Sarah Cass, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Katherine (Kat) Daugherty from the book, Derailed.
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Cover artist: Sarah Cass
Heat rating: 4 Flames
The sins of a past she can't remember could destroy a present she'll never forget.
The crimes of her forgotten past threaten the very life Jane Doe has learned to cherish.
Jane is out of time. With a warrant on her head, a maniac out for her blood, and a secret baby on the way, something has to give.
Without Cole Mitchell's help to find the answers, there may be no hope left.
Cole has nowhere left to hide. He unwittingly let Jane into his heart, and is ready to share the secret of his dark past.
Fate has a way of playing its hand, and tragedy strikes. With the world crumbling around them, it's easy to lose faith. If they can't forgive past sins, they have no hope for the future.
Because the noose waits for no man or woman.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Jane Doe is an almost-30 year old woman with amnesia. When she first comes to
in book 1 she ends up with a job as a sort of hotel manager, and de facto PR rep
for the hotel owner. For a woman in 1871, she's strong and capable and knows what
she wants. In book 2 she gets a new job one well suited for her librarian. Dominion Falls
Cole Mitchell is in his mid-30's (he won't reveal his age, sorry…he keeps personal facts close to the vest). He is 51% owner of a saloon and brothel in
When the story first starts he's content to be alone and never let anyone in. Jane
brings something to life in him, and he resists until he realizes he doesn't want
to resist any longer. Dominion Falls
"Sure you're fine?"
The feminine voice surprised her, but the amusement in it made her smile. Jane cracked open an eye, blinking to open them both when she saw ankles. Shaking her head and blinking a few more times, she looked up to see the slim line of pants in place of a skirt. The woman wore a feminine blouse and a jaunty hat atop her fiery red hair.
Michael's mention of Martha's sister and her penchant for pants clued her in. Her smile spread open, and she chuckled. "You must be Katherine."
Red curls bounced in agreement. "You got me. You still didn't answer my question. Are you sure you're fine?"
"A little sore, but I guess it's better than being trapped under that beast."
"Makes you wonder how Linh managed, doesn't it?" Katherine held out her hand with a flash of teeth. "Come on."
Jane accepted the hand and got to her feet, groaning and stretching out the soreness. "I'm Jane, by the way."
"Good to meet you. I'm sorry he blamed you. I was the one that blabbed."
"Even if he knew that, he would have blamed me." Jane sighed as Graham was dragged past them, unconscious. She looked around the building as she rubbed the back of her neck. "They just had to rebuild a few months ago, thanks to the renegades. Now this."
"They'll manage. Always do." Katherine put her hands on her hips. "But I guess I should help clean up. It's appropriate penance for causing it."
"You really blabbed?"
"Yes. I found it amusing and shared it with Hammy."
"That was your first mistake."
Katherine's musical laughter filled the room. "Oh, so true. He's a bigger gossip than my sister."
Coughing to cover her giggle, Jane nodded. Then she sighed. "I'm sure your sister had plenty to say about me."
"She sure did. Didn't seem to like you much in general but was appreciative of your attempt to help once she was in jail."
"Feeling's mutual. We tolerate civility." Jane felt the heat rise to her cheeks. "Not that she's not a good person. She let me stay in the boarding house. She—"
"No need." Katherine held up her hand. "She's judgmental. A bit of a hypocrite, really. She's my sister, I know. However, that's how I knew I'd like you."
"Really." Katherine brushed down her bodice. "Well I'd better get to work. See if I can't get some of those lousy drunks to help."
Jane kept her eyes diverted, bending to pick up a chair and right it. "I have a sick need to keep helping Cole."
"Oh. We're going to get along just fine, Jane. Just fine."
Interview with Katherine Daugherty aka Kat
Tell us about yourself.
Well, I'm not one to talk about myself.
*Mad laughter breaks out in the next room. Kat's nose wrinkles and she shouts at the door*
Shut up, Jane! Anyway. My name's Katherine Daugherty, most people call me Kat. Jane's lover, and my former lover, Cole, calls me Kathy. I'm in my mid-twenties and have no qualms about that "old maid" line of bull.
I was the "oops, what a surprise" baby to my parents. After they had Martha they tried and tried to have a boy, but nothing ever happened. After ten years of trying, they gave up. Five years later, voila.
I didn't want to be part of the arranged marriage my mother planned for me, so I took off at fifteen. I joined the temperance league for a while, but boy-howdy did those women take some brutal tasks to forward their goal, it wasn't my cup of tea but a cup of whiskey turned out to be, so I left them. Spent some time back in
after, took up with
Cole, because well, have you seen that man? It was a fun romp, but then I fell for
Norman…and then I can't explain why, but I left Dominion
again. Dominion Falls
Since then I've been living in
St. Louis. I work at a bank, but in my free time
I work to forward the suffragist movement.
Tell us about
*Jane pops her head in the door* He's ancient, Kat. At least twenty years older than me!
*Kat waves her off* Yes, yes. He's older, but as I tell Jane in the book there's something to be said about a man that works the telegraph. They've got some strong fingers. *Kat winks*
Oh, yes, so he runs the depot and the telegraph office. I can't explain why I fell for him, he seems to be a grumpy old man, but I just do. He's a good man.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I'm strong. Stronger than you might think. I may have grown up in privilege, but once mother disowned me for leaving town I had to make my own way. I've made mistakes, but I don't regret any of them. Not even a little.
What was it like where you grew up?
So I got to see
go from small camp to
a tiny town. Sure, it was dirty and rough and miners aren't the nicest people sometimes,
but Father and Mother always pushed for more than that. The used their wealth to
make sure I got educated in Dominion
Falls Denver, and eventually
moved there themselves, but no matter how much time I've been away, is home. Dominion Falls
What do you wish was different about your life?
Up until I came home and met Jane I had one big wish to move back home. I'm grateful that I have a good friend now, one like Jane, that pushes me to do what I need to, what I know I've needed to do. It's not an easy step for me, but you'll have to read the book to find out why.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
I'm afraid I can't answer that one, either. My author doesn't want me to reveal secrets before their time.
*Kat leans in to whisper* But I have to say I get all I wish for and all I didn't know I wanted within a year of returning home.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
I didn't really have many friends as a child. Being the Daugherty's daughter and sent to
for schooling made it hard to establish friends. I was too rich in Dominion Falls,
and too poor in Denver
I'm happy to say that now, finally, I do have a best friend. Jane. I couldn't ask for someone better. Sometimes you meet someone and instantly connect, and I had that with Jane. I think she hates that I'm brutally honest with her, but she's no shirk either, gives me the same honesty right back.
About the Author
Sarah Cass's world is regularly turned upside down by her three special-needs kids and loving mate, so she breaks genre barriers, dabbling in horror, straight fiction, and urban fantasy. An ADD tendency leaves her with a variety of interests that include singing, dancing, crafting, cooking, and being a photographer. She fights through the struggles of the day, knowing the battles are her crucible and though she may emerge scarred, she's also stronger. While busy creating worlds and characters as real to her as her own family, she leads an active online life with her blog, Redefining Perfect, which gives a real and sometimes raw glimpses into her life and art.
Changing Tracks (The
Series Book 1): Dominion Falls
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