Kat Shehata's first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling children's book Animals on the Other Side written with Sylvia Browne.
She is an avid tennis player and spends her free time playing matches in a recreational league in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a bachelor's degree in theater from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master's degree in creative writing from Spalding University.
Question #1: What prompted you to start writing?
I have been working as a writer for about 18 years. I started working for a magazine then transitioned to writing children’s books after college. I love to read, and writing has always been my passion.
Question #2: What is your writing process?
When I sit down to write, I get into character and write in Carter’s POV, so I see and feel what she experiences. I cry, laugh out loud, and am terrified when her life gets derailed by the Russians. The most difficult scenes to write are the ones where Carter feels bad about herself. It is also terrifying when writing the scenes at the turn of Carter and Vladimir’s tumultuous relationship, but I have an unbreakable rule as an author—always be true to the characters.
Vladimir is a good guy in some respects and truly loves Carter, but he is also a dangerous man with a hot temper. I follow their tumultuous relationship and write what they give me. I don’t know what they are going to do until I sit down and write. I have an idea of where the story is going, but I am always surprised where they lead me.
Question #3: How did it feel to sell your book to a publisher?
Fantastic! After working so hard on the story, I was beyond grateful to find an awesome publisher.
Question #4: How does an author go from writing to children to writing adult romance?
I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University and planned to write for children throughout my career. I had no idea I would write an edgy book for adults, but when Carter and the Russians came to me, I dropped my other projects and got to work on Russian Tattoos.
Question #5: Do you enjoy writing more for children or for adults?
I love writing for both audiences. I enjoy doing school visits for my children’s books and interacting with romance fans on social media.
Question #6: What are you working on?
I have a couple different projects I am considering right now, not sure which story I will work on next. Being an author is the greatest job in the world, and I hope to write for many years to come.
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