Katy Lee is the author of six published novels. She writes suspenseful romances that thrill and inspire. She believes all of her stories should stir and satisfy readers—from the edge of their seats. A native New Englander, Katy loves to knit warm wooly things. She enjoys traveling the side-roads and exploring the locals’ hideaways. A homeschooling mom of three competitive swimmers, Katy often writes from the stands while cheering them on. Her 2014 book, Grave Danger, received the highest honor in romance: a RITA® nomination in the Romantic Suspense category, as well as a nod for the Daphne Du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense.
Visit Katy at: www.KatyLeeBooks.com
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been told the name Katy Lee sounds Southern, but I have always been a New England girl. I like to think I have some Southern hospitality in me, though. I am married to my town’s deputy mayor and I homeschool my children. They are all in their secondary school years, so I am seeing the light at the end of that tunnel. Phew! But seriously, I do love homeschooling and so blessed to have been able to do it from day one.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Traveling whenever I can, wherever I can. There is so much of the world I want to see. I also enjoy knitting, typically things with wool, but I have tried my hand at lace and have found that to be peaceful.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise your readers.
I am a cat person and am a little afraid of dogs. This may have something to do with my run-ins with the nippy dogs on my paper route as a kid, but this fear made writing my latest novel, Silent Night Pursuit, a challenge. You see, there is an adorable golden Retriever service dog in my story. Her name is Promise and she has made a promise to her soldier she stands by to serve and guide. To write her accurately, I had to spend time with the dogs being trained for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These animals were amazing and wonderful and so attentive. I think they might have cured my fear a bit.
Did you choose the genre you write in, or did it choose you?
I chose to write inspirational romance, but not suspense. The villains just kept showing up, so I had to embrace my calling and write on as an Inspirational Romantic Suspense writer.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I don’t mind criticism. I welcome it, even. Do I always take it? No. But if I hear it more than once from multiple people, I might look into the issue and make some adjustments. I am always learning and trust that God puts people in my life to help me along the way. And it’s worked. This past year, one of my stories, Grave Danger, was nominated for the RWA RITA award as well as the Daphne Du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense. Both were humbling compliments I am so grateful for.
If you could go back in time and do something differently in your writing career, what would it be?
I wouldn’t have waited so long in accepting my writing as more than a hobby. It only prolonged my family and friends accepting it in the end. Owning it sooner would have set a different stage, I think.
Silent Night Pursuit
RACE AGAINST TIME
Lacey Phillips believes Captain Wade Spencer knows something about her brother's mysterious death. So she throws caution to the wind and tracks him down on Christmas Eve looking for answers.
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