Katherine Garbera in The Dungeon

We are super lucky to have the cute, sweet, adorable, & sickeningly prolific Katherine Garbera in The Dungeon today! :sunflower:

USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 75 books since making her first sale to Harlequin (Silhouette) Desire.  Katherine is known for her sexy heroes, feisty heroines, and sensual stories.  A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children, and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.

Flat-out, Kathy is one of my favorite people on the planet, & I always give a little squee! of delight when I realize I’m going to see her at a conference. :dancin:  I also give a little sob of disappointment when I find out she’ll be at one I’m not attending or vice-versa. :brains:

So please join me in giving her a big WIPs and Chains welcome while we ask her a few of Mistress Heidi‘s favorite questions & get to know her better. :offtoschool:

What is your favorite color?  Red

Favorite song?  “You and I Together” by Dave Matthews Band

Favorite movie?  My favorite movie of all time is the Fast & Furious Franchise.  My favorite recent release is The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

And of course, favorite book?  The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy and The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

What was the first book in your chosen genre that you remember reading, or that made you want to write the same?  Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey made me fall in love with the romance genre. The Harlequin books by Jayne Ann Krentz and Elizabeth Lowell made me want to write for Harlequin.

What do you think of Heidi?  She’s great, right?  Heidi is the best. From the moment we met we’ve been good friends. I’m so lucky to know her! :wave:  [Note from Heidi:  Aww, you’re so sweet.  I feel exactly the same, y’know. :trickortreat: ]

How did you get started writing?  I started writing after my daughter was born. She wasn’t even six months old when I decided I better figure out what I wanted to do with my life and attended a Super Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale. The speaker was Elizabeth Lowell, and I talked about the workshop all the way home. The next Monday I started the book. I had permission to use my computer at work to write (since I was a receptionist, all I did was answer the phone, and my boss agreed writing made me “look busy.” :juggle: )

Tell us a little bit about The Call—i.e. your first sale.  It was March 7, 1996. The editor (Angela Catalano) called me to discuss my book and I thought, This is good. I was jotting down notes of everything she was saying and there was a pause and she said, “So we’d like to publish your book.” I yelped and said yes, that’d be great. Then I called every relative I had and everyone in my critique group, and my parents took me out for a special dinner. Then overnight I started to wonder if I’d made the whole thing up.  So when I got to work in the morning, I waited until after 9 a.m. and called the editor back; she took my call, and I made up something to say like I wanted to make sure you had my address since my little town doesn’t deliver to your door. She was very nice about it and when I hung up, I knew for sure, I’d sold my first book. :jumping:

Fill in the blank—If you like [blank], you’ll love Katherine Garbera!  If you like Jill Shalvis, you’ll love Katherine Garbera! …OR… If you like sexy, emotional reads, you’ll love Katherine Garbera!

Tell us about EYE CANDY and why we’ll love every word.

In Eye Candy, candy chef Hayley Dunham has vowed to own her thirties; she’s a successful business woman, good friend and dutiful daughter, yet she can’t help but want more. She wants passion… Fireworks… And one kiss with the hot cop next door shows her exactly who she wants those fireworks with.

Garrett Mulligan has always wanted to be a cop; he’s the kind of man who lives to protect and serve. But when an injury sidelines him and raises doubts about his return to work, he’s at his wits end until cute, flirty Hayley shows up to provide the perfect distraction…

[Further note from Heidi:  Oh, Kathy—you had me at “candy chef.” :happywitch: And also “hot cop.” :screamcartoon: ]

If your plane crashed in the Andes, would you convince the other survivors to eat Heidi first or last?  I’d convince them to eat her last. In fact, I’d need Heidi to help me lead the survivors off the mountain. :hellboy:

If you could write anything—whether in the same genre/sub-genre as you’re writing now or another—what would it be?  I love what I am writing now. I get to write glitzy emotional books for Harlequin Desire, sexy books for Harlequin Blaze, urban romances for HarperImpulse, and some fun surfer books inspired by my favorite movie franchise, Fast & Furious, for Tule Publishing. :burningwitch:

What are you currently working on?  I’m working on His Seduction Game Plan for Harlequin Desire. It’s the second book in a duet that is part of my “Sons of Privilege” series that I did for Desire back in 2008.


Leather or lace?  Lace.

Devil or angel?  Devilish angel. :devil:

Angel food or devil’s food?  Devil’s food.

Hemlock or arsenic?  Arsenic.

Blood, sweat, or tears?  Ugh! All of the above.

Boxers, briefs…or commando?  Boxers.

