Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Things I Learned While Writing the Big Bad: Guest Blog and Giveaway with Katee Robert

Going into my sci fi romance series, I already knew who was going to be the evil-doer—the hate-group Sanctify. And, let me tell you, they are scary. They’re a group of humans who believe that any and all alien species need to be “purified” which typically translates into being tortured and burned. By the time the reader shows up in Queen of Swords, Sanctify is running rampant in the universe and has control over a number of planets. My heroes go to great length to ensure the downfall of this group, and there’s significant sacrifice along the way.

My most difficult challenge, however, came when my editor requested I write a prequel, telling the story of the parents of the heroine in Queen of Swords. You see, her father was a member of Sanctify all the way up until he kidnapped her mother.

Writing a character consumed with hate for anything other wasn’t easy. I mean, I knew Gerard ended up coming over to the side of good and making it his life’s work to see Sanctify go down, but the reader won’t have the advantage of seeing that side up him during The High Priestess. It was a challenge to make him sympathetic, while remaining true to his upbringing (so much brain-washing going on there).

One thing, in particular, that surprised me about writing the novella was one of the side characters. I went in anticipating that I’d despise every member of Sanctify. I mean, I knew in great detail the pain they spread throughout the universe—there’s certainly nothing to like there.

In the course of this story, I realized that people fall into terrible situations for a number of reasons. Perhaps they were raised in those beliefs and know nothing else, or maybe they have nowhere else to go. Not that this excuses their actions—not by a long shot. But it creates an interesting depth that I never could have anticipated without actually writing the story.

Queen of Swords 
(Sanctify, #2)

Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: 266 pages

ePub ISBN: 978-1-62061-065-7
Print ISBN: 978-1-62061-066-4

A Sanctify Novel  Katee Robert

When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them…and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

About the Author:

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Now
living in Eastern Washington, she spends her time—in between ogling men’s goodies and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse—writing speculative romance novels.

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ilona said...

I would love to win this book as it sounds great. I also like the sound of the prequel and will want to read that too :D

Paige Cuccaro said...

Katee, I am IN LOVE with your covers!! And the book sounds A-MAZING! Can't wait to read it. Too fun reading about your writing epiphanies.

Barbara E. said...

I think Queen of Swords sounds like a fantastic story and I'd love to win a copy.

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kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I've got the first book on my wishlist, and I would love to win book #2! Thank you for a lovely giveaway! ;)
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Dustykatt said...

This looks really good.

luana said...

i would love to win this book, is an amazing writer, and the book is great also

Mano said...

Sounds like an interesting read.....

Mano Masood said...

so who won?