Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
We’ve been doing as best we can, given the circumstances. I miss being able to hug my mother, and working essential retail has been hard, but it’s definitely easier than some peoples’ experiences.
Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from?
I grew up in North Carolina and still live here. My pen name is my nickname. My family and my husband call me by my birthname, but anyone who’s known me for shorter than 15 years calls me “Kat.” I suppose that means that if I ever drastically change genres, I’ll have to pick a different pen name.
What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
I enjoy writing historical, time travel, and paranormal. From a very early age, I was interested in all of these things. The creepier, the better. Folklore is a special passion of mine, as well. I love incorporating my interests into my stories, and many of them are inspired by the things I’m obsessed with. I like to pair that up with characters who have complex, rich pasts, villains one loves to hate, and romance that’s both visceral and realistic.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
The first story I wrote was in third grade. When asked to write a Halloween story from the perspective of a pumpkin, the entire class wrote about being turned into a jack o’lantern. I was the only one to spin a tale about the pumpkin who was terrified of being carved up and ran away from the pumpkin patch. It hasn’t gotten any less strange or magical from there. In 2015, I sat down and wrote my first novel. It’s still in first draft form. The second one, Three Star Island, was the one I submitted to Soul Mate Publishing, and the rest is history.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Right now, I’m busy with the first round of edits and revisions I’m doing on the sequel to my latest release, Black Dog Rising. BDR is a paranormal romance set in modern England rich in folklore, magic, shapeshifters, and ghosts.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Finding the proper balance between the action scenes and the character development/romantic relationship. I love the flirting and the romantic “dance”, but at the same time, I want to deliver excitement and danger, as well.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
That depends on the book. If I’m writing historical, I try to depict everything as accurately as possible. It’s not all about dates and famous people. It’s about dialect, slang, clothing, courtship rules, food preferences, etc. It can even go down to the nitty-gritty of trade agreements, weaponry, masonry, and sexual norms and mores. The trick is to insert this research as subtly and unobtrusively as possible, so that I don’t weigh the story down and make it sound like a textbook. A little bit goes a long, long way.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I love Ray Bradbury. I’ve been reading him since I was in fourth grade. He wasn’t just a sci-fi writer, but a man who could cross genre boundaries and make any topic relevant to anyone. His prose voice was so beautiful. He’s pretty much my writing hero.
Which of your own characters is your favorite?
Without giving away too much, Jack from Black Dog Rising is definitely my favorite. He’s complex, broken, morally ambiguous, and sly. He’s the quintessential trickster, and they’re the most fun, by far.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
Anything spicy. The spicier the better. If it burns the first layer of my mouth off, it’s good. I also love sushi, Indian, and Korean. Noodles are probably at the very top of the list. All noodles, all the time.
What hobbies do you have?
I pick up and put down hobbies all the time. I collect hobbies, in fact. That’s probably my main hobby. In all seriousness, I like to paint. I’ve done decoupage, shadow box making, and for several years, I painted papier mache skulls to sell around Halloween. I also like walking, which doesn’t sound exciting, but it provides lots of opportunities to get to know my town in a way that driving through it never would.
Time for the speed round! Say the first thing that comes to mind...
City, suburb, or small-town?
Small town, hands down.
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Chocolate with cinnamon in it.
Books, movies, or shows?
All three. Can’t choose.
Alpha, beta, or both?
I prefer a complex, layered character who doesn’t fit under a label.
Romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, or historical?
Historical and paranormal. Maybe at the same time.
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Rum, absinthe, and Becherovka.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
All three, please?
Black Dog Rising
July 1, 2020
Fantasy ~ Dark Fantasy ~ Paranormal ~ Shapeshifter ~ Folklore
Since arriving in England, nothing has made sense for Emma Aubrey. Forced to flee her ex-boyfriend and the vengeful ghost of his dead wife, she seeks refuge in Ninestone Downs, a sleepy country village where people still whisper of fairies and a hellish phantom canine prowls its streets.
Toby Deering has no more room in his life for the paranormal. He’s got secrets of his own, including a four-hundred-year-old curse and a past he can’t escape. The last thing he wants is a quirky American woman on his doorstep in desperate need of shelter, or the accidental touch that awakens a bond between them neither can ignore.
But ancient forces are stirring. When Emma finds herself the target of a shadowy stalker, will her bond with Toby be enough to withstand the evil Fae Court and the hellhound on her heels?
More About Kat
For as long as she can remember, Kat Caulberg has been obsessed with history and the paranormal. Somewhat to the dismay of her parents, her interests led her into both museums and graveyards as a child, a trend which has continued into her adulthood. This has influenced her reading tastes and her writing, whether it be a good ghost story, thrilling tales of time-travel, or devouring endless volumes of ancient warfare. She signed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing in 2018 for her first novel, Three Star Island, a time-travel story set in 1721. She enjoys writing strong, quirky heroines, and has a weakness for cheeky heroes who have as much compassion as they have flaws. Kat currently lives in North Carolina with her Englishman and a few cats.