Friday, September 09, 2011

Interview with Kate Pearce and Giveaway - September 9, 2011

Please welcome Kate Pearce to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kate:  Just one? Probably that I don't write almost anything down about plot, character or setting (apart from research notes) until I get to almost the end of the book when I draw a page of notes to make sure I can get to the end without forgetting anything.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kate:  I'm definitely more on the panster side (see above) although I've been forced to become more of a plotter because I sell most books on proposal so I just have to write a good synopsis and a couple of chapters. I'd still rather just write the book.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the The Tudor Vampire Chronicles?

Kate:  This was a weird one because, knowing my historical background, my agent and an editor asked me if I could, so of course I said yes!

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in The Tudor Vampire Chronicles?

Kate:  There was a lot of research to do before I could even start writing, I have a Master degree in history, including a minor in Tudor politics and Welsh archaeology, so I had to revive those ancient skills, which was actually a lot of fun. I love research so it wasn't too much of a problem, although some days I'd spend a couple of hours looking up something like pre-Reformation church layouts and then only use a couple of descriptive sentences in the whole book.

TQ:  What is the oddest bit of information you uncovered while researching that you did not use in one of The Tudor Vampire Chronicles?

Kate:  I think my favorite bit was about the executioner called from France to cut off Anne Boleyn's head. I originally wanted to include it because he used a sword rather than an ax, which kind of fitted my decapitating a Vampire theme. But what was interesting, was that Henry had obviously already decided that Anne was going to die before her trial even began because he had to arrange for that swordsman to come over from France, (not a quick thing to do in those days), in time to be there. So much for justice.

TQ:  Describe Mark of the Rose (The Tudor Vampire Chronicles 3) in 140 characters or less.

Kate:  Oh blimey. (that doesn't count)
A pregnant, dying queen carries King Henry VIII's precious heir. Can the Tudor's loyal Vampire slayers save her life, secure the dynasty, avoid death themselves and still fall in love?

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Mark of the Rose?

Kate:  I love the scene when Verity Llewellyn and Rhys Williams finally get together sexually. It has this nice surreal, dreamlike feel to it. I also like the big reveal at the end, which only came to me half way through writing the book and made it immeasurably better!

TQ:  In Mark of the Rose, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kate:  I used to think villains were always the easiest to write but this one was a bit tricky as I didn't want to give too much away. The easiest character was probably the hero, Rhys Williams because he is just such a straightforward, honorable man.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite character from The Tudor Vampire Chronicles?

Kate:  I think my favorite character of the whole series is the Vampire Elias Warner, he fascinates me.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Tudor Vampire Chronicles?

Kate:  I planned six, one for each queen and I'm currently plotting #4. It won't be written for a while as I have a few other commitments to fulfill into next year.

TQ:  What's next?

Kate:  Next up is #7 of my 'Simply' series for Kensington Aphrodisia, Simply Carnal. This series is set in Regency England but not your usual Regency as they are erotic romances and very hot.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kate:  Thank you so much for having me! Great questions!

About The Tudor Vampire Chronicles

Mark of the Rose
The Tudor Vampire Chronicles 3
(Signet, September 6, 2011)
Hearing that Henry VIII's new queen is in danger, Rhys Williams engages the help of Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting eager to prove her abilities as a vampire hunter. Rhys suspects the weakening queen has fallen victim to a vampire. And the fact that she is pregnant makes the situation all the more dangerous...

Blood of the Rose
The Tudor Vampire Chronicles 2
(Signet, February 1, 2011)
When vampire slayer Rosalind Llewellyn had to join forces with her enemy Christopher Ellis to defeat a rogue vampire threatening Henry VIII, their alliance led to a surprising passion. Reunited after a year's separation, they now face a new threat that could destroy their last chance at happiness.

Kiss of the Rose
The Tudor Vampire Chronicles 1
(Signet, August 3, 2010)
First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids binding him and his heirs to the Druids' struggle against vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, a vampire- slaying family, have been in the king's employ. Now Henry VIII reigns, and his father's bargain has been almost forgotten-until bloodless corpses turn up in the king's bedchamber. To save the king, Vampire hunter Rosalind Llewellyn must form an uneasy alliance with Druid slayer Sir Christopher Ellis. But soon, Rosalind must face an unthinkable truth: that her sworn enemy may be her soulmate...

