Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Guest Interview + Contest - Please Welcome Taylor Keating!

Castles & Guns: Hi Taylor Keating! Welcome to Castles & Guns. We’re glad to have you here. For a chance to enter today's contest, please leave a comment with your email address! Thanks!

Taylor Keating: Thanks for having us. We’re so happy to be here!

CG: Tell us a little about yourselves.

TK: Taylor Keating is the writing team of Cathryn Fox and Paula Altenburg. Cathryn of course, is the talented and most beautiful of the two…hehehehe…just kidding. Paula isn’t here to defend herself so I’m going to have fun with this interview!

Cathryn writes spicy romance under Cathryn Fox, and Young Adult paranormal romance under Cat Kalen. Paula also writes for Entangled Publishing and has an awesomely fabulous series titled Demon Outlaw (How amazing does that sound!) coming out soon. We both live in Halifax Nova Scotia and are juggling careers, family and pets with writing our next Taylor Keating series!

CG: When/how did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

TK: I had no idea I wanted to be a writer growing up. In fact I graduated from university with a Business Degree and went to work in the finance department for the Canadian Government…shiver. Shortly into my career my husband was posted up north, population 800. That’s when I began to read everything I could get my hands on and when I ran out of material I began to write. When we moved back to Nova Scotia I joined the local writer’s chapter where I met the other half of Taylor Keating. Unlike me, Paula has always been a big fat liar…err…I mean story teller. That girl was born to write!

CG: How long did it take you to get published?

TK: I started writing in 1992, but put it away when my children were born. After they went off to school I joined my local writing chapter and began to learn the craft. I met other like minded writers, went to conferences and workshops (even gave a few of my own) and kept at it until I sold my first book in 2006. Paula and I penned our series in 2009 and our first book Game Over came out in 2010. Paula sold her single title series to Entangled in 2011.

CG: What’s it like collaborating on your Taylor Keating books? Please tell us a little about that process.

TK: What I love most about working with Paula is we can argue (she’s a hair puller) and disagree on many things like plot, story development, characters etc, yet we always listen to the other person, always respect what the other has to say and always come to a consensus on how the story needs to be told because we both want to write the best book we possibly can. After three books and a few proposals later, we’re still really good friends. In fact, we just went on a writer’s retreat together this weekend.

As for the process, when we’re deep into a story we talk on the phone almost every day. I will write for a couple days a week, and then hand the work over to her. She’ll edit what I wrote (she’s the grammar queen) and then she’ll add new pages. After she passes it back to me, I’ll reread, and we’ll discuss direction etc before I add my new pages. It’s a pretty good partnership, especially considering my weaknesses are her strengths and vice versa. Although I must say, we’re both learning from each other and overcoming our weaknesses.

CG: I’m a gamer, so I love the sound of your blurb! Tell us about your newest release, FAIR GAME.

TK: Fair Game was the hardest of the three to write because we’re ending a series, but it was also the most satisfying. We were able to pull together all the threads we weaved into the first book and after really torturing our hero/heroine we were able to give them the ending they deserved. The research was fun and we really enjoyed mixing a human virus and computer viruses and since this is fiction we were able to come up with some very creative results!

CG: FAIR GAME is book three in your Guardian series. What inspired the series?

TK: Paula and I both have boys who are big gamers, and after discussing a particular game with my son one day, we thought….what if? That’s when things got really interesting. What if our heroine was a video game designer? What if she had magic she didn’t know about? What if someone very, very dark and dangerous was after her? What if the hero was separated from his body?
We love playing what if!

CG: What’s your favorite part of being an author?

TK: We love to create and get our stories down on paper, but we both agree the best part of being an author is meeting readers. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a reader comes up to me and asks me to sign a book or wants to discuss a particular story I’ve written. One time at a conference this girl shrieked when she saw me, and I swear I walked around for the rest of the week with a permanent smile on my face. It makes me happy when people read and enjoy my books!

CG: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned on your publishing journey?

TK: Work hard, never stop learning, treat others with respect and give back to the writing community. So many people have helped me along my journey and I will never, ever forget it.

CG: What are you working on now?

TK: We just finished putting the touches on a very fabulous new Taylor Keating Series! While our agent reads it, I am working on a Cathryn Fox novella for Avon Impulse, and I’m self publishing the third book in my Cat Kalen YA series, A Wolf’s Pride. Paula just finished a novella and is working on her three book series for Entangled Publishing.

CG: What advice do you give to those who are just starting out or trying to become published?

TK: Write. Learn. Read. Join groups. Find a trusted critique partner. But most importantly, enjoy the journey.

CG: Thank you for visiting us today!

TK: Thank you so much for having us here today!

CG: Check out these links for more information!


By Taylor Keating
A Tor Paranormal Romance Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-7653-6549-1
On sale: August 28, 2012
$7.99 Indie Bound / Amazon / B&N

A video game brought to life, this is the third book in Keating’s sexy series, after Game Over (2010) and Mind Games (2011). The world is tearing itself apart and despite her best intentions, video game designer River Weston has just unleashed a catastrophic virus. Guardian Chase Hawkins returns to Earth to retrieve her from a planet he considers doomed—but River refuses to give up hope. It’s a battle against time and each other’s wills as her life and Earth’s future hang in the balance.

Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address for your chance to win a copy of FAIR GAME! (Open to US/Canada only) Winner will be chosen on Sunday.


  1. Fair Game sounds fantastic! Loved the interview and will look for the book!

  2. Loved the first two books in this series. Can't wait for the third.

  3. Congratulations on the release of FAIR GAME - can't wait to read it!

  4. Great interview! I love this series! Can't wait to see what Taylor Keating has in store for us nexT

  5. I'm always amazed by authors who can write together! You guys must be doing something right if you got through a whole series together :)

    Congrats on FAIR GAME ... loved the first book and just reading the second so can't wait for the third!!!

  6. Enjoyed this interview. Sounds like a great partnership. Look forward to the new releases!

  7. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, and I am looking forward to the third. Any hints on you new series?

  8. Enjoyed the interview. Love your covers!