By A.C. James
Welcome to my blog interview with novelist Kay Dee Royal. If you like what you read, please investigate her books at: Muse It Up Publishing or Amazon Author Page.
A.C. James: Hi, Kay Dee. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
KayDee: Hi A.C., thank you so much for having me here today…nice place btw:) Hello everyone 🙂 Here’s a bit about me…I reside in Southwest Michigan with my DH, dog, and two cats. Left the corporate world about thirteen years ago and have been writing ever since. My favorite genre to read or write is paranormal erotic romance, but I also write contemporary and read many sub-genres of erotic romance.
I’d rather be writing or doing something to do with it (like promoting, editing, blogging, social media, etc.), but I also like to fish, golf with my Pops, or spend time with my grandchildren.
I can’t hit a golf ball to save my life but I know what you mean. Doing what you love is the only way to go 😉 What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
KayDee: Answered the first part in previous Q. My list of published works:
Big Girls Don’t Cry Wolf; Staring Into the Eyes of Chance; One Plus One; How to Net a Prince; Savage Smoke; Seducing the Myth (anthology).
I love e-books…I’m an e-book whore…like over 1,000 on my kindle. I know…will I ever read that many?? But think about how much space that many books would take up in my house…whew!
A.C. James: I’m addicted to my Kindle. It never leaves my side. I love, love, love e-books. But there’s something great about walking into a quaint little bookstore surrounded by the musty smell of old books. I love that far more than the shiny new bookstores complete with Starbucks. Have you self-published?
KayDee: No…love my publisher, haven’t considered self-publishing.
A.C. James: Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
KayDee: Chance – the Alpha lycan (werewolf) and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency. He’s loyal to his pack and to his mate…and to the Elders who rule their kind. He stars in Book 1, Staring Into the Eyes of Chance & 2, Savage Smoke of the LIIA series…and will also be in the upcoming Smoke -n- Bliss.
A.C. James: I always love a good shifter story 🙂 Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
KayDee: I read a lot of series—like Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie, and moved on to the early romance authors like Fern Michaels, Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodwiss—then Danielle Steele, and then I read Kate Douglas. The romances were good, but I loved paranormal and Kate’s Chanku pack…well, I became addicted 😉
A.C. James: I used to read Nancy Drew too. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
KayDee: No, I don’t write in my novel every day, but I do promote and market something every day, I post on a few blogs often, edit (as a job), and write when I can. There’s always something to do with writing.
A.C. James: That must keep you really busy. Do you do a lot of editing or research?
KayDee: It seems I can’t stop editing…really hard for me to turn that side of my brain off and enjoy writing. I’m always editing chapters before I write more. AND, I also edit as a job. I like doing research…but I don’t get hung up on it like I do the editing part.
A.C. James: And what point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
KayDee: I like both viewpoints—mostly first for short works and third for longer. I’d love to get good at writing Deep third…it’s a goal of mine. In a writing course we used second person…but to me that’s more for sales type articles or for younger audiences.
A.C. James: What’s your favorite or least favorite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
KayDee: I didn’t think the marketing part of it would be so tough, well…not tough as much as time consuming. It feels like I’m being very impractical with my use of time.
My favorite part is working at home getting lost inside my story-stars and their stories.
A.C. James: That’s the biggest complaint that I hear most frequently—that marketing takes up a lot of time that would be better spent creating. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
KayDee: Editing, and promoting other authors on my blogs 🙂 Whenever I get time to read, I write an occasional book review.
A.C. James: I might just have to keep that in mind. Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
KayDee: I lurk at a number of Yahoo Groups—love Savvy Authors (take a number of courses there), have joined a few groups on Good Reads and also on LinkedIn. My favorites are Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Lives Forever and Coffee Time Romance. I also enjoy Romance Junkies.
A.C. James: What are you working on at the moment / next?
KayDee: I have a couple of short story call-outs I’m working on, and I’m starting book 3 in the LIIA series. I’m also working on a couple YA novels under another name.
A.C. James: Tell us more about Savage Smoke and why it’s been such a big hit with your readers.
KayDee: LOL, not sure it’s a big hit…yet 😉 It’s action-packed, sexy hot—like 5 flames sizzling, and it involves a number of relationships. Always something going on with someone…and with all the special abilities *sigh* Danger, wild lust, and deep love 😉 AND, a rogue that won’t die no matter what I do to prompt it.
A.C. James: Where can we find out about you and your writing?
KayDee: Website; FB; Twitter; GoodReads;
Blogs: http://www.kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com; http://ravencraftrealm.blogspot.com
A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with Smoke -n- Bliss and we look forward to having you back when it’s released.
KayDee: Thank you again, A.C. I totally enjoyed our chat and would love to come back for a visit 🙂
A.C. James: Anytime!
Lycan International Investigation Agency Series (LIIA)
Kay Dee Royal
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Muse It Hot Publishing
Date of Publication: June 21, 2013
Number of pages: 223
Word Count: 58,000
Cover Artist: Suzannah Safi
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?
Warning: Sizzling HOT! Lots of two-somes, three-somes, even more-somes, stimulating, arousing, and positively natural…or supernatural.
Staring Into the Eyes of Chance
Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) Series Book One
Kay Dee Royal
Genre: Paranormal erotic romance- featuring Werewolves, Paranormal Abilities, Explicit Love Scenes
Olivia swears off men until she meets Chance, a Lycan alpha. He ignites an undeniable hunger they can only sate together.
Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.
Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.
A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.
Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?
About the Author:
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 dogs, her cats, her caged husband… you get the idea). You can reach her at her blogand find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot.
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5 winners will win 1 e-copy each of: Staring Into the Eyes of Chance and Savage Smoke (Book 1 & 2 LIIA Series)