How a Personality Test Led to Real Virtue
Hi, Marian, thank you for having me in your virtual home today. I’m excited to share a little tidbit about myself with your readers, so here goes…
I love research. It is my favorite part of writing. I know I learn more than I will ever need for my stories, but I love stretching my mind and filling it with knowledge. I do have to say, though, I didn’t always know this about myself.
It was a few years back when I realized research was exciting for me. I took a personality test in a leadership course at the local college. The outcomes for the test were nine different personalities, one of which was The Researcher -- A person who seeks knowledge for understanding life. I skimmed over that one, dubbing it as “booooring,” and zeroed in on The Artist -- A person who seeks beauty in life. I thought for sure that one was me.
Imagine my disappointment when my scores came back announcing me as The Researcher.
But after my initial desire to flush the test, I realized that I do live to understand how things work, and in fact, I don’t need to seek beauty in life -- I can actually research how to make my own. That’s when I started writing and doing just that.
In my new release, Real Virtue, my heroine is a gamer. (And, yes, for my research I had to open every online game account I could find.) My story opens with Mel Mesini reaching the highest level in this online interactive game she plays. A game that promises her a life she can love. She’s playing while she is supposed to be working. She plays because she doesn’t feel so great about her real life. She plays because it’s a perfect world she can control—until someone begins messing with her virtual life, breaking into her account and stealing all her possessions.
And since I write romance, I needed a hero that would be Mel’s perfect match…and not just virtually, but someone intelligent and real. Someone handsome and brave. Someone that could outshine her alluring fantasy world.
In a virtual reality game where she can fly, someone’s aiming to take her down.
Mel Mesini is a New York City restaurateur and an avid, virtual reality world traveler. She’s risen above her misfit life and now bears a striking resemblance to her glamorous, gaming avatar. But her successful life—both online and in reality—takes a swerve the night her father is seriously injured in a hit-and-run. Mel is careened back to her judgmental hometown, where being the daughter of the town’s crazy lady had made her the outcast she was. To make matters worse, Officer Jeremy Stiles, the man whose harsh, rejecting words had cut her the deepest, is heading the investigation.
Jeremy knows he hurt Mel and attempts to make amends by finding her father’s assailant. When he realizes she’s the actual target, his plan for reconciliation turns to one of protection—whether she wants his help or not. What he wants is answers, especially about this online game she plays. Is it a harmless pastime as she says? Or is she using it to cover something up? As a faceless predator destroys the things that matter to her, Jeremy knows he’s running out of time before she loses the one thing that matters most—her real life.
Katy Lee writes higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. As an inspirational author, speaker, home-schooling mom, and children’s ministry director, she has dedicated her life to sharing tales of love, from the greatest love story ever told to those sweet romantic stories of falling in love. Her fresh and unique voice brings a fast-paced and modern feel to her romances that are sure to resonate with readers long after the last page. Her debut novel Real Virtue is a finalist in many writing contests, and took second place in the 2011 Georgia Maggie Award of Excellence. Katy lives in
with her husband, three children, and two cats.
Thanks for joining me today, Katy, and much success on your book Real Virtue