Welcome, Kate! How do you take your coffee?
KATE: I drink it black, but I like it flavored. Nutty Irishman is my favorite right now. Of course a shot of something “extra” is nice in the evenings too.
Ally: Coming right up, and we'll see what we can do about that 'something extra.' As Jimmy B might say, it's got to be evening somewhere. Right?
Let's take a look at your bio, including a unique fact about yourself.
Kate Wyland is a life-long horse nut who started riding at three years old. She’s taken part in a great variety of equestrian activities with her greatest loves being dressage and trail riding in the mountains. A few years ago, she exchanged her tech writing “bug” hat for a fiction writing Stetson. Suspense, romance, horses and sometimes the paranormal are the themes she likes to explore in her books. And she delights in sharing her love of animals and country living.
Something unique: I was the mascot for my high school, on my horse. Led the band in parades and at football games.
KATE: I mostly write romantic suspense, usually in a horsey setting – ranch, dude ranch – and often with a psychic element. I don’t consider them paranormals, per se, because I believe psychic abilities do exist. Some of my heroines have extra senses that allow them to do things a little out of the norm. Kasey from Forewarning uses energy and intention to help people and animals heal. Lauren, from my short story Images – A Love Story, is an artist who has the uncomfortable gift of seeing images from other people’s minds.
Ally: How did you start writing about horses? Do you own horses? Ride, race, show or breed them?
KATE: I’ve had horses most of my life. Started riding when I was three, got the first horse of my very own at 10. I’ve put in lots and lots of miles on trails. Even got caught in quicksand one time. My DH and I love to horse camp in the mountains.
I had a wonderful little Morgan mare when I was a kid and did most everything with her. Showed Western and English, rode in a drill team, and paraded. Also taught her tricks and put on small exhibitions. Later I switched to dressage and quadrille, with a dressage-style drill team. Had lots of fun raising and training a few colts. Even taught one of them his mom’s tricks. Boy he was smart. I’m down to one horse now (lost two last year). Can’t imagine life without them.
Ally: Describe your writing day: when, where, how long?
KATE: It varies a lot. Mostly I try to put in an hour, which frequently becomes two or three, first thing in the morning. That used to be the best time for me to write. Lately the mornings have become too busy, so I’ll work in the afternoon instead. I aim for a couple pages a day. Doesn’t always work out that way.
Ally: What's your next WIP (work in progress)?
Forearmed is the second in my Horses and Healing series and features a psychologist who uses horses in her work with troubled children. She also has a strong intuitive gift that helps her find answers for her kids. Her life takes a dangerous turn when she finds a dying man in the desert and the thugs that left him for dead worry he may have told her something about them. An attractive park ranger with a very different approach to life both repels and draws her and adds a layer of complication. In the end she must make a difficult choice on how to protect the children in her care.
Ally: Now for a few quick answer questions:
- Your favorite accessory: Scarves – have batches of them, large and small.
- Favorite time of day: Evening, when the breeze comes up and the air is soft.
- Last time you were in a brick and mortar bookstore: About a month ago. Still like to browse through real books.
- Last book that made you cry: Not sure. I’ve got enough stress in my life right now so I tend to avoid books I know will be sad.
- An item on your bucket list: Spending a few weeks in Italy, visiting the sights and enjoying the ambiance. We were supposed to go in April but that got postponed. Hope we can make it this Fall.
Healing is her life. Will it be her death?
Grieving and guilt-stricken after her husband’s suicide, Kasey Martin has closed her energetic healing practice and retreated to her Oregon horse ranch. One night, she rescues a badly injured man, and against her better judgment, uses her neglected skills to save his life. This starts her on an unexpected journey of healing and danger.
Complicating her life is Jim Bradley, an old friend who has long been in love with her and wants her to return to her work. When criminals looking for her patient invade the serenity of her world, she must use her skills to save all three of their lives.
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