Cowgirl or missionary? (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. I was simply asking what you wanted to be when you were growing up. :draccoffin: )  Cowgirl.  Oh, wait a minute—mind out of the gutter… When I was growing up, I thought I wanted to be a nun…until the seventh grade when I started noticing boys. :scaryspider:


Thank you, Kathy!  Just like you, that was delightful! 

And, My Darlings, in case you think great answers & a fabulous personality are all Kathy has to share today, you should know that she has also generously offered to give away an autographed copy of Eye Candy…known to Mistress Heidi as “The Book of the Sexy Six-Pack Abs.” :catwolf:

To enter, simply engage in conversation with Kathy in some way during today’s post.  Ask a question, leave a comment, agree with Mistress Heidi & me that Kathy is The Bomb, or spend a little time drooling over Eye Candy‘s sexy cover. :bloodyeye:

No postal restrictions, by the way, so everyone is welcome to enter!

Winner will be announced at the end of the week during our October 4th “Happy Sunday” post.

And remember that you can always visit KatherineGarbera.com to find out more about all her books—past, present, & future! :offtoschool:

Happy chatting!  I hope you enjoy your time with Kathy as much as I always do! :monsterbar:


14 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. flchen1 says:

    ROFL! Heidi and Kathy, you two are the best! Thanks for such a fun(ny) interview, and both of you for such great reads! I think this is perhaps not Kathy’s first visit to the Dungeon? I have a vague recollection of prior hilarity and possible shenanigans 😉

    Kathy, if you were to win the multi-gazillion-dollar lottery, what would the first few things at the top of your to do list be at that point? Looking forward to catching up with your latest–I think I’ve fallen a few behind, which isn’t always a bad thing as this way I know I’ve got some good stuff to look forward to!

    • Katherine Garbera says:

      If I won the multi-gazillion-dollar lottery I’d buy a villa on the coast and invite all my favorite writers and readers to come and have a party. There’d be hot guy waiters, great food and we’d talk about books. 🙂


    • Heidi says:

      It’s true—many of our in-person interactions are NSFW. But why do you think I love her so much? :cheers:

      Kathy was here once before…promoting one of her Desires, right? Honestly, I’d have her visit every month or even every week if I could. It would be The Heidi & Kathy Show! Scary thought, huh? :scaryspider:

  2. Kathleen O says:

    I can see why you two are friends…your minds work in the same way…lol. I just finished a Katherine G book this week. I have read many of her books and they were great and this one was no exception. It was Seduce Me Tonight. Are you going to or have you written any sequels to this story. I would really like to read how bad Brad turned out.. Oh that is how I thought of him while reading the book.

    Now Eye Candy, and you had me at the fab Abs on the cover. Great idea who ever came up with this cover… What was the hardest thing for you to write in this book?

    I am so looking forward to reading this one too.!!!!

    • Katherine Garbera says:

      Kathleen, thank you for reading Seduce Me Tonight. I haven’t written any other books with those characters in it but I’ve always thought that I should. Bad Brad! I love it.

      I totally agree with the cover. I was so excited when I saw it.

      The hardest thing for me to write about in EYE CANDY was the delving into Hayley’s relationship with her mom. I’m so blessed to still have my mom alive but Hayley isn’t so I had to dig deep and come up with how I’d feel if I’d lost her when I was young.

      Kathy 🙂

    • Heidi says:

      So right about how great Kathy’s books are. And I’m having trouble keeping the drool off my screen, too, every time I look at the Eye Candy cover. Nom-nom-nom is it yummy! :squirrel2:

  3. Donna A says:

    Love the cover and ashamed to admit that I’ve not read any of Ms. Garbera’s work but I think I may have to check it out after this fun interview.


  4. Ruth C says:

    Great interview. I have read a good number of your Desire books. Love the cover on this new book. Heidi, thank you for hosting. :happywitch:

    • Heidi says:

      I’m happy to hear you’re already familiar with Kathy’s books. In case it wasn’t abundantly clear, I love her…& her books ain’t half bad, either. :screamcartoon:

      She also tends to get *really* good covers—Eye Candy is exceptional, imho—which only makes me a tad bit jealous. :medusa:

    • Katherine Garbera says:

      Thanks, Ruth. That cover is just so yummy. Heidi is the best host!!! 🙂

  5. Brooke C says:

    What a great interview! I’ll have to check out some of your books!! I loved your first sale story, and how you worried you were making it up. I would do the same thing, but probably be too intimidated to call the editor. :squirrel:

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