Hello, peeps. I seem to have floated down from my release day excitement at last, so today I have fellow Evernight Author Bethany Kris in my hot seat. Show her some love!
Hello everyone! Before I get started, let me just first thank Doris O’connor for hosting me here today and giving me the chance to share a bit more about who I am as an author.
You're very welcome! So, let's get on with the interview.
*rubs hands in glee*
Q. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
A. I’m an almost twenty-four year old Canadian mother, lover, and author who has just recently decided to take a chance in the world of publishing. I enjoy far too many things that are bad for me, like coffee, cigarettes, and my computer. I work way too much, don’t write nearly as often as I’d like to, and try to enjoy every moment of it that I can in between.
Q. What made you write ‘this’ story?
A. A Mile High came from my need to escape. Stress mostly. Life stress, work stress, family stress, writing stress. I needed something lighthearted and enjoyable, something that wasn’t going to drain me to write, and this is what came of it.
Q. Tell us about your cover.
A. The cover art for A Mile High came from Sour Cherry Designs. I really didn’t want it to be too pornographic, but still erotic and sensual. I also didn’t want a great deal involved around the main people that would draw the attention away from the main theme, and that the color yellow would somehow be a focus. And of course, a plane had to be added in there. It turned out great, so much better than I could have hoped for, honestly.
Q. Describe a typical day’s writing for us
A. I work nights from 11pm to 7am, so I only get to write on my days off and an hour or so before I leave for work. When I do get a good writing session in, it’s usually when my kids aren’t running around, my hubby is out for the day, and my cats are sleeping at my side. That very rarely happens, so I make do with my hour here and there.
Q. What inspires you?
A. Everything. Music, people, my children, dreams, pictures. Even my own general circumstance can push me to write a world that lets me escape into it for a short time. That’s what drew me to writing in the first place. I try to see beauty in things—anything.
Q. If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
A. Well, in my life outside of writing, I work in retail. So, I suppose that’s where I’d still be. But, if I ever go back to school, it’d be for an English Major.
Q. Do your characters ever surprise you?
A. If I’m not writing a particularly emotional, angst filled story, then yes, my characters always manage to surprise me. I don’t generally write happy, funny characters that give you no heartache, but that’s what A Mile High turned out to be. No one was more surprised than me over these two characters.
Q. What could not do without when you’re writing?
A. Cigarettes and coffee, completely need those two things. I suppose if I didn’t have my spouse calling over his shoulder and my youngest son trying to kill my laptop out of jealousy, it would feel like I was missing my left hand, also.
*giggles at the laptop comment* My two year old does that too!
Q. What words of wisdom do you have for the aspiring authors out there?
A. Keep going. Not two days after my first full length was rejected, A Mile High was accepted at Evernight. A part of the process is learning, about the world you’re stepping into, about yourself, and everyone else around you. So regardless of how much it sucks to get those rejections, don’t stop.
Wise words indeed.
Q. Where do you see yourself in ten year’s time?
A. Writing, always, always writing. Although, by then I’ll have teenage—or soon to be teenaged—sons, so I’d bet there will be a whole new heartache and headache waiting then, too.
*Keeps her lips firmly zipped* I have three teens in the house right now ;-)
Q. Do you have a favourite quote?
Put your pen to paper and bleed.
Q. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Yes, and I was having the most terrible time with it about a month ago. There’s nothing I can do to get rid of it except keep writing. Write if it sounds like crap, write if I’m being totally repetitive, write even if I know I’m going to throw it out. I just have to force myself to continue. Eventually, it gets better and then goes away completely.
Q. What other books can your readers look forward to?
As of now, I’m working on two. A Love Unfinished, a paranormal/shifter romantic erotica which is nearly finished, just adding some pieces here and there to work my time line better. And The Scandal of Three, a multiple partner/ménage trios romantic erotica.
Whether or not they ever see the light of day is to be decided by a publisher, I suppose. I hope you get to see them, though.
Fingers crossed :-)
And finally can you share an excerpt with us?
A small teaser from A Mile High:
“Close your eyes,” he demanded in a quiet murmur.
I did just that, listening as the heels walked past without stopping or hesitating as they went. I sighed heavily under my breath, finally looking back at Sal who grinned from his seat, thick cock seated in the palm of his large hand that stroked up and down the hard length languidly.
He made my body shiver just by looking back at me through hooded eyes. Relaxed in his seat, feet braced to the floor and legs spread, waiting, Sal was glorious. He didn’t seem the least bit fazed by the attendant not far from our cubby, or the fact that the people in front of us very well might have heard his sexy grunts as he fucked my mouth good and hard like he wanted to. In fact, he was anything but … no nerves showing, no hesitation in his actions as he caressed his own cock, waiting for me to make the move we both knew I wanted.
Like sin in the flesh, that’s what he looked like.
Daring and wanton.
Sitting with his jaw set hard, tilted up to stare me down, he displayed a grin so wicked, urging me forward.
I didn’t falter when I stood.
Again, thank you to Doris for hosting me. She’s a wonderful lady.
The cheque is in the post. *grins*
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