A warm Love Bytes welcome to author Kate Sherwood visiting us today to talk about newest release “Darkness”, Part 3 in the Common Law series.
Kate talks to us about daydreaming and there is a giveaway to participte in!
Welcome Kate 🙂
Daydreaming – with details!
I’ve always been a daydreamer. This is probably true of most writers, and maybe even most human beings. When I was younger I used to design entire fantasy nations, with realistic economies, social and political structures, detailed maps at a variety of scales—the whole nine yards. Today I recognize what I was doing as “world building” in writer jargon, but I never really did much with my worlds, never built stories in them or peopled them with individual characters.
As an adult, my daydreams have gotten smaller and more based in reality. Maybe this is because I’m writing, now, and am using up a lot of my imagination on that. Or maybe it’s just part of growing up—isn’t that a line from some teen movie? Something about “when you get older, your dreams die?” (Just looked it up-Breakfast Club, “When you grow up, your heart dies.” Don’t think I’m going to get quite that melodramatic about it, thanks!)
Anyway, my daydreams now are easier to disguise. I can call them “planning”—and a lot of them involve spreadsheets and other mathematical manipulations that obscure their truth. But I know what I’m doing. When I work out the possible returns on investments and writing income and ways to minimize costs that would allow me to quit my day job and just write, I’m not really planning, because if I were I wouldn’t repeat the same exercises over and over with only the tiniest variations as an excuse. I’m daydreaming.
And the funny thing is, I like my day job and would probably hate being a full-time writer. I know this, but I play the game anyway—daydreaming.
I plan my vegetable garden, usually in January, and on paper I’m always totally ambitious and my rows are completely straight and I’m trying new varieties and designs. In reality? I attack my garden with great enthusiasm as soon as the soil is ready to be worked, and half-an-hour later I’m miserable and bored and just want the damn thing to go away. Daydreams are fun—reality is hard work!
What about you guys? Do you have favourite topics for daydreaming? How detailed do you get? Please, tell me someone else out there makes spreadsheets…
A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.
It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.
Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?
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About Kate Sherwood
Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!
Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!
Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?
Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.
After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.
To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Darkness tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!