Katy Walters is a USA TODAY Best-Selling Author selling thousands of books and pages read, of her work. Her two Regency Romances series, The Lords of Rhonan and the Lords of Sussex proved hugely popular. She also enjoys writing across the genres, Time Travel, Sci-Fi and the paranormal.
Enter a wily dowager duchess who is desperate for her son the renowned rakehell Maximillian,6th Duke of Taunton to wed a suitable heiress. On hearing of Cassandra’s inheritance of a fortune and a castle, she schemes by fair means or foul to manipulate Cassandra into marrying her son and hence gain complete control of the castle.
Tell us about your latest book.
Through a tragic accident that took the lives of both her parents, Cassandra is left to care for her siblings. Not only does she struggle to pay an extortionate rent, but also fights to protect her sister Belle from the Baron’s lustful demands. However, he gives an ultimatum, either Belle agrees to be his mistress or the family face immediate eviction. On the very morning of the threatening event, the family solicitor visits Cassandra informing her; she has inherited not only a title, but land and a castle, albeit a crumbling ruin. Not only is her family saved from ruin, she now has the means to help her neighbors, suffering from the greed of the baron.
Enter a scheming dowager duchess intent on taking the castle from Cassandra by fair or foul means. She plans to manipulate her into marriage with her son Maximilian the 6th Duke of Taunton. To the dowager’s frustration, Max informs her; marriage is not on his agenda but omits to say he enjoys his life as a rakehell. However, on meeting Cassandra, he is mesmerized with her and plans to install her as his favorite mistress.
Can Cassie outwit the schemes of the dowager? Can she overcome her rising passion for Max, knowing his reputation?
Will Belle escape the treacherous plans of the merciless Baron intent on making her his own?
Where did the idea for the book come from?
I have a love for Regency. I have family links with Captain Gronow who fought in the Napoleonic wars and wrote on those times. How I came across him is quite eerie so there and then, I decided this was the genre in which to write.
Who and what inspire you to write?
My sister Helen was in a sanatorium for TB and me only eighteen months older would write fairy stories for her and send them to the sanatorium to cheer her up. She remained my inspiration. Sadly she has now passed away or gone into the light as I like to think, but she was alive to read the latest trilogy dedicated to her.
What has been the most pleasant surprise about writing?
To realize I just have to put my hands on the keyboard and I write. However having said that maybe my early training came from Helen. When she was home at times, I would just lie in bed and tell her the stories as they came into my head.
Do you have any writing rituals?
No, not really, although I do like writing about classical music. However as the writing flows I live the story and forget I am listening to music, or even where I am, as the writing flows.
Do you write your books in order?
No, I never usually plan. I might write a Regency and then go to Medieval or Romance Suspense or Sci-Fi. It’s just as the need to write takes me.
What is on your writing playlist for this book?
Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Grieg.
Any favorite writing snacks?
Thai Chilli crackers or Pringles.
What advice would you give writers who aspire to be published?
Write and create a presence on the net.
Are you working on anything new right now?
Yes, this is a contemporary suspense romance.
Who is your favorite character in your current book?
I have not really got a favorite, they all mean different things to me, even the evil baron has a past history.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Beltane the Smith by Jeffery Farnol. A Medieval Romance.
Tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.
It would be a joy to me to know it is shared.
About the author:
My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people. Singing meant a lot of traveling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig. Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes.
I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind, and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases. One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it.
I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry. I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy, and conflict, even the threat of death.