Author on the Couch: Kait Carson

Today’s Author on the Couch is…

Kait Carson!

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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Kait: Ah, the good, the bad, the ugly! There have been several, but the first occurred when I was five. My family came to Miami, Florida on vacation. I stepped out of the backseat of the car, raced through the hotel lobby with my brother in hot pursuit, danced across the hot sand, and ran straight into the ocean. I fell in love. The Catherine Swope mysteries are set in Miami, the Hayden Kent mysteries are set in the Florida Keys.

Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Kait: Perseverance. Followed closely by the ability to get by with little sleep on copious amounts of caffeine.


Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Kait: Perfectionism. Wait, let me check the thesaurus for a stronger, more vivid word. Something with punch…


Me: What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Kait: There were two and they are related, both happened years ago. Remember the confessions magazines? True Romance, True Story, True Confessions, etc. They are gone now. My high point was receiving my very first contract from True Romance magazine. A few months later, one of my stories was featured on the cover. There have been later high points, but those firsts. They were sweet—and validating.


Me: What was your low point as a writer—a time when questioned your path, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Kait: The middle of every book until the last one. I was a pantser. That meant no outlines, just great storylines and lots of tangled threads. It always worked out, but it was time consuming. Now I use a modified outline that satisfies my visual needs, but lets the “ah ha” moments flow. 


Me: Which of your characters are you most like? Why?

Kait: Hayden Kent. Death by Blue Water The first book in the Hayden Kent series was writing during the National Novel Writing Month. I was living in Maine at the time and dreaming about scuba diving in the Florida Keys. Since Nanowrimo is all about words on the page, I didn’t do character sketches, I simply took my idea and wrote what I knew, including the main character. Although she grew and developed in edits, Hayden and I still share some character traits and a love of running and scuba diving.


Me: What causes stress in your writing life? Why?

Kait: Too many ideas. I have had nightmares about being an octopus with hands on my tentacles typing away at multiple laptops. Oh, wait, should I reveal that dream? You’re not a Freudian, are you? That could have hidden meaning!


Me: What’s your life motto? Why does that motto speak to you?

Kait: Life is an adventure! There is so much in life that is wonderful. So many people live in the past regretting the things they missed or wishing for do overs. Life is about moving on. If something didn’t work, approach it from a different direction. If you have a dream, work towards it and make it happen. Break it down into baby steps. You’ll get there. Cherish and honor your past, but live in the present and seek out the future.


Me: Tell me about your mystery Death by Sunken Treasure.


When Hayden Kent’s mentor and friend discovers her son Mike’s dead body, dressed in full scuba attire, washed up on Pigeon Key in the Florida Keys, she needs Hayden. Her paralegal and dive skills may help unravel the tragedy of Mike’s last days. He’d recently discovered a sunken Spanish galleon and rumors that he hit the mother lode ran through the Keys like wildfire.

Hayden’s dive on the treasure site uncovers gold, and clues that Mike’s death was something far more sinister than an accident. When two different wills, both signed the day Mike died, are delivered to the courthouse, the suspect list grows, as do the threats against Hayden. The danger escalates as she tries to save herself, discover the motive, and find the killer.


Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from Death by Sunken Treasure. Why do you love this paragraph? What makes it special to you?


In the nanosecond of silence that followed, I heard a dry click. Dana moaned softly. A baby shrieked from somewhere in the back. Dark green polyester legs swished past me. Each event stood out sharp-edged and distinct. A dust bunny occupied the far corner of the floor behind Dana’s head. The smell of pine-scented tile cleaner filled my nostrils. Individual corpuscles of blood chugged through my veins. My heart unclenched a bit. Something metal skittered across the floor. It slammed into my ankle just at the top of my boot. I lifted my head. The shorter cop had one knee pressed into the center of Kristin’s back, his hands full of her hands and a pair of handcuffs. Someone used my thoughts to marvel that he used handcuffs, not zip ties.

The second deputy stood over me. He slid his weapon smoothly back into his holster and squatted near my feet. “Let me help you up.” He jerked his head in the direction of the gun at my feet. “Try not to move that.”

I struggled to hear him through the buzzing in my ears. I slowly bent my knees away from the gun and took his hand. In one easy motion, he brought me to my feet. “You okay?” His voice came from far away.

My voice deserted me for the moment. I nodded a response and turned to help Dana. His grip on my shoulder stopped me in mid-turn.

“Stand over there.” He pointed to a place near Kristin.

An effervescence bubbled in my veins. “But I…” Something in his face stopped further protest and I slunk in the direction he indicated.

His partner stood next to a now seated Kristin.

The taller deputy stood next to a still prone Dana. He said something I couldn’t hear and pushed the microphone attached to his shoulder. Dana struggled to stand. Everyone sounded foggy. Like my ears hadn’t cleared.

Dana yelped from across the room. Duct tape stuck to the deputy’s left hand. His right reached for Dana. When she came up from the floor, I could see a deep bruise colored the left side of her face. Blood trickled from her hairline and her white shirt showed red stains. She fell heavily against the deputy helping her. Still leaning against his shoulder, she glanced in my direction and said, “Get the baby.”


