USA Today bestselling author Kristy Tate—writing her own happily-ever-after one day (and sentence) at a time.
She’s the author of more than twenty books, including the best-selling and award-winning Beyond Series and the Kindle Scout winning Witch Ways series. She writes mysteries with romance, humorous romance, light-hearted young adult romance, and urban fantasy. When she’s not reading, writing, or traveling, she can be found playing games with her family, hiking with her dogs, or watching movies while eating brownies.
She is also a popular public speaker and presents writing workshops for schools, libraries, and fundraisers. References available upon request.
Jann: You’re an author who has written urban fantasy, young adult and mysteries with romance. Your new series, Misbehaving Billionaires, is romantic comedy. What motivated you to write romantic comedy?
Kristy: I’ve always loved romantic comedies, but this first book was inspired by our very naughty beagle, Abbey. And because everyone loves series, I knew I had to write more.
Jann: Did you plan to write a series?
Kristy: Yes, as a reader, I like series, so I try to write trilogies.
Jann: Your main characters Letty and Wes in book one which debutedon November 1st, The Billionaire’s Beagle, are wonderful. Which character did you develop first? Tell us about their story and how they get their HEA?
Kristy: Betty, of course, was the first character. Letty was relatively easy. I have a close relative whose dad went to prison. Before his arrest, he’d been a devout, church-going man with an incredible knowledge of the scriptures. His downfall was hard on everyone who knew him, but especially his children. Wes started out as something of a playboy, but it was easier for me to love him as a perpetual student.
Jann: Where did the idea come from for book two, The Oblivious Billionaire? I read your October 31, 2018, blog post. What was it like to talk to the woman who shared her story?
Kristy: When I began The Oblivious Billionaire, I was just going for the comedic arc. I thought it would be fun to play with someone who didn’t know how he made his billions, but after a while, I started to struggle with the story. It wasn’t until I heard about Hope (apropos name, right?) through a mutual friend and had the chance to talk with her that my story grew into something with more meaning and depth. You can read about my conversation with Hope here.
Jann: Do you have an idea for book three that you can share?
Kristy: Book three will revolve around Maddie the dress shop owner who you’re introduced to in The Oblivious Billionaire, but I won’t be telling her story for a while. I’ve committed to a three-bookseries of destination romances that will release in April, May, and June. They’ll take place in Ireland, Italy, and Israel and I’m super excited to be mixing up romance, local legends, and comedy. When I’ve finished my arm-chair traveling, I’ll write Maddie’s story—The Billionaire’s Gambit.
Jann: What’s the funniest (or sweetest or best or nicest) thing a fan ever said to you?
Kristy: Does my husband count as a fan? He once said that time-travel would be wasted on him because he would just spend the whole time looking for me. And that maybe the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me.
Many of my books deal with the concept of life after death, maybe because I lost my mother when I was young. One Goodreads reviewer wrote, I also thought the references to an Old Testament euphemism for death were pretty imaginative. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read Genesis 35:29 and 49:33 in the KJV and then read Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent.
I love this—even though she only gave me a three-star review—because if something I wrote could make someone turn to their Bible, then I consider that a win.
I love chatting with readers and would love to hear from you.
Jann: It’s been a real pleasure and we appreciate your time sharing with us about the Misbehaving Billionaires. Have a wonderful holiday season.
A small selection of books by Kristy Tate.
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