Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
My name is Kat Caulberg, and I’m from North Carolina. I write primarily romance, mostly in the historical, time travel, dark fantasy, and paranormal sub-genres.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve been writing all my life. At some point, a friend of my suggested I should actually try to get my work published. I wrote my debut novel, Three Star Island, and tossed it out into the world, and Soul Mate Publishing picked it up.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
My second book, a paranormal/dark fantasy romance novel called Black Dog Rising, is currently in the works to be published. It’s set in modern England and involves English folklore including ghosts, the fae, and the phantom canine from East Anglia called the Black Shuck. In the meantime, I’m working on its sequel.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
The kissing and intimate scenes. I love dialogue and action, both of which move forward at a quick pace, but when it comes to writing things that are taken on a much slower, more detailed pace, I find it quite a challenge. Not to say they’re not fun. They’re just incredibly difficult for me.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
It depends on what I’m writing. I did a lot of research on the Spanish and English colonies for Three Star Island, including food, culture, farming and household tools, and a huge amount of research on the age of sail. For my upcoming novels, it’s been more about what flora and fauna are present in the modern settings, as well as the basis behind the myths and folklore of East Anglia and Northumberland.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Personally? Ignore word count. Ignore page count. Just write. For me, counting words tends to kill them. In the end, you’re just going to be cutting and editing them anyway, so why not enjoy the process, rather than determining a writing day’s worth by its number?
What do you love the most about the month of December?
It’s another month closer to spring and summer.
City, suburb, or small-town?
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate?
Alpha, beta, or both?
Anti-hero, to be honest.
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel?
Can I pick ghosts? BECAUSE GHOSTS.
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Rum. So I guess that’s rum punch.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other?
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Against the wall.
Biceps, abs, or buns?
A good smile, and then abs.
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Three Star Island
Time travel ~ Historical ~ Pirates ~ Paranormal
Stepping through a time portal into 1716, historian Penny Saunders didn't expect to get stranded in the past. Five years later, now a pariah to the townsfolk of Three Star Island, she endures solitude and ridicule until a hurricane tosses a dangerous castaway onto her shores.
William Payne's history precedes him. Pirate, outlaw, and ruthless captain, he's a monster among men . . . or so it seems. Desperately seeking redemption for his blood-soaked past, he upends Penny's world by showing her a passion she's never experienced.
But time is closing in on them; the governor of the Carolinas has rescinded his pirates' pardon, the locals are growing suspicious of Penny's new houseguest, and she can't keep her secrets from William forever. When everything falls apart, she must use both wits and weapons against lawmen and pirates alike to save the one man who would tear down the world for her.
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.