Author Interview: Kate SeRine

We’re excited to be a part of Kate SeRine’s GRIMM CONSEQUENCES release blog tour! And Kate, being the seriously nice person she is, agreed to give us more little known facts behind the creation and characters of her Transplanted Tales. Learning about the motivation of both the author and characters adds such a great depth and satisfied the craving Kate’s created for more of her intriguing Transplanted Tales World. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway–link at the end!

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The Transplanted Tales: Behind the Scenes

I’ve shared a little behind-the-scenes info about my Transplanted Tales series here and there over the last couple of years, but because Melissa and Jennifer asked so nicely, I decided to divulge a little more.

1)     I’ve mentioned a few times that I hadn’t originally intended Tess “Red” Little to end up with Nate Grimm. What I haven’t said is that I’d planned for him and Trish to end up together. But they’re both better off where they are. ;)

2)     Aside from having a few key scenes in my head when I start, I don’t plan out my stories—not ever. I like to write as if I’m watching the plot unfold as a reader would.

3)     Nate Grimm was inspired by Humphrey Bogart’s characters in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon, and by my husband, who is a consulting investigator with local law enforcement.

4)     The flirty banter between Nate and Tess is drawn from my relationship with my husband. A couple of our exchanges actually appear in the novel. ;)

5)     The Refuge, a haven for wayward Tales looking for a new start, is very loosely based on the small town where I lived as a child (except there were no Tales there…that I’m aware of).

6)     Many of Old Mama Hubbard’s little sayings in The Better to See You are things my late grandmother used to say. This was my way of preserving her words forever.

7)     Bob “Old King” Cole, proprietor of the Tale pub Ever Afters, is based on my friend and mentor, Marshall “Greg” Gregory. Sadly, my dear friend was very ill when RED released and passed away not long after. He never had the chance to read the book.

8)     RED was the sixth full-length novel I’d completed at the time it was written, but was the first I’d attempted to publish.

9)     Trish Muffet’s ringlets are based on those of my youngest sister. My adorable baby sis has the cutest hair EVER. But, of course, she hates it.

10)  In Grimm Consequences, the villain Demetrius was inspired by actor Andrew Scott. You Sherlock fans would know him as Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty. He can pull off seriously freaking crazy like nobody’s business.

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GRIMM CONSEQUENCES release day April 17!

Grimm Consequences. Transplanted Tales #1.5

You reap what you sow…

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one’s bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that’s the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he’s finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess “Red” Little.

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there’s a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate’s transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales–and Tess–forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate’s love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath. . .

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J to tha M: What We’re Reading

GRIMM CONSEQUENCES by Kate SeRine

medium_7516365696J: So

Nate

*sigh*

M:  I really loved this book. I think it’s the strongest of the series so far

Kate really tapped into Nate’s emotions, made me feel and wonder and worry and despair right along with him

I loooove when a story can do that

and a character

J:  I agree that it’s the strongest as far as emotional connection. I wonder if that’s because I was already in love with him from Red, at least a little bit

M:  part of it, probably.

I think it’s how well she hit the sacrifices both Red and Nate made, the selfless choices and decisions because of how much they love each other

J:  Never have I ever read a man who loved a woman so much without seeming corny or overdone

M:  exactly!

so selfless

J:  His devotion was so true

so real

that I never once thought “gross.”

M:  true to his character and a true alpha hero

the kind that doesn’t have to be a dick or pound his chest

he just is and knows it and does hero-y things

J:  well, he’s the embodiment of show, don’t tell, too

he’s not really the flowery-word type

but we never doubt how sincerely he loves her

M: he shows us through his actions

J: learning how far he’s come, too

that was a bit of a risk that really paid off for her

M:  yeah, keeping him mysterious would seem the safer bet

but, oh.

I liked him a lot before. Now I love. I have serious excitement when a character (and writer) can draw me in like that

J:  I had this profound thought that has now left me…

oh! how he’s more human now than he was when he was as an actual human

M:  yes!

J:  that kind of development isn’t easy to make real

to convince readers it actually does happen

after all, power usually corrupts

and he’s pretty damn powerful

and instead, he bettered himself

M:  We can get all technical and talk about character growth, the mechanics of how she showed that, etc. etc. blah blah

but there’s nothing like just being a reader and getting sucked in, hit with all the feels

but yeah

how he grew. how he loved. how he changed

J:  takes some kind of skill to make the reader believe this, you know?

M:  oh, yes, that’s what I’m saying

and to make it look effortless–that’s a serious talent.

J:  I love her. Kate, I mean

and him

M:  yes. this is such a good fun read of a series

J:  and holy if I’m not squirming waiting for Gideon

she’s made him ridiculously sexy with just a few mentions

I’m not sure I could handle a whole book about him

but I’m damn sure gonna try

M:  and holy jumpin around, that cover

you know of my deep and abiding love of good shoulders on a man

J:  I do

M:  yow

J:  Well, I have a deep and abiding love for men in leather pants

M:  and swords

J:  I don’t actually, but that cover makes me reconsider

M:  mmm. hits my happy places

J:  swords? really?

