Writers In The Storm is very excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin. Since 1985, she has published over fifty Historical, Contemporary Romance and Suspense novels. She resides in Missoula, Montana with her husband, Larry Jay Martin who has published many Westerns and Mysteries as well as five non-fiction books. While Kat’s success has been phenomenal, she admits that like everyone else in the business, she’s had her share of bumps and bruises on the way to publication.
By Kat Martin
Twenty five years ago when I first started writing, my goal was to become a successful author. I wanted to be able to quit my real estate job and write full time. Fortunately, with my husband still working, I was able to make that happen fairly quickly.
Still, when I finally I sold my first book after months of trying and numerous rejections, I earned the whopping sum of four thousand dollars–not much money for a year and a half of working ten hours a day! But I never lost faith. I thought, “I can do this–I know I can.”
I think one of the toughest things about being an author is continuing to believe in yourself. Insecurities swamp you. Is this book any good? Is this book as good as the last one? Will my readers like it? Will the publisher renew my contract?
After twenty five years, those questions remain. It’s only sheer force of will that keeps a writer pounding the keyboard, sheer determination that keeps an author from quitting.
Shar asked me to tell you some of the stumbling blocks I faced as my career progressed. I’ve worked for seven publishers, had six different agents. On my first book, I was rejected by every publisher in New York, then was picked up by Pageant Books and made a lead title. Unfortunately, Pageant went out of business six months later. Again, I was rejected by every publisher in New York Finally Berkeley picked up Book number four (I didn’t stop writing just because I didn’t have a publisher) and made it a lead title. They went back and picked up books two and book three.
The money was miniscule and my husband and I were rapidly going broke. I went to another publisher who will remain unnamed for three books, they never kept one promise they made me I went to another publisher. They gave me the worst cover I’ve ever had in the business. I left and went to another publisher. It has always been an uphill battle and if you want the truth, it still is.
So when I hit the New York Times top twenty, the printed list as opposed to the extended list, which I had been on a number of times, it was the kind of validation that keeps a writer going.
Someone must like these books, I thought Ohmygod, it’s really selling! It was a thrill to get that phone call–a notification that usually comes late on a Wednesday night. I got one of those calls this last Wednesday.
It’s a real moment for an author, the thrill of a lifetime. I had made the Times list before for RULES BRIDE, my last Victorian Historical, but these books are different.
My heart is in these books I feel as if I have finally found my calling–after more than fifty novels I started with AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, and AGAINST THE LAW, loving not only the brothers, Jackson, Gabe, and Devlin, but the ladies who snared these hunky men.
When I finished all three of them, I didn’t want to let go.
So I didn’t.
So far five AGAINST books have been released, AGAINST THE NIGHT being the latest It’s Johnnie Riggs’s story, a fish out of water tale about a kindergarten teacher who braves the LA underworld to find her missing sister Disgusing herself as Angel Fontaine, Amy Brewer goes undercover as a pole dancer in a strip club.
It’s a romp that starts on L.A.’s Sunset Blvdand travels all the way to the tropical jungles of Belize, a fast-paced, high-action, hot-blooded adventure I absolutely loved writing.
After that, AGAINST THE SUN, Jake Cantrell’s story, another fast-paced, high-action tale, will be out the end of May Once more I’ll be on pins and needles waiting for that Wednesday night call and praying it comes.
I’m hoping readers will continue to enjoy the series–which will give me the chance to continue writing them. If you haven’t read AGAINST THE NIGHT, I hope you’ll look for it And I hope all of you will continue down your writers’ road to success and get your own spot on the New York Times.
Until then, happy reading and all best wishes, Kat.