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Kate Walker

Fun Facts About Kate Walker





  • Astrological Sign:
    Taurus


























  • Favourite Books:
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
    The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart
    An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan
    Simona's Jewel


























  • Favourite Songs:
    "The Rose"
    "Just the Way You Are"


























  • Favourite Movies:
    Children of a Lesser God
    When Harry Met Sally
    Witness










  • Author Writing Tip:




  • "Read, read, read — and then write about characters you care about. If you care about them, and feel the emotions that drive them, then a reader will, too. But if you don't put your heart into a book, it won't have a heart."


























  • Author Nationality:
    English












  • Kate Walker's, Biography

    • Kate Walker was born in Nottinghamshire, England, but the family moved to West Yorkshire when she was just 18 months old, and she has always regarded Yorkshire as home. She was the middle child in a family of five girls, growing up in a home where books were vitally important, and she read anything she could get her hands on.

      Even before she could write she was making up stories. At the age of four she was telling the tale of The Three Little Raindrops Drippy, Droppy, and Droopy to her two younger sisters. She can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling away at something, and wrote her first "book" when she was 11.

      But everyone told her that she would never make a living as a writer, and that she should work toward a more secure career. So she decided that if she couldn't write books, at least she could work with them, and settled for becoming a librarian.

      On leaving school she went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to study English and librarianship. While there, she met her husband, who was also studying at the college. They married and moved back north, eventually settling in Lincolnshire, where she worked as a children's librarian until her son was born.

      After three years of being a full-time housewife and mother she was ready for a new challenge, but needed something she could do at home, so she turned to her old love of writing. Her first attempts at writing novels were done at the kitchen table, often working late into the night when her son was asleep, or during a few snatched hours while he was out at nursery school.

      The first two novels she sent off to Mills & Boon were rejected, but the third attempt was successful. She can still remember the moment that a letter of acceptance arrived instead of the rejection slip she had been dreading.

    Kate Walker's, Interview

    • On Writing and Reading...What do you love most about being a writer?The freedom to be my own boss, work any hours I want, dress any way I want. I also love losing myself in a story, being caught up in the lives of my characters. But best of all is knowing that I have fulfilled the dream I had as a child.

      What do you like least about being a writer? Deadlines aren't fun, but they make me concentrate. When writing is going well, I think that there's no other job on earth I'd rather do.
      What I really hate are the days when the words won't come, the characters won't "speak" to me, and writing feels like ploughing my way through thick, sticky mud.
      But luckily experience has taught me that with time those days go away.

      Do you have a favourite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it your favourite? I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting places to set my books. But as the characters come first, who they are will usually dictate where a book is set.

      Which of the books you have written is your favourite? I honestly don't have a favourite. But I'm always most excited by the one I'm working on right now because it is the one that's coming alive in my head.

      What is your favourite recent Mills & Boon, Silhouette, or MIRA title by another author? Reading is such a mood-dependent thing that one day I'll choose to read one author, the next day I may want a totally different sort of story. One of the great things about Mills & Boon's books is that there's usually someone who fits today's mood.

      What are your five all-time favourite books? Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
      The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett (strictly speaking, that's six books but I couldn't choose just one in the series)
      The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart
      An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan
      ...And a book called Simona's Jewel that I read again and again when I was nine until I lost it when I was 16. I don't even remember who wrote it but I'd love to read it again.

      On Romance...Describe the ultimate romantic meal. The food and the place don't matter. It's the company that makes the time special.
      I've had some amazing meals in very expensive restaurants and they mean nothing to me compared to one meal of fish and chips eaten with my fingers on a very special night.

      What is your all-time favourite romantic movie? Children of a Lesser God
      When Harry Met Sally
      Witness if only for the scene in the barn.

      What is your all-time favourite romantic song or composition?"The Rose," preferably sung by Michael Ball
      "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel

      What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received?The ring my husband gave me for our silver wedding. It's 100 years old and has three diamonds one for me, one for my husband, and one for our son.
      I also have a beautiful model of a dragon that I saw in a city 60 miles away and fell in love with but couldn't afford. For my birthday my husband drove back secretly and bought it for me.

      How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship? We talk all the time about anything and everything. Talking involves listening and sharing.

      What tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic? Keep some special time when it's just the two of you and there are no things that "must" be done. The world won't come to an end if the washing up isn't done tonight.

      Where is the most romantic place you've ever travelled? There is a magical city in Malta called Mdina it's also called the Silent City because no cars at all are allowed onto its narrow streets. It has wonderful buildings and churches, and there is a restaurant that serves the best chocolate cake in the world on a terrace overlooking a huge plain where so  much of the island is stretched out before you, almost to the sea. 
     This information is shared from here. She loves to here from her readers. You can check out her website or email her.

    I was fortunate enough to have recently read :

    THE KONSTANTOS MARRIAGE DEMAND
    BEDDED BY THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE
    SPANISH BILLIONAIRE, INNOCENT WIFE

     The stories in each of these books were fabulous. The depths to the characters she creates are simply marvelous.

    And recently her guide to aspiring writers KATE WALKER'S 12 POINT GUIDE TO WRITING ROMANCE came out in it's 3rd edition. Each chapter is full of insightful information for writers. I've read about published authors say how they bring out this book, when they get blocked, while writing. 

