MP-Since you’ve been an avid reader all your life I know that picking a favorite book is as hard as picking a favorite child, but if you were stuck on a desert island and only five books survived, which five books could you read over and over and not lose your mind on the island?
MK-Choosing five…That is like asking me shove three children out of the life boat! I actually have many series that are keepers where I read and re-read the whole series year after year. Each time I find something new to enjoy. But since I have to choose, I would select Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton. It is a part of her Anita Blake series. Also Naked in Death by J.D.Robb, which is her first book in the Eve Dallas series. Stardust from Yesterday by Lynn Kurland is another favorite of mine. Who doesn’t love a sexy ghost? Another great book is The Werewolf’s Kiss by Cheri Scotch. It is a series about a curse and a witch. My final book would be Piers Anthony’s With a Tangled Skein, book three of his Incarnations of Immortality series. Do you think it’s strange that most of these are series books?
MP-Absolutely not, I love finding out what happens after the happily ever after.
What season is the best setting for romance?
MK-There is something to be said for each season. The summer you get the sun and scantily clad bodies, heated and needing quenching. But the winter gives you blankets and warm, cozy fires to snuggle into. Not to mention the wonderful holidays to spend together. Spring and Fall both have their own special touches as well, from Spring’s pulsing rain and thunderstorms to the new growth of flowers and Fall has spicy cider, hayrides and cooler nights for stargazing. I believe that every season is wonderful for romance.
MP-As somebody who wrote poetry, who is your favorite poet?
MK-My favorite poet is Margaret Atwood. She writes from a place that gives women power and questions what everyone else thinks of as status quo. I love her way with words and how she gives life to those simple words.
MP-In your book, Second Time’s the Charm, Lissa is burned once so she’s shy to try again. What in your life has burned you so you won’t do it again? (eg..A food, A city, A car etc)
MK-I actually don’t believe in letting things that have burned me stop me from growing and learning. I’ve been burned or hurt by different things and have always found the strength to get back up and keep going. There are definitely things that I’d do differently the next time. I was married at 18 to my first real boyfriend. Like Lissa, we went through a divorce with children involved. My divorce wasn’t like Lissa’s. Today I still talk to my ex-husband and we live about 10 minutes apart. I’d hate to go through another divorce but it was worth finding the life I have now.
MP-Having had to requery your book due to a previous publisher issue do you think that made you more sure that you had a good book, but wary of publishing houses or did it not effect your process?
MK-It certainly was devastating to have the publisher close just when I realized my dream of becoming a published author. Knowing that MMP wasn’t the only publishing house that closed around that time, I was wary of small publishers. I wanted to submit my book to a larger publishing house. I was lucky to have good friends and a sweet husband who were supportive of my dream and encouraged me to try another publishing house. Of course I did doubt myself and worried that I wasn’t cut out to be a writer. However, I’ve also been fortunate to receive feedback from a couple of publishers and authors that I shouldn’t doubt myself. They felt I had real talent. Those small gestures meant a lot to me and kept me going.
I have two books that are due to be published with Rebel Ink Press, “Second Time’s the Charm” and “Protecting Her Wolfe” as well as a short story ‘Forever Love’ in the Ruby Lioness Press Valentine Anthology “Love, Again” coming out February 14th.
Forever Love Blurb from the Valentine Anthology- “Love, Again”:
Forever Love is a story of a woman who comes back to her hometown, fifteen years after leaving it for the bright lights of Chicago. When Syndie Wilder returns to Amherst, Ohio, she comes back to take care of her ailing father and doesn't expect to run into the childhood friend who dumped her in high school. Thom Johnson had regrets for how he treated Syndie but hasn't ever stopped loving her. When fate causes the two to meet, sparks fly again. But will a childhood friendship turn into a forever love?
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