Kate Hill (Author Interview)
April 24, 2016
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
My name is Kate Hill and I’ve been writing romance for over twenty years. I mostly write paranormal, historical, erotic and science fiction romance. My latest release, Captain’s Mercy, is a historical romance with elements of mystery and suspense.
You have the chance to date either Mr. Darcy (from Pride & Prejudice) or Sherlock Holmes. Which one would you choose and why?
Definitely Sherlock Holmes. He seems like the kind of person who understands the need for personal space and observing his cases would provide plenty of writing inspiration. 🙂
Some people love them, some hate them. What’s your stance on alpha heroes?
I love them. I don’t believe that because a character is an alpha hero means he has to be a jerk. He just knows how to take charge and do what needs to be done, even if others don’t agree. I also love seeing two alpha characters together.
What’s the most exotic setting you’ve chosen for one of your stories and why did you choose it?
One of my romantic fantasy stories takes place in the fictional country of Upper Kenna. It was inspired by a trip I took to Morocco.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to Captain’s Mercy. It focuses on Jonah’s brother, Max, and the governess he hires to care for the two children he has taken in. She has a lot of secrets, though, which is fine because Max has his share of secrets as well!
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 and spending time with her family and pets.
She enjoys hearing from readers.
Mercy Brown’s life changes when she accepts a position as companion to the disabled sister of wealthy shipyard owner Jonah Barnes. She is instantly attracted to the rugged former sea captain, even if his brusque manner offends her. Mercy soon finds herself entangled in the quirky family’s secrets.
From the first, Mercy is troubled by prowlers, disturbances from the attic, and unearthly howls on the property. After meeting several unusual household members, including a groundskeeper who works by night and the mischievous Maxwell Barnes, Mercy realizes she should flee while she can.
Pages from Mercy’s first novel go missing and Jonah’s domineering personality causes tension in the house. Only Mercy’s fondness for her young companion, Faith Barnes, as well as her fascination with Jonah prevent her from leaving, but will her desire for him endanger her life?
“Why do you suppose the pests keep coming back?”
“I’m not sure. My expertise is the sea. Ask me about whales and sharks and I could probably answer. Bats are another story.”
“Do you still go to sea?” she asked, eager to keep her mind off the storm.
“Not as much as I used to.”
“Do you miss it?”
“At times. I miss the straightforwardness of being at sea. The simplicity. Aboard ship, a man is valued more for what he knows than for his bloodlines.”
“You don’t have much use for polite society, do you?”
“As long as rich men keep buying my ships, I like it well enough.”
“Is that why you partnered with Max?”
“Partly. Max is intelligent and good at business. He knows how to mingle with those kinds of people and put them at ease so they’ll make the best deal.”
“I see. The business world is all about using people.”
“It sounds very cutthroat and lonely to me.”
“Maybe, but playing the game is better than being poor, isn’t it? I know. I’ve been on that side of it too. Faith and Max don’t remember like I do. They were young when we could barely make ends meet.”
They had reached the library and he gestured for her to sit on the couch. He joined her, but kept a respectable distance.
“So you went to sea to take care of them. Do you ever regret it?”
“Not for an instant. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them. My only regret is what happened to Robert.” Pain glistened in his dark eyes, taking her aback. He always seemed so strong, even cold at times. He rarely displayed any vulnerability.
Strangely, she wished to comfort him.
“I’m sure what happened to him was quite beyond your control.”
“That’s not the only thing, it seems.” He stared deeply into her eyes and edged closerâ€”so near that they almost touched.
“Mr. Barnes, please.” She had intended the words to sound like a warning. Instead they came out like a plea.
At the next clap of thunder, she instinctively jumped and flung her arms around him. He held her snugly and while she knew she should pull away, she didn’t want to. She felt safe and secure in his embrace, but it was more than that. The feel of his body, his heart beating against her cheek and his divinely masculine scent aroused her in a way she couldn’t deny.
“Mercy,” he murmured. When he covered her mouth in a possessive kiss, she didn’t even try to stop him, but surrendered, just like Macie to Captain Bristle.