A Visit with USA Today Bestseller Katherine Garbera
One of the lovely things about becoming a writer is getting to know other writers. Today my blog guest is my fellow Jaunty Quill, Katherine Garbera. We had a bit of a cyber-chat and now you get to listen in!
Mia: If you could be anything but a writer what would you want to be?
KG: I’d be a celebrity chef and have my own cooking show. I’d do Italian-American twists on classic dishes and talk about cooking with my mom and my grandma. :)
Mia: As an author have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it? ;)
KG: Yes! Two of them—the first is Jayne Ann Krentz who I’ve always wanted to be when I grow up. I met her at RWA at a reception for Writerspace back when it was still new and she talked to me like I was a peer because my site was being hosted there. It was so surreal because she’s so HER and I’m so me. :-)
The other author is Judith Arnold who wrote my favorite series ever about a group of friends who grew up together in the 60s and I gushed to her about it and then felt embarrassed later for gushing but she told me it was okay.
Mia: Oh, I know Judith! She’s in NECRWA with me. What a lovely person and she’s so very talented.
So now we know the authors who mean something to you as an adult. What were your favorite books growing up?
KG: The Madeleine L’Engle series of books that starts with A Wrinkle In Time and the Trixie Belden series. I used to ride my bike through my neighborhood looking for crimes to solve.
Mia: I always like to learn more about other writers’ processes. Do you prefer to write during the day or during the night?
KG: I write during the day and I like to do it first thing in the morning. I’m pretty structured about that because I really like to enjoy my time with my family, which means I like to be done with my pages before they get home. ;-)
Mia: You sound like me. I like to meet my word count while the DH is at work. What 5 things do you have to have with you when you are writing?
KG: Something to drink—I start with coffee in the morning and switch to water in the afternoon, a bowl of something crunchy to eat either carrots or pretzels or if the writing is stressing me out M&Ms, my three-ring binder with my notes for the book, my little notebook where I keep track of my progress and doodle when I’m taking a break, and my mini-Slinky.
Mia: Lots of authors spend time on social networkings sites. Which do you prefer? twitter or facebook? Are you an active poster or active reader?
KG: Facebook and I’m on there every day. J
Mia: Anything else you would like to say to the readers reading this post?
KG: The reason why I read and write romance is because I love seeing the hero fall in love. What’s you favorite part of the romance?
And now for our lightning round!
Mia: Favorite Vacation Spot?
Mia: Favorite TV Show?
KG: The Big Bang Theory or Sherlock (when it’s on)
Mia: Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc)
KG: Vampires but old school Ann Rice type
Mia: Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?
Mia: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
KG: Cherry Garcia
USA Today best-selling author with more than 3 million books in print, Katherine Garbera is a native Floridian who spent most of her childhood outside day-dreaming and making up stories to amuse her younger sisters. Growing up on the edge of the Green Swamp with an orange grove for a playground fed her creative juices.
Katherine’s first published novel THE BACHELOR NEXT DOOR, sold to Silhouette Desire in 1996. The book immediately set the bar for the titles to follow since the editors selected her as a Woman to Watch. Katherine hasn’t let them or her readers down, publishing more than 50 books since then.
She has broadened her writing skills to include writing for Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin NASCAR and the short-lived but much acclaimed Silhouette Bombshell (a series which featured strong heroines who both got the guy and saved the day). She’s a two time winner of the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence and multiple RT Bookclub award nominee.
Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn’t in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.
She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club–yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.
In 2005 with the publication of BODY HEAT, Katherine made the jump to single-title romantic suspense The nine books she wrote for Kensington Brava were known for their tight suspense, complex emotions and sultry sexuality.
2007 saw the launch of her highly acclaimed mercenary series THE SAVAGE SEVEN. THE PIRATE caught the attention of the editors at Cosmo and it was selected as a Red Hot Read in 2010. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia.
Her books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98) and have even been displayed on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10).
Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who’ll listen.
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