Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Interview with Kat Shehata, RUSSIAN TATTOOS

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Russian Tattoos: Obsession is Book I of a trilogy. Falling in love isn’t a crime, but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly. When Carter realizes she’s in too deep with Vladimir and the Russian mafia, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. Love is blind, but it could also be deadly.

Do you have a favorite character?
It's hard to pick, but Boris might be my favorite character in Russian Tattoos. He is a Russian hit man, and Vladimir charges him with babysitting Carter while he is at work. Some of the scenes between them are funny, while others are terrifying. When fans write to me about the book, most want to know more about him. He’s definitely the character fans love to hate, or hate to love.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I chose to publish with Limitless Publishing for three reasons:

I had read several books by Limitless Publishing authors before I submitted and knew Russian Tattoos would be a good fit with their current list.

With Limitless, I have the freedom to do my own marketing. I love making teasers, trailers, and connecting with readers as much as I love to write. Some publishers don’t give authors the freedom to run their own marketing campaigns and that was a huge downside with some of the larger publishers.

Limitless authors and very supportive of one another. I liked the idea of belonging to a group, and I am so impressed by how quickly they welcomed me to the team. We have a private group on Facebook where we share ideas, promotion opportunities, and make critique group connections. My fellow authors are some of the nicest people I know.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I am a detail-oriented person, and I gave my publisher a lot of information about the tattoos Vladimir has on his hands. In the Russian criminal world, each tattoo has a very specific meaning, and I could not risk having a crucial mistake on my cover. I sent the cover design team pictures, illustrations, and a placement map of where the tattoos belong on Vladimir’s skin. I almost fell out of my chair when my publisher revealed the cover for Russian Tattoos. It was not what I expected, but I love it. They totally nailed it, and the tattoos are perfect.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?

I would love to write in silence, but I have an active family and a dog that loves squeaky toys. I listen to music on replay to tune out distractions. I often play music in Russian and Spanish because I don’t speak either language. It helps me stay focused on my writing.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I follow a screenwriting formula and write in three-acts like a movie script. I know from the beginning the setup and where the characters are going, but how they get there plays out as I write their story.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I am very active on my Facebook fan page and I do a lot of Facebook parties with my fellow authors. I love interacting with fans, promoting new releases, playing party games, and giving away prizes. I am also active on

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I am an avid tennis player, and I compete in a recreational league in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also love cheering on my son at wresting matches, going on dates with my husband, and watching football. 

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Fun fact: I am a former zookeeper! I have worked closely with elephants, primates, camels, bats, exotic birds, and everything in between. I weave my love of animals into all of my books.

What’s next for you?
I am working hard to finish the second book in the trilogy, Prisoner, where Carter and Vladimir’s tumultuous love affair plays out on his home turf in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Being an author is the best job in the world, and I can’t wait to share the rest of the series with all the wonderfully supportive readers out there. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but expect the unexpected.

Book & Author Details:

Russian Tattoos – Obsession by Kat Shehata
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly.
Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov –a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a taste of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?

Vladimir Ivanov—godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.
Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.

He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.
As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.

When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. But the Russian mafia plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.


Kat Shehata went to school with a bunch of animals–literally. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Animal Conservation and Care Program. Her first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. She has had her shirt ripped off by a jealous orangutan, hand-fed grapes to fruit bats, played tug-o-war with a three-toed sloth, and escorted an elephant down Pete Rose Way in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side.

She is a competitive tennis player and spends her free time smashing tennis balls, cheering on her teammates, and playing matches in a recreational league. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, three kids, and an enthusiastic poodle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University.

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