Another Friday has sneaked its way in, and so here we go with another Friday Featured Author. A big welcome to author Kimberley Troutte!
Who are you and why are you here?
I’m Kimberley Troutte. I write paranormal and romantic suspense for Samhain Publishing.
Give us some details about the work you're here to share with us.
Catch Me in Castile is a romantic suspense with a ghost and an historical twist.
Many people ask me how I came up with a murder mystery slash ghost story set in Spain. Sometimes stories come to me when I least expect them. When my husband and I were newly married we vacationed in Spain. I was swept away by the romance and the beauty of the place. I was awestruck by the castles. Easily, I could imagine living there five hundred years ago when Queen Isabella sent a young Columbus in search of new lands—the land of my birth. It boggled my mind.
We ventured outside the thick castle walls and looked down. There at my feet were bits and pieces of pearly-white bones. Wondering what kind of bones these were, I picked up a few and carried them to the tour guide.
"Excuse me? What animal did these come from?" I asked in halting Spanish.
"Human," was the shocking answer.
I nearly swallowed her tongue. As I grappled with what to do with parts of PEOPLE—no matter how much I wanted to, I couldn't drop them, could I?—I sputtered, "But…but there were so many... Why are there human bones all over the ground?"
The guide explained that in olden days dead bodies were tossed over the castle walls.
As I scrubbed my hands clean, a bold and beautiful idea came to me: What if a 15th Century ghost from Queen Isabella's Court haunted one of these castles? What if the lady was pushed out of the tower, but can't remember what happened? What if an American woman who is at her wits-end is the only person who can see the ghost and the two of them must solve an ancient and a modern-day murder mystery?
Catch Me in Castile was born.
What’s next for you?
I recently sold my first children’s fiction, Saving Miner’s Gulch. It is middle grade Gold Rush story with a miner-forty-niner ghost and a mystery to solve. Hmmm. Sounds like a theme. :-)
Something most people don’t know about you?
Many people I work with don’t know that I write romance. I write under a pen name, not because I am hiding my romance side, but simply for privacy issues. When I do tell people at work, they are shocked that an accountant who deals with numbers all day would write love stories at night. For me, it is the best of all worlds. I love my day job and it works the left side of my brain while the crazy story-creating right side gets a break. Then I switch sides and let the imagination fly.
When people discover you’re a writer, chances are good that they’ll pepper you with questions. What is the hardest question to answer?
One of the questions I get a lot in my hometown is if the model on the cover of my book is my husband. He’s not of course, I don’t know the model, darn it, but he does sort of resemble my guy. The next question that comes up is the hardest to answer, especially since it is usually asked in front of my husband—how do you write the sex scenes? Is your husband the guy in the book? How exactly am I supposed to answer that one if hubby is next to me? Sometimes I smile, point at his handsome face and say, “Have you seen my husband?” Or something equally vague.
Oh, dude, I LOVE Thai food. Big, starting to drool already, love. The hot red curry mixed with the sweet coconut milk? Yum! I love Indian food too. Greek, Italian. Mexican. Pretty much in that order.
Worst job you’ve ever had?
I have had several jobs over the years. I wouldn’t say that any of them were bad because each experience helped to shape the person I am today. I enjoy learning and improving my skills. I’d say one of the hardest jobs was teaching aerobics. It was physically and mentally challenging. I was only seventeen at the time and it was my first paying job. I felt the weight of responsibility as I lead a room full of adults and made sure that no one hurt themselves. I had nightmares that the tape recorder would break and my music would stop in the middle of the class. What would I do then? When the machine did stop one day, I simply had the class keep moving as someone ran to the front desk for help. Those nightmares stopped after that.
When I sold my first book I started dreaming that I was standing in front of a room full of people and they were all staring at me with wide open mouths. Apparently, I’d forgotten to put on any pants. LOL. Sometimes I still have that nightmare.
Do you have a bucket list of things to do/see before you die? If so, what would be the number one entry on your bucket list?
I really want to go to Italy and Greece. It’s been number one on my list for a while. I’ll get there, I’m sure. One day.
Thank you for inviting me. It was a pleasure.
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