They say if you scratch the surface of a cynic, you find a romantic. As a typical middle child, Kate Noble spent a good portion of her early life developing a crusty exterior, while quietly nursing a whimsical, nougat-y core. This led her, quite naturally, to romance novels at a young age.
Nurturing the affect of the artistic emo kid, long before emo existed, Kate was also drawn into the world of cinematic storytelling, eventually going to college to study Television and Film Production. While she discovered she had no skill at camera placement or sound editing, she did have a talent for writing the scripts. But certain types of stories she wanted to tell – the ones with empire-waist dresses and Dukes and carriages, the kind she had been reading in secret since she was thirteen – were best suited to novel form. And so, she gave novel writing a try.
Fourteen months after this momentous decision, low and behold, she had a finished draft, Compromised. She revised and submitted, revised and submitted, and shockingly, got an agent, and thereafter a contract with Berkley Sensation.
Kate is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed Blue Raven Series, earning starred reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly (Follow My Lead), as well as a spot on the Best Romance list from Kirkus Reviews (The Summer of You) and a RITA nomination for best Regency Historical Romance (Revealed).
Kate lived in New York City for a number of years before moving to Los Angeles, and would be unable to declare which city is her favorite – weather vs. culture remains the eternal debate.
More Noble News
April, 2012 » Kate was interviewed by USA Today, where she spoke about the Regency, her family, and being a romantic! Check out the full article here!
March, 2012 » Kate is a Lady of the Ballroom! Kate happily accepted an invitation to be one of the Lady Authors of The Ballroom Blog! Visit Lady Beaufetheringstone’s Ballroom for a ratafia-soaked discussion of the Regency life and times!
April, 2010 » To celebrate the release of The Summer of You, Kate was invited to read at Lady Jane’s Salon. Read her account of how it went, or go to Eloisa James' Barnes and Noble column, where The Summer of You was featured!
April, 2010 » Kate’s interview by Mandi at Smexybooks gives birth to the following quote: “Smexy’s not on the skin, its in the soul.”
Kate at the 2012 booksigning for the Romance Writers of America in Anaheim, CA.
April 20, 2013
Yosemite Romance Writers
3602 W. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711
Kate will be speaking with the Yosemite Romance Writers at 10:30 AM.
April 24, 2013
Lady Jane Salon San Diego
1243 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Kate will be reading from Let It Be Me. There will be wine and fun starting at 7:00 PM at Wine Steals in Hillcrest.
May 11, 2013
RWA of Orange County
Brea Community Center
695 Madison Avenue
Brea, CA 92821
Kate is a morning workshop speaker – 10:00 AM. It's going to be fun!
To celebrate the release of Let It Be Me, Kate will be guest blogging at the following sites:
April 3 – USA Today Happily Ever After Blog
April 3 – Kate-Book Blog
April 5 – Romance Reader at Heart
April 8 – The Romance Dish
April 11 – Romance Novel News
April 16 – Tote Bags n' Blogs
April 16 – Not Another Romance Blog video interview
April 18 – Vanessa Kelly's blog
April 26 – Jaunty Quills
So… Kate Noble.
Is your hair naturally curly?
Yes. Moving on…
How did you start writing romances?
I have to assume that the vast majority of romance writers started out as romance readers. We wouldn't be writing them if we didn't love them. I began reading romances when I was about thirteen, and my visiting cousin left behind a sweet series historical romance. (Sadly, the title is lost to memory.) After that, I gobbled them up wholesale from my local library, and when I got an after school job, I began my own library. It was alphabetized. Yes, I'm that person. I started seriously writing romances when I found myself in a job that did not fulfill my ambitions creatively or sustain me financially. So, to keep myself amused, and out of debt (because writing is free), I started working on what became Compromised. I was astonished by the support I received. One of my coworkers read my pages, and kept asking for more. My mother was convinced from page one that it was worth publishing, and my brother, who was serving in Baghdad at the time, said it was the best romance novel he'd ever read. (Granted, it was the only one he'd read, but still.) Without their encouragement, I don't think I'd be writing romance novels today.
Cool. So, what're some of your favorite romance novels?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Reckless by Amanda Quick
There are too many others to list, but these are the books that got me hooked, and seriously thinking about writing romance.
Haven't seen it yet. I'll let you know when I do. But for now, Jaws is a placeholder.
Do you have a favorite color?
Blue-green… dude, what's with asking me all my favorites?
I don't know, I'm just trying to get to know you. Isn't that what these questions are for?
These questions are for asking me about writing, not speed dating!
Fine. So, what can we expect from you writing-wise in the future?
I'm working hard on my next novel, my kitchen table is littered with research and takeout detritus. It's due out within the next year, and it's about… nah, I think I'll keep that to myself. But I guarantee it will be a lot of fun.
You are such a tease.
…I can live with that.