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Author Spotlight - Katerina Ross

It's a new month and we're joined today by Katerina Ross!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a Russian author from Moscow, but I write kinky M/M and M/F stories in English. I’m also an editor, a journalist, a translator, and a specialist in Gothic novels, so I'm used to multi-tasking :) In my free time, I draw sexy men and interrogate other BDSM authors for my website.

How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?

Inevitably, there are a lot of Slavic motifs and Russian-ness in my books. The ones I’ve published so far are set in Moscow and Prague, so you’ll get a chance to wander through these cities with my characters, which I think is an enticing bonus now that traveling for real is rather problematic.

Tell us about what you're currently working on.

It’s a MMMMF story, also set in Russia (and yes, that’s the correct number of the letter M!)

If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?

If filmmakers could afford time travel, the young Benedict Cumberbatch (while he was still a redhead) would have been awesome as both Tristan and Jarek from The Sons of Gomorrah (Jarek is Tristan’s doppelgänger). This story is set in Prague—I think it’s a wonderful location for a sinister but aesthetically pleasing movie :)

What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?

An opera theatre. I got an idea I had to write down in the intermission, lest I forgot it.

What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?

A dream is always a good idea to me ;) I’m rather chaotic, so my stories often grow from very vague but colorful scenes I can’t get out of my head. I start writing without having a plot and it somehow weaves itself around them.

If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?

Let me start from afar. As a child, I passionately disliked Sherlock Holmes, but I was intrigued by another character from Conan Doyle's stories—Colonel Moran, the ONLY character whose behavior the great detective couldn't quite explain and thus wrote it off as the result of bad genetics. What had made an honorable soldier "turn evil"? It's never revealed. Now I have a story on my mind—a spin-off from The Sons of Gomorrah—that pretty much explores this untold storyline. It's not about Colonel Moran, but about a man somewhat similar to him.

Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?

Dragomir and Ida from Black Cat Security. This book didn't sell well, probably because it’s Femdom and all other books are M/M. But I quite like this pair; the connection between them is electric.

What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.

I’m quite pleased with my M/M trilogy The Sons of Gomorrah, about the dark secret of how magic really works. Maybe because it gave birth to a whole magical universe that keeps expanding (which means there will be spin-offs). As for books by other authors, there are so many favorites that I always name a different one. Since I started talking about paranormal fiction—I’m very fond of Ukrainian writers Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, especially their novel Age of Witches. It’s frighteningly good, and in addition to the urban fantasy plot, there’s also a love story.

Favorite show to binge watch?

I was obsessed with Sherlock for a while (and even wrote Sherlockian fanfiction), but now it’s The Witcher.

What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?

Of recent, it’s been The Man from U.N.C.L.E., purely for fanfiction purposes!

Favorite quote or song lyric:

A pervert is someone kinkier than you are :)

Is there anything else you want anyone to know?

One of my stories, Wicked Solace, can be downloaded for free: https://katerinaross.com/2019/04/20/wicked-solace-is-out-and-its-free/

A warning (or an incentive to read): M/M, BDSM, public humiliation and punishment role play, whipping, barebacking. And if you want more free stuff, you can join my FB group and check out the group files or find me on AO3 where I stash my fanfics—I go by the names tenderly_wicked and skadi_zlata.

Where is the best place to find you online?

My website or my blog, in addition to my FB group: https://katerinaross.com and https://tenderlywicked.tumblr.com

What's the signup link for your newsletter?

You can sign up for updates via email on my website, at the bottom of each page. They mostly consist of my interviews with BDSM authors, though.

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