Bestselling Dreamspinner Press author Chris T. Kat makes no bones about her love for all cute, fuzzy creatures great and small. In her life away from the keys, she’s a special education teacher based in Western Germany. But her imagination, and Facebook feed is rampant with foxes, to lion cubs, and everything in-between.
Kat’s Latest Titles
“Attachment Strings” features Detective Jeff Woods and his partner have a new case. Someone has been making threatening phone calls to the mayor’s daughter, vowing to kill her disabled child. Though there have been accidents at the girl’s school—enough to take the threats seriously—the facts are few, and leads are sparse.
Needing a breather from the burden of the case, Jeff heads to a bar, where he meets Alex Fisher. Alex isn’t his type, but he’s young and cocky and perfect for a one-night stand. Or two. Soon Jeff starts thinking about how difficult and lonely it is being a cop, and that maybe Alex could fill a void in his life. But Alex has his own obligations: a disabled brother who is the target of threatening letters.
Jeff isn’t sure he’s ready to play house or overcome his prejudices, but he begins to think Alex might be worth it. Caught between his growing affection and his inner demons, Jeff struggles to focus on the case and protect Alex and his brother as the danger builds.
“The Caveman and the Devil” is a tale of the the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo brought zookeepers Paul and Noah together, but now they might tear them apart. When a bloodthirsty lioness stalks her cubs, Noah charges into her enclosure without regard for his own safety. Luckily, a coworker catches his mistake and saves the day. It’s not the first time Noah’s rushed in on impulse, and he still carries scars from the last time.
Paul can’t pretend nothing happened. Frustrated, he tries to comfort Noah, but he can’t get past his anger. As head keeper of the big cats, Paul must report the incident and figure out how to keep his reckless lover safe. Somehow he has to make Noah see that his carelessness could cost him his job or his life—and maybe Paul too.
“Too Good to be True?” is the sequel of “Seizing It” and picks up three months after Kit falls in love with Dale, his epilepsy takes a turn for the worse and his nightmares and flashbacks about his abusive ex intensify. His work at the veterinary clinic and as a freelance translator only add to the stress. As Kit’s life flies out of his control, his last tether of sanity frays as Dale grows frustrated with Kit’s stubborn independence.
Dale wants to be Kit’s rock—to step in to help—but the walls Kit builds may be too hard to break through
Much More Than Fluffy
Kat writes about them all, but despite the pitter patter of little paws, her stories reflect a much deeper message.
Kat elaborates on her point of view as an author.
“I recently discovered that there’s an underlying theme behind my stories: they all deal with prejudices,” she said via an email interview. “Sometimes my characters have to deal with prejudices because one of them has a disability, or because they’re an interracial couple, or because one of them isn’t pureblooded. Mostly the main characters have to deal with other people’s prejudices but sometimes it’s the main character’s own perception about himself and his disability that’s the challenge.”
Kat goes on to say how her inspiration for the stories fueled such messages.
“Kit from ‘Seizing It’ came to me while I was writing about couples in a disciplinary relationship,” she said. “I wanted to see if I could write a character that defines himself as a brat and has to face a disability.”
Wrestling With Point of View
One of the defining traits of Kat’s stories is her prevalent use of first person point of view in stories such as “The Caveman and the Devil,” “Seizing It,” and “Too Good to be True?” While third person point of view is more popular, Kat explains her thoughts about such a choice.
“Like many writers I started out writing fan fiction and there I chose to write in third person POV but then there was one story that I really wanted to write but no matter how hard I tried it didn’t seem to work,” she said.
She claims that it wasn’t until she altered the point of view for her fanfiction story called “Fundamental Changes” in the House MD universe, did it all click.
“Since then I’ve written most of my stories in first person POV because I usually have a blast writing them and they’re also the easiest to write,” she said. “My other books are written in third person POV (limited) because that’s closest to first person POV. Whenever I can I choose first person narrative, though.”
The Controversy of “Secret Chemistry”
Beside the risk with the alternate point of view, Kat takes more than enough of her fair share of risks. In one such title, called “Secret Chemistry” tells the story of two shifter men that fall in love, and features a rather controversial scene of these two mating while shifted. The reactions of readers are polarized with approval or discomfort with the content.
Kat says she takes the reactions in stride.
“I didn’t describe the mating scene in detail, which leaves most of what’s happening to the imagination of the reader,” she said. “Some people liked it the way it was written and saw it as natural progression—just like I do—but there were many people who either hated the scene or it at least made them feel uncomfortable. I’m fine with all reactions but I still couldn’t have written the scene differently. Nothing else made sense to me and the mating in animal form was an integral part of the story.”
Kat Pushes Forward
Controversial scenes or not, Kat continues to press forward with stories that seem to resonate. What does the future hold?
Kat shares her next moves with the stories “The Wolf and his Diva,” “Hunter’s Hunt,” and “Sacrifices.”
“The Wolf and his Diva” tells the story of George—a wolf and fox-shifter—and his mate Billy—a fox and squirrel-shifter—who lead a happy but reclusive life until a tragedy turns their whole life upside-down.
“Hunter’s Hunt” has been picked up for publication from Torquere Press and is a short story about a light BDSM romance between two guys named Hunter and Adrian. Hunter is out for a certain type of man when he meets Adrian, who is everything Hunter usually despises. Still, he can’t deny the growing attraction.
“Sacrifices” is the sequel to the recently released “Attachment Strings” and features Jeff and Alex having to deal with the fallout from their first story when Jeff discovers Alex is hiding something. Convincing Alex to trust him with whatever the trouble is seems impossible until the worst happens…
Where to Buy
Curious in Kat’s stories? You can pick them up at Dreamspinner Press for $3.99 to $6.99 depending on length and $14.99 for paperbacks. She recommends them for those that like cute and sweet stories.