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Friday, March 11, 2011

GUEST BLOG: AC KATT

Why We Write What We Write…


Books don’t write themselves in a vacuum.  They are the sum total of what a writer sees, reads, in short the sum of a writer’s life experience. The question I get most often is, “Why gay romance?”

I write gay romance because I believe that people only discriminate against what they don’t understand.  If by my writing, a reader discovers that GLBT persons are the same as any other, then I have done my part to diffuse prejudice and bigotry.

An example of this is Shattered Glass.  Many of us have grown up in difficult family situations as did the heroes of Shattered Glass. What makes you a unique human being is the way you conquer your demons.  As you learn and grow, many people either hinder or help the process. In the case of Liam and Milo, Bart Hedge, did everything he could to break them away from each other. However, it was the basic character flaws in both men that did the most damage, Liam’s dependency on Milo and Milo’s fear of owning up to the person he truly was born to be.  How both men overcame those demons is the story of their growth into the stronger, more loving men they became.

Shattered Glass is also the story of friendship, a friendship that began for Milo, Sam, Rick and Liam at an early age.  One of the sub-plots of the novel is how friends are there for one another and what happens when they abandon the responsibilities of friendship. Sam’s ambition as well as Rick’s drug addiction clouded their judgment on how to react to their friend’s crises.  Milo and Liam were also so wrapped up in their own drama that they failed to see the real need for their intervention to prevent Rick’s further descent into addiction and eventually disease.

Despite the morality play, Shattered Glass is a hot romance with a fast moving plot and I hope that the readers will buy and enjoy the book both on a superficial and a deeper level. 

AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.

Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she claims to have found her niche writing GLBT romance.

She hangs out at ACKatt.com; where she keeps her journal. This is a very opinionated kitty and at ackatt.com where you may find snippets of her current releases, as well as some from works in progress.


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