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Between the Lines with… Kate McKinley!

Kate writes Historical and Fantasy Romance. When she’s not dreaming up sexy heroes and feisty heroines, she’s reading, gardening or tending to her menagerie of pets.


Marine biologist Morgan Johansson doesn’t believe in fairy tales, so when rumors of a sexy male siren surface, she sets out on her boat to prove them wrong. But when she’s tossed overboard by her ex, she comes face to face with a strong, virile siren who’s undeniably real and promises to awaken her every erotic fantasy.

Racing to save his people, Erik, heir to the siren kingdom, must find the one woman destined to be his queen. When Morgan hits the water, he feels her presence and knows instantly she’s the one.  Now he must convince her to abandon her strict scientific beliefs and submit to the powerful desire that grips them both. But one question remains to be answered…

Will Morgan return to the surface, or will she surrender to the Siren Prince?


Kate is not only a very talented writer, but also my critique partner and dear friend.  I’m so thrilled to be able to feature her this month as her first publication, the novella SURRENDER TO THE SIREN PRINCE is available as of June 1st from the Wild Rose Press.

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How long have you been writing and what are your preferred genres? 

I started writing seriously for publication about 5 years ago, and I love the allure of a different place or time, so fantasy and Regency are my favorites to write.

 Who are your favorite authors to read?  Whose writing style do you most admire? 

Oh, man, there are so many fantastic authors. Anne Stuart will always be one of my favorites. She writes sinfully delicious heroes who are bad to the bone, but oh-so-yummy.

What was your reasoning behind selecting the novella format for your first published work? 

The novella length just seemed to fit well with the story I wanted to tell.  It allowed me to keep the focus on the romance, which is the best part of any book for me.

Tell us about the Siren world of your novella.  What was your inspiration and how did you do your world building? 

The book takes place in alternate world, deep beneath the sea, where the Greek gods still have power and influence. Since I was very young, I’ve always been fascinated with mythology—magic, love, betrayal, redemption, what’s not to love? So when I decided I was going to write fantasy, it was only natural that I reach for the Greek myths for inspiration.

World building is always a tricky, especially in the novella length. I tried hard to give the reader a sense of time and place without overwhelming the story with too much detail. It’s a tricky balance, but I hope I pulled it off.

What projects are you working on now?  Any longer fiction in your future?

I’m currently working on a short, novella length Regency and a full length Regency.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Write. It’s really as simple as that. Write, write, then write some more.

 Find out more about this rising star at her website.

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