Please welcome author Kate Hill today as we talk about her latest book, Accounting for Love and what's next on the horizon.
How did you start writing erotic romance?
I enjoyed both romance and erotica, but I wanted stories that combined both. Going back 20 plus years ago, the genres were usually separated. You could find romance with lots of purple prose or mild love scenes, or you could find erotica without romance.
Plotter or pantster?
I’m more a plotter. I like to work using a loose outline so that I know how a story starts and ends as well as several important plot points in between. I like to have wiggle room, though, because certain things inevitably change when the actual writing starts.
What are three things you have on your writing desk?
A calendar, my fitness journal and my lucky thesaurus.
Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you?
In Accounting for Love, a grumpy accountant and a cheerful marketing manager fall in love with the help of magical beer. It’s a paranormal St. Patrick’s Day story that was a lot of fun to write. The character who really spoke to me in Accounting for Love was Lucas. I’m always drawn to the bad boys and the characters with the most issues.
Finish this sentence: I write because ____...
I can’t imagine not writing.
What is your favorite type of character to write about?
Definitely the bad boy/girl, antihero type. I’ve done some golden heroes, but they’re generally not the kind of characters I’m drawn to.
What is the sexiest scene you ever wrote?
The first one that comes to mind as the sexiest (not the most romantic, though) is the part in my historical romance, The Mad Knight’s Bride, where Sir William is being pleasured by a prostitute.
What is next on your writerly horizon?
I’ve just finished the second story in my Fangs and Fists series and I’m about to start on the third. Fangs and Fists is an erotic paranormal series in which the world has been taken over by demons. Witches, vampires, and werewolves have started a rebellion to drive off the demons. Werewolves have been in particular danger because the demons use them for entertainment in gladiatorial matches.
I’m also preparing to re-release several of my out of print books, starting with my Ancient Blood vampire series.
Accounting for Love
by Kate Hill
Erotic Paranormal, St. Patrick’s Day
From Changeling Press
Lucas has just returned from a most unsatisfying vacation to find his department at the Wit and Wizardry Brewery in a shambles. Of troll ancestry, Lucas is a man of appalling disposition and astounding accounting skills. Determined to set everything in order as soon as possible, he refuses to leave the office at closing time, even thought it means missing out on St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Lucas finds he's not the only one working late. Cait, the newly hired head of marketing for the brewery, is there as well. Her overly-cheerful manner drives Lucas crazy. The last thing he needs is an optimistic, chatty, adorable pixie distracting him at work, but she can't seem to understand that he wants to be left alone.
What neither realize is that earlier that evening, Lucas had washed down his dinner with a magical beer that will guide him toward his true love. The abominable accountant and the merry marketing manager are about to prove that opposites do attract and St. Patrick's Day really is the best day to fall in love.
If a chicken dinner led to a mind-blowing fuck with the gorgeous Pixie, then he wouldn't fight destiny.
He knocked on the door.
"Yes?" came her pleasant voice.
"Do you have any leftovers?"
She was ignoring him.
Of course. Why shouldn't she? Since the moment they'd met he'd been curt, sarcastic, rude--
The door opened and she gazed up at him with those melting eyes. "Leftover what?"
A smile curved her lips. "Yes. I made a whole chicken last night and brought it with me. It's in the fridge down in the cafeteria."
"All right. Thanks." He remained, staring at her.
"Would you like me to go with you to get it?"
"That might be a good idea. In case the security guard thinks I'm a chicken thief."
She chuckled. "So you do have a sense of humor."
Her eyes sparkled and she stepped out of the office. "Let's go. I hope you like my cooking. I'm not much for spices or butter or anything like that. Or salt. It makes me bloat."
"All that stuff is bad for you anyway. That's probably why you look so good. You are what you eat, right?"
She glanced at him over her shoulder. "I look good?"
"Yeah. Don't you have a mirror?"
"It's nice to be noticed. Don't you think?"
He shrugged. This wasn't the conversation he'd imagined. Now that he thought about it, he hadn't really imagined talking. There had been kissing in his mind. Lots of kissing.
All consensual, of course. Trolls had integrity, if nothing else.
They reached the cafeteria and he followed her to the kitchen. When she bent to retrieve the plastic container of food from the bottom shelf, he stared at her rounded ass and had to loosen his tie. This was even better than his fantasy.
She turned and nearly bumped into him. He realized he'd been standing terribly close and backed off so she could carry the food to the microwave.
She remove the cover and started heating the meal.
Lucas studied her profile. She had sculpted cheekbones, a delicate chin and an impish nose. Again he caught the scent of her flowery perfume.
His heart beat faster and he unfastened the top button of his shirt.
"Is it just me, or is it awfully hot in here?" he asked.
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.