Today, I have author Kate Hill in the interview chair. We’re discussing her on-sale release Warrior Priest, a sci-fi romance. Don’t forget to check out the excerpt.
1. First, what’s your favourite scene in the book? Not in regards to writing, but reading, and why?
Kate: That’s hard to answer because I have a strong emotional connection to several scenes. The one that comes to mind first is the scene in which Jade talks to a suicidal man and gets him help with his mental health. Throughout the book, a lot of people, including Selena, think Jade is just a physical force, but he’s more than that. He is as much a priest as he is a warrior, and his main goal is to help people.
2. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Kate: For me it’s more about keeping my secondary characters under control. I wouldn’t change it now, but while I was writing the book, I needed to keep certain scenes out because they focus too much on another couple. At some point, I would like to write about Tobias and Elspeth. It was hard keeping them quiet in this book.
3. What do you love most about your two main characters?
Kate: I love Jade because he’s a force to be reckoned with, but he’s also more open-minded than people think when they first meet him. He’s trustworthy, and I admire that. I love Selena because she’s relatable. She does her own thing. She might seem frivolous, but when it comes to hard work and helping people, she’s tireless. They’re both willing to question their beliefs and learn from each other, even if it takes some time.
4. What makes you want to shake your two main characters?
Kate: At first Jade doesn’t want to admit that he hopes a romance will develop between him and Selena. He’s fearless in so many ways, but not when it comes to falling in love. Selena’s whole mindset of non-violence even in self-defense irritated me, and also the way she teased Jade, even if he sometimes deserved it!
5. If you could spend time with one character from your book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Kate: I’d like to spend time with the priest Ned from Selena’s commune. He enjoys food and is a smart guy who’s more than he seems.
6. If your two main characters dined together, what would they cook up? It can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack.
Kate: This isn’t easy because one is vegan and the other will eat anything. Maybe it wouldn’t be so hard, then. Jade would be fine helping Selena prepare a Vegan meal. He loves the sweet potatoes served at her commune.
7. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Kate: I went with simple. Jade is a Warrior Priest.
8. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the leads?
Kate: I’d like to be surprised by having unknown indie actors take the roles.
9. If your book was a candle, what scent would it be and why?
Kate: Probably some kind of spice. Jade and Selena can be spicy, especially together.
10. If your book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Kate: I haven’t really thought about a theme song, but there’s a line from the song Sweet Transvestite from the Rocky Horror Picture Show that sums up the theme of the story: “Don’t get strung out by the way that I look; Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
11. If your book was a colour, what would it be and why?
Kate: Gray. I hope this book is all about shades of gray and people learning to listen to and understand each other.
12. If a reader asked you why they should read your book, what would you tell them?
Kate: If you’re looking for an opposites attract story that takes you to different worlds, then try Warrior Priest.
13. What can we expect from you in the future?
Kate: This year I plan to re-release my vampire romance The Darkness Therein. In it, vampire Jocelyn’s rival leads him to the one person who can reconnect him to the human race. I’m also working on the last story in my paranormal Confessions series, about a futuristic world in which demons have taken over Earth.
What happens when a warrior priest from a strict religion meets a free-spirited priestess from a new age commune?
Blurb: Jade and Selena are as different as two people can be, but to facilitate an alliance between their worlds, they engage in a cultural exchange. With their galaxy in danger from a planet that wants to conquer or destroy all others, they realize the importance of their assignment, but it is difficult for a warrior priest and a nonviolent priestess to understand each other.
Selena is both attracted and appalled by his old school masculinity, and Jade is tempted to break his vow of celibacy until marriage due to his powerful desire for her. Will this unlikely pair not only find common ground, but unconditional love?
“See. I knew I could make you smile again. Even when I was a kid, I was the class clown. I haven’t lost my touch.”
“No, you obviously haven’t.” He couldn’t ignore the leaf in her hair any longer and impulsively tugged it out, allowing his fingertips to briefly touch her ear.
This time her brow furrowed and she turned to glance at his hand. His gut tightened and he felt stupid.
“This was stuck in your hair. That’s all.” He held out the leaf.
Apparently she could touch him, but she didn’t care for him to touch her. Why should she? It wasn’t like he was handsome—not like Ari Tobias with his perfect face. Jade had big features—wide cheekbones, a giant nose that had been made worse since it had been broken twice. The first time he had been stationed in the wilderness with limited medical care. It hadn’t healed straight. He was built well enough, but it wasn’t like he could show off his body, and that would most certainly be vanity. Still, he couldn’t help the twinge of satisfaction when he’d seen how she’d looked at him in his undershirt and also at the Ceremony of Honor.
She smiled. “Oh.”
He dropped the leaf in the water and strode toward shore. “It’s getting late and I have to be up early for the prayer ceremony tomorrow.”
“Yes, I’m looking forward to it.” Selena followed him out of the water. He tossed her the towel and turned his back to her. While she dried off, he pulled his tunic over his wet clothes.
After a moment, she said, “You can turn around now.”
He did, and she held the towel out to him. Careful not to touch her, he accepted the towel and scrubbed it over his wet hair.
Studying him with an amused smile, she folded her arms across her chest. “That didn’t help much. You don’t have hair. You have a mane.”
He wasn’t sure if that was a compliment.
Kate Hill/Saloni Quinby is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing many years ago for pleasure.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, watching horror and action movies, working out, and spending time with her family and pets.