Welcome to BRB, everyone! I wish to pass on a Happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canucks and, I'd also like to pass on a Happy Fourth of July to those living in the USA! Both dates wound up on and between my regular posting days, so I wanted to say something. :)
My guest today is erotic author Kay Dee Royal, a talented lady that's had a varied career in the publishing industry and has some interesting tidbits to share. So, let's begin! Thank you for joining me today, Kay Dee. What genre do your currently write? And, is there a genre you'd like to write, but haven't tried yet?
KayDee: I actually began writing YA under a different name. After I took on a ghostwriting job placing sex scenes into a romance…well, shoot, how could I resist…not that I didn’t dabble in romance, but that ghost-writing job sort of sealed the deal for me. I love writing erotic romance…although I write contemporary, my favorite is paranormal and fantasyJ
Many authors use a nom de plume, and they may use one opposite to their own sex. Do you think an author's sex or sexual orientation should dictate what genre they write?
KayDee: Heavens NO. As writers, male or female, we’re a creative lot and reaching into all sorts of experiences, emotions, other peoples experiences, history, anywhere we can to find that little nugget of gold for our plot, scenes, and characters. A male may have a different spin on a genre than a female and visa-versa, but there are always readers that appreciate those unique styles & voices ;)
Some authors have issues with character development, writer's block, plot summary etc. What is the biggest challenge you face when writing? How do you overcome the problem?
KayDee: As a matter of fact I had a big challenge with Savage Smoke. I was down to the last 15K and knew my villain would die, right…well, that bad-a** rogue grabbed my pen and we fought over it for months. He wanted to redeem himself, and felt he had the right to it. To be honest, I wanted him to right all of his wrongs…so, finally, after getting his way, the story ends with that very possibility.
What has been the single most successful marketing tool you've used to date?
KayDee: Oh, Blak…I wish I knew. I love twitter…I like retweeting and so appreciate it when someone does that for me…it gives me such a feeling of support and graciousness. Not a big fan of FB, although I try hard with it. I’m just getting more involved with GoodReads…and that place feels right to me because it’s all about books. Google seems friendly, but then again, I’m clueless on all I can do there.
I’ve gone on book tours – Roxanne Rhoads (Bewitching Book Tours) is an excellent place – she’s very reasonable and I believe her hosts ripple out a good reach.
But, for all I’ve done – and believe me it takes a lot of work and energy – the best marketing tool has to be readers that love an author’s novels. Their reviews, passing on a good word, mentioning it in any social media is the number one.
Joining an erotic romance book club might be a good place to start…and GoodReads has thoseJ
What are you currently reading?
KayDee: I read like twenty or more books at the same time (all different genres and authors)…I read to sate my mood and my time. I don’t get to read for pleasure as much as I’d like anymore. Here’s a few: Charlene A. Wilson’s One for Kami, HK Carlton’s Street People, Gail Roughton’s The Color of Dusk, Blak Rayne’s *smiles* The Ideal Side of Love, Sandra Carlson’s The Town That Disappeared (tween), Vi Keeland’s Belong to You (for a book club), Marian Lanouette’s If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Novel (mystery romance)...you get the picture.
How do you measure success?
KayDee: I measure my daily success by all of the many friends I’ve discovered in the course of my writing career, like in my publisher’s groups, in my social media circles, in the blogs I share, in the on-line courses and workshops I take, and all of the amazing author’s I feature on my blog…it’s wonderful support being around like-minded people, even if it is only virtual…no one really understands an author’s world like another authorJ
BUT, on the grander scale for a measure of success, it is seeing a review from a reader who loved my book…I have to say there’s no greater feeling of accomplishment for me as a writer.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite drink? Dirty Chia Tea LatteJ
Are you a cat or dog person? I used to be totally a dog person…now, I’m more a cat person…hmmm
Love or lust? Love…definitely, it holds both for meJ
If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why?
There are so many authors I love, but Kate Douglas…well, I’ve always loved her work and I would absolutely love to watch her going through her daily schedule of writing. I’m sure I’d learn a ton from her discipline.
If you could indulge free of any consequences, what would be your ultimate sexual fantasy?
Oh…nothing like putting a woman in the spotlight (LOL) and I’m sure you’ll think this is so tame…but I’d love to spend time at a rustic cabin in my twenty-something year old body with my DH…and enjoy an entire four days of constant passion…just like our honeymoonJ
Sizzling HOT! Warning: Lots of two-somes, three-somes, even more-somes, like it stimulating, arousing, and positively natural…or supernatural.
Website Link: http://kaydeeroyal.wix.com/kaydeeroyal
Savage Smoke – Book 2
Lycan International Investigation Agency Series
Chance and his LIIA pack of agents search for rogue Lycan mastermind, Smoke, kidnapper of Lindsey and fifteen other human women he plans to use for procreating his own army.
Trevor, Chance’s right-hand Lycan, wants his mate back, but believes she’s fallen for her captor. Lindsey loves Trevor but believes he’s given up on her.
Will Trevor come around in time to rescue Lindsey and save her from shifting into Smoke’s pack, and will she even want back with Trevor after spending so long apart?
So far, Smoke didn’t share Lindsey with other males, but she was aware of the orgies inside the central building. She heard a few women talk of them. Some even liked them, being surrounded by hard-bodied men hung like rocket launchers. Those women went at it without the use of the stimulation drug Smoke used on everyone else.
She was used to the little needle pricks and welcomed them. It made acting the part with Smoke so much easier, believing in her heart Trevor made love to her, but guarding that fact from Smoke by holding Trevor’s name in the secret place, locked safely away.
Lindsey understood some of the sexual attraction. She had that once, but she couldn’t go there in her mind. Smoke searched her thoughts almost daily and always found if she’d tapped into any memory nuggets of people she loved. He possessed psychic abilities others didn’t. Already, the thoughts of Trevor that had emerged she’d need to bury before Smoke returned.
If an orgy ensued during their pack meeting, Smoke would be preoccupied for a good while. She reached her arm underneath the mattress, where a few weeks ago she saw Smoke slide his journal. Lindsey had fallen asleep with her back to the fireplace. A crack of thunder wakened her in time to witness Smoke closing a journal and placing it beneath the mattress they shared.
Lindsey touched its leather cover, wrapped her fingers around it, and hauled it out.
Publisher Link: Muse It UpPublishing Store
Bio: Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary erotic romance—maybe because it's also her favorite genres to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She'll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun. She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dog, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea). You can find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot.