Q & A with author, Laura Kaye
Laura: Thanks so much! I’m glad to be back! *grins*
CS: Tell me how your first book came to fruition and what that felt like to see your work in print?
Laura: In the summer of 2008, two things happened. I had a head injury that, after I healed, left me with the urge to do creative things. And, while I was healing, I read the Twilight Saga. In addition to learning to play the guitar (not well!), I thought about what Stephenie Meyer had done, decided I could maybe do that, too, and I dove into writing my first novel, the vampire romance that became Forever Freed. It was thrilling to see my words in book, to hold my book in my hand. Just absolutely a dream come true!
CS: What is like now that this has become your career? Tell us what a typical day is like for you when you sit down to write a book?
Laura: Well, up until now, writing hasn’t been my only career. I’m also a professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy. So things have been crazy, as I’ve been working two full-time jobs. There hasn’t really been any sort of typical day since I squeeze in writing wherever I can. However, when I’m not teaching, I usually go to Panera every day and write with my best friend, YA paranormal author Lea Nolan, whose first book, Conjure, came out in October. I aim for 2-3,000 words 5 days a week.
CS: Is there a certain author that helped mentor you or someone who inspired you?
Laura: I read the story when it was a fan fiction and enjoyed it, so I get why so many people fell in love with it. And I should note I was in an online writers’ group for over a year with E.L. James (as well as some other former fan fiction authors), and I never found her to be anything but nice and supportive. I remain friends with a number of the women publishing their fan fictions. I’m not entirely comfortable with fan fictions being published as original fiction, but in the end, it’s the readers and the publishers who get to decide. So far, publishers are fully on board with the idea, and readers have absolutely embraced some of these stories. So, you know what? Good for them. In my opinion, Fifty Shades of Grey has brought new readers to romance and opened doors for authors writing spicier contemporary and erotic romance. And that’s a good thing.
And, I should note, I actually wrote my first original novel (Forever Freed) before I started writing fan fiction. I got sick for almost 6 months following a tick bite and couldn’t concentrate well enough to write another original novel right away, so I started reading a lot of fan fiction, and then I decided to write one. Or two… Or…
CS: LOL. Okay, let’s move to a less serious topic of questions. Have you started your Christmas shopping, wrapped your presents, or are you like my hubby and wait until Christmas Eve to do your shopping?
Laura: Have started shopping. Have not finished. Have not even thought of wrapping – that’s usually a Christmas Eve job!
CS: That is so me--in a panic, wrapping gifts around 1 am and trying to be quiet so I don't wake up the kiddos.
If there was one book that you could get for Christmas this year, what would it be?
Laura: Lover at Last, early, hand-delivered by J.R. Ward herself. And if she wanted to bring Zsadist along for the visit, too, I would totally be okay with that.
CS: Oh, hell yeah! But if V was the one who hand delivered it, sans clothing, then that would be MY wish. Of course, any Brother, nekked or not, would be a treat.
CS: What was your favorite read for 2012?
CS: What can we expect to see from you in 2013?
Laura: A lot! *grins* My final two Hearts of the Anemoi books and my final two Vampire Warrior Kings novellas will be out in 2013. I’ll also be continuing the Hero series. And the first in my new Hard Ink series will be out at the end of the year. It’s gonna be awesome!
CS: Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?
Laura: Only this: come hell or high water, I will not be late delivering my first Hard Ink book, to be called Hard as it Gets, to my new editor. So between now and April 1, I need to write like the wind!
CS: GAH! The title alone has me all tingly and shit. Can't wait. And if you want, feel free to stop here when you're ready to release it and we'll promote the hell out of it! Maybe even a share a sexy snippet?
Laura, thank you so much for taking time and answering a few nosy questions from me. I wish you the best in the upcoming new year – personally and professionally.
One commenter who leaves their email will win an ebook of One Night with a Hero (Heroes #2). Just leave Laura a comment or question! Open to international! Good luck!
Contest runs until Monday, December 17, Midnight ~
Winner will be announced Tuesday, December 18, 2012
“Laura Kaye is synonymous with great, sexy romance.”
He wants just one night…
…what they need is each other.
Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?
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