What is your favorite scene in INTO THE WHIRLWIND?
I’d have to say my favorite scene is when Dirk tells Meg that he lied about the broken heart tattoo he had inked over his heart. It wasn’t done because of another woman. He put it there because Meg broke his heart when she sent him away. I love that scene.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Well, I’ve been to Seattle a number of times, so I know the area the book was set in, which influenced the setting I chose. I think my novels all have some of my real the life experiences in the pages.
Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?
I love QUIET. My husband is also a writer and he likes noise. He runs the TV on his desk the whole time he is writing. I would go crazy!
What has been your greatest pleasure in writing this book?
I fell in love with Dirk, then came to love both him and Meg as a couple. I got to live a wild adventure that took them all the way to South America. If was a great ride, one I hated to end.
How do you unwind after a long writing session?
I enjoy a glass of white wine at the end of the evening. It’s a great way to come down from the intensity of writing.
Who or what has most influenced your writing?
Reading other novels has been a huge influence, beginning way back with authors like Sidney Sheldon, then John Grisham, Dean Koontz, and of course romance writers like Kathleen Woodiwiss. I attended writing classes voraciously when I was first learning, so that was a great influence on how the work ended up.
Is there a genre you wish you could write, but haven’t made the plunge? Which one and what appeals to you about it?
I’ve pretty much written what I’ve wanted. I did a UFO story once called Season of Strangers that was pretty unique. I might like to try a Sci Fi romance, something that would allow my imagination to run wild. But it’s probably not going to happen.
What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?
I like the challenge of developing a suspense plot, then solving the mystery I created. It’s really tough to do. And of course, I like writing the romance. I like the excitement of finding two people who, ultimately, are perfect for each other and helping them discover that for themselves.
Do you have a favorite author? Who and why?
My favorite authors change from year to year. I love the old authors I mentioned. I just bought the new Dean Koonz novel. There are some great romance authors out there. Nora Roberts, of course. Heather Graham. Cindy Gerard can’t write fast enough to suit me. Laura Griffin is great.
What has been your greatest pleasure or personal success as an author?
Hitting the NY Times was a thrill, seeing my name in the actual printed newspaper. The first time was amazing. It’s still exciting, even after I’ve been on more than a dozen times. And I love hearing from readers. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc.
Megan O’Brien is at her wit’s end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son’s life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.
Dirk’s never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he’s got to help Meg rescue her son.
The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.
Enjoy an excerpt:
Megan O’Brien parked at the end of the gravel driveway and quietly got out of her compact SUV. Through the trees, she could hear the roar of a chainsaw, hear see two-by-fours going up to form the sides of the house under construction.
The garage was already finished, undoubtedly full of Dirk’s toys, including a Harley and a custom Dodge Viper. In the summer, he kept a boat docked on the lake below the house.
Though two other men were hard at work, her gaze went straight to Dirk. Hammer in hand, carpenter’s belt dangling low on his waist, he was shirtless, though the January air was chill.
Hard muscle flexed across his back and shoulders as he pounded in a nail with an ease that said how many times he had done it. Long, sinewy muscles outlined by the soft fabric of his jeans stretched and moved as he worked on his house.
Meg’s gaze went over the familiar dragon tattoo that wound over one shoulder and inched up the side of his neck. The colored ink seemed right with the sexy, short-cropped, horseshoe mustache that framed his mouth and curved down to his jaw, making him look like the hard, tough man he was.
Even her terrible fear for her son couldn’t block the memories of how it had felt to lie with him. Couldn’t lessen the yearning that burned through her body just at the sight of him.
On the fashion show tour, Dirk had been her bodyguard, and though every instinct had warned her not to get involved with him, the fierce attraction between them was impossible to resist.
Once the tour returned home, Meg had ended the affair. Dirk Reynolds was wild and fierce while she was a single mother with a son to raise. She had duties, responsibilities.
She couldn’t have Dirk Reynolds.
But she had never gotten over Dirk.
Meg steeled herself and headed along the gravel driveway toward the house he was rebuilding after the fire that had nearly killed him five months ago. One thing she knew, Dirk Reynolds was a hard man to kill.
Which was the reason she had swallowed her pride and her heartache and come to him. She needed him, trusted him as she never had another man. Her little boy’s life depended on gaining this man’s help. This man she had loved and rejected.
She stepped out of the foliage and started toward him. With Dirk’s usual keen senses, he turned, alert that someone was there, though the buzz of the saw hid the sound of her footsteps.
For several long moments, he just stared, watching as she approached. He was six-two, his body lean and sculpted. Wavy dark brown hair curled at the nape of his neck. She forced herself to keep walking, even as his jaw locked and a fierce scowl darkened his face.
Dirk grabbed a faded blue work shirt and shrugged it on, covering most of his amazing chest. He didn’t bother fastening the buttons, just strode toward her, blocking her view of the house.
He stopped right in front of her. “What are doing here, Meg?”
“I need to talk to you. It’s…it’s urgent.”
“You’re trespassing. What do you want?”
She swallowed, fought to stay strong. He didn’t want her there. She had known he wouldn’t. Known he thought of her only with contempt. She wished he would hold her the way he used to when she was afraid. “I…I want to hire you.”
The corner of his mouth edged into a ruthless half smile. “What for? Stud service?”
She wanted to cry. She wanted to beg his forgiveness. Tell him she had never forgotten him. That she never would. She knew it wouldn’t matter to Dirk. Not anymore.
It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered, but saving the life of her son.
About the Author: New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, AGAINST THE TIDE and INTO THE FURY her latest release, took top ten spots.