Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Kimberley Troutte. Kimberley is a Southern California girl, born and raised. She lives with her husband, two sons, one old dog, four very large snakes, and various other creatures that the man/kids/dog inevitably drag in. Kimberley is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Catch Me in Castile, her second book with Samhain Publishing. Please help me welcome Kimberley toThat’s What I’m Talking About.
Kimberley: Thank you. I’m very excited to be here.
Twimom: I read that you were writing for 20 years before you got “the call” from Samhain back in June 2008. What inspired you for all those years? What topics did you write about?
Kimberley: That’s a very long time, isn’t it? During those twenty years I worked a day job, got married, had kids, you know the usual life stuff. I wrote my grandmother’s biography—a real eye-opener that remains locked safely away within the family. I also wrote poetry, newspaper articles, short stories and one nonfiction book called Kid’s Play: Early Development Activities to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten.
Every now and then, I’d drag out this romance novel set in Spain and tinker with it. Finally, I got it right and Catch Me was born.
Twimom: Wow! You are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Catch Me in Castile, a book with a ghostly twist. Can you tell my readers more about Santiago and Erin?
Kimberley: Erin is a woman who is driven to succeed in spite of the anxiety disorder that threatens to paralyze her. When things don’t work out as well as she’d planned—actually her plans explode in her face—she travels to Spain for a little R&R and falls into the arms of a smokin’ hot doctor. He’s the perfect medicine.
Santiago is protecting his own family from a killer on the loose. He needs to keep Erin at arm’s length for her own safety. But there is something incredibly strong and brilliant about the American. Where does she find such strength in the face of her demons? He should push her away, but he can’t seem to let her go.
Twimom: Oh, sounds intriguing! Catch Me is actually your second book with Samhain. The “hero” of your first book, Soul Stealer, is Death… is he really the sexiest bad boy there is? Can you tell us more about your story?
Kimberley: Soul Stealer was such a fun book to write. The hero is Death, or to be more exact, Cain from the Bible. He is beyond gorgeous (his own father was made in God’s image, after all). Cain is dangerous. He is also a tortured man who deeply regrets killing his own brother. He didn’t know what death was then as no one had died on earth before. Now he understands all too well. Hate is too tame a word to describe his feelings for the job.
Cain never expects to fall in love, I mean, you know, he’s Death! But when he comes for Sara, a beautiful woman who has spent her short existence saving lives, he is struck by a spiritual beauty he rarely witnesses. She begs for more time, not for herself as countless others have before her, but simply two weeks to finish a homeless shelter before the bitter winter sets in.
He’s torn. His job is to guide her soul to heaven. But his heart wants to keep her around a little bit longer. Maybe forever.
The Powers that Be are not happy when Sara’s soul doesn’t show up on time. The man known as Death will have to fight good and evil to keep Sara alive.
Twimom: Oh… *adds to my TBR list* I love books that take established characters and reinvents them. Both of these books seem to fall in the “paranormal” genre. Have you written or would you like to write any other genres?
Kimberley: I do like paranormals. I think it is the “other-worldliness” that appeals to me and the thrill that anything can happen. I enjoy stories with twists and turns. As to why I write them, well, that’s a question I’ve asked myself. I’ve decided that the passion to write about ghosts and men who live forever stems from that deep-seated desire to find love that never ends-never dies.
That said, I also write with a lot of humor. Catch Me in Castile could really be classified as a Chick Lit Paranormal slash Romantic Suspense with a pinch of Historical.
Okay, I’ll admit it.
My name is Kimberley Troutte and I am a genre-blender.
Twimom: LOL! Genre-blending is awesome! Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
Kimberley: I am working on an Inspirational Suspense and a Contemporary Suspense. Oh, and I have a middle grade children’s fiction that I hope to sell one day. All three have light paranormal elements to them.
Twimom: Wonderful, I look forward to hearing more in the future! I always like to ask authors about their reading habits… What types of books do you enjoy reading? What was your favorite read during 2010 or so far in 2011?
Kimberley: You would probably laugh if you saw my reading stack. I am reading mysteries, romances, young adult, kid’s books, not yet published books, on and on the list goes.
Hmmm. My favorite read? That is so darn tough. I don’t think I can narrow it to one book. For historicals, I really enjoyed Knight Dreams, by C.C. Wiley. The description in that book? Wow. I was smack dab in the time period. For fav authors that I go to every year? Meg Cabot LOVE her. Same goes for Janet Evanovich. For YA and younger, you can’t go wrong with Valerie Hobbs. Oh man, I could go on all day.
Reading is like dark chocolate for me. If an author draws me in, I’m not going anywhere until I turn the last page. Yum.
Twimom: Kimberley, once again thank you so much for taking the time to tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your writing. It was wonderful chatting with you.
Kimberley: Thank you! It’s been a blast.
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Kimberley’s books are available for purchase at Samhain Publishing and other online book sellers.