Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up abroad and traveled much as a child. My father was in the military, so the frequent relocations filled me with love for adventure as I grew older. My calling for writing started when I was just seven years old. That’s when I first wrote a little poem, asking the rain to stop pounding on my window so I could go play with my friends. Since then, I have always written short stories and novellas. In college, I majored in creative writing and received a B.A. from a university in Texas. “Save Me” is my first published novel. It is a contemporary romantic suspense novel with a thrilling international murder mystery linked to the Russian mafia. “Save Me” is available in various e-book formats. Currently, I am working on a novella which will be coming out in the Spring of 2018. When I am not writing, I enjoy playing the piano, cooking, painting in oils and acrylics and imagining worlds in which I can place my characters so that they can grow and mature. Besides arts and music, some of my favorite hobbies include running, hiking and traveling. If I could, I would travel to every corner of the world, but that would not be possible in one lifetime. One of my most lamented losses in history is the Library of Alexandria. How I wish we hadn’t lost all of that precious knowledge. I love to connect with my readers and fans. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to my blog at www.kateduire.com, where I post about my experiences as an author, my childhood inspirations and recollections, and love to chat with my fans.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Save Me” is my debut novel which is now available in e-book format. My inspiration for this book came from my childhood travels through Eastern Europe. The book is set in the United States, Europe and parts of Russia. I imagined what it would have been like for a successful young businesswoman to discover that she had married a criminal. It is a fast paced, contemporary romantic suspense novel in which my main character has to grow and learn to be wiser.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write at night. I am a night owl, no question about it. It’s a habit that I keep breaking, but it is one that keeps pulling me back into it’s grasp. I absolutely love to write in the middle of the night when the world sleeps, but my mind is traveling to amazing fantasy places in which I set my characters.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I would have to say Jane Austen is one of my favorite early romance authors. Persuasion is definitely my favorite work by her. I absolutely love Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am working on a novella which will be available in the Spring 2018. Connect with me to check out more information and learn about the release date on my website at www.kateduire.com
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Every author has his or her favorite methods. One of my favorite ways is connecting with my fans and learning which outlets they prefer to buy from, or to see which formats are their favorites for reading a book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
As a newly published author, I’d say perseverance and hard work are number one. No dream becomes a reality without believing in yourself through any obstacles.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To keep going forward no matter what happens. Success is an accumulation of hard work and belief in yourself.
What are you reading now?
I am reading a Roman Architecture book for my research for my next novel. It is always fascinating to me to add architecture and real historical places in our world into my novels.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Write, publish, repeat. And travel. And make sure my books bring hours of enjoyment to my fans with each new release.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I think I would be a traitor if I answered this question! It is seriously impossible to answer. I would try to get a photigratjix memory chip installed so I didn’t have to make those hard choices.