Kat Martin and Changing Genres

>I read my first Kat Martin historical in 2000. I fell in love with her voice, and when I asked her to guest blog here, I was delighted when she said yes. In addition to writing delicious historicals, she writes romantic suspense as well, and she kicked off a back-to-back trilogy this past January.  Please welcome my special guest Kat Martin for today’s guest post as I continue to celebrate the release of Pleasure Me.

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How Do I Change To A Different Genre?

One of the questions people have been asking me lately is how I managed to change from writing Historical novels to writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense.  

I have to say it’s never easy to do.  Publishers are not risk takers.  They always want to take the safe road.  It’s easier for them to sell the same kind of book by an author over and over.  The writer’s audience is building, sales are improving.  They don’t want to rock the boat.  And I don’t really blame them.

Fortunately, by the time I came up with the concept for the Raines Brothers Trilogy, Jackson, Gabe, and Devlin in AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, and AGAINST THE LAW, I had already written three contemporary romantic suspense novels for Mira, my publisher, and seven for a previous publisher. The sales were respectable, which helped me convince them. 

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As I made the change, one of the things I really tried to do was to maintain the style of writing I was known for:  fast-paced, high-action, sexy, romantic books.  I also wanted to keep the emotion in my stories, something I hope to make people feel when they’re reading one of my books.

I tried to make sure my basic style of writing didn’t change, even though the novels are set in a modern world instead of Victorian or Regency England.

In AGAINST THE LAW, the third in the trilogy, Dev Raines is “mostly retired.”  The youngest of the brothers, Dev is also the wildest, an ex-Army Ranger and a dedicated bachelor.  But when Lark Delaney walks into his life, asking for his help in finding her dead sister’s lost little girl, Dev discovers a side of himself he hadn’t known. Or had once known years ago, before his heart was broken. Dev and Lark set out on what appears to be a simple matter of locating an adopted child and wind up heading into a dangerous adventure.  It’s a journey that opens Dev’s heart and eventually teaches him to love.

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These three books were so much fun to write!  I loved all three of brothers and the solid family bond they shared.  Being Western men raised in Wyoming, they had strong moral values: courage, honesty, loyalty.  They were intelligent and caring and when they fell in love it was forever.

I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE LAW, and if you haven’t read AGAINST THE WIND and AGAINST THE FIRE, you’ll look for them, too! 

Very best wishes, Kat  

And don’t forget to visit my website where you’ll also find excerpts and videos for AGAINST THE WIND and AGAINST THE FIRE, book 1 and 2 in the Raines of Wind Canyon Trilogy.  While you’re on site, be sure enter my latest contest!

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About the Author
Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat is the New York Times bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance Suspense novels.  Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker.  During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, author of more than twenty books, both westerns and mysteries.  Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. 
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A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

32 thoughts on “Kat Martin and Changing Genres

  1. >Ran the numbers and Reina your post had the right number. Please email me at monicaburns @ monicaburns.com

  2. >Congratulations on making the NYT list! I've
    not read any of the Trilogy as yet but I have
    read several of your historicals. I am very
    definitely a fan! I look forward to reading
    your romantic suspense stories. A bookstore run
    is on the schedule in my near future!!

    Pat Cochran

  3. >I loved reading Julie Garwood's historicals, but she waved goodbye to them (ostensibly for forever) when she started writing her romantic suspense novels. I think that has made me wary of authors changing genres, especially ones that I've followed and adored for a while. What if they never go back? 🙁

    I haven't read the Raines Brothers trilogy yet, but it looks like excellent fun! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  4. >I've read a few of the historicals and comtemp. suspenses in the past, but I haven't taken the opportunity to really look into the new trilogy. It might be the cowboy hat on the cover, as I admit I haven't been much of a fan of cowboy romances. But after reading the above description and learning that the hero is ex-military and the book isn't about a ranch and riding trails on dusty horses, I think I'll give this one a shot 🙂

    jbrink83 at hotmail dot com

  5. >Kat,

    Your books are automatic buys for me. I'm looking forward to reading about the Raines Brothers.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  6. >HI, Jane–Had a wonderful surprise tonight! Against the Law hit the NY Time this afternoon. #13. I am soo excited. thanks for the congrats. very best, Kat

  7. >Louisa– You're a doll! Hope your mom likes the books! If she does, I have a special little hardcover out for Mother's Day, a Song for My Mother. you might give it a look. Thanks so much for your note and for years of support. very best wishes, kat

  8. >Congrats on the new release and on hitting the NYT Bestseller list. I'm a huge fan of your romantic suspense and historicals.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  9. >Hello Kat and Monica!

    I am a huge Kat Martin fan!! LOVE your books, especially your historicals, of course. My Mom is an even bigger fan and she reads ALL of your books. In fact I bought a copy of each of the books in the Raines Brothers Trilogy for her for Mother's Day. Lets just hope my niece and nephew can keep her out of the bookstores until then!


