Welcome back everyone for the final day of the author interview blitz! What a week it's been. So many authors and novels, so little time it seems. Today it's Stacey Kennedy who has stopped by BRB. It's a thrill to have such talent. So let's get started! Thank you so much for taking the time, Stacey.
Who is, Stacey Kennedy? Please tell us about yourself.
I am a thirty one year old wife, mom, house cleaner, cook, teacher, play-doh extraordinaire, swing pusher, toddler chaser after – who loves the outdoors, curling up with the latest flick, and if I’m not plugging away at a new novel, I’ve got my nose buried deep in a good book.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
The journey as a writer all began when I was a teen and wrote poetry, which still to this day I pull out to have a good laugh. Later on, I tried a couple of times to put a book together with no such luck. Couldn’t ever get past the first few chapters. But once I was exposed to the paranormal world, ideas came quickly. At first, it was a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say―numbing.It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty. It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge at naptime, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill!
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I read A LOT! It was from reading that a story came to me. An idea you could say. I had tried writing a novel about five years ago but I never got anywhere with it. Once I was introduced to vampires and werewolves, ideas came quickly. So, one day I grabbed my laptop and started writing. And now it’s all history.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
What inspires me? Good question. Anything and everything. Sometimes, it’s from my own stories. While I’m in the middle of writing one I’ll leave it to write another. Other times it can be from a single event―one moment where the characters show themselves―little ideas that are the pivotal part in a story or even sometimes the opening scene. I can only say I’m grateful that I haven’t run out of ideas and hope it stays that way. I also love to write women who would be just like you and me. Who are thrown into these crazy dangerous situations and watching them somehow try to get out of it alive. I love emotion in books, and therefore, my work tends to have a lot of it…add in sexy scenes, and that is all the inspiration I need.
What made you chose to write paranormal/fantasy/urban erotic/romantic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
Um…cause it’s HOT! LOL! Why wouldn’t I, that’s the question! I love reading paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and erotic romance too, so it’s not a big surprise that’s the genres I write in. I’m trying my hand at a contemporary romance story and I’m thrilled with how it’s turning out. I would love to write a sci-fi erotic romance, but I need to watch some Star Trek episodes first. I was introduced to this genre a while back and I absolutely love it. Maybe one day I’ll give a try…but I need to do tons of research first so werewolves don’t show up in the story somewhere.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
It’s all about the characters for me. I love getting into a characters mind. Being them…even if it is for a while. Seeing the world through their eyes and experiencing their emotions; it’s a great way to get out of my head for a little bit.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Without a doubt the beginning! I LOATHE the first three chapters. It is always a struggle for me and I spend the majority of my revisions on these chapters. By the time I’m done, I never want to look at them again…but that’s when edits start and I’m back reading them. *grumbles*
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
I suppose there’s part of me in my writing. Not events so much, but emotions for sure. It’s hard not to put a bit of yourself into your book. Looking back each heroine in my stories has one little aspect of my personality whether it be a part of my sense of humor, stubbornness or temper. I guess for me it makes them more real.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
Sex scenes are the easiest for me to write, no doubt about it. I think what makes a good love scene is passion. It’s the element of connecting two characters who want nothing but each other in a hot embrace. Hot and heavy sex is fantastic…but I think heat comes from being in the person’s mind. Reading the emotions they are feeling, experiencing the way they see the other person and what the sexual experience is doing for them is what I find sexy. I love, love, love, when a man adores a woman and marvels at her womanly gifts.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I do both. In my paranormal and urban fantasy romances I tend to keep things more to the imagination and keep the heat level down. Of course, the scenes are passionate, just not as descriptive. In my erotic romances and erotica, the scenes are bold…so so bold! I focus on each and every detail and describe it in full detail to give the reader that heat they are looking for. I’ve got no method. I’m not a plotter when I write. So, I just sit down and let the characters take me wherever they want to go.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
My characters are completely fictitious, but like I said I try to make them as real as possible. So, I am sure I can relate them to many people I’ve met over the years. Experiences I’ve gone through I’m sure play a role in how I develop the characters and define their personalities.
