I'm Katie O'Connor and I am, among other things, a writer of romance and erotica. I live in the Great White North, Canada.
I love playing with words. I blog about any thing and everything that pops into my head.
Someday I want to publish a mixed genre novel. It is going to be an erotic, shape shifter, vampire, steampunk, sci-fi, murder mystery, adventure, romantic, western, historical thriller. It will be my biography.
Warning: On occasion I post things of an adult nature.
A fiery, unconventional
Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry
than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts
no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past,
Roark, the Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and
those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once,
he’s guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a
known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her
error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his
freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to
a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to
discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his
Collette Cameron Bio:
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical
romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in
Teaching.A Pacific Northwest Native,
Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and
five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the
beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You'll always find
dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her
novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs,
or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
Hello All! This week's questions come from the incredibly talented writer and fan of all things Scottish, Amy Jarecki (http://amyjarecki.blogspot.com)
When did you start writing, and why?
I have been writing since the early 1980's. Not successfully, mind you. I wrote some God awful poetry, some short stories, some children's stories and a whack of brutally sappy, poorly thought out romances. I took a hiatus for a number of years and in the mid-90's started again with no more success. Early in 2011 I saw a call for submission by Etopia press that sparked my interest. I dashed off a story in a matter of weeks and sent it off. Four days after I emailed it, I received a contract in my in-box. I was hooked!
Now, I try to write everyday. Okay technically, I write, plot, edit, revisit, scheme or research everyday. Unless I feel like napping.
What do you like best about writing?
For me the best thing about writing is being able to work at my own pace, and write when I am motivated to do so. I like being able to push things aside to visit my children and grandchildren or to spend a weekend away with my man. I like being able to tell the stories rattling around in my head. I am partial to making things up as I go along too.
If you could go on a writing retreat, where would you go and for how long?
Is there a writing retreat in London, England? Or maybe Scotland? That, I would love. Realistically, I cannot afford to go to retreats at this point, but I love writing anyway. During the summer and fall, I get to spend every weekend at Sanctuary (the land my husband and I own away from the city.) I spend most of my time there writing. It is kind of like a retreat, but I have to do my own cooking. Still, I do love it.
We're hoping that one day we'll have a few small cabins up there where other writers can come and visit and write or relax.
When Graham Logan, a Scottish earl
turned vampire by a dark wizard’s curse, draws the Queen of Swords, he knows
he’s about to meet the love of his life. For the third time. But surrendering
his heart will mean risking her life…or making her what he is. Neither of which
his morals will permit him to do. Graham, who believes he lost his soul to the
curse, rages at God: Why give her back only to take her again?
Cat Fingal, the third incarnation
of Graham’s twin flame, won’t let him escape so easily. As soon as they meet,
she feels she knows him and begins having past-life flashbacks. A white witch,
she casts a spell to summon him, wanting answers and to fill the void she’s
felt all her life.
Graham has other problems, too.
Like the seductress who wants him for herself and the dark wizard who cursed
him and killed his beloved the first two times.
Will he find a way to save her this
time around? Or will she save him?
A Brief Interview with Nina Mason
Q. Tell us about your book.
A. The Queen of Swords tells the story of
a bookish white witch who returns every century to reunite with her earthbound
soul mate. He’s a Scottish earl turned vampire by a dark wizard’s curse back in
the Regency era on the eve of their wedding. She came back once before in the
Edwardian era only to be killed by his maker in the same manner as before. He
believes he has no soul, so can’t understand why she keeps coming back. She
believes he does have a soul and that she comes back to free him from the
curse. The story follows their journey as they try to work out who’s right and
how they can stop history from repeating.
Q. After this, what's your next
My current work-in-progress is book two in The Knights of Avalon series. After
that, I haven’t decided. Probably another paranormal romance/urban fantasy.
I’ve got a stalled manuscript about an oil company spokeswoman who gets
involved with a merman during an oil spill in the Hebrides. Might get back to
that one, or write one featuring Benedict and Avery, the secondary couple in The Queen of Swords. I’d also like to
maybe write a sequel to The Tin Man,
my political thriller releasing in August. It tells of two journalists thrown
together to solve a series of murders tied to a global conspiracy to take over
Q. What inspires you to write what
All of my paranormal stories are inspired by my love ofthe history and mythology of Scotland, my
interest in the unknowable, and my belief in the redemptive power of love.
Q. When did you start writing?
as soon as I could write the alphabet. When I was a kid, I won an essay contest
sponsored by the local library (I was an avid reader and always did the summer
reading challenge). Back in the days of typewriters, I wrote a romance novel
about a couple of ballet dancers, but never did anything with it. Didn’t try my
hand at fiction again until five or six years ago, when I started what is now The Queen of Swords.
Q. What inspired you to write the
started the first draft after reading Twilight.
While I liked the saga, I also found myself frustrated by the lack of sex and
Edward’s lack of history. In literature, vampires originally personified
uncaged sexuality, so a chaste vampire seemed counter-intuitive to me. Plus, I
felt writing an immortal creature provided fantastic opportunities to build an
interesting backstory. What had he/she seen and experienced over the centuries?
How was he/she affected by it? My immortal characters all have a history tied
to the world and what they’ve seen and experienced has colored them in some
Q. Are you a careful planner or do
you let the story guide you?
I do a bit of both. I work out the characters and their motivations, setting,
and where I want the story to go. I also tend to do index cards for each scene
or major plot point from start to finish. Once I begin to write, it can go
completely off the rails, depending on where the characters want to take it. As
long as they’re reaching the touchstones, I let them do what they want. If they
go too far off track, I either re-plot the novel or rein them in, depending on
which direction seems better at the time.
Q. Who is your favorite among your characters?
I love them all, of course. Graham, the hero in The Queen of Swords, is both
noble and funny. Callum, the hero in The Knight of Wands, is a good-hearted
romantic. Leith, the hero of my WIP, is a bit on the dark side, but still
well-intentioned. If pressed to pick just one, I’d have to go with Alex
Buchanan, the journalist hero in The Tin
Man. He’s very complex and has lots of demons to overcome, but also is a
really good guy.
About Nina Mason, author
Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong
affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write
the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate,
and enlighten. Three of her books will be published in 2014: The Queen of
Swords, an urban fantasy/paranormal romance; The Knight of Wands, book one in
the Knights of Avalon Series; and The Tin Man, a political thriller about the
dangers posed by media monopolies.She
is currently at work on Book Two of the Knights of Avalon series and is itching
to get back to a book she started a while back about a merman who falls for an
oil company spokeswoman after a phantom tanker capsizes on the coast of the
Hebrides islands. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant,
doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now
lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue
cats, and a Westie named Robert.