Lexi: Readers be prepared to fan yourself. Our guest today is the writer of Outlaw, the three part volume in the Harrison Street Crew series. And wow does it sound hot! Welcome to the blog, Katana Collins!
Thanks so much for having me, Lexi!! I'm so excited to be here today!
Lexi: You have us curious on many levels. First off, you are bringing us characters that you introduced in the previous Harrison Street Crew books and so we get to see the chemistry between Patrick and Michelle. Yay! Second, Outlaw is in three parts…would this be considered a serial? How long is each part?
Curiosity is good ;) Yes! Each book in the Harrison Street Crew series focuses on a different member of the car club (think Sons of Anarchy meets Fast and the Furious). So OUTLAW is book two in the series and we get to see Patrick and Michelle come together. They met in book 1 EX-CON and had some adorable flirtations, but things really heat up in OUTLAW!
You're correct—the book has been split up into three parts and it's considered a serial. Each part is roughly 130-140 pages, so all in all, it's a pretty long book coming in at almost 400 pages, haha! There was a lot to tell with Patrick and Michelle!
Lexi: What was your writing process like with Outlaw? Did Patrick jus scream at you to hurry up and get his story on the page?
YES! I knew as I was writing EX-CON that Patrick was my next story. He was the comic relief, but I just knew that deep down beyond the laughter was a darker, deeper reason for his using humor as an escape.
Lexi: Writing sizzle is no strange thing for you. What about Patrick and Michelle made Outlaw stand out for you?
Haha, oh man, do I love a sexy book! I don't mince words when it comes to the bedroom scenes. Forbidden love is the best—and when I started writing, I just knew that I had to write the deep conflict of Michelle's job as the assistant district attorney with Patrick. In the prologue, they each have a moment of weakness and give into that temptation immediately. I think offering them each of a taste of the passion makes it that much harder to stay away. That delayed gratification of knowing what they want, how good it was/could be, and the fact that they're unable to have it. **Fans Myself** Oooh.
Lexi: As a fellow woman who adores impractical designer shoes I love your blurb for part one. ‘A total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life’ You wrote Michelle as a woman to be reckoned with. What piece of you do you see in Michelle?
Ohhhhh, girl. Even though I spend MOST days in flip flops (or Uggs, as this winter's been rough!), I LOVE me some hawt heels! For my wedding, most of the details didn't matter to me. BUT I knew I wanted to wear some Christian Louboutin's. Stylistically, Michelle and I are similar... but she's really a composite character of a few of my closest girlfriends. My best friend growing up (also named Michelle... haha I'm not great at coming up with character names!) is an attorney and she inspired this character, as did my sister's best friend (who is very Italian and we used to go over there every Sunday for their home cooked pasta dinners). Michelle Chiccarini is a composite of each—with my love of shoes and handbags. ;)
Lexi: We can’t wait to read all the pieces! Congratulations on Outlaw! Cheers and we hope to see you back again soon!
Thank you so much!! I hope you LOVE it and be sure to keep an eye out for Ryan and Megan's story, ENFORCER, this June!