My name is Katana Collins and (so far) this is the sole name I write under, even though I dabble in several genres. =0) I started in paranormal erotica (with my series Soul Stripper). Since then, I've moved into erotic suspense (Wicked Exposure, 2015), contemporary romance (Capturing You and Meeting You), and most recently New Adult!
I think that there are always aspects of myself within every book. For example, in Capturing You, my heroine Lydia is a photographer who can't have children. Several years ago, I found out that it's very unlikely that I'll be able to have kids through traditional methods. I wanted to write a heroine facing this struggle as well...although she and I handled our news very differently.
I used to be a child actress and I've been in some movies (small roles), commercials, and TONS of theater. Every now and then a member of my street team will find footage of some film I did and share it with everyone (ummm, embarrassing!).
I love to knit and sew! I recently got my grandmother's sewing machine from the 1940s and it still works.
I'm also getting into running (I have my first half-marathon in June!), though I'm slower than a turtle in molasses. I'm also a huge animal lover and animal rights person. I volunteer my photography services to take images of shelter pets who need homes (a good picture can go SUCH a long way in getting adopted). I also host a yearly pet portrait event in which proceeds go to local rescue organizations. However, my husband has banned me from fostering any more animals.....because I never give them back!
And of course.......I love reading. (duh!) =0)
I just love Monica from Soul Stripper. She was my first story I ever finished and I've always been partial to anti-heroes (or in this case, anti-heroines) who are in need of retribution. She's crass and kickass and pretty unapologetic about who she is. She's more than just sassy....she's snarky, and frankly not the sort of character everyone would connect to. And yet, I love her. Because of her past, I understand why she is the way she is.
I'm currently writing the next book in Maple Grove! It's Steve's story and the title is tentatively Healing You. He and his high school sweetheart, Yvonne, have barely spoken in the last ten years. Not since they were in a car accident nearly resulting in both their deaths. Even with living in the same town and working in similar industries (he's a veterinarian and she runs an animal rescue) they've managed to avoid each other. But when she arrives at his office with her sick dog, Gatsby, she and Steve have no choice but to see and interact with each other on a weekly basis for her dog's treatments.
When she left the building, the roar of New York City traffic was like white noise, as comforting as the sound of waves crashing or crickets chirping.