Thursday, July 19, 2012
Interview with Kate Lutter
Mary: Where do you find your ideas? Does something trigger them? Do you carry around a notebook incase inspiration strikes?
Kate: That is such an excellent question. The truth is—sometimes the ideas for stories are triggered quite naturally by life—a news story, something I see or hear as I’m hanging out with my sisters, etc. For Wild Point Island, my husband recommended I watch True Blood, a hot new drama on HBO. I did and became addicted to the show. The relationship between Bill the vampire and Sookie the waitress pushed me to come up with my own kind of impossible love story so I created Simon Viccars a revenant who falls for Ella Pattenson, a half and half—she’s half human and half revenant. But then I needed a plausible backstory to explain how Simon was stuck on this island for 420 years and how he became a revenant. That idea did not come naturally. A good friend of mine, a published writer who has a vampire huntress series out, suggested I look into the Lost Colony of Roanoke, which I did. It was the perfect historical event that I then tweaked to explain how humans changed into another life form. Read the rest of the interview...
By Kate Lutter
Banished from Wild Point Island as a child, Ella Pattenson, a half human-half revenant, has managed to hide her true identity as a descendent of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Thought to have perished, the settlers survived but were transformed into revenants--immortal beings who live forever as long as they remain on the island.
Now, Ella must return to the place of her birth to rescue her father from imprisonment and a soon to be unspeakable death. Her only hope is to trust a seductive revenant who seems to have ties to the corrupt High Council. Simon Viccars is sexy and like no man she’s ever met. But he’s been trapped on the island for 400 years and is willing to do almost anything for his freedom.
With the forces of the island conspiring against her, Ella must risk her father, her heart, and her life on love.
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Kate Lutter believes she was born to write. She wrote her first novel when she was in eighth grade, but then almost burned her house down when she tried to incinerate her story in the garbage can because she couldn’t get the plot to turn out right. Now, many years later, she lives in NJ with her husband and five cats (no matches in sight) and spends her days writing contemporary paranormal romances, traveling the world, and hanging out with her four wild sisters. She is happy to report that her debut novel, Wild Point Island, the first in a series, has just been published by Crescent Moon Press. She is busy writing the sequel and her weekly travel blog entitled Hot Blogging with Chuck, which features her very snarky and rascally almost famous cat.