Character Interview: Kat Smith–Russian National who loves lipstick, babies, and cyber-security

Just when I thought I couldn’t be surprised by anyone anymore I met Kat Smith, a Russian National with big secrets in her life and in her handbag.

Kat Smith is the heroine of Masquerading with the Billionaire and is the brainchild of contemporary romance author Alexia Adams. Kat wishes she didn’t always have to look over her shoulder or worry about consequences but knows it’s a necessity for survival. Because “When the masks come off, the game gets real.”


Want to know more about Kat Smith’s intriguing story? Read on…

Heroine of Masquerading with the Billionaire

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I like that I’m adaptable. I can become whatever I need to be to get the job done and to stay safe. The only price is that I’m losing sight of who I really am in the process. I’ve had to give up many of the things I love. But it will all be worth it in the end, won’t it?

What’s the one trait you hate most about yourself?
I hate that I’ve lost the ability to trust. I’m always looking over my shoulder or trying to figure out what a person really wants from me, and if they’ve figured out my secret. I would love to be my true self with someone and not worry about the consequences.

Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
“Everything will be okay in the end. And if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon. Believing that it will all work out eventually and I’ll be happy is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going.

What is your idea of a perfect day/night?
My perfect day would start in the arms of a man who loves me. We’d share breakfast then go for a walk in the park, especially if it’s a crisp autumn day. We’d stop for lunch at a small café then head home where we’d snuggle together under a cozy blanket and watch a film. A little afternoon loving, followed by cooking dinner together and an evening spent reading side by side. That would be my perfect day.

What haunts you the most?
Losing contact with my younger sister. Is she okay? What happened to her? Wondering, worrying, keeps me awake at night and I’ll risk anything, even my personal safety, to find her.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear, and why?
I love very feminine clothes, usually vintage styles from the 40s. For many years I had to be careful about leaving fingerprints so I feel naked without my gloves. I also lived on the street as a teenager and had to disguise the fact that I was a girl, so now I revel in showing my femininity. I’ve also got a thing for lingerie and high-heeled shoes.

What makes you laugh?
Babies. I love babies. From tiny infants who gaze at their mothers with adoration to near-toddlers who have their own idea of what should go in their mouths. I just want to cuddle them all and keep them safe.

What makes you angry?
Mistreated children. Everyone deserves to be loved and cherished.

Do you have a secret? If so, what is it?
I have a huge secret – my real name and nationality. And some stuff I did in the past that I’d rather not remember. I introduce myself as Kat Smith, American cyber-security expert. But in truth I’m Katya Grigorievna Smirnova, a Russian national. I escaped my homeland five years ago and created my new identity. My new life. I can’t let anyone jeopardize that. And if someone discovers who I really am and what I’ve done, I’ll have to disappear again.

What do you have in your pockets/purse right now?
The usual girly stuff—a compact, lipstick, concealer, comb. A specially encrypted cell phone and a listening device detector. And probably some sugar-free gum.

What was your childhood like?
Rough. My mother wanted me to be a ballerina so forced me to practice every day. But I never lived up to her ideal, so she turned her attention to my younger sister who was a natural. Mom took my sister and left. And then my dad got lost in the bottom of a bottle, so I ended up on the streets at fourteen. I had to grow up fast and took a lot of wrong turns until Liam Manning rescued me and gave me a new life in America.

A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without housework. As a flight-risk mom, romance is her escape and she can often be found with her nose in a book, pretending she’s somewhere else. Check out her website at and sign up for her monthly newsletter to find your next escape.

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Alexia’s Books:
Masquerading with the Billionaire (a Guide to Love novel)
Miss Guided (a Guide to Love novella)
Played by the Billionaire (a Guide to Love novel)
His Billion Dollar Dilemma (a Guide to Love novel)
The Greek’s Stowaway Bride
The Vintner and The Vixen (Vintage Love Book 1)
The Playboy and The Single Mum (Vintage Love Book 2)
The Tycoon and The Teacher (Vintage Love Book 3)
Her Faux Fiancé
An Inconvenient Love
An Inconvenient Desire
Singapore Fling 

Trials of Love: 10 Lawyers to Lust For
London Calling: 5 British Romances
Romance in Color
She’s the Boss
He’s the Boss
Wedding Season

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About terriponce

I write about secrets, suspense, and soulmates.
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6 Responses to Character Interview: Kat Smith–Russian National who loves lipstick, babies, and cyber-security

  1. deborahcordesauthor says:

    Excellent interview, ladies. Alexia, this novel is on my TBR list. I have Russian ancestry, so Kat seems like the heroine made just for me. I want to know more of her story. Congrats on your new release and much continued success!

    Liked by 1 person

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