About Kate

I’ve been a member of RWA for the last ten years and also a member of the Beaumonde for most of them. I’m originally from the UK, but have lived in Northern California for the past thirteen years with my husband and four kids. Having been published in all formats, (small press, UK press, digital, trade and mass market), I consider I have a good grasp on the publishing world and that experience will help in my role as PAN liaison. I currently write erotic Regency romances for Kensington Aphrodisia, (with the occasional steamy novella for Brava) and Tudor Vampire paranormal historicals for Signet Eclipse. I’m also venturing into self-publishing

Kate's Links

Twitter: kate4queen

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win The Tudor Vampire Chronicles - Kiss of the Rose, Blood of the Rose, Mark of the Rose - from Kate!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite rose? or What is your favorite flower?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, September 16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. My favorite rose- is a purple one. I have tried to grow them with little success. Something about the color makes me smile, whether a dark or light pruple. They are my favorite flower- Actually I also enjoy purple lilacs too :-)

  2. My favorite flowers/roses are white ones. I love white flowers. I also like colorful tulips.


  3. Oh, my favourite is flower is the red rose! I think it's really-really romantic and if a man want to get my off my feet, then he should appear in front of my door with a thread of rosa and I'm his :) :)

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  4. My favorite flower is definitely the blush pink rose, but a close second would have to be tulips. I love when you get a mix of spring colored tulips!

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  5. I love white roses or roses with multiple color tones :)

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  6. White and yellow roses are beautiful and my favourite flower is orchards.

    Vampires in the Tudor period is so fascinatng.

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  7. Congrats on the new release! My favorite flower is the violet, growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandma, she had a little bottle of violet perfume and always let me smell it, it always brings reminders of her when I smell violets.

    Love your Simply series, have read all of them!


  8. My favourite flowers are champagne coloured and white roses.

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  9. I love roses they are beautiful, but to say I had one favorite would not be the case. I want the rose regardless of how beautiful or not to smell. That is the attraction of a rose for me. It makes me smile when the soft petals are fragrant and leave that subtle hint of springtime in the room. This sounds like an incredible series. I will admit I was not looking at it much, until I read more about it and now I think it is a must read. Thank you for sharing with us and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    GFC- Denise Zaky
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  10. My favorite rose is the red rose. I think the red rose is very romantic. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

  11. Congrats for the release date of Mark of The Rose.. Looking forward to read your books!

    My favorite flowers.. hmmm I'm not into gardening, too lazy, lol. But, I love orchids, just because my Mom love it and she plan so many orchids in our home :)

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  12. my favorite flower is tulips and my fav rose is the red rose.


  13. I love Snapping Dragons! Always been my favorite at the botanic gardens. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

  14. Favorite rose color would be red and white. The combination really stands out and says beauty to me. As for preferred flower - lillies are majestic!

  15. My fav. rose is Fire and ice. Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win

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  16. I don't know any rose names, but I like the dark red ones best.
    My favourite flower is the Snowdrop though.

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  17. I love red roses and the really pretty orange ones. The new colors are so nice. debby236 at gmail dot com

  18. My favorite rose is the purple rose - so much so that I have one tattooed on my left chest!!

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  19. I love roses that are multi-colored, especially the white with red edges. My favorite flower has always been the pansy, it's just so cute and friendly - no thorns to prick my fingers on.

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  20. While roses are indeed lovely, my favorite flower is the lilac because I love purple and the scent is so heavenly.

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  21. My favorite flower is the Oriental Lily.
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  22. I had a variegated red rose - I don't know the name of it - it was so beautiful, but some fungus attacked & killed it. It WAS my favorite.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  23. I don't know different kinds of roses lol.. But I like it when it is barely blooming and if it is red, I like it when it's so vibrant :) My favorite flowers are lilies and tulips :)
    GFC: Arianne Cruz

  24. I love classic red roses :-) Also, black roses are very stunning....


  25. Back when the flower grower was at the local farmers market, I loved her lavender colored roses. Not only was they pretty but they smelled nice, too, which many hybrid roses nowadays do not.

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  26. My favourite tose is the light pink one.Its simple and looks beautiful:)

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  27. thanks for the interview and the giveaway ! these books sound great !

    My favorite roses are the white ones I think. They're so beautiful !

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  28. I adore peach roses; they are just beautiful. My favorite flower is the cala lily.

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  29. I love creamy roses, with a faint yellow shades. Oh, and tulips!

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  30. my fav flower is a snapdragon! theyre so cute and fun to play with!.. scent-wise, lilacs but its hard to keep them fresh for long..

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  31. I love the red roses but my favorite flower is gardenia.
    GFC follower as Diana
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    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  32. My favorite rose is a blood red rose

    great giveaway
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  33. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! This series has been on my wishlist for a VERY long time. My favorite rose is the red rose. My husband of 31 years sends me a dozen of these every year on our anniversary to say "I love you".

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  34. MY favorite flower is lotus. It symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.
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  35. I love peonies. I also love daffodils, I always feel like they are talking to me (thank you, Alice in Wonderland!).

    I'm a GFC follower!

  36. My favorite rose would be the white rose. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. +1 Blue rose. I like being different :)

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

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