Interview with contemporary romance author Katie Mettner

Contemporary
romance author Katie Mettner joins
me today to chat about her new novel, The Secrets Between Us.

During her virtual book tour, Katie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
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and enter there, too.

Bio:
Katie Mettner writes small-town romantic tales filled with
epic love stories and happily-ever-afters. She proudly wears the title of, ‘only
person to lose her leg after falling down the bunny hill,’
and loves
decorating her prosthetic with the latest fashion trends. She lives in Northern
Wisconsin with her own happily-ever-after and three mini-me’s. Katie has a
massive addiction to coffee and Twitter, and a lessening aversion to Pinterest—
now that she’s quit trying to make the things she pins.

Welcome, Katie. Please share a little bit about your current release.
The
Secrets Between Us

is a story that I actually wrote based on a writing prompt. A rich guy goes off
and hides in a place that would be totally out of character for him. For some
reason, I just saw a billionaire CEO wearing a trapper hat and hiding out in a
fishing camp in North Dakota. Go figure, right? I absolutely loved writing this
book. Mercy is damaged, a real black widow she believes, but she’s still trying
to succeed in life. She’s been knocked down so many times most people would
have given up. While she hasn’t given up, she also isn’t participating in life
outside her little camp. It isn’t until Hayes arrives that she starts to see she
might be missing out on a lot in life by hiding. Unfortunately, her past has
left permanent scars on her body and mind, and Hayes is in no way equipped to
help heal her. At least he doesn’t think he is. He definitely starts out the
book as the guy you love to hate, but slowly, you start to see what’s resting
on his shoulders and how that has changed who he is. Mercy, in all her brokenness,
is the one to offer him the mercy he needs to move on in life. I ended up
falling for these two and their stories and I hope the reader does too!




Excerpt from The Secrets Between Us:
The woman was magnetizing and she didn’t even know it. She was this tiny,
beguiling, alluring vision of the woman who belonged in my bed, under me, and
around me every night for the rest of my life. A jolt ran through me and then a
shudder.
No,
Hayes, you know how that will end. You have enough commitments with work alone.
You don’t have the time or energy to keep a woman happy, loved, and in Mercy’s
case, protected. You’ll fail at all of those, miserably, so don’t even attempt
it. She’s not like all the other women who throw themselves at your feet.
She’s
different.
She’s
afraid.
She’s
broken.
She’s
strong
She’s
damaged.
She’s
fierce.
She’s
lonely.
She’s
independent.
She
wears her past every day.
She
hates her past.
She
hates him.
She
hates what he did to her.
She
hates what she did to him.
She
knows who she is and she accepts she will never be anyone else.
She
has more depth in her little finger than you’ll ever find in this life.
She
is more in this one place than you’ll ever be running the multibillion-dollar
company that holds your name.
You
are weak compared to her.
Get
up, walk out the door, and don’t look back.
I
shook the inner voice off. I wasn’t going to walk away. I was going to stay
here and spend the rest of the night with her first. Then I’d walk out of her
life and she’d be all the better for it.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I
am always writing a story! I just finished one that I am going to submit to
Harlequin, so I can’t get too vocal about it yet. I will say my next release is
the third book in The Bells Pass Series, which is my Christmas Series. If you’re
reading along you want to start with Meatloaf & Mistletoe, Hotcakes &
Holly, and this year’s release will be on November 1st and titled
Jam & Jingle Bells. It’s a fun, contemporary romance series that takes
place in Michigan. You don’t want to miss it if you love Christmas romances!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I
always loved to read and write, but I don’t think I really considered myself a
writer until I had published a few books and had a few people who read them
every time. Honestly, I still don’t think of myself as a writer. I think of
myself as a writer-in-training. I suppose after 42 books I can probably drop
the trainee part, but the way I look at it, it keeps me striving to always do
better. To reach deeper and do more to give the reader a story they will never
forget. I am pretty sure I will still feel that way when I hit 100 books, 200 books,
or 300 books. I will always be in training because there is always something to
learn.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do
you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I
don’t write full-time. I’m disabled, so I write when I feel well physically. It
helps that I use voice recognition software to write. I can get a lot of words
down at once and that saves my hands from all the typing. Then, once the story
is told, I go back through and fix what needs to be fixed in edits. I usually
write early in the morning, since that’s when I’m the most rested and when my
house is quiet (I have three teenagers!) I also love writing when it’s dark and
the coffee is fresh. There is just something about that combination that really
gets my writer’s heart going all pitter-patter.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Probably
that I don’t use a desk. I sit in a recliner with my laptop on my lap in my
living room. I’m disabled, so it is the only way I can find a comfortable place
to write.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It
depended on the day? LOL While that wasn’t untrue, the one thing I always
wanted to be was a mother, and I am, three times over, so I guess that part
came true!

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

Thank
you for hosting me today! I appreciate what you do for us as authors to help us
tell the tales and get them into the hands of readers. I have over 36 published
novels on my Amazon dashboard and they are all part of the Kindle Unlimited program.
They range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense in various series and
stand-alones, so please, feel free to check them out! I love reader feedback
and interaction, so feel free to follow me on Twitter (I’m there WAY too much),
join my author group on Facebook, or sign up for my newsletter. Thank you!

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