard to tell but I’ve had a recent conversation with a friend I used to work with and she told me that it was a constant conversation topic and at one point I was made fun of for writing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ material. I didn’t bother to correct them, anyone who knows me would know I don’t write BDSM, not that I don’t like it, I just don’t write it. But it just made me realise I didn’t need to confuse my real life with my writing/bookworld life.  


ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not?And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.

KATE: Yes, it’s a thing, whether you let it define you or make excuses for it, is dependent on the author. I usually take a break, read a book, hang out with my boyfriend or go and do something fun. I find that sometimes after reading a good book or watching a movie/tv show, I will find my juices again.


ME: Cool, now let's talk about your process for a bit. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
KATE: I try to be a plotter but I’m a pantster at heart. Chapter 1 usually goes with the plot I outline and then BAM it’s always a surprise, even to me at times but I always follow what the characters are telling me. First instinct is everything when it comes to storylines.


ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
KATE: It really depends which book I am writing. I did a little research for Mine, Forever because I needed to know what kind of guns would be good for the characters to use, and I asked a friend about electric shock because that was a key scene in the book. When it comes to my paranormal serials, I tend to create my own world but I do use names from myths or history. I also studied vampires and the myth/history of vampirology as a teen into young adulthood, I’ve always been fascinated with the myth.


ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
KATE: All my books connect to each other in one way or another, except for Mine, Forever which is a different genre. I like standalones, but sometimes it’s not always easy to write them. I am trying to write standalones more as they sell more, but then again, I love serials and cliffhangers, it’s so hard to choose.


ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
KATE: Dreams for the most part, sometimes they just appear in another story and I end up creating a world from that. In other cases, I find inspiration in pre-mades I’ve purchased. I have pretty vivid dreams though, so there’s a reason why my storylines are crazy and twisty.  


ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
Yes! It’s hard not to when you can be influenced by people or even places and memories. I try to keep it relatively vague so that they don’t know it’s them but I have put a particular person in my life in one of my characters because this person is a big part of my life.


ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
KATE: I think they all are. In my opinion, all authors add a little bit of themselves in their characters. We create these people and worlds, there has to be a part of us that wants to do what our characters do – from saving someone’s life with killer moves or seducing the hottest and broodiest love interest.


ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
KATE: I try to pick names that will suit the character, for example, in my dragon shifter book, I chose names which meant fire. For my craving crimson series, I created the name Alekxavier (or so I thought, turns out it’s already out there) which was a play on the name Alexander which means protector of mankind, which is exactly what Xavier is – he’s a Hunter of Nosferatu, and all things supernatural.


ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
KATE: Soleil, from Revelations, she’s a woman who has been torn from her family, forced to be a Nosferatu, she has a couple of centuries’ worth of wisdom and yet she hides secrets because it’s best for all. She’s also a mother type figure for Xavier. It was hard to get that out in one book. I’ve actually decided to write her own story, a prequel to cover all of this because I still feel like I haven’t done her justice.


ME: That's exciting to go back and fill in some missing pieces. So, have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
KATE: No, I’ve only ever killed someone off because it was necessary, although, after a bad day there’s nothing better than to come home and write a death scene. I promise… I’m not a psychopath…*tucks devil horns back in under my hair*


ME: LOL. What was your hardest scene to write?
KATE: There were quite a few scenes in Mine, Forever. I’d write it and have to get up and go for a walk to clear my head. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I am talking about.


ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
KATE: It’s been known to stress and exhaust me but I also feel energized while I am writing. Editing usually has me on edge and can be quite a tedious task, it’s never easy to edit your own work but it’s a necessary evil.


ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
KATE: Meerkat! Mainly because I love them but also because I am always on alert especially when I am writing, I need to be, especially when I have twists and turns coming at me from every angle.


ME: Awww, I love meerkats. Let's finish up with some advice for the budding novelists out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

KATE: Just do it, you are good enough. I was someone who always thought I was never going to be good enough, I could never do it because no one would want to read my books. There are times when I still feel that way, I think every author feels that, but the key thing is to remember there is always going to be someone who loves your work, your words and your worlds. Never let one critical review bring you down.


ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
KATE: I think allowing people to read your work before its released can be risky. Beta readers are great, a necessity in some ways but you need to trust these people implicitly. Always do your research when speaking to editors and the like, there are so many phoneys out there – you need to protect your work.


ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
KATE: There are two things that spring to mind. The shipping for my first paperback – probably the best thing I felt in my two hands was my paperback. I still get a thrill when I can put another of my books on my shelf. And the other was signing at my first event which was RWDU16, I popped my cherry then and have had the signing bug ever since. 


ME: Glad you have this signing bug and will be attending RTC2018! Thanks for your time, Kate.

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