Behind the Scenes with Kat Simons and Win a Book

Today, please join me in welcoming author Kat Simons to Preternatura. Kat is the author of Once Upon a Tiger. Once Upon a Tiger was published in December 2013 by T&D Publishing and is the first book in Kat’s Tiger Shifters series. The second book in this series, Along Came a Tiger, will be published soon.

Kat Simons earned her Ph.D in animal behavior, working with animals as diverse as dolphins and deer. She brought her experience and knowledge of biology to her paranormal romance fiction, where she delights in taking nature and turning it on its ear. After traveling the world, she now lives in New York City with her family. Kat is a stay-at-home mom and a full time writer. You can learn more about Kat by visiting her website or on Facebook.

KatSimons_OnceUponATiger_HRABOUT ONCE UPON A TIGER: She’ll never run. Among the tiger shifters, Alexis Tarasova is regarded as fierce and dangerous, with a reputation that would make even the most daring tiger think twice about challenging her. Female tiger shifters may be rare and the mating run a critical part of their species’s survival, but Alexis is the only female Tracker and will not back down, even at the threat of tiger law. She will not be forced to mate. So when a handful of males band together to force her to participate in the run, Alexis chooses to stand her ground and fight instead. He’s forbidden to run. Outcast from the tiger shifters after a vicious childhood attack left him mute, Victor Romanov has never taken part in the mate run. He’s never particularly cared, though, since the woman he loves refuses to take a mate. However, when he learns Alexis may be in danger, all bets are off. Nothing will keep him from her side. Together, they’re unmovable. The chemistry between them burns wickedly hot and forges them into an unbeatable pair. Alexis knows that being with Victor means she will have to break another one of her people’s laws—a move that might push the tigers too far. But, for Victor, she will risk everything, including her life, and do what she thought she’d never do—run.

And now, let’s hear from Kat!

Five Fun Facts About ONCE UPON A TIGER

Thanks for having me here today, Suzanne!

The first novella in my Tiger Shifters paranormal romance series has kat_simonssomething of a history. I took a very roundabout journey getting to this book. In fact, this wasn’t even supposed to be a series, just a one off for an anthology call. So I thought I’d share five fun behind-the-scenes facts about ONCE UPON A TIGER.

1. The very first story I ever wrote about the tigers was a short story called Mate Run, originally published in an anthology called Fangbangers, edited by Lori Perkins and published by Ravenous Romance. It was the story that helped me establish the basic tiger world.

2. I wrote a full length novel about the tigers before I wrote ONCE UPON A TIGER. (The novel will be released later in 2014.) In the novel, Alexis and Victor play a secondary role, but they are already together and have been for about twenty years. I had to go back in time to the early 1990s to write their story.

3. Alexis’ original name was Megan. It took me ages to stop calling her that in my head. I changed her name, though, because in both Mate Run (the short story) and the novel, the heroes both have “M” names. As all three characters are close friends, I decided all three of them having “M” first names was a bit much. So “Megan” became “Alexis”.

4. Victor’s best friend in ONCE UPON A TIGER, Joseph, is a secondary character from the novel who was supposed to be a bad guy. Except by the time I finished the first draft of the novel, I found I really liked this character and saw a lot of potential in him. I explored his backstory and discovered he was a hero in the making. So one day, Joseph will have his own book. You’ll have to read the second story in the series (ALONG CAME A TIGER, due out soon!) to find out what happens to make Joseph a “bad guy” by the time the novel happens.

5. Joseph’s original name was Walter. I have an even harder time not calling him Walter than I do not calling Alexis Megan. But since he’s going to be a hero one day, the prevailing wisdom from everyone I’ve asked is that the name Walter creates some preconceived ideas of the type of character he would be—none of which fit the character. Unless he was a sexy nerd, “Walter” wasn’t considered a very good name for a hero. So Walter became Joseph—a name my husband helped me pick! (Does that count as a 6th fact?)

So there you go! A little behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of ONCE UPON A TIGER.

Thanks again for having me, Suzanne! Happy reading everyone!

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Thanks, Kat! As always, if you would like to be entered to win a copy of Once Upon a Tiger, leave a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Sunday with my two-week winner list!

12 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes with Kat Simons and Win a Book

  1. I have not read any urban fantasy with tiger shifters. A reluctant mate is a trope in itself as is going against the pact. Think I’ll give Once Upon a Tiger a try. Thanks for the interesting behind the scenes.

  2. i quite love the feline shifter so this story has me really curious^^
    the tiger sound really elective though and Walter/Joseph will certainly make me angry^^

    fun fact: you had a M phase like Suzanne did^^;; is this s special letter for authors when thinking of names?

  3. I already own this book so don’t want to enter the contest but just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was awesome and am waiting for the next one.

  4. A female tiger shifter sounds like an interesting heroine. Thanks for sharing the fun facts.

  5. This sounds great! I’ve read a couple with Tiger shifters. They were always really fascinating.