Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome, Kay Dee Royal

Thank you so much for being here, Kay Dee Royal.
1: What genre do you write?

My new found passion is writing paranormal erotica romance, although under a different name I’ve written three Young Adult fantasy novels that remain work in progress.


2: How long have you been writing?

Since I could write the alphabet, but my serious writing began about six years ago.


3: What do you like the most and least about writing?

I love the moment an idea takes shape. The brainstorming process is a fun part, writing it all down is next, and editing is just as fun.

I think the least fun would be marketing my work. There’s a certain excitement in meeting people online, but it feels humbling to promote myself and my work. There are so many awesome authors out there.


4: What do you do for fun and relaxation when not writing?

Family time, fishing or golfing with my husband, or a nice wilderness hike are all fun, relaxing, and recharging. Of course, there’s always reading a good book to take me away from stresses in my life - nothing like living vicariously through a strong, intelligent heroine.

5: Which authors do you like to read?

I’m still establishing my favorites and look forward to the many choices I’ll find through Muse It Up Publishing and Muse It Hot! when they open their e-store on October 1, 2010. Until then I’m currently reading: Elisabeth Naughton, Kelly Armstrong, Christine Feehan, Susan Sizemore, Gena Showalter, Lora Leigh, Angel Knight, Emma Holly, and Nalini Singh, to name a few (smile). I read a lot!


6: What’s the one thing you’d most like people to know about you?

Tough question, especially since I’m an introvert. Hmmm…maybe it’s that I’m always humbled (I’m using this word again) when I read a great novel. It pushes me to improve and strengthen my own writing. I hold great admiration for authors who’ve found publishing success.
I’ve come to realize the true meaning of patience and perseverance through my personal writing experience.


7: Tell me about your current novel, where I can find it?

Muse It Hot Publishing will be releasing my novel, Big Girls Don’t Cry Wolf, on March 1, 2010. My author web page is: http://museithotpublishing.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=82
Or go to www.museithotpublishing.com and find my book or author page there.

Here’s a Blurb about my book:

During a raging storm, Brea and her family get swept off the road when their car plunges off the Tagerson Bridge. Her adoptive parents and Brea survive, but her twin sister is never found.

Brea takes over the family resort business, focusing her life on making it a success.

Everything becomes complicated when a hunky wolf in human form, Grey Dalton, and his twin brother walk into the resort for a relaxing vacation.

A rogue werewolf abducts Brea and danger permeates the situation. Brea’s world collides with theirs and who, if anyone, rescues her?


8: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

NEVER STOP WRITING! Patience and perseverance (as I’ve mentioned previously) pays off in the end. Write, write, write, read, and write some more.


9: Do you base your characters on real-life people?

Yes, my characters are a blend of real-life people, plus maybe a bit from characters I’ve read or seen on television. I think there’s a piece of me in all of them as well, even if it’s a buried piece.


10: How did you come up with the idea for this book?

My writing idea began when I saw an online writing contest calling for an intelligent, confident, plus-sized woman, who is comfortable in her body. I loved that idea and Brea, my character, did too. Much of my scene came from a combination of rustic areas where I’ve vacationed. It worked perfect for a paranormal romance.

11: What are you currently working on?

A fifty-five-year-old woman (widower of two years), lives in a rustic location and owns property, which she turns into an animal preserve. There’s a virile forester who enters her life, and yes he’s a shifter (were-wolf). Danger and sparks pursue.

Still work in progress, but I’m having fun with this one.

12: Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?

Maybe that I worked hard on my writing for years and when I finally joined a critique group, my writing strengthened. The best thing I ever did was bare my soul to fellow writers. It devastated me at first – I mean really, I thought every word I wrote was golden. Even with a couple of stabs and cuts I survived and stuck it out with even more determination. My critique groups have changed since the beginning. It’s important to find one that fits the genre you write and the members fit you as well. I would never give my current group up. They are valued, appreciated, and necessary.


13: Where can we find you?

I just created a blog and would love to have you visit: www.kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com

Otherwise, please visit Muse It Hot Publishing, http://www.museithotpublishing.com/


Unedited Excerpt from Big Girls Don’t Cry Wolf




Brea’s belly warmed and rolled into a major flip flop. Everything faded around her with the exception of the man in front of her. His eyes looked like gray slate in the strong sunlight, and he’d caught her staring. Those slates locked on to her, sending a bolt of electric sparks weaving through her insides. Her whole body tingled in a way she’d never experienced before.

“Damn it Blake, watch that thing,” his deep voice rumbled through the store.

His attention wavered, the connection shattered. Brea sucked in air like she’d just broke surface from a deep dive into a watery abyss. She physically took a step back to look at him, the energy in the air still heavy with the static strings that moments earlier connected them.

His fingers combed through the front of his hair, pulling it backward, but the dark curls bounced back over his brow, wild, unruly.

Brea couldn’t quite see behind Slate Eyes to know with whom he spoke, maybe a child. His bold language seemed a bit much for the likes of a child. He approached the counter where Brea stood. She swore the temperature rose about twenty degrees, even though a shiver spiked down her spine raising goose bumps over her skin.




Roseanne, thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. I would love to have you on mine soon. Blessings all, Kay Dee Royal

6 comments:

Anita Davison said...

I agree with you about critique groups _ I am always blogging about mine as without them I would never have known what I was doing wrong. Good luck with the new book.

Charlie said...

Hi KayDee, Wonderful interview. Enjoyed getting to know you a little better. I know what you mean about crit groups. It's humbling to put yourseslf out there, but then you meet the most wonderful people there, who want to make you and your better. I'm so proud to call them friends!!!!! :-) I wouldn't be where I am today without them!

KayDee said...

Hi Anita,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your well wishes for my next book.
Kay Dee

KayDee said...

Hi Charlie - fellow Muser. Thank you for stopping in to leave a comment. You are right about meeting the most wonderful people through writing...and critiquing too. I wouldn't be here today without them either (smiles).
Kay Dee

Erika Gilbert said...

Big Girl's Don't Cry Wolf sounds intense! I also look forward to seeing your next shifter novel one day. I think the fact that you're enjoying writing it is a good sign!

Erika

KayDee said...

Thank you for your interest in my book/s - I'm glad it sounds intense (you made me smile - big).
Best to you always.