M:  haha – the cover does. shoulders and back and leather pants and sword

I can’t wait. August. sigh.

but the good news is, I pre-ordered, so it will magically appear on my Kindle.

J:  ooh, we should do that space sleep thing

where we go to sleep and wake up the day it comes out

M:  um

J:  nothing could go wrong there

M:  or, we could have a magic hurry up button and just make it come out now

waiting does not hit my happy button

J:  or develop psychic abilities and read it straight from her mind

M:  or beg her to just send it to us, but that might be a little too creepy, even for us

and she’s so super awesome

J:  well, I have my fingers crossed she reads this and hears our pleas

M:  no need to clue her in to the depths of our depravity

J:  I have zero cool

if I met her, I’d damn sure make a fool of myself

I have a history of that, anyway

M:  I’d just want to sit at her feet and have her tell me stories

J:  should we stop being creepy?

M:  heh. why stop now?

I’ve never been one for lists, like my top five favorite heroes

I’ve been hovering around 3 or 4 if pressed to name

but Nate made it into that mention, for sure

J:  I’m not sure who mine would be either…

I think I change my mind too easily

but he’s definitely there

today, anyway

M:  I have a few that make me swoon just remembering their stories

and Nate is swoony

and even though we were lucky enough to read an arc through Netgalley, I pre-ordered Grimm Consequences, too

although I might have to order a paper copy of Gideon’s story, just to have that cover

but Nate’s story is out in April, right?

J:  Yeah. She had to push it back a bit

I will order a print copy of them to complete my set

M:  oh yeah. and Nate’s story, more novella length

which was perfect. so much packed in

J:  oh! that’s what was so impressive about it

I mean, we knew the characters through Red

so that was helpful

but she still managed to make them MORE in such a short number of words

M:  I don’t think you necessarily have to read Red first, but it really helps understand and love the characters

and, I mean, why wouldn’t you?

J:  that’s exactly what I said

why deny yourself the joy?

M:  Let’s do a giveaway when Ever After comes out in August

J:  yes

M:  All the others in the series

J:  we should go for broke

ask her to sign hard copies of all of them

and then run away with them

I mean

and then watch people line up for them

M:  Hate waiting. Appletinis will help. brb

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Have you read The Transplanted Tales series? Let us know if you have or not, and tell us what you think!


Author Interview: Kate SeRine

Hints and Insight from Kate SeRine

Here there might be spoilers – Beware! Or read all the books in the Transplanted Tales series first – that’s cool.

Red

The Better to See You

Along Came a Spider

Kate SeRine Our first question should be about world building. There’s something…Harry Potter about the Transplanted Tales, in that their world exists in our current world. You don’t ask us to imagine another planet or a Narnia. You don’t ask us to believe that these characters simply exist in our world, like vampires. You ask us to consider two separate worlds residing in one and then make us believe. Amazing. How did you come up with the Transplanted Tales universe?

The idea for the Transplanted Tales came to me during a conversation with my eldest son, who was 8 or 9 years old at the time. We like to have what we call “What if” conversations where he’ll ask me a question that’s totally out there and then we chat about it. The question that day: “What if fairytale characters were living next door to us?” We went on to discuss who it would be, what that Tale would do for a living, and so on. And as we chatted, I started to get a very clear picture in my head of a tough, hard-hitting version of Little Red Riding Hood — all grown up and ready to knock some heads. I practically ran to my computer to get it all down. All the other details just fell into place as I began writing.

In creating your characters and interactions, you’ve used readers’ general feelings and preconceptions of fairy tale and literary characters and both built on that and tore those associations apart. Was that intentional, or just character and story flow? Did you sit down and plan, or are you more organic, like “wouldn’t it be cool if…”? A little of both?

Oh, it was totally intentional! I have a very wicked, twisted sense of humor and have a great time turning all these stories on their heads to come up with something unexpected. Some of the characters were planned—working with Little Red Riding Hood meant I’d need to bring in the Big Bad Wolf in some way, and I figured the “biggies” would have to make an appearance (Cinderella, Snow White, etc.), but the actual twists on those characters often came to me as I was writing or doing research. If I was stuck on what to do with one of the characters, I would do some reading to see if anything about the origin of the story or the story itself would trigger something crazy.

Believe it or not, one of the characters I spent the most time researching was Lavender Seelie’s brother, Puck. Obviously, most people know him from Shakespeare, but Puck has a very long traditional in folklore that predates the Bard.

Red by Kate SeRineSeriously, how did you come up with Snow White as a madam? Jim “Prince” Charming as such a skeeze? And the “Willies” for the Shakespeare characters. Pure genius in a name.

