Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.
Her latest book Learn My Lesson releasing October 29, 2019.
Hi Katee! Let’s start by introducing yourself with tidbits of your real-life including one fun fact about you.
Thank you so much for having me!
I’m Katee Robert, and I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and dark erotic romance. I’m also a big time knitter, so I have a giant stash of yarn and a bunch of sweaters in my closet from that particular hobby.
How organized are you as an author? Is it different in other aspects of life, or more or less the same?
I’m pretty intensely organized, mostly out of necessity. If I don’t write stuff down, I forget it instantly. I have a paper planner that holds my life, as well as spreadsheets for more macro schedules (writing deadlines, release dates, sale dates, etc). And each quarter, I plan out my tasks in pretty intricate detail and then use a kanban board to utilize it.
You are an established author with plenty of books under your belt. Have your feelings on release day changed compared when you first started or it’s still the same?
It’s still a bit like reaching the top of the roller coaster and that moment when you first start to drop and your stomach shoots into your throat. Once release day comes around, the book is out in the world and ceases to be mine. The loss of control is something I’ve mostly gotten comfortable with, but there’s always a moment of HERE WE GO.
Which of your books was the most fun to write?
This is a hard one! I think it is probably The Marriage Contract, simply because it was the first time I shucked all the “rules” to the side and wrote my heart into a story. It’s also the first time I allowed myself to embrace the more bonkers elements and just run with it.
What is the most memorable gift you’ve ever received from a fan?
When I was pregnant with my youngest, several readers sent me baby blankets and it was such a wonderfully thoughtful gift.
Tell us about your series Wicked Villains. What inspired you to write it?
My Wicked Villains series are all sort of reimagined fairy tales, but with the lens of “What if the villain actually won? And what if they were kinky as hell, too?” The whole series was inspired by a fun conversation in the Wicked Wallflowers Coven Facebook group. It started with a post sharing the casting for Jafar in the live-action Disney remake and we all started riffing off each other and from that conversation, the first inspiration for Desperate Measures was born.
Which Disney animated movie is your favorite? Is your favorite hero and heroine from the same movie or a different one?
Mulan is definitely my favorite. I could watch that movie over and over again until the end of time. My favorite hero is probably Flynn Rider. He’s so snarky, and it’s my jam. For that reason, Meg is my favorite heroine. She’s kind of an asshole, which is also my jam LOL.
How many books will it be in the series? There seems to be potential for MM and FF books. Please say it’s true lol!
I have 6 books currently plotted. We’ll see from there. I do have a FF planned! The Sleeping Beauty retelling with be FF, and it’s one of the stories I’m most excited about.
Learn My Lesson, the latest book in the series is inspired by Hercules. What made you chose MMF dynamic for the characters?
I’m a big nerd for Greek mythology, and Hades is one of my favorite characters among that particular pantheon. In the myth, he ends up with Persephone, but I kind of liked the idea of him with Megaera, who’s one of the Furies. Putting them as this long-standing relationship that’s slowly gone off the rails over the years… It made sense that they’d need a shock to their system to get back on track. And Hercules is the most Hufflepuff of heroes. So I went with MMF because their dynamic doesn’t work long term with just two of them (in any combination).
Are you #TeamHades or #TeamHercules? You can’t be greedy and choose both.
I’m #TeamHades forever. I joke that I’m just going to write different Hades reimaginings until the end of time…and I might do it. There are so many different facets of his character to play with.
What should we look forward from you next?
The third books in the Wicked Villains, A Worthy Opponent, will be out in February. It’s Hook and Tink’s story, and it’s a combo of enemies to lovers and a marriage of convenience.
Before we wrap this up, let’s do some random quickfire questions:
What time do you go to bed? 10pm. I’m a total morning person, and I need my sleep.
Learning a new skill or improving an existing skill? Learning a new skill.
Do you have any hidden talent? I make truly excellent chocolate chip cookies.
You found $10 on the grocery store floor. Pick it up or leave it? I’d pick it up, but I wouldn’t keep it. Non-Catholic Catholic guilt would prompt me to turn it in.
Who do you think is the sexiest villain from any type of movie? Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal… with the caveat that he also scares the shit out of me and I definitely think I’d survive trying to bang him. I just find him so compelling that I can’t look away whenever he’s onscreen.
Thank you for taking your time answering!
Thank you so much for having me!
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her titles The Marriage Contract and The Bastard’s Bargain were both RITA finalists. Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a Great Dane who thinks she’s a lap dog.
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