    United States

  10. >What a great group you are! It's great to meet so many new readers. I hope some of you will try the new trilogy. Better, I hope you enjoy them! thanks so much for having me. you guys are great! very best, kat

  11. >Hi Kat! I haven't had the chance to read this series yet, but it's at the top of my wish list. Your books hold a permanent place on my shelves to be reread! Congrats on believing in your work and making the transition to contemporary! I'm looking forward to reading about the Raines brothers!


    New York

  12. >Hi, Kat!
    Your historicals are some of my favorite books, especially your trilogies. Although I have not yet read any of your contemporaries yet, I'm sure they're just as good your historicals. I look forward to reading more from you.


  13. >Hi Kat & Monica!

    I haven't read any of your romantic suspense books yet. The Raines Brothers Trilogy sounds great!

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com
    Ca, USA

  14. >Have read the first two books in this trilogy and loved them!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  15. >I love seeing authors write multiple genres. It is always interesting to see a different perspective and new worlds. The books look great.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  16. >I had no idea you also wrote contemporary! Thanks for blogging here, and those covers are excellent. Love a strong jawline! 😉 Ah, more books for my list…and a brothers series–love it!

  17. >Andrea–hope you'll give them a try and that you enjoy! all best, Kat

    Artemis– the fourth one is even more spectacular! So glad you like them. hope you'll give the books a try. best, Kat

  18. >I really like your historicals, but the covers on these…..well now!!!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  19. >Hi, Kat!

    You had me at "brothers"! LOL! I love a good series about brothers and this one sounds perfect. And the covers are pretty awesome, too. 😉 Congrats and best of luck to you!

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia, US

  20. >ps…Kris, get well quick!
    Stacie–hope you enjoy the books.
    Monica–good morning!

  21. >wow! Good morning all! It's till early for me, just after 6 a.m. I'm not an early riser but lots to do today. Loved your comments…Since most of you haven't read me before, I'm excited that you may be going to give me a try. I loved writing these books. I hope it shows and that you enjoy them! off to the gym. back a little later very best, kat

  22. >Good Morning Kat and Monica! I have not read any of Kat's romantic suspense novels but I have read her historicals and enjoyed them….I'll be adding this series to my list to try out. As a reader I like to mix up my reading. Congrats on convincing Mira to take a chance on something different from you:)

    US Resident

  23. >Hi Kat & Monica!
    I haven't read any of your books yet either… but my sister had recently told me I should read them. She really likes them and I respect her opinion on books. I'm glad you were here today! It's a sign… :-)))
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    Linda T.
    Florida, US

  24. >Hi, Kat! I am a great fan of your historicals–you are a terrific storyteller! I enjoy visiting your website : ) The Raines boys have captured my interest. I love men of the West, and each Raines brother's story is very compelling! You also have more "Against" books to come, and I look forward to a lot of great reading : )

    Best wishes to you and Monica for much happiness and continued success with your current and future releases!!!

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  25. >Ok, falling down on the job here today. Have a hearing I have to attend at 9:30am So slept in and then got my days mixed up about Kat's appearance here!! I thought it was tomorrow. This week has been surreal!

    Anyway, I've notified Kat about her appearance, and I believe she'll pop in shortly.

  26. >I mostly read historical, but there are a handful of contemporary authors that I read. I think you have me hooked. 🙂 I'm a sucker for an ex or active military man as a hero. 🙂 Put it in a series and I am in heaven. 🙂 Conveniently enough, I even had s trip to the bookstore planned for Friday. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  27. >Good Morning Kat! I so love your books.I especially enjoy the historicals,but I am excited to see if your writing in "The Raines of Wind Canyon" trilogy has been just as exciting,fast paced and full of action as the historicals.I have both "Against the Wind" and "Against the Law" on my Kindle but haven't had time to read them yet,but intend in the next couple of days.I also have"Against the Law" on my wish list.Thank you taking time out of you busy schedule to visit with us today.

  28. >Hello Kat!
    I think it is great that you have been able to switch genres so successfully. I just purchased Against the Fire & Against the Law so I would love to win Against the Wind! I think I am going to love this series!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  29. >I didn't know about this series but it sounds great. I just ordered AGAINST THE WIND for my Kindle — love the whole Kindle instant gratification thing. Can't wait to read it.

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com

  30. >Good morning kat and monica

    I have not read this series either! they sound very fun though I am going to go check out your website when I get a moment when I am not sick and can read! and I have to get through yesterdays releases! do you know how many books came out yesterday! gasp I cant keep up while I am sick! I am a fast reader but not that fast! and I like to savor books as well! sighh soo many books so little time!

    Kris b Indiana
    krysti33 @ fronter dot com

  31. >Good morning Kat and Monica,
    I have not read these books but I have read some of your other books and really liked them so I have no doubt I'll like these just as much.


  32. >I have not read any of the trilogy yet but the more I hear of the series, the more I know that I have to read them. They sound like really great stories and the characters and story plots sound very interesting.

    Best of luck with both of Kat's and Monica's new books.

    June in KY
    hmanning [at] bellsouth [dot] net