Today, I welcome Kathryn Edgar for Ten Questions with Mia, as part of the blog tour to promote Untameable Heat. (We’ll be visited by the other author in this book for a character interview on Thursday!) Welcome, Kathryn!
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Author Bio: I have always loved reading and I was eight years old when I wrote my first award winning short story. Okay the only award it won was praise from my father. It was still an awesome story! It was about a princess and you can’t go wrong writing about a princess. It was my first romance.
In 7th grade I had a writing buddy. She waned to be a romance novelist. Now at this age I was reading things like Christopher Pike. It was challenging at first but I quickly got the hang of it. She would write ten pages or so and then I’d write the next ten pages. She handled the things we shouldn’t have been penning on paper at thirteen. I was innocent. I run across one of those stories I saved from time to time. They always bring a smile to my face. It was my second dance with romance writing.
Married, with one son quickly growing up, here I am still writing romance. I just can’t shake the romance genre as an adult. To be honest I love when romance crosses over into something more literary, deep, mysterious, or even humorous. Many amazing books and movies carry a romance element. Before you judge the genre by the bodice ripping covers, purple prose, fainting females, and burly men read a few. You might discover some new favorites.
Author Site: http://kathryn-edgar.blogspot.com/
You can find Untameable Heat at Amazon, and other retailers coming soon!
About the Writer
1. What five words describe you?
Snarky, fun, girly, loving, nurturing
2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
I don’t really have one, the first story I wrote was Dancing In Rainbows and I hid it after I realized I chose a very bad publishing contract. Once that contract was over, I fixed it. I did new edits and my cousin gave it a gorgeous cover with her daughter on the front.
The book that will never see print has to be the poetry diary I kept from 8th grade through my late teenage years. It started with the death of a young child in my family so there’s the grief, then the boy obsessions, religious conundrum from growing up as a preacher’s daughter, and teenage angst. All in free style poetry form. It is hidden even from my family.
3. What inspires you?
Everything I read or see makes me think. So the news, tabloids, the Internet, my family, and the past all inspire my creative wheel to say, “what if?”
4. What distracts you?
Probably the Internet. Who wants to be in word when there’s so much always going on with everyone and they are posting it all live for you to watch? It’s better than soap opera’s!
5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I have too many favorite stories. To be honest, I love a lot of stories so I’ll go with the one that I’ve loved since I was a very little girl. I’m a sucker for Cinderella.
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About the Writing
1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
Dancing In Rainbows is contemporary romance. It’s the story of a widow who has to learn to let go. The reader sort of journey’s through her saying goodbye as she opens her heart to a new love.
Finding Trouble is contemporary romantic suspense. It is the one where my personality really comes out on almost every page. The two main characters snark so much back and forth you wonder if they will ever explore this explosive chemistry going on between them. Oh, and find the person who has targeted Rayna with some very unusual homicidal threats.
Feral Desires is my erotic novella. It was my first foray into the paranormal. It has two shape shifting Druids that have immediate sparks. They are sexy from the moment they meet until the last page. These two aren’t shy to share with the readers!
2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
Creating something that comes from my heart.
3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
Tasha (Dancing In Rainbows) would say I need to make sure I’m stopping to enjoy the time with my family. After her journey through loss, she would remind me how quickly things can change. Enjoy your loved ones every day.
Rayna (Finding Trouble) would tell me to grow a little more of a spine. I certainly gave her one, but I have a hard time standing up for me sometimes in life. She would say stop being a doormat to everyone and be more open with how I really feel.
Josh (Finding Trouble) would say I make a really terrible matchmaker. I just don’t take no for an answer when I’m staging love.
Selene and Niul (Feral Desires) would tell me to stop and smell the roses because it enhances my magic on paper. Forgetting to play and enjoy the world around me is like forgetting your magic. That magic that makes writing special is, knowing how a rose actually looks, feels, and smells.
4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
This is a tough one. Isla Fisher would make a great Rayna she just needs to bring her sass to work that day.
5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
Untameable Heat: Lilith’s Freedom released July 11th. I’m really excited about this novella. It evolved through the strangest plotting I’ve ever done. I sat down in the living room and explained the collaborative project to my family then said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
My husband started tossing out weird sixth sense ideas. My thirteen year old son, loaded up on puberty hormones, looks over at me and says, “Don’t you write naughty stuff? Make it about a strip club. That would be awesome with lots of boobage.”
I thought about it a minute and realized he was right. Not about the boobage part. The strip club would make a really great setting but it needed to be different. I didn’t want vamps I wanted something different, and succubus’s had been whirling through a few manuscripts I’d been playing with.
I cut him off after he tossed out strip clubs. I definitely wasn’t letting him help plot any further! Grown ups tend not to like terms like boobage in their erotica, after all. With a little bit of teenage hormone help, Lilith’s Freedom was born.
A succubus working in a night (strip) club called The Master’s Lair. An angel undercover as fallen, goes to the night club. He doesn’t want to love a demon. He wants to seek his revenge instead. Somehow the two things become mingled in his mind after he meets Lilith.
I think this is the strongest novella I’ve done, yet. I can’t wait for it to release! I really loved writing this story. My husband was begging me to leave it open for a possible series. He really enjoyed being my first beta reader for this one.
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Thank you for joining us, Kathryn, and good luck with your stories!
July 15th, 2013
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