First of all I want to thank Jesse for having me here and putting up with my crazy schedule. She has been so gracious and accommodating. Thank you, Jesse.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, then what?
In the back of my mind I always wanted to tell stories even though at age seven I may not have known what that really meant. I also wanted to be a dentist, psychologist, an oral surgeon, and a CEO of a big company. Now, I can be all those things through a character in one of my books.
Do your readers contact you? If so, what do they say?
I’ve had a few fan mails, and let me say, they are AWESOME. I don’t know any author who doesn’t like hearing a glowing review from a fan. Now, if you hated the book, I see no reason to go out of your way to email me. LOL!
For aspiring writers, what three pieces of good advice would you give them?
The same advice that I give myself: Finish the damn book! (I tell myself this one a lot) Get off Twitter, HootSuite, and Gmail! (I tell myself this one all the time.) Visualize yourself writing. (I use this technique for lots of things, but especially for writing.)
Do you have a favorite of your own books?
Since I am just finishing my third full length book, I don’t have many to choose from. I guess the answer is the one that I’m most passionate about which should be the novel that I’m working one, but usually is the next one on the horizon.
How do you balance writing with your life?
Balance? What’s that? Seriously, as a writer I’ve been searching for the key to balance all aspects of my life for a long time. I’ve read books, prayed, meditated, and written out a detailed schedule. Honestly, I think things come in waves. Sometimes you are doing great in one area and lacking in another and other times it’s opposite. But the one thing I’ve learned is you really can’t do everything all the time. One way or another something has got to give. So pick the top three, alternate between them, and eventually you will make progress.
How old were you when you wrote your first book and what was it about?
I started writing an epic romance longhand when I was twelve. The book swept across three continents and touched on issues of abuse, death, miscarriage, and infidelity (yikes what was I reading at the age of twelve?). I never did finish it, but the book still lingers in the back of my mind waiting for its time to come out and give me hell.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from everywhere, but mainly from music and movies. I love taking a scene in a movie, dissecting it, and then creating my own story from it. I did a post about just this thing on my blog. Here is the link, in case anyone is interested. Inspirational Mondays (How I write)
Do you have a writing quirk?
My crit partner says this is a quirk—I’ve written almost all of my books longhand first. Now that I’m having issues with my hands I’m thinking of trying out a AlphaSmart for all of my first drafts, but there’s just something that is really very freeing about taking a pen to paper.
Pantser or Planner?
Gah, a little of both. I am a Panster who wishes and tries really hard to be a Planner.
Do you pick out dream casts for your books? If so, what's your favorite so far?
Not really, except if my first book, DARK FUTURE, ever gets turned into a movie than Daniel Craig has to play ConRad’s part. Totally Yum!
Coke vs Pepsi?
Chocolate vs Vanilla?
Cake vs Ice Cream?
Cake. Did I mention chocolate above?
Do you think we dream in color or that we wake up and remember it in color?
I think I definitely dream in color. I’m not sure about anyone else.
What's your favorite food?
Any food that is brought to me while I am holed up in my room working. Case in point my husband just brought me half of a chicken sandwich from McDonalds. Works for me.
What type of food could you never live without?
I love chocolate and wine. If you put them in your mouth at the same time they really do count as one food.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you take with you (limit 4 items)?
Since we are counting chocolate and wine as one (see above) I would have to go with:
Sunblock (I burn easily)
Endless supply of paper and pens.
Favorite show growing up?
I loved watching the reruns of the Brady Bunch.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I truly believe that if I could go without sleep I would rule the world. (Not sure, but that could be sleep deprivation talking.)
What do you think the future will hold?
I am very optimistic. I think the future only holds great things.
I would love to giveaway on e-copy of my latest release, TEXAS WIDE OPEN. Below is the book blurb and excerpt.
Katie Harris loved growing up on a ranch. She had her horse, the beautiful Texas prairie, and Cole Logan, the cowboy next door. But there are a lot of secrets hidden under a Texas sky…
Katie always knew she’d marry Cole one day—until he broke her dreams and her heart. But now that Katie’s father is sick, she’s back home, older, wiser and nowhere near the love-sick fool she once was.
Cole knows Katie doesn’t want anything to do with him. But after so many years, he can’t pretend she’s no more than a neighbor. Not when thinking about her cherry lip gloss and hell-for-leather passion is keeping him up all night. Holding his ground was hard enough when she was seventeen. Now that she’s her own woman, Cole’s heart doesn’t stand a chance…
“Passionate, gritty and fast paced…with a hot blooded, honorable hero to make every woman's knees go weak.”—Diane Whiteside
Katie watched as Cole slowly turned, and at the sight of his bare chest, smooth and ripped with muscle, she locked her knees to keep upright. Instead of his inviting smile, there was a hardness she rarely saw that contrasted with the desire in his eyes.
Cole stood and stared. The silence between them crackled as if a whole conversation could be said without words.
Her breathing quickened as her nipples contracted into small, tight buds, sensitive to the brush of the cotton across them. She refused to hide her body’s reaction even as a flush of heat rushed to her cheeks. She’d been waiting all of her life for this moment. She was tired of hiding. She was ready. Unashamed, she gazed in his eyes and let the wealth of her feelings pour into her face.
Cole was no coward—he returned stare for stare—but she could see his jaw flex and knew he was pissed. She’d pushed him hard, but this was where the women separated themselves from the girls.
“I’m not a child any longer.” She took a step closer.
“And I told you, if you wear that shirt again, I’ll burn it,” he growled.
But Cole would have to do more than display a little anger to scare her. Before she lost courage, Katie crossed her arms and pulled.
She threw her shirt in his face, along with her challenge. “Go ahead and do it.”
If TEXAS WIDE OPEN is your type of book leave a comment telling asking me a question you wished I had answered above.
Thanks for reading!
KC Klein is the author of Dark Future, a sexy futuristic time-travel. She became serious about writing three years ago and was as surprised as anyone when her stories took a turn toward dark and snarky. Today, she divides her time between taking care of her family and driving in circles around Arizona, too busy creating stories in her head to pay attention to mere road signs.