As part of this year’s F/F lineup for Love Spanks, we’re introducing you to each author ahead of time. Today’s author, however, might surprise you. Kathryn Blake? She only writes M/F, doesn’t she?
Longtime readers of Kathryn Blake may get a surprise for Love Spanks! If you are new to F/F, don’t worry. So is Kathryn. Come and join the fun!
Let’s taste–I mean meet Kathryn. 🙂
Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well, here’s something many people don’t know about me. I’m now in my third career. Though I was a drama major in college, I started working at a major television network in New York City almost directly out of college. Not to date myself, but this was before computers were prevalent in the workplace, so I suspect the department I worked in (Network Sales Proposals) no longer exists at the network. I left New York City to travel across the country and move in with my then boyfriend, now husband, living in Los Angeles. There I got a position in the Network Sales department at a television station in Hollywood. With a few lengthy stopovers in between, the hubby and I moved from California to Ohio, where we’ve now lived together for over thirty years. When I made the decision to leave television (despite all the glitz and glamor it offered – Ha!), I temped for a while, then took a position in the Operations Department of a major healthcare company in the area. I worked there for sixteen years when I chose an early retirement, so now I’m a full time writer who spends way too much time on Facebook and the like.
How did you come to be part of Love Spanks?
I was involved with Love Spanks last year. So, when Ana invited me to participate again, I leapt at the chance.
Tell us more about Saturday Spankings and how you came to start it.
Saturday Spankings was invented out of necessity when Six Sentence Sunday decided to close shop. I had been writing spanking romances for a couple of years and decided to start a hop for authors who write about characters who spank. I wanted writers to be able to use excerpts from published works, upcoming works, and works in progress, even if they weren’t published yet. I put some feelers out and received favorable responses. We now have anywhere from 20 to 30 authors participating in the hop every week and have a variety of genres from Science Fiction to Cowboys. Because I’ve had to become stricter than I like regarding the timeliness of acceptable entries, I created a schoolmistress persona for the hop, who is affectionately known as Mistress Blake. She has an e-mail address and a Google Account, but those are her only social networking activities to date.
Have you ever considered writing F/F? Have you read F/F? If so, which ones?
I don’t write F/F, though I have written F/F scenes in my books as well as M/M scenes, though one of the same-sex partners is usually the villain or villainess. I’m considering using one of those scenes for Love Spanks. And as for reading, I have so many books in my TBR pile at this point that I’ve grown very selective in what I purchase. That said, I just purchased Mira’s Desire from Blushing Books, and I’m looking forward to reading both books.
What would you like to say to M/F readers who are trying F/F for the first time?
That’s an excellent question, and one for which I don’t really have an answer. Since I haven’t read the genre, I don’t feel qualified to give advice or pointers to other readers. Though I will say that no matter what type of book you read, you need to go into it with an open mind. If you start a story thinking you’re not going to like it, then chances are, you won’t. So, open your mind enough to allow the author to suspend your disbelief and take you on what may turn out to be an exciting journey.
What is your favorite recipe?
Yikes. I don’t cook anymore, though I used to. Back in those days, one of my favorite “fancy” recipes was Coquilles Saint-Jacques (Scallops, baked in shells), so I’ll share my recipe for it with you here.
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sauterne
1/2 tsp salt
Few grains cayenne
1 pt. sea scallops (you can use bay, but I think it tastes better with sea scallops)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 small onion, peeled, minced
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 clove garlic, peeled, minced
1 teaspoon snipped parsley
1 egg yolk, well beaten
3/4 cup buttered tiny fresh bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1. Start heating oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In skillet, combine water, wine, salt, cayenne; in it simmer scallops 5 min.; drain, reserve liquid. Coarsely chop scallops (or try snipping them with kitchen shears).
2. Place butter in same skillet and heat it. When the butter is hot, sauté onion until tender; stir in flour well; stir in reserved liquid and cook until thickened. Add garlic and parsley, and, stirring constantly, cook 5 min.
3. Now, gradually stir some of the sauce into the beaten egg yolk; then into remaining sauce, gradually stir egg yolk mixture. Add scallops; heat gently.
4. Into 5 buttered 6″ pie plates or into scallop shells, spoon scallop mixture. Top with crumbs and cheese; bake until brown (about 5 mins.). Makes 5 servings.
Though Kathryn R. Blake has been writing romances since the early 1980s, she didn’t write her first spanking novel until 2010 (although most of her books have spanking in them). Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, acting in her local community and regional theaters, and is a passionate lover of animals, though she doesn’t have any four-legged, furry children of her own at this writing. What she does have is a tank of small, finned entities that say little and eat much, and one very understanding husband who cooks, shops and does the laundry leaving Kathryn more time to write.
I am all over the net, but below are the places I visit most often.
Naughty Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com
Not-so-Naughty Blog: http://kathrynrblake.blogspot.com
Saturday Spankings: http://satspanks.blogspot.com
Travel Blog: http://hassuitcase.blogspot.com
http://www.pinterest.com/palomabeck/saturday-spankings/ (Paloma Beck started the page, but I’m updating it weekly now with book covers from the excerpts)