LOL – You know, I don’t know if I’ve shared this with anyone yet, but Snow White’s character in the Tales was inspired by Mae West’s quote, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” And with Snow White being such a pristine, innocent character in name and deed, I couldn’t resist. Same kind of thing happened with Prince Charming. I had a lot of fun turning him into a philandering, unethical a**hole. One of my very favorite scenes in THE BETTER TO SEE YOU was in the beginning when he and Lavender square off. I still chuckle when I read it.

The Willies just sounded funny to me. Shakespeare’s plays can be rather bawdy and the double-entendre made me grin.

So, I guess, basically, I do all this just to amuse myself and hope it entertains other folks as well. ;)

How do you mix all that with such sexy romance, thrilling mystery, and suspense?

It’s funny — I didn’t start off intending to write mystery or suspense, but it kind of morphed into that as I went. I really enjoy reading plot-heavy novels and so that’s what I tend to write. As Red’s voice took on that noir feel, the mystery/suspense elements all fell into place. And, for me, romance is a must in every project. I gotta have a happily ever after.

As for weaving all those elements together? Part of it is practice. I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen, but I guarantee you my writing is way better now after writing numerous other novels and partial novels in the twenty-*mumble* years since then. Part of it is study. I’ve read a little bit of everything from all genres and pay attention to what works and what doesn’t and try to figure out how to incorporate certain techniques into my own work. And then part of it is just instinct. I go with my gut.

The Better To See You by Kate SeRineYou announced last week that you contracted with Kensington to write a novella continuing Tess and Nate’s story, giving us a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of their relationship hinted at in the second and third books. How did the addition to their story come about?

I’d always intended to tell this story. Nate does something rather drastic at the end of RED that I knew he’d have to pay for in some way, even though his intentions were noble and just. The Fairytale Management Authority was pretty understanding, of course, considering he took out a murderer and ultimately saved lives, but those who’ve read RED and already know Nate’s secret, realize that the FMA isn’t the only authority to which Nate has to answer. And they’re less forgiving.

And a contract for the fourth book in the series – congrats! Gideon! Okay, so, bribe, blackmail, pester, chocolate, champagne, whatever it takes. We gotta know. Who is his heroine?

Hehe. Her name is Arabella Locksley, but you wouldn’t know her by that name because the storytellers got her story all wrong… ;)

Any plans for more? Puck, Mary, Snow, Cindy, what’s going on with Lavender’s parents, and the Pigg brothers? Or have different characters and stories been invading that clever mind of yours?

We’ll have to see where the series goes and if it continues. I’d certainly be open to writing more Tales under the right circumstances. I’ve planned books 5 and 6 in which Al Addin and Mary Contrary would both get their page time. And there are certainly other characters who would be coming back to visit. I don’t know that I’d do much with Snow or Cindy—they’re too much fun to use as foils for my heroines.

If I write another novella, it might be fun to do a story with Puck. He’s such an irresponsible, egotistical jerk it has really surprised me how much people like him. But he shows signs of finally growing up and being “tamed” at the end of book 2, so maybe there’s hope for him yet… ;)

All that being said, I do have other projects I’m working on, so I’d be okay with bringing out something new as well.

Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRineGive us some inside info on any (or all) of the main characters–stuff that didn’t make it into the book. Thoughts, feelings, background, anything you know about them that we don’t. We love hints and insights!

Oh, wow. There’s all kinds of stuff that didn’t make it into the books. Let’s see…

Tess “Red” Little – Her father was mayor of the village where she lived in Make Believe, which made her affair with Seth even more scandalous. When Nate calls her cell phone, the ringtone is “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult.

Nate Grimm – I reveal a lot of his backstory finally in GRIMM CONSEQUENCES, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that the 1940 Lincoln Zephyr he drives was won in a poker game with Nicky Blue—one of the few times he’s actually beat his closest friend at the game.

Seth Wolf – He’s a big fan of BAND OF SKULLS (he’s wearing one of their concert T-shirts in book 2) and THE BLACK KEYS. His favorite poets are John Keats and Robert Browning.

Lavender Seelie –She likes to make chocolate chip pancakes for Seth on Saturday mornings. And she’s grown very fond of washing dishes (those of you who’ve read THE BETTER TO SEE YOU will know why *wink, wink*).

Trish Muffet – She has several degrees, including an MD, from various colleges and universities, but she never uses the title “Doctor”. Once tried to dye her trademark blonde ringlets brown, but turned them green instead. It was a reeeeeeally long few hours before they reverted to their natural color.

Nicky Blue – Made his initial fortune during Prohibition and expanded his business interests from there. Owns the Tale pub, Ever Afters, but pays Bob “Old King” Cole to run it and be the “face” of the business.

And, oh, all right… I’ll give you something on Gideon. When I write about him, I’m kind of picturing Chris Hemsworth (Thor) with the longish red curly hair of Josh Knowles from the History Channel’s FULL METAL JOUSTING (might have to look this one up if you’re not a nerd like me). Yummy, right? This is such a tough gig. ;)

Thanks, Kate, for being such a good sport and for the great answers!

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