Author Interview – Katalina Leon

Here is the interview that I did with Katalina Leon for the Howl With the Black Wolves Event.

How long have you been published?
This spring will mark my fifth year. The time has zipped by so fast. In many ways I still feel like a complete beginner.

What role do you play in the Black Hills Wolves?
The Black Hills Wolves project has been in the works for two years. I signed on in March 2013. “Portrait of a Lone Wolf” is my first Black Hills Wolves book. It introduces two lonely characters, Sela and Rio, who haven’t belonged to anyone or anything for a long while. Despite a rough start, they soon discover they make sense as life-mates. My heroine Sela Lopez, is a divorced, filmmaker. She arrives in the Black Hills intent on producing a documentary of the Black Hills beleaguered wolf population and gets a big surprise. My hero Rio Waya, Waya” is Cherokee for wolf, is a retired Army Ranger. He’s spent his adult life on the move, and in deliberate avoidance of Black Hills wolf-pack dysfunction. At one time, an Alpha-tyrant named Magnum, did a generation of damage to the pack. With Magnum out of way, pack members in my books return to the Black Hills and begin to explore what life in a wolf-shifter community has to offer.

As you know the lovely Rebecca Royce is the sole reason why this event is taking place so if you had to describe her to new readers in 3 words what would they be?
I love Rebecca! She’s someone I’d described as “Talented-Generous-Creative”. I’ve worked with her on other book series and she is a high-integrity person. She’s an author to keep your eye on, and she’s here to stay. I can’t believe how much she accomplishes as an author on top of being a full time mother to three young boys. I have one boy, and I get exhausted just thinking about all she juggles.

Finding the right targeted audience can be a difficult task so what do you find to be the biggest advantage with online marketing?
That’s a hard question to answer. To be honest, I don’t know what the heck the current publishing market is going to do next. I’m in need of a professional help. So thank you Ravannah for helping us do promo.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming release of Wolf’s Return?
I’m excited! I’m going to buy Wolf’s Return the day its released and read it. I’ve not read the final edited version, only snippets. It’s going to be an exciting day!

What is one thing that you want fans to know about the Black Hills Wolves?
I hope I don’t sound immodest when I say it’s going to be great. Everyone involved brought their “A” game to this project. The author role is amazing. I can’t believe I snuck in here. Most of all, Decadent Publishing did a fantastic job editing and supervising the series. They really care about BHW and I know readers will pick up on that.

Of all the books that Rebecca Royce has written or cowritten with others which is your favorite and why?
My favorite book of Rebecca’s is “Crimson Lust”. We were two of eight authors who contributed books to the Emerald Isles Fantasies series, which Crimson Lust is part of. I loved Rebecca’s characters Felicity and Cian, and the creative way she used the shared world elements. Strange Days and Westervelt Wolves are favorites too.

Are you currently working on a new project that you would like to share with us?
I’ve submitted a second Black Hills Wolves to the series and I’m excited to share that story as well.  January 13th, is release day for an action packed Sci-fi romance “Forsaken Realms”. January 27th is release day for a funny, sexy paranormal romance, “Hoodoo Blue”. Both are part of Fated Desires Special Lines series and have spin-offs coming soon. Both Rebecca and I are part of Fated Desires Tempting Signs astrology themed series. My story is Scorpio-Dark Sky. There’s a lot more planned for 2015 but I can’t announce it yet.

Are you self published or with a traditional publisher and what do you find to be the pros and cons of each?
Currently I’m with traditional publishers, but that will change. I took back at least seven books last year from my first publisher. I plan to expand those books, reedit them and self-publish later this year.

What was one of your New Year’s resolutions?
To live! Most of 2014 was spent doing hospice care, in my home, for my late sister who died this past autumn. We are doing something similar for my brother who has lung cancer. This past year, helping others settle and end their lives left me eager to live, write and take bigger risks in my own life.

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