Ask the Author: Katie Golding
What would you like readers to know about you?
I am Texan to the core – I grew up in a small hill country town dancing ballet and cheerleading for football games on Friday nights. Tacos are my life force, books are my passion, I’m lost without my playlist, and in my next career, I want to be a race car driver. I’m the youngest of three kids, a mom of one, married to a superman, and more rebellious than is strictly good for me. But come to my house and I will never stop cooking for you – King Ranch chicken, anyone?
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Fearless is a second chance romance between cinnamon roll cowboy/motorcycle racer Billy King, and fellow racer Taryn Ledell. Fresh off a championship win, Billy returns home to Memphis to win back Taryn’s heart after their devastating breakup, and heal an ankle injury that’s threatening to stall his career. It’s fluffy, it’s steamy, it’s sporty, it’s romantic, and it always makes me smile.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
This book came at a funny time of my life – I had just bought my first house, beaten cancer, and sold my first series to a traditional publisher. It was written in a state of constant joy, and is my victory lap. This was my chance to get back into writing after more than a year off. Narratively, I was eager to write a sweet-hearted cowboy who was almost too good to be true (because hey, I deserved it), a fierce heroine who could bring him to his knees, and a pair of brothers who had an unbreakable relationship. Setting it in the world of MotoGP was equally fun for me – I love motorcycle racing, among all things high-octane, and I’m thrilled that my debut is filled with women motorcycle racers. Getting to add in lovable horses was the icing on the cake.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favorite scene (and one of the first I envisioned) is a moment outside of a honky-tonk in Memphis, early on in the book. Billy and Taryn are still broken up, and after sharing an awkward dance inside, they sit on Taryn’s tailgate so she can assess his ankle injury. The tension is sky high between the two characters, but the love between them is palpable, and I was (and continue to be) fascinated by that moment. My favorite question to ask as a romance author is: What do you do when the person you love does something unforgivable? In Fearless, it was all about putting it back together after that moment. Mostly, I wanted to convey how absolutely vital it was that Billy and Taryn had to get back together. That staying apart was the worst possible decision because their love was too strong, too right, too perfect, and I hope I accomplished that.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Oh my, so many. Some of my first memories are my mother reader Robert Fulgham to my brothers and me during thunderstorms. I inhaled both the Goosebumps and Animorphs series as a kid. Since then I’ve become a Jane Austen fanatic, stood in line for midnight releases for the Harry Potter and Twilight series, been involved in a whole bunch of fanfiction, and read a lot of romance novels. I’m a big fan of Tessa Dare, Sarina Bowen, Kennedy Ryan, and I love where Contemporary Romance is heading with authors like Alexa Martin, Sally Thorne, Helen Hoang, Talia Hibbert, and Kate Clayborn. Kari Lynn Dell writes fantastic western romance, and I will read everything Katee Robert writes.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Get involved in the writing community! Seriously, writing is tough and there can be a lot of questions (I still have a lot of questions) but there are so many other authors who have wonderful advice to give, support to lend, and will feed you non-stop inspiration and hilarious memes. And bread recipes. No matter what, remember that writing is supposed to be fun, and we do this because we love it. So basically: Pursue the fun, make lots of friends. And never stop reading.
Bio: Katie Golding is a racing fan with a writing problem. The recovering cheerleader lives in a small town outside of Austin, Texas, mom to a future philanthropist, and wife to a superman. Her writing playlists range from 80s love songs, 90s grunge, 00s punk, to new age underground in less time than it takes her to burn dinner, and she is currently at work on her next romance novel—unless she’s tweeting about it. Represented by Kelly Peterson of Rees Literary Agency.
Follow: Twitter: @KatieGolding_TX
Book: Fearless comes out 7.28.20 from Sourcebooks Casablanca
Buy Links: Bookshop.org: https://tinyurl.com/y7knn995
Indie Bound: https://tinyurl.com/yx5obvnn