Sunday, September 25, 2011

Laura Kaye - Romance Author

Laura Kaye
Romance Author

Winner - Amanda!!


      Thank you for stopping in to meet our author of the week! I'm honored to have with me the multi-genre romance author, Laura Kaye. A multi-published romance author in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Just Gotta Say is Laura’s third published book, and her fourth, North of Need (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series) releases on November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
      Please make yourself comfy and let's get started so we can learn more about this hot, talented author!

Tonya:  Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you have a day job?

 Laura:  Hi Tonya! Thanks for having me here! I write erotic, paranormal and contemporary romance and am celebrating my third of four book releases in 2011 this week! I do also have a day job—I teach American history at the college level. Plus I’m a mom to two small girls. Ack! It’s a bit crazy juggling it all sometimes! LOL

Tonya:  Wow! I thought I was busy! Congratulations on the new release! Tell us about your new story.

Laura:  Thanks! Just Gotta Say is my debut erotic romance, and it releases this Friday, September 30. It’s a ménage a quatres story (yep, that’s means foursome!) and has a bit of male-male sexiness to spice things even more. 

Here’s the blurb:

Callie Davis stumbles upon two of her three male roommates in a surprising, molten-hot midnight tryst and discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. Desire to play with them grips her, and she can’t stop fantasizing about having multiple men, particularly her three long-time best friends.

Callie is thrilled when a guys’ night out gives her the perfect opportunity to recreate her fantasy, with the help of a threesome porn video and a bag of sex toys. That is, until Lucas, Jack and Noah return early and catch her in the act. More than anything, the guys want to make her fantasy come true. But Callie has a secret, and she can’t help wondering if being with all three men will risk the future she’s always wanted with one of them.

As three strong sets of hands caress and undress her, Callie surrenders to desire, because sometimes you just gotta say...yes.

Tonya: Why did you write this story?

Laura:  Oh, so many reasons. First, because, to me, group fantasies are just so damn sexy and erotic. The idea of one woman being the focus of multiple men’s desires and attention. That’s just hot! *winks* Also, I’ve always liked friends-to-lovers stories, and I think that’s what makes Just Gotta Say not only off-the-charts sexy but also sweet and romantic too. Plus, I couldn’t not write it—the characters would not leave me alone.

Tonya:  I can feel the sizzle! Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?

Laura:  Not really. Given the balancing act I mentioned above, I pretty much have to write as and when I can. Have laptop, will write! That’s my motto. *grins* Seriously though, I don’t require much in the way of a special routine or a special place to write. My