Bio/FAQ

Official Bio:

Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered and paranormal romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio with her family, two cats, and one very large puppy. In her spare time she enjoys travel, comic books, B-movies, loud music, video games, Epiphones, and Bushmills. Her favorite causes include animal rescue and bisexual representation in media. She is an unashamed fangirl and collects nerdy tattoos like she’s trying to prove it.

There's a reader-made questionnaire about my writing process here. I put the FAQ below together from questions and feedback from friends, family, and readers. Some of these are pretty basic, for those new to this sort of book, but mostly they're catch-all. If you can think of anything more interesting you'd like to know about the books, or if you just want to say hi, talk about art, complain about music, buy me a drink, suggest that I buy you a drink, please drop me a line at kate [at] kateyhawthorne [dot] com.

FAQ:

1. So, you write books about superheroes?
2. How much sex is in these books?
3. So if I skip/skim the sex scenes in an erotic romance of yours, I'm missing something?
4. Do you have to swear so much?
5. How many of these Superpowered Love books are you planning?
6. Do I have to read the Superpowered Love series in any particular order?
7. Do you write anything but m/m?
8. Do you write anything but queer?
9. Do you write anything but not-superheroes?
10. If I read all the way through this damn book, will you give me the HEA?
11. Do you believe in Happily Ever After?
12. Did a real neuroscientist actually write your Superpowered Science page?
13. What’s the deal with this Elementals thing?
14. What’s the deal with Kanaan & Tilney?
15. Will you be at any upcoming author events in person?
16. What are you working on now/what's coming out next?

1. So, you write books about superheroes?
Sometimes they try to be heroes, sometimes villains, but mostly I just write about normal people who happen to have superpowers, and how those powers affect their regular lives and relationships. That's different from most superhero novels, which focus on the exterior threat or power-and-responsibility issues and give romance an auxiliary role.

Still, I write what I like to read, so on occasion I do pop up with a proper hero or villain, but only if I feel like I have angle on it I want to explore for the sake of the romance.

I also write about detectives, teachers, students, and all other manner of occupations. Pick your fave!

2. How much sex is in these books?
If it's labeled an erotic romance (pretty much everything I do for Loose Id, for example) then lots. Many allosexual people are honest in bed, stripped down -- at least, in their own heads. I want to show that side of my characters, a side only the people they sleep with get to see. Who and how they fuck tells me a lot about them, and every sex scene is meant to serve that function.

If it's a labeled a romance, odds are good that there's less on-the-page sex, if any. I write a lot of characters who connect with their loved ones in other ways, including asexual protagonists. There will be more of those in the future, but for now, check out Blood and Clockwork.

That said, even some of my erotic romances have less emphasis on that sort of development. See my One Shots or Free Reads page for details.


3. So if I skip/skim the sex scenes in an erotic romance of yours, I'm missing something?
I make it a point to make every sex scene important in the relationship's development, so probably, yes. Sorry!

4. Do you have to swear so much?
My father's been asking the same question for years. But yes, what you see is what you get, I'm afraid.

5. How many of these Superpowered Love books are you planning?
Right now, it looks like there will be a grand total of ten.

6. Do I have to read the Superpowered Love series in any particular order?
Nope. They do delve deeperinto the subcultures of my “awakened” folk in their isolated pockets of acquaintance as I go on, but they aren't a series in the traditional sense. If you see one that looks good, don't worry, no need to prep with the others. If you see one that looks a bit meh, but you read the last two, no problem, skip it, or wait for your friend to read it, or whatever.

It's been suggested that reading Riot Boy first might be a good idea, since it's from a "sleeper" point of view. As Et learns, so does the reader. Also, Riot Boy and Re-entry Burn are the only two books that have character crossover currently; the 'bad guy' in Riot Boy is the hero of Re-entry Burn.

There are references to events, people, objects, concepts that link to the other books in all of them, and they all happen in the same world -- just different cities with different subcultures. If you want to read them in order, however, check out the Superpowered Love page, where everything is organized in order and you can click through to the individual book pages.

7. Do you write anything but m/m?
Allll the time. God knows I love me some bi characters. (There are some posts about me and bisexuality/bisexual characters in the LGBTQ tag at the blog.) The Playhouse was the first f/f Katey Hawthorne book, and the Alchemiya series features women in various queer relationships in leading roles.

8. Do you write anything but queer?
No. I read a lot of cishet m/f, but it gets kind of hard on my brain after a while to box things up like that. I grew up without a queer book on my shelves. I guess I'm trying to make up for it and balance my brain out.

9. Do you write anything but not-superheroes?
Definitely. For something in that vein, check out the Elementals project, the Kanaan & Tilney books, the Fairy Compacts novellas, Alchemiya, or anything on my One Shots page. More always on the way!

10. If I read all the way through this damn book, will you give me the HEA?
For sure. Once in a great while I might slide in one of those HFN things, but I'm mostly all for HEA. I don't get those much with the horror/dark fantasy. I like it when I do romance, since, as I say, I write what I like to read. You may rely on me for your HEA needs.

11. Do you believe in Happily Ever After?
I wouldn't be able to write them if I didn't believe in them.

12. Did a real neuroscientist actually write your Superpowered Science page?
Yeah, that's not one of my voices. Irene is a real neuroscientist, and an excellent writer herself. She is made of brilliant Kiwi awesome. She spends her days in a neuro lab, and when they let her out, is kind enough to provide us with superhero science (also, vampire science) in order to prove that science is sexy.

She also named the Hamiltonian Neuronautics Society (Previously the Hamiltonian Society for Mesmerical Studies).

13. What’s the deal with this Elementals thing?
The Elementals series is kind of not a series, which is weird, but bear with me. Right now I have four books planned, two of which already exist, one for each of the four basic elements. They’re not precisely paranormal, but they do have an edge of… magical realism, maybe? If fairy tales happened now, this is what I think they’d look like. You can see drawings of the planned love interests/elemental people on the series page.

14. What’s the deal with Kanaan & Tilney?
Lowell Kanaan and John Tilney live in an AU where there are a whooooole bunch of magical type people known as “praeternaturals”. Lowell is a cranky ex-cop and John is a dizzy mystery writer; together they solve the cases! It’s a project I started with my good friend Jenna Rose in 2015, and we’ve got five stories planned for the boys before it’s all done. It’s getting hot in Boston, so drop by and meet Kanaan & Tilney.

15. Will you be at any upcoming author events in person?
My last one was RT '17 in Atlanta, and I'm not sure what's next. I'll keep this updated!

15. What are you working on now/what's coming out next?
I'm glad you asked that question!