The following is an interview with NYT Bestselling Author Kat Shehata, detailing the release of her upcoming New Adult Suspense, RUSSIAN TATTOOS, slated for release by Limitless Publishing on Jan. 12, 2016. On a personal note, Kat is an awesome writer and fellow graduate of Spalding University’s Low Residency MFA in Writing program.
RJH: Can you provide a brief synopsis of Russian Tattoos?
KS: Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly.
Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov –a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a taste of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?
Vladimir Ivanov—godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.
Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.
He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.
As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.
When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. But the Russian bratva plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.
RJH: What inspired you to write about a tennis player and a Russian mob boss?
KS: I have no idea where the Russian mob boss idea came from, but once Vladimir entered my creative world, he wouldn’t let me go. He was the first character from Russian Tattoos that came to life, then I took on Carter’s persona. The tennis player part I get because I play tennis in a competitive, recreational league. I can attest to the “win or die trying” sporty girl attitude I share with Carter.
RJH: How much tension and suspense can readers expect?
KS: Tons. The story has so many twists and turns and just when you think Carter can’t possibly make another terrible decision, she digs herself into an even deeper hole and allows the Russians to sink their hooks deeper under her skin.
RJH: Without revealing any spoilers, what is your favorite part about the book?
KS: Some of my favorite scenes are between Carter and Boris. He is a Russian hit man, and Vladimir’s right-hand man, who is charged with “babysitting” Carter while Vladimir is at work. She is more than a little self-destructive and knows how to get under Boris’s skin. Some of the scenes between them are funny, while others are downright terrifying.
RJH: Since this is the first book in a trilogy, what can we expect from Russian Tattoos in the future? Are the other books already written?
KS: I do have the trilogy plotted out, and Russian Tattoos: Prisoner is in the works. Carter and Vladimir’s tumultuous relationship continues throughout the series. These two can’t stay out of trouble.
RJH: When did you first start writing NA fiction? What drew you to that genre?
KS: This is my first New Adult project. I love the “trapped between two worlds” feeling that people experience after high school. Your options are wide open, but it is also time to make decisions that will impact your future. Ready or not, it’s time to grow up.
RJH: Tell us about your publisher and how you found a home for your work.
KS: I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Limitless Publishing team. They are organized, knowledgeable, and we have a very active Facebook group. We chat, ask questions, and support each other. I found my publisher on PitMad, an online Twitter pitch party. I had been researching Limitless before the event and was thrilled when they requested my full manuscript. They worked quickly and offered a contract a few days after I submitted.
RJH: When does your book come out, and is it available for pre-order?
KS: The pub date is January 12th, 2016. Russian Tattoos is available for pre-order now. Here is the link on Amazon
Kat Shehata went to school with a bunch of animals—literally. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Animal Conservation and Care Program. Her first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. She has had her shirt ripped off by a jealous orangutan, hand-fed grapes to fruit bats, played tug-o-war with a three-toed sloth, and escorted an elephant down Pete Rose Way in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling children’s book Animals on the Other Side written with Sylvia Browne.
She is a competitive tennis player and spends her free time smashing tennis balls, cheering on her teammates, and playing matches in a recreational league. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, three kids, and an enthusiastic poodle-mix. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University.
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WEBSITE / BLOG / NEWSLETTER: http://www.katshehata.com