I love the action in this paragraph yet it takes place in seconds. It’s also a pivotal paragraph. Immediately before this paragraph Hayden has taken the decision to risk her life to save her friend Dana. Immediately after this paragraph one of the biggest surprises in the book is introduced.


You can purchase Death by Sunken Treasure here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A1HZ6U0

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/death-by-sunken-treasure-kait-carson/1123188819

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/death-by-sunken-treasure

iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/death-by-sunken-treasure/id1072159069

You can find Kait here: 

Webpage: www.kaitcarson.com

Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/kaitcarsonauthor

Twitter: @kaitcarson

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/carson2248

E-mail me at: kait.carson@gmail.com

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36 comments to “Author on the Couch: Kait Carson”

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  1. Cindi Knowles - December 3, 2017 Reply

    I loved the interview. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and path as a writer.

  2. Michelle Catallo - December 2, 2017 Reply

    Love the motto in life 🙂 Love the interview and getting to know you better!

  3. Melissa weeks - December 1, 2017 Reply

    Great interview I enjoyed it

  4. Jo Anne Vincenti - December 1, 2017 Reply

    loved the interview – thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway too

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Jo Anne, for the kind words, and good luck with the giveaway!

  5. Katrina Dehart - December 1, 2017 Reply

    Nice to meet you! Your book sounds great!!

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Katrina, for commenting, hope you’ll let us know if you enjoy the books!

  6. Dina S - November 30, 2017 Reply

    hi Kait, love getting to know you form your interview

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Dina, thanks. Hope to see you on my FB author page and twitter too! Good luck with the giveaway.

  7. Terry Trahan - November 30, 2017 Reply

    I look forward to reading your work. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Terry, good luck with the giveaway. Hope you enjoy the books, let us know.

  8. Latifa Morrisette - November 30, 2017 Reply

    Awesome interview. Can’t wait to check out your books.

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Latifa, thanks for the kind words. Hope you check out the books and enjoy them. Let us know!

  9. Linda Moffitt - November 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Thanks for coming and sharing with us. Your book looks really great too.

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Linda, visiting with Abbie and her reader is my pleasure. I enjoy this group, they are so interactive. Hope that you’ll enjoy the books. Let us know.

  10. Kayl - November 30, 2017 Reply

    Ayyy! Such a fun interview! Kai is a new author to me so gotta check her works out! Thanks for the wonderful interview Abbie!

    • Kait Carson - December 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Kayl, Thanks, I had a great time doing the interview. Hope you enjoy my books – they were fun to write. I enjoy both of my protags, consider them friends.

  11. Ashley Kendall - November 30, 2017 Reply

    I love it! It’s like a Nancy Drew story 🙂 I love hidden treasure and mystery combination. This sounds like an amazing read, I’ll have to pick it up!

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Ashley -I love your avatar! That is so cool. Nancy Drew was my girlhood idol. A secret, just between us, I still read the books – the old ones, where she drives the roadster are a hoot. And the new ones–I love the evolution to the 21st century.

  12. bn100 - November 30, 2017 Reply

    nice covers

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      Thanks! Hubs designed the Murder covers . Henery Press the Death by covers.

  13. Rayn Ellis - November 30, 2017 Reply

    Great interview Kait! I appreciate what you said about finding a balance between pantser and high level plotter. I’m starting to work the same. BTW, love the Death By covers! So cute!

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Rayn – it is a hard balance between pants and plots, but it can cut years off the writing! I hope you find your particular magic bullet, the fun thing about creativity is that one size does not fit all and we learn so much from each other. Thanks for the kind words about the Death by covers. Henery Press does a great job. Always spot on.

  14. Allyson A - November 30, 2017 Reply

    I love you life motto! With the passage of time, it has made me realize to take stock and enjoy the little things. Time is very precious and life can change in a blink of an eye. Everything should be an adventure and something found to cherish. 🙂

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      So true, Allyson – we like to think that life changes in stately progressions, but when we look back, we realize there is always that one moment…it’s capturing those moments that can make all the difference. Nice to meet a kindred spirit.

  15. Rochelle - November 30, 2017 Reply

    These books are going to be amazing Christmas gifts for my mom.

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      What a wonderful thing to say, Rochelle, I hope she enjoys them and if she wouldn’t mind, posting reviews about them. Reviews are author presents :).

  16. Ramona - November 30, 2017 Reply

    Sounds amazing…love these kinds of books…

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Ramona – I confess, they are fun to write too!

  17. Myra Espino - November 30, 2017 Reply

    I love gwttinh to know more the authors. Thank you for this interview.

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi Myra, Authors love getting to know readers. That’s the great thing about blogs. It lets us reach out and say howdy, and answer questions. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

  18. Ninfa - November 30, 2017 Reply

    Lovely interview, thanks for sharing your journey Ms Kait. I love the Perseverance and Caffeine part 😁👍!

    • Kait Carson - November 30, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Ninfa. Abbie runs a great blog – and she has wonderful questions. Perseverance and caffeine are pretty much the secret to life for me. I used to be so particular about my coffee – grind my own beans, etc. Now, it’s all about the pod machines. Variety is the spice of life.

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