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
By far my most favorite character is Briggs. He’s the hero in The Blue Blood Series. I tend to write arrogant men, who at times you’d like to smack upside the head, when other times you wished you were in their arms. Briggs, however, is a man who stole my heart the second I began An Everlasting Bite. Sure, he can be tough, he is a werewolf after all. But there isn’t a pig-headed bone in his body. I love the way he sees the world and the way he sees his heroine, Rynn. I think what makes him so unique is that his whole mind is wrapped around her life. And being that they are in danger, often, it’s quite a display to see a man that is utterly enthralled with the woman he loves.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My latest release is Stolen Dreams – The Lingering Spirit Book One. It’s a fun, paranormal romance that involves one woman and one smokin’ hot ghost, a murder mystery and a sweet love story with just the right amount of humor.
Tess Jennings has the ability to see and talk to spirits. On a daily basis, they harass and annoy her to save their souls. Sometimes she helps, other times she ignores them, but one ghost will give her no choice. Kipp McGowan, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, uses his ghostly charms to gain her attention and forces her to expose herself to his partner.
As she’s pulled into the five year old cold case of Hannah Reid she wants no part of, she finds herself in more than one precarious situation. But that’s the least of her worries―Tess begins to have a serious problem on her hands. Kipp might be dead, but he’s drop-dead gorgeous and she’s beginning to forget that he’s a ghost.
Murder and corruption has brought Tess and Kipp together. But as her feelings for Kipp deepen, she suspects she just signed herself up for a one-way ticket to the nut house, and can only hope, straitjackets come in a size four.
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
I wrote this story for Liquid Silver Books, Strange Hollow line and it will come out in early April 2011. It is probably one of my favorite stories to date. I LOVED the world it takes place in and Bryanna was a blast to write. She’s witty, funny, but tormented. I enjoyed seeing her finding herself again and loved watching Zeke help her do it. Plus, this story is smokin’ hot and that always makes writing fun!
Bryanna, a Witch from the Asheville coven magic is on the fritz. Shunned by her coven and her boyfriend, Layton for her unruly magic, she seeks a new life for herself. Just so happens, fate steps in and brings her to Strange Hollow–a place where being different is not only acceptable, but encouraged.
When Bryanna arrives in Strange Hollow, Zeke, a demon gone good, is burning with Hell’s fire over her. Not only has she set his world ablaze, but he’s found one soul he can save. He’s determined to free her from the insecurities that have damaged her soul.
Together, they experience lava hot passion as they weave their way through a tornado of emotions. But when Layton returns for her, will Zeke’s attempts to break the unworthy cage woven around her be enough to keep her in Strange Hollow forever?
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
I’ve got a paranormal erotic romance series with Cobblestone Press, The Watchers (2 books). Cobblestone Press
Liquid Silver Book has published my urban fantasy romance series, The Magical Sword (4 books) and The Blue Bloods (2 books). Recently, I just released a paranormal erotic romance series, Special Agent Fang (1 book) with them too.
Amira Press has published my first novella in a paranormal erotic romance series, Wolf Tracks Amira Press.com
And I do have some erotica stories coming soon with Decadent Publishing for their 1NightStand line.
Needless to say…I’ve been busy! J
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I hope in five years that my stories have reached more readers. That they enjoy the worlds I’ve created and love the characters as much as I do. I’ll keep plugging away, learning more, but my ultimate goal is to be represented by an agent. In ten years, only time will tell where I’ll be...
Okay sweeties, I'm out of here! It's been a blast, but after this week I am utterly worn out. I've spent an average of sixteen hours a day on the computer. By the end of this weekend I'll be done the second instalment to my own series Benevolence - 'Master of Destruction' then it's on to the third novel (Master of Salvation), plus of course, I've got articles to write and posts to pen. Plus, Reeve and Slade have been calling my name. Yes I've got the third novel to my Devotion series almost complete. My next post will be for April 18th - but until then, you know the drill, have a fantastic weekend!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!