Kate Dolan began her writing career as a legal editor and then newspaper columnist before she decided she was finally ready to tackle fiction. As the author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, she writes historical fiction and romance under her own name and cozy mysteries and children's books under the name K.D. Hays. When not writing, she enjoys volunteering as a living history interpreter, coaching jump rope and riding roller coasters with her daughter. She loves to connect with readers on Facebook and through her website, www.katedolan.com.
Describe your desk
I love my desk! It's a big heavy piece of oak that used to belong to my dad and it still has his phone numbers and passwords taped on one of the panels. When I'm not sitting at it, though, I have to slide a piece of plywood in front of the opening to keep my rabbit from chewing on any of the electric cords that are plugged in at the back. I tried to spray paint a design on the plywood so it would look less like a piece of plywood, but now my artistic skills aren't so hot. It now looks like a piece of plywood with faded graffiti, like the graffiti artist didn't really care or was running out of paint. On top of the desk, I have a lamp Dad made in high school shop class, a paperweight with my mom's initials, and a mousepad decorated by my daughter. It shows a mouse's furniture, because it's a mouse's pad. And I try not to notice that I've spilled coffee on it. Scraps of paper with scribbled notes float around the top of the desk like survivors from a sinking ship. And there's always at least one beverage -- coffee, tea, hot spiced rum, Irish whiskey...
What do your fans mean to you?
I am absolutely thrilled that anyone would part with their hard-earned money to buy one of my books. I am very grateful. And when someone takes the time to write a review, I feel truly blessed. Even someone paying a compliment to my writing gives me warm fuzzies. Knowing that someone enjoys my work means more than words can say.
To the ever-logical Helen, love is the delusion of fools. So when her sister has the nerve to suggest that Helen has fallen in love with her neighbor, Mr. Danville, Helen sets out to prove her wrong. But Helen isn't prepared for the truth. And, as it happens, neither is Mr. Danville.
When William Fletcher wakes up on the floor of the almshouse staring into the eyes of the local bully who had terrorized him during his teen years, he knows he's in trouble. Fortunately, she doesn't recognize him—at least, not at first…
A farcical romp through London in 1816, from the drawing rooms to Bedlam: A young woman who has devoted her life to caring for her eccentric siblings meets a lord feigning insanity in a desperate attempt to avoid an unwanted marriage.
Western Maryland and Annapolis 1774: A peddler paid to deliver potentially treasonous correspondence entices a Moravian widow and her sons to move to Annapolis. She becomes entranced with the refinements of English civilization while he grows committed to the patriot cause.