Author Spotlight – Kat Stiles

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Kat Stiles, and I write sexy and fun urban fantasy and sci-fi. I’m originally from Jersey, but now live in Texas. I recently got my USA Today bestselling author letters! It’s been a fun ride so far being an indie author, but I’m just getting started…

1.            When did you start writing? I’ve been writing since grade school – little stories here and there, but I didn’t get serious about fiction until around 2010 or so, when I first released Connected.

2.            What motivates you to write? Connecting with readers. Finding that one reader who totally gets me and devours all the books in my series in one night. I’m a reader myself, and it’s downright joyful to find an author you love to read!

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? UF/PNR, and Sci-Fi. I absolutely love superpowers, and everything I’ve ever written, save one morbid short story, has superpowers in it. I’ve been writing more Sci-Fi lately because I love the possibilities there – genetic tampering, alien beings, and political/psychological tension – everything that makes the classics like Star Trek great is there in sci-fi, and when you add superpowers to the mix, it’s even more fun.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal is to entertain readers and keep them coming back for me. Sure I’d love to be independently wealthy from it, but my main goal is to provide a world for readers to escape in for a while. That and it would be nice to finally overcome my obsession with comma splices.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? Not so much writer’s block as procrastination or general laziness. Sometimes I forget how much I love writing and focus on other stuff instead. As for the writing process itself, I tend to do a general plotting outline at the onset, and if I get stuck when I’m writing, I just refer to that, to get back on track again.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? Keep going, finish that book! That’s the first step. And try not to get too overwhelmed once you realize that after the monumental feat of actually completing the book, now you have to edit it. Then once it’s edited, you have to market it, which is a whole different set of skills. Even if you get an agent, you’re still going to have to market it, but if you can join some author groups, get some training, and commit to learning that skill, you’ll be fine. Remember to breathe and take it piece by piece – it takes time to get it all straight when you’re brand new to this business.

7.            Please, tell us about your work. I have four major series: Connected, Enhanced, Modified, and The Vampire Cure. Connected are YA superpowers and coming of age. It has two books – Connected and Imminence – featuring three friends and it’s romance heavy. Enhanced has more of a sci-fi superpowers X-men kind of feel. It has one book – A Fated Exception, and a prequel origin story, Spliced, which readers can snag when they subscribe to my newsletter. Modified is a sexy, geeky, super-powered graphic novel in written form. It’s fun and full of curse words! And it’s also my serialized series, meaning each volume is a continuation of the story, like a TV episode. It has five volumes, one novella length book, and an origin story. The Vampire Cure is my latest series, featuring science, superpowers, and vampirism. It’s got a poli-sci-fi feel, so I issued a warning to followers of the last regime here in the US, that they will not be amused. It’s got one book – The Vampire Cure, and the sequel is due out in mid-August. With the exception of the Connected series, my books are sometimes dark and sexy, and fun. I also have a Kindle Vella story called Her Alien King, and it’s a sexy alien sci-fi romance that I’m adding episodes to weekly.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you for having me, it’s been fun! 😊


Meet Kat

USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Young Adult Fiction.

Originally a Jersey girl, sunny Texas is where I now call home. I write super-powered urban fantasy that’s sexy, fun and dark. For fun, I like to read urban fantasy, horror, and existentialist fiction, as well as watch cartoons, movies, and sometimes even cartoon movies. I try not to take anything in life too seriously and I tend to smile often. Hop over to my website, katstiles.com for bonus material, fun blog posts, news about upcoming releases, and awesome giveaways!


Connect with Kat

Website https://katstiles.com

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katstilesauthor

Facebook: https://facebook.com/katstilesauthor

Instagram: https://instagram.com/katstilesauthor


Check out Kat’s Vampire Cure Series:

In the search for a cure to a viral pandemic, scientist Liz Meyer discovers something far more deadly…Vampires exist.

And what’s even more amazing, they’re immune to the virus.

Liz is both afraid and intrigued. Gifted with dreams that reveal the future, she sees how bad the pandemic will become. A blood sample could be the solution to a cure.