     Published authors  (Michelle Styles, Donna Alwards) when asked about online courses vs guide books on eHarlequin subcare forum, said, Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance is a book which we would bring out throughout our writing lives to refer to again and again, as opposed to online courses.

    I preordered and then received the 3rd Edition, which had just been published!

    And it is an awesome writers tool book for aspiring writers.

    Queen Kate, as she is known, is a very generous lady. Recently she shipped cartons of books to be donated to a public library in my country. I'll be eternally grateful to her for that. A very heartfelt thank you, Queen Kate!

     This is the latest lineup, friends:

    The Konstantos Marriage Demand M&B Modern January 2010/Presents Extra March '10 Romantic Times Award Nominee
    Claimed by the Sicilian 3 in 1 By Request May 2010
    The Good Greek Wife? M&B Modern July 2010/Presents Extra October 2010
    Mediterranean Tycoons (Alpha Collection) February 2011
    The Proud Wife M&B Modern March 2011
    One Night in Madrid Collection May 2011

    12 Point Guide To Writing Romance - 3rd edition out now



    Visit Kate at WeWriteRomance.com!

    Kate writes Kate's Corner on the 15th of each month at WeWriteRomance.com



    25 comments:

    1. Hello Nas! Thank you so much for posting this wonderful blog aboput me. I'm honoured that you took the time and trouble. And I am so happy that the 12 Point Guide has helped you with your own writing - that was exactly why it was written - to help people. I know that not everyone can get to my workshops or courses (It would be a very long way for you!) so I put as much information as I can into the book. And I know, from the reviews on Amazon, that it has helped a lot of people - and some are even published now.

      I'll call back later and if anyone comes to chat I'll be glad to join them.

      Kate

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    2. Hi Kate, thanks for coming by. We all want to know more about your writing process. You've been writing for twenty five years now, so tell us something about your process.

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    4. Another wonderful post Nas :) It's good to know that the sticky mud days may go away in time!

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    5. Great advice and interesting tidbits! Thanks, Nas and Kate! :)

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    6. Hi Pk Hrezo,

      Thanks for coming by. It's interesting to read about Kate Walker, isn't it?

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    7. Excellent interview, Nas! Thanks for taking the time, Kate. I have your 3rd ed of the 12 pt guide and it's fantastic. Love your answers about romance and about reading being mood driven.

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    8. Hello everyone

      SO sorry - I'm late coming in here and I'm going to have to dash in and dash out again. I need to finish some 'tweaks' on my latest book and then when I've done that hopefully my time will be my own again .

      So I'm just going to say Hi and it's wonderful to see you all - and I'll be back to chat!

      Kate

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    9. PS Before I forget - I'm having an Advent Calendar giveaway over on my blog where I'm giving away a book a day until Christmas so there's still time to win - why not come over and visit?
      http://kate-walker.blogspot.com/

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    10. Hello Marilyn Shoemaker, fantastic of you to come by. Thanks!

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    11. Hi Kate, I know how busy you must be with your own Advent Calender Giveaway so thanks for dropping in!

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    12. Nas, it's great that you had Kate Walker visiting!

      She's one of my favorite Presents authors. It kind of snuck up on me, if you can believe it. One day I was going through my inventory of books and noticed that I had a collection of Kate Walker books that I had held onto instead of turning them in for credit or swapping.

      I just got finished rereading Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife, and I'm looking forward to reading one of her older ones, Constantine's Revenge.

      I can vouch for her 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance. My copy is filled with highlights and underlines.

      Take care!

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    13. Hello Delaney, how nice of you to come. It's great that you use Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide. Now I know the secret to your success!

      Hey friends, I read Delaney Diamond's THE ARRANGEMENT recently. It was an awesome read. Reconcilation story, my favourite! It's an eBook available from Amira Press.

      Thanks Delaney for coming by.

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    14. A place that serves the best chocolate cake in the whole world? On a terrace? I am SO there! :-)

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    15. When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies. It's special to me because my now-husband and I were friends when we saw it together. The whole men and women can't be friends thing made me squirmy when we were watching it!

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    16. It was my pleasure, Nas. Thanks for the positive comments about my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      Have a good day!

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    17. Hi Liz, the most romantic place as described by Kate Walker sounds so wonderful, even I want to be there, where they serve the best chocolate(yum!)cake in the world!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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    18. Hello Theresa,

      so yours is a friends to marriage love story! Intriguing!

      Thanks so much for coming by!

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    19. Hello again Delaney,

      The pleasure was all mine! THE ARRANGEMENT is a fabulous book! The H/H (husband & wife) separates and the reunion in that roundabout way! wow! Definitely an emotion packed read.

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    20. What a great interview! I loved reading about Kate:)!

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    21. Hi Maria,

      Glad you liked reading about Kate Walker and thanks so much for dropping in!

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    22. A huge thank you to Kate Walker for gracing us with her presence. I've just received the box of books she sent to be donated to my local library. So I'm doubly grateful to her!

      Thank you all friends for participating and helping me welcome Kate Walker!

      A very Happy New Year to all!

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