My very special guest is my friend, author Katy Lee. Katy and I met back in 2012 when we both were entered in a writing competition on the Harlequin boards. It was “A Speed Date with Emily” where we had to pitch our book online to Emily Rodmell, Love Inspired Editor. Long story short is that both Katy and I were picked by Emily as new authors for the line. It wasn’t long before we discovered that we both lived in Connecticut! Katy has had a great past few months. She is nominated for a Rita award in the romantic suspense category. I’ll be there in New York City cheering my friend on from the audience. Go Katy go!! And she is also a finalist for a Daphne Du Maurier award. Do I have talented friends or what?
Writing Pals…of the Pet Variety
Hello, everyone. I would like you to meet my new writing pal Rue, a 10-week-old kitten. We’ve only had her for a week, but already Rue is shaping up to be a great writing partner. She’s generally playful, but when I sit down to write in the evening each night, she nestles in beside me and watches intently as my fingers fly across the keyboard. Soon she is snoozing, but that’s okay, I’m not expecting her to tell me to fix a scene or to criticize my grammar. It’s her presence I find comforting. It’s hearing her soft purrs while the rest of the house is eerily quiet. It’s knowing I’m not alone in this writing venture that really can be quite isolated and lonely, especially on the long late nights during deadline weeks.
Rue’s not the first writing buddy I’ve had. I lost my last one a year ago, and since Princess Kitty died, I made the decision to write alone. I wasn’t ready for another cat to fill her role. I’ve missed her very much, but this past week with Rue cuddling up to me at night, I hadn’t realized how much I missed having a companion with me while I wove my elaborate tales. (Pun intended.) So, whether I meant to seek a companion out or not, Rue decided to apply for the job, and I don’t think she’s taking no for an answer. Not that I could ever say no to that cute face.
Do you have a writing/reading pal of the pet variety? Tell me about him/her.
One lucky person who comments will win a copy of Katy Lee’s latest Love Inspired Suspense book, Permanent Vacancy.
Thank you for having me visit the Inspy blog! I’ve enjoyed being here.
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Katy Lee is the author of five published novels. She likes to say she writes higher purpose stories at high speed because her suspenseful romances thrill, inspire, and satisfy the reader—from the edge of their seat. A native New Englander, Katy loves to knit warm wooly things. She enjoys traveling the side-roads and exploring the locals’ hideaways. A homeschooling mom of three competitive swimmers, Katy often writes from the stands while cheering them on. Her Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Grave Danger, is both a RITA and Daphne Du Maurier finalist. Keep in touch with Katy at her website, www.KatyLeeBooks.com
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When Gretchen Bauer begins renovating an old Victorian house to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, she barely escapes several dangerous “accidents” at her home. Colm McCrae, host of the home improvement TV show helping her renovate, refuses to believe these aren’t on purpose. Could this be a harmful ploy by his boss to boost ratings? Yet with Colm’s smooth-talking Irish brogue, Gretchen wonders whether he could be involved. But with a whole town full of neighbors disgruntled about the inn bringing strangers to their shores, Gretchen has a list of more likely suspects. Now she must trust Colm if she wants to keep her new business venture from turning into a five-star death trap.