Interview with Kat Yares

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. As a child, I heard many stories of Appalachia and over time some of those stories have made it into my work.
When did you first start writing?
I think I've been writing stories since I was able to read and write. I know I wrote an absolutely horrid gothic romance novel around age 11.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It began with a segment the better half and I saw on CBS Sunday Morning dealing with genetically modified foods. Add in the descendants of the characters in my novel, Beneath the Tor and a bit of conspiracy theory and you have my novel The XIII.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
If I were honest, I would say it's because I'm a control freak. I love being able to design my covers and tell my stories my way. Also like getting the larger portion of the revenue from sales. You can not do any of these things with a traditional publisher.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Although I write from a general outline, I love watching the story unfold on the page. Characters and situations do not always follow what I had in mind for them, and that usually makes the story better.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. I love chatting with them and getting to know them as well as letting them get to know me.
What are you working on next?
I actually have four different stories in first draft state. The Profiler, I suppose, would be considered serial killer fiction. The Asylum, pure supernatural horror. Lily of the Cotton, historical fiction set during the Great Depression. The final story is yet to be titled, but returns to the world of High Gap established in my novella, Vengeance Is Mine, and would probably be considered contemporary fiction although it is set in the near future.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Steinbeck, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Michael McDowell, Billie Sue Mosiman, Robert McCammon, Steven King, Shirley Jackson - I could go on and on forever, I think.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock? No really, it the joy of the new day and discovering what the universe has in store for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking, cleaning, reading, photography and watching old movies. And when the better half have the time and money, we make short Indie films based on some of my short stories.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by recommendations from online friends. They generally have the same tastes as I, so I follow their links.
Published 2013-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Beneath the Tor
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,610. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Miriam is a priestess from the Isle of Avalon. Yahshua is the love of her life. Because of that love, her father Joseph of Arimethia forces Miriam to Jerusalem in an attempt to keep the lovers apart. Fleeing her father's house after an attempted rape, Miriam faces stoning and death when she becomes a priestess in the Temple of Isis. Her one hope for a happy future is the return of Yahshua.
The XIII
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,950. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Although a standalone thriller, The XIII picks up 2000 years after the story told in Kat Yares' Beneath the Tor. A page turner that fits the description of The Da Vinci Code meets The Illuminati. Although first penned several years ago, the themes in this story are front page news today.
Vengeance Is Mine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,790. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
As the small, religious community ruled by the sadistic Brother Joseph Jones braces for a coming ice storm, a battered, beaten Macie Jones hovers between life and death. Cooter James, a former POW, discovers Macie’s freezing body and must make a decision: try to save the woman he has found or continue to ignore the happenings in the village below and maintain his hermit like existence. His decisi