Sexy vampire Ryan awakens a desire within Liz, something she’s never felt before. Too bad the rest of the coven want nothing more than to feast on her blood.

Can Liz get the blood she needs to find a cure? Or will it be her blood that’s taken instead?

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Scientist Liz Meyer has to stop the manufacture of a serum that’s created a new breed of vampires. A breed different from her kind and in some ways, more deadly. She makes it her mission to find a way to reverse the effects of the serum, a serum she created. A string of mysterious murders has the police on a witch hunt to find these mutated patients. And the survivors of the coven that turned Liz will stop at nothing to eradicate the impure new vampires. But as Liz gets to know them, she wonders if this new breed is as dangerous as she’d been led to believe. Handsome detective Edgar shows her another side of the collective, and she begins to question her resolve. Was their creation simply a mistake to fix to protect humanity, or could there be something more to it? Liz comes up with a possible cure, a serum that will reverse the vampirism side effects for the new breed. But with the police and other vampires closing in, she may be too late. Can Liz keep the peace long enough to deal with the threat of the new breed?

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A Child’s Nightmare

Earlier this year I had a task to fulfill: Write a one-page short story, not more than 400 words, Fiction/Drama. I did that, submitted it, and waited. A while later the reading was ready. It took quite some time until the information got to me, but finally, it’s here. Listen to the Short Story Reading below.


1pg. Short Story: A Child’s Nightmare

by A.J. Alexander on Vimeo


A Child’s Nightmare By Aurora Jean Alexander

I waited in my grandmother’s salon. The entire house seemed to walk on tiptoes. Did they really think I didn’t know what my parents wanted to tell me?

I was in the living room yesterday when they broke out in one of their arguments.

“I think we should take Stephanie to that boarding school. It would be easiest for her not to see her home being sold, our belongings split up, and us moving to different cities.” My father had said.

My mother replied acidly: “Yes, like you cared a lot about our girl, when you came home, day and night, drunk, reeking of perfume and other women.” My father yelled. “Stephanie never saw anything like it.” He lifted his hand as he wanted to slap her, but my mother screamed fearfully: “Don’t you dare to hit me again, not in my house!”

A calm and controlled voice behind her said: “The way I see it, this is still my house, daughter. I don’t want to hear one more word about it. As for you, soon-to-be-former-son. I don’t want to see you ever lifting your hand again against my daughter or anyone else in this family. It is time you both move on with your plans. Does Stephanie even know you separated and will get a divorce? You cannot just ship her out like a package and expect her to accept everything upon her return.”

My mother replied sourly: “It was his job to tell her. But we all know he is a coward.” My father hissed at her. “How dare you saying that.”

My grandmother shook her head and made up her mind: “I’ll tell her tomorrow.”

Now I stood in front of her in the salon. The door to the back fields stood wide open. My grandmother explained in a few words: “Listen, child. Your father and mother will get a divorce. They planned to have you go to school somewhere else to save you the trouble of listening to their arguments any longer. But I insisted you stay here instead, live with me for the time being. Is that okay?”

I nodded. “Yes, grandmother.”, tears streaming down my face. Then I turned around, darted through that open door, and did what I would do all my life. I ran towards the sun and light, into freedom, away from those who caused me pain and darkness.

(Copyright, March 2021)

Picture courtesy of ‘Teen Magazine’

ALERT: SCAMMERS IMPERSONATING MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS – Written By Victoria Strauss

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®

I’ve written a number of posts about scammers impersonating literary agents and publishers. Writers should be aware that they’re also impersonating major motion picture studios.

Here’s one example, from a scam that does business under at least three names: Orions Media Agency, Fox Media Studios Agency (note the way these scam names reference real companies), and PageTurner Press and Media. Despite their apparent US addresses and phone numbers, all are based in the Philippines (you can read more about the huge proliferation of overseas scammers here).

This is the initial pitch–which arrives, as always with this type of scam, out of the blue:

This is not the way things work: literary agents aren’t “assigned” to represent you without your knowledge, and major film studios don’t randomly stumble on books and reach out to agencies you never heard of, which then cold-call you. In fact, real agents only very rarely reach out to writers directly. For scammers, on the other hand, it’s their main recruitment method.

