Kathy Clark

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Kathy Clark’s 23 women’s fiction (romance) novels have sold over 3 million copies in more than 10 languages and have been on the New York Times’ bestsellers’ list and won her numerous awards.

In September 2012 she broke away from the romance genre and launched a new suspense series, Denver After Dark that is centered on three brothers, one a cop, one a firefighter and one a paramedic. The first book, After Midnight was named as the Best Indie Suspense of 2013 and won a prestigious Readers’ Favorite Suspense Award in 2013. Book #2 in this series, Cries in the Night was released in October, 2013. Graveyard Shift, Book #3, will be released in September, 2014.

Also in 2012 Kathy teamed up with her husband Bob Wernly to write a Young Adult Time Travel Mystery/Romance series called CUL8R (See You Later) under the pen name of Bob Kat. Book #1 OMG (Oh My God), when they go back to 1966 to save a girl’s life, was released in October, 2012 and was named as the Best Indie Young Adult Suspense of 2013 and was a Beverly Hills Book Awards finalist. Book #2 BRB (Be Right Back), when they travel back to 1980, recently won a Readers’ Favorite Young Adult Award in 2013. Book #3 BION (Believe It Or Not), when they go back to 1927 and join a circus to save a boy, was released in July, 2013. All three books in this series have received rave reviews and 4 and 5 star ratings. Book #4 RIP (Rest in Peace), a ghost story set at the famous Stanley Hotel will be released in January, 2014. Also, under the Bob Kat pen name, Kathy and Bob wrote a fictionalized version of his fraternity days at Kent State University in 1970 that mixes the drama of senior year with the first military draft lottery, the Vietnam war and the Kent State shootings. This novel was named as a finalist in the Best Indie Mainstream Book of 2013 Awards.

Kathy and Bob are also working on a New Adult series called Scandals with the first book Baby Daddy scheduled for release in November, 2013.

Kathy is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was on the board of directors of national RWA and Colorado Romance Writers for several years. Her books and screenplays have won numerous awards, including top honors from Romantic Times, Colorado Romance Writer of the Year, two RITAs and several film festival screenwriting competitions.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is titled CRIES IN THE NIGHT and it is book #2 in the DENVER AFTER DARK suspense series. It is the story of a fireman and a victim's advocate and the book and the series takes place in Denver, Colorado.

The idea came to me because I was a volunteer Victim's Advocate when I lived in Colorado and the issues and stories not only touched me but the fabric of the repeat stories just pushed me into the story line. The fireman aspect was because my dad was a fireman. The series is about a cop , book #1 titled AFTER MIDNIGHT, this book about the fireman and the third book about a paramedic. They are brothers.

One of the aspects of all three book plots is that they have rarely been done in print, TV or film yet they are all very credible and are pulled from real life. With my 23 book background with Harlequin and others these books have a pretty hot romance twisted into the suspense plot.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got t be honest. Money. Compared to the book deals for my first 23 books which were traditionally published Indie Publishing is vastly superior.

Traditionally you would get 6% to 12% of the cover price. Indie publishing on the ebook side yields you between 25% and 70% depending on the retailer's pricing schedule. So it gives me the chance to lower the price to my fans and future fans and to increase my income. It's a win win.

Another consideration is that I write contemporary YA, NA ans suspense. I can take an idea and plot it out in my mind and write the book and release it in as little as four to six months. Traditional publishing would extend that process out to between twelve and eighteen months.
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