New York, Celtic Myth, and Show and Tell! Interview and giveaway with Kate McMurray.
Today my guest is the wonderful Kate McMurray, author of m/m hits including Out in the Field, In Hot Pursuit, and Across the East River Bridge. Her latest release, Show and Tell, was published by Loose Id last week — and all you have to to do is leave a comment for a chance to WIN a copy!
Blurbs: One of the few joys in Dan’s life is the TV show Junk Shop, a reality show about antiques hosted by the handsome and charismatic Malcolm Tell. Then an old music box turns up, and Dan’s sister encourages him to try to get on the show and meet the object of his affection. He does, and his life changes completely.
When Dan and Malcolm first meet, they have a sudden vision of a couple from the past. Is it a glimpse at a past life or something else entirely? They agree to work together to figure out what is going on, and they stumble upon a forgotten Celtic myth that may explain everything. If the myth is true, then Dan and Malcolm could be a pair of lovers who have been reincarnated over and over again over two thousand years. That seems impossible, but it’s hard to deny that something very strange is happening.
As Dan and Malcolm work to find the truth, they fall for each other hard. But searching for who they really are puts them both in grave danger, and they find themselves racing against time to keep their happily ever after.
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Read an excerpt here
Q. Hi Kate! Please tell us about Show and Tell.
It’s kind of a kooky book, I think! It’s a m/m paranormal romance set mostly in an antique shop in New York City. Dan and the shop’s owner Malcolm meet at the beginning when Dan stumbles upon a music box. When Dan and Malcolm both touch the music box at the same time, they get a vision that may or may not be a past life. They try to figure out what’s going on and stumble upon an old Celtic myth that may explain everything, but Dan finds it too crazy to be true.
It is pretty damn cool. Most of my books are set in New York. It’s partly because I like a vivid setting in a novel but I’m kind of lazy—it’s easy to set a book where I live. But New York also makes a great setting. (Actually, Across the East River Bridge is kind of a love letter to Brooklyn. The central mystery takes the main characters all over the borough as they investigate.)
Q. If you had to be marooned on a desert island with a character out of your books, who would you choose? And who would be your last choice?
Hmm. The tricky thing about writing m/m is that if one of these characters were marooned on an island with me, that wouldn’t really work out for me romantically. Although there is Rey from Blind Items; getting marooned with a hot, straight movie actor would not be a hardship. If I had to pick one of my heroes, I might go with Drew from Blind Items or Troy from Across the East River Bridge. I’d want someone smart and funny to keep me company.
Last choice? The senator from Blind Items. He’s a pretty classic villain.
I like brainy characters that have urban sensibilities. Even my books not set in New York are either set in cities or have a New Yorker hero. (The Boy Next Door is my one sort of small-town romance, but Lowell lived in New York for a while before he moved back to the little town in the book.) I also like to write down-to-earth, regular guys, for the most part.
All of my books are stand alones, so it doesn’t matter too much where you start. I do think that, in the time since my first book (In Hot Pursuit) came out that I’ve become a better writer. But if readers want a taste, I’ve got a couple of freebies on my website, the best of which is probably Lead Us Not (read it here.)
Q. Tell us about a typical writing day – if they exist – in the life of Kate McMurray!
I don’t know if I have a typical writing day; I mostly squeeze in writing where I can. I have a day job at a tiny publishing company, so I typically do a little writing first thing in the morning before I leave for the office and then I try to write for a couple of hours when I get home. As long as I squeeze writing in each day, I’m good.
Q. How did you celebrate your first release – and how about the latest?
My first book came out in February of 2010; I threw myself a book party at one of my favorite bars and invited, like, everyone I knew. It was pretty fun. I don’t have specific plans to celebrate this one, though I’ll be reading from the book in March. (There are details on my website.)
Q. Can you tell us about any exciting WIPs?
I’m working on two things right now that I’m really excited about. One is a romantic comedy about a guy who needs a date to his ex’s wedding. The other is an opposites attract romance between an opera singer and a construction worker.
Q. According to your website, you have a pesky cat – as do I! Do please tell us all about them (and share a pic if you like?)
My cat’s name is Molly, she’s about nine years old. I adopted her from a cat rescue when she was a tiny kitten. She’s always been kind of hyperactive and bossy. Here she is just chilling in a sunbeam.
Thanks for dropping by, Kate, and for sharing your beautiful covers and kitty pic
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