Any out-of-the-blue solicitation or offer should be treated with suspicion.

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What every writer should know before writing a first novel – Written By Lisa Poisso

Your first time attempting anything you value is fraught with risk. Most authors I know tackle their first novels with little more than hopes and dreams under the hood. Under these conditions, writing eighty thousand words can seem like an impossible exercise, and publishing those words remains an inscrutable business best left to the rich, the famous, and the extremely lucky.

And yet people do it all the time. Should you?

Before you jump the gun and publish a premature effort, learn what many authors wish they’d known before they started writing that book in the first place.

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When A Self-Published Author Dies What Happens To Their Books? – Written By Derek Haines

on Just Publishing Advice:

It’s not a question you ask every day, but what happens when a self-published author dies?

For the family of an author, you may want to keep the books available for sale.

In some cases, it’s relatively easy if there is a publishing contract and the publisher is still in business.

But it is not so simple if the author was self-published.

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What’s a REAL Writer? Spotting Terminological Inexactitude Syndrome – Written By Kristen Lamb

Being a writer is the best job in the world, aside from those fortunate enough to be paid to pet kittens or sample new ice cream flavors. But is writing a REAL job? This question has set fire to the entire psychiatric community. Okay, most of them…the ones in my head *turns off fire alarms*.

Many in our modern culture don’t believe writing qualifies as a legitimate occupation. An unusual percentage of ‘average’ citizens firmly maintain that being a writer is NOT a real job. These same individuals, however, collectively spend billions of dollars and most of their free time enjoying entertainment (created by writers).

Cleaning Teeth= ‘Real’ Job

Writing= Goofing Off

Thus far, those interviewed have yet to note the irony of their assertions (or looked up definition of irony). Since being a writer is not a ‘real job,’ then this leads us to the next most reasonable conclusion. Writing, in truth, may be a mental condition. I have written about the 13 Ways Writers Are Mistaken for Serial Killers.

So there IS that…

Today is Friday, and since we all debated Sean Penn’s book in the comments section on my last post (Was he serious or poking fun at the establishment?), I figured this oldie but goodie was the perfect dash of humor to lead y’all into the weekend…

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Why FBI Profilers Mistake Writers for Serial Killers – Written By Sue Coletta

You might be surprised by how many traits writers share with serial killers. FBI profilers have actually profiled a subject only to discover s/he’s not a killer. S/he’s a writer. Here’s why a profiler might mistake writers for serial killers.

We work alone.

Writers spend hours alone, plotting and planning the perfect demise. We let the fantasy build until we find an ideal murder method to fit our plot, and a spark ignites our creativity. We’re giddy with excitement and can’t wait to swan-dive into our story.

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How To Sell Your Book On Amazon [70 Book Marketing Tips] – Written By Dave Chesson

on Kindlepreneur:

You wrote a book, and now you want to sell it on Amazon. I’ve got good news! Kindlepreneur is coming in clutch with 70+ book marketing ideas that will help you sell more books on Amazon’s eBook and print book marketplace.

Also read Kindlepreneur’s Marketing Mastery Guide.

Let’s dive right in.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. 71 book marketing tips
  2. How to sell your book on Amazon
  3. All sorts of practical resources

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes in Book Cover Design and How to Avoid Them – Written By Clayton Noblit

on Written Word Media:

Book cover design has long been an important part of getting readers to pick up a text. Today readers are shopping for both physical and eBooks online. Book Cover Design is more important than ever.

Readers click through countless options and offers. A good cover can be the difference between a reader stopping to check out your description, or clicking on to the next page without stopping. Getting a reader’s attention with your cover is one of the first steps in getting someone to read your book.

Think about your book cover as an advertisement. It’s the most widely used piece of advertising creative you will have. And it’s important to invest in.

In this post, we’ll outline the five most common mistakes in book cover design and how to avoid them. These tips can help you whether you are creating your own cover with a program like Canva, or working with a designer. When you work with a cover designer, keep these tips in mind and make sure you give them creative direction that won’t force them to make the mistakes below.

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