Saturday, May 16, 2009


I'd like to welcome a writer from our mutual publisher, a wonderful pub--The Wild Rose Press. K. Celeste Bryan has written an intriguing book with exciting characters. Well, I'll let her do the talking!


First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?

Kat Bryan: Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today. And thank you for asking about my current time-travel novel, Where the Rain Is Made. Released through The Wild Rose Press, you can take a quick peek at the cover here: http://tinyurl.com/b62s58. The design and colors really capture the essence of the novel.

About the book:

Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. She never counted on falling in love with the man whose gunmetal tinted eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion.

Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurtled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne.

Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can’t resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. A brutal, savage leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people, but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.

From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.


What are your favorite time destinations and why?

Kat:

I’m a historical writer in my heart, so I always gravitate into the past. I’m particularly fond of “Old West” and “Native American” history, thus, Where the Rain Is Made. Many have asked how the title came about, so here’s the scoop. The Native Americans didn’t have a name for heaven, but rather many referred to it as the place where the rain is made. My particular interest about the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers came about through my youngest son several years ago. For some odd reason he became fascinated with them. He must have read a snippet somewhere or, perhaps, watched a documentary on TV. Soon we were off to the library checking out every book available on their customs, their beliefs and tragic life. It wasn’t long before I also took a keen interest in what is still today labeled one of the “fiercest” bands of fighters on the Plains. I thought it only right I pen a story about their existence and sad ending.

Where is your work available?

Kat:

Under K. Celeste Bryan I write for The Wild Rose Press and New Concepts Publishing (erotic historical). Under another name I write for numerous publishers including Noble Romance, the Dark Roast Press, PHAZE Publishing and Ravenous Romance. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about that. Where The Rain Is Made has been so well-received in the market, and several reviewers have asked me to write a sequel. I hope to do that one day.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?

Kat:

The first time travel I read (like many peeps) was Jude Devereaux’s Knight In Shining Armor. The book really piqued my interest in the genre. Kudos to this great author. And I’ve read several novels by Lynn Kurland. I try not to read either time-travel or shape shifters while I’m writing in the genre, but attempt to come up with my own rendition of time-travel.

Where The Rain Is Made has several elements combined to make it a great read: time-travel, shape shifters, mysticism, and of course, Native American hunks. What more could one ask for?

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?

Again, I try to envision different scenarios for time-travel--that is modes of transporting. The same for morphing into creatures. What my vision is may not be another’s vision. I only hope to make it believable and possible, so the reader isn’t pulled out of the story by something really over-the-top.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?

Kat:

Horrendous research went into WTRIM about Cheyenne customs, beliefs and way of life. I delved even deeper into the life of a dog soldier. In some respects, today they would be considered “suicidal maniacs” I suppose, but I never saw them as such. Before you could become a Dog Soldier, there were many trials along the way, but one thing they all had in common was the traditional dog rope. During battle, they would stake themselves to the ground, the stake pounded in; the rope attached to their body. They vowed to fight to the death. No retreat, no surrender became their personal motto. And sadly, many of them died this way.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Kat:

Yes, I love guests and visitors. Please drop by my Author Home and enter my contest to win free books. I give them away every month. I also have a blog, Kat’s Kwips and Rants, with many featured guest authors who write in a wide range across the spectrum.

Thank you again so very much for having me. I enjoyed your questions.

Visit me here at my web site: http://kcelestebryan.blogspot.com/
And here at my blog: http://katskwipsandrants.blogspot.com/

4.5 Stars from Manic Readers Where The Rain Is Made by K. Celeste Bryan “I predict it to be a best-seller one day.”
BITTEN BY BOOKS AWARDS FIVE TOMBSTONES to Where The Rain Is Made
Outstanding Read and Five Stars from Cheryl -of Cheryl's Book Nook for Where The Rain Is Made
“Where The Rain Is Made is a great book! I highly recommend reading it! Plus the author is a wonderful person in general and responds graciously to all her emails! 4 Stars, Goodreads
4 Spurs for Where The Rain is Made - Love Western Romances
I can't say enough about Where The Rain Is Made. You are one heck of a writer! I loved it from page one to the last page. Please tell me there is going to be a sequel. Please say yes. I can't wait for more. You have for a fan for life. Five Stars from Goodreads reader.

Happy reading, Kat Bryan

Thanks, Kat, for the interview! I'm a Coloradan, and I agree that it's a great setting for historical stories. -Laura Hogg

7 comments :

Susan Macatee said...

Great interview, Laura and Kat!! Kat, I already have your book on my Amazon wish list. I love time travel and the description of your story intrigued me.

Best of luck with it!!

Beth Trissel said...

Wonderful interview. I love the description of your book. It's stories like this that make me want to just sit and read. We hare much in common with a mutual fascination with the past, and I love the colonial frontier which was the West of its day. :)

Clover Autrey said...

I was wondering where that title came from. Sounds like a great book. I especially like that the hero has a will to go between the time periods and isn't just thrown in there and stuck. Fresh concept.

Helen Pilz said...

Thanks for the interview. I love writing and reading time travel!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Kat
Great interview. Congratulations on all your publishers, you are one busy writer.
Cheers
Margaret

Kat Bryan said...

Wonderful blog and interview. Thank you so much for hosting me.

So many have asked about the title. Native Americans didn't know the word "heaven" but often referred to it as the place where the rain is made.

Thanks so much for your comments and for taking the time to stop by.

I hope if you read WTRIS, you'll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

Best, Kat Bryan

Catherine Bybee said...

Wonderful interview... This looks like yet another book to add to my growing list.