Wednesday 18 November 2015

Author Interview Realm Walker Series by Kathleen Collins

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow? 

It’s kind of a combination of the two. I know major plot points and a loose timeline but a lot of things happen that I didn’t expect when I started writing.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

It feels that way sometimes. Usually when I feel that way though it’s because I’m trying to make the characters do something that doesn’t make sense for their personalities, so I revisit.

What is your favourite food? 

Probably cake batter ice cream. So good.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? 

Night owl for sure.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why? 

I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. I’ve got a lot of ancestors from there plus I just think it is a really beautiful place.

Do distant places feature in your books? 

Not really, though they are in a completely different world from our own.

Do you listen to music while writing? 

Yes! I have to listen to music to be productive.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

 Blood Slave takes place in Kansas City. Juliana Norris is hunting the vampire that killed several blood slaves and dumped their bodies in a restricted area.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

That it’s much harder than I imagined it would be and the business side of writing takes up a lot of my time.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I would write faster if I could.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

My parents and my husband. They’ve always been extremely supportive and never once told me I couldn’t do it.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Write. Every word you write is one more than you had before. And the only way to learn is to do. You can read all the writing books in the world but until you start doing, you won’t actually learn anything.

What are three words that describe you?

funny, smart, sarcastic

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

I couldn’t possibly pick just one. I am rather fond of Ilona Andrews and Jane Austen however.

Realm Walker
Realm Walker Series
Book One 
Kathleen Collins
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication:  October 28, 2013
ISBN: 9781426896545
Word Count: 76,000

Book Description:

An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.

Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…

Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

Available at  Amazon | BN | Harlequin Print


Death’s Daughter
Realm Walker Series
Book 2
Kathleen Collins
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Publisher: Carina press
ISBN: 9781426898112
Word Count:  68,000

Book Description: 

Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.

Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.

She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.

Available at Amazon | BN | Harlequin Print


The Making of Michael Bishop 
A Realm Walker Short Story
Kathleen Collins
Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy
Date of Publication: August 30, 2014
Number of pages: 20 

Book Description: 

Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave.

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions.

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help.

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

Available at Amazon and BN


Blood Slave 
Realm Walker Series
Book 3
Kathleen Collins

Can she find a killer in a town where the basest desires are allowed to run free?

There are zombies in the Dead Zone and Juliana Norris is sent to take care of the problem. And for there to be zombies, there had to be bodies. When vampires are found to be the culprits, Juliana is sent undercover in the red light district of Kansas City. Lying to her mate, Thomas Kendrick, isn’t something she wants to do, but she’s in another vampire’s territory and Thomas would not be pleased. Besides, she’s more than capable of doing the job and she needs to prove it to everyone. Most of all herself.

Charles Morgan is in control of the Kansas City area, making a rich living off his various enterprises. Juliana goes undercover at the strip club Lust and gets sucked into his dark, decadent world. More victims turn up and the Agency is positive they’ve got their man, but Juliana is not so sure. When the Agency refuses to listen, she reluctantly turns to Thomas for help. He intervenes but finds Juliana unaware of the danger she is in and discovers she may just be too deep for him to save.

Available at
Amazon | BN | iTunes


About the Author:

Kathleen Collins lives and works in Missouri. By day, she labors in the local prosecutor's office. At night she writes while surrounded by her husband, two boys and two loveable mutts. She is constantly thinking of her next project and loves to connect with her readers. You can find her most often on Facebook or on her website.


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