Friday, April 6, 2018

Someone in the Water by Katie Mettner

I'm happy to have Katie Mettner here today to talk about her new release, Someone in the Water, which is a romantic suspense with a twist, as she puts it. The twist is a supernatural/paranormal element to the story in that Spring is a medium. I asked Katie a couple of questions she was kind enough to answer.

Jan: The plot of Someone in the Water is different from most books out there. Where did you get the idea from?

First, thanks for having me here, Jan! I always appreciate your, and your readers, support! To answer your question, I came up with Someone in the Water out of the blue one January day. I didn't intend for Spring to be a medium, but as always happens when I start writing, the character introduces themselves to me as much as to the reader. When Spring tells Vince, "I see dead people, so I guess being a tuba genius isn't that weird." I knew I was in for a fun story! As I kept writing I knew I had to somehow incorporate something into the story that had to with her abilities, so I chose an event that is ongoing in a city in Wisconsin. However, my twist on the reason for it is purely fictional. I take a college town, add a river and a supernatural element, and you have Someone in the Water. Spring and Vince hold a special place in my heart because of the setting of their story, the way they mesh as a couple, and the way they support each other through thick and thin. I hope it's one of those realistic yet romantic stories between two imperfect people that people love to read about.

Jan: Explain why you chose Someone in the Water as the title. 

This one is easy! Spring, is obviously the main character and Vince, her love interest, is a music professor. Since Spring lives in an eternal world, meaning she sees people into eternity, it all came together well for the title. I will say there's a deeper meaning to the title, which the reader is told inside the book. I won't give it away, because it's a great 'falling in love' moment for the characters and the reader. 

Jan: You write a lot of books, Katie. How do you decide on when to release books?

Good question! I write a lot of series, so I'm always thinking ahead, and writing ahead, to be ready to release the next one in each series at the right time. If the book is a stand alone, I choose the season it was written for. So for Someone in the Water, I released it on the first day of Spring. My next release, the second in a series about California, will release on the first day of summer because that is when the book picks up. I do that so the initial readers really mesh with the book when they look outside and there's snow on the ground and they're reading about Christmas, or they look outside and the grass is green when they're reading about sunny California.  I also have books written sometimes a year in advance that are waiting to release at the right time of the next year. It's hard to hold onto books, but like you said, I write a lot, and I don't want to release more than four books a year, so I have to hold onto a lot of them! I just consider it being ahead of the game, so to say.

Jan: Most of my books are set in Ohio. Most of your books are set in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area. What do you like best about writing about that area?"

I guess, as you probably know, it's the old adage 'write what you know' coming into play. I live in Wisconsin and my brother and in laws live in the Duluth/Cloquet area. I've written books about Duluth, Two Harbors, Cloquet, Superior, Eau Claire, and my fictional town called Snowberry which is set near Rochester, Minnesota. I went off the beaten path a bit with the series in California, but that was done to give me a warm climate all year round, which was important to the storyline. What I like best about writing the Midwest is that the people are fun and easygoing, the locations are natural, beautiful, and never lacking for places to hide (Laughing, because we all need a place to hide our characters once in a while!), or just plain interesting and intriguing. It also gives me a chance to explore the areas I'm writing about closer, take notes, and find neat places to have the characters go. The most important reason I do it is to introduce readers to my home. I want the reader to close one of my books and say, "I would LOVE to go there and watch the ships glide under the lift bridge, or take a glass bottom boat ride to the Apostle Islands." If I accomplish that then I'm a happy writer. 

That's all I have for you today, Katie. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me. I know my readers will enjoy reading the beginning portion of Someone in the Water and hopefully they decide to check out your other books!

Click the preview button for the first two chapters of Someone in the Water!

About The Author

Katie Mettner writes from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She's the author of more than thirty romance novels, all featuring a disabled hero or heroine. Most of her series are set in the Midwest and are a mix of new adult and romantic suspense.

Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married the following April. Together they share their lives with their three children and one very special leopard gecko named Gibbs. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Jan! I hope your readers enjoy meeting Spring and Vince :)

  2. I'm happy to have you on my blog, Katie. You've provided some great information about your book and your characters - Spring and Vince. I can't wait to find out more about them tonight when I crack open your book. You're welcome to come back to my blog anytime. :)