Today we are so excited to bring you an interview with the amazing K.A. Tucker. In case you’ve been under a rock, she has a new book coming out tomorrow and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s one of my favorite books this month and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. But now, let’s chat a bit with the author herself and give her a warm welcome.
UTC: Welcome to Under the Covers! We are so excited about KEEP HER SAFE; it’s one of our most anticipated 2018 books! Since this is the first time we are chatting with you, tell us five things about yourself that we wouldn’t normally know.
KAT: Hi! Thanks for having me! Let’s see… I am a proud Canadian, I despise winter and hide indoors as much as possible, I have two daughters, aged 10 and 8, my favorite authors include L.M. Montgomery, George R.R. Martin, and Sarah J. Maas; bakeries are my favorite smell.
UTC: You’ve always written with an element of suspense, but a few of your books focus a little more on that, like with KEEP HER SAFE. What do you love the most about writing a good mystery?
KAT: There’s something about kicking off a story with a suspicious death, or a girl gone missing, or a violent crime that needs solving, that gets my creative juices flowing. I automatically start asking questions and my answers usually go off on big tangents. I also naturally tend to steer in a darker direction in my books, and suspense lends itself well to that.
UTC: Where do you draw your inspiration?
KAT: For suspense books, I tend to spend a lot of time skimming through the news, searching for something that sparks my interest and might be a good launching off point for a story. I’m that person who clicks on those absurd New York Post articles on Facebook, just to see how outlandish the story is.
UTC: This story is about Noah and Gracie. How would you describe each in three words?
KAT: Noah: Honest, gallant, trusting
Gracie: hotheaded, stubborn, resourceful
UTC: What was your biggest obstacle while writing this book? How did you overcome it?
KAT: Finishing it? LOL. But seriously… finishing it. I am not a plotter, and that is a terrible problem to have when I’m writing a story this involved, and with this many puzzle pieces to fit together. I went through many drafts to get to the final version and, for a while, didn’t think it was ever going to happen.
UTC: Do you have a favorite scene or one that was hardest for you to write? If you can share without being spoiler-y.
KAT: I have many favorite scenes in this book, but I think my most favorite is the scene when Noah meets Gracie for the first time and sees how she’s living and who she has become. Without giving too much away, everything that happens in that scene gives the reader a really good understanding of who both Gracie and Noah are as people.
Plus, several of my favorite side characters (Vilma, the old Mexican lady living next door; Cyclops, the one-eyed dog) are in that scene.
UTC: Do you have any writing rituals?
KAT: Aside from needing to settle into writing for a good stretch of time, and closing myself off in my office, not really. I’m not one of those people who can just sit down for an hour and pick up where I left off, hammering out a thousand words. I always need to reread the last few paragraphs that I wrote, and feel the story before I’m able to continue. And, if I get stuck, I start reading from the beginning, until I figure out where I lost my way.
UTC: Now we always love seeing what our favorite authors are reading! What’s the last book you read and loved?
KAT: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I adored it.
UTC: And what’s currently sitting on your nightstand?
UTC: What are three things you won’t leave home without?
KAT: My iPhone, credit card, and, lately, hand sanitizer. I know, not very interesting, but I’m practical and as long as I can phone for help and pay for a taxi, I feel like I’m covered for all emergencies. And the hand sanitizer… well, it’s flu season
UTC: What are you currently working on?
KAT: A contemporary romance called The Simple Wild, due out this August.
Available January 23, 2018!
by K.A. Tucker
Released: January 23, 2018
Published by Atria Books
Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and forbidden desire from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “dark, twisty tale[s]” (Lisa Gardner, author of The Killing Hour) filled with “clever twists and turns” (Publishers Weekly).
Noah Marshall has had a privileged life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years: she doesn’t deserve her commendations or her medals—in fact, she deserves to be locked behind bars for what she did to a fellow officer to save her own reputation. When she finally succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life, she leaves Noah alone to carry the burden of this shocking secret, which she makes him vow never to share.
Gracie Reynolds wasn’t born into trailer park life, but after ten years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that she is a byproduct of a white mother and a black father. And they certainly don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop. Here, she and her mother can almost forget the shame he brought upon them…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep one night, asking questions.
Together, Noah and Gracie set out to uncover the truth about the Austin police department’s dark and messy past—but the scandal they uncover is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.
Complex, gritty, sexy, and suspenseful, We Sold Our Souls solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today's most talented new writers of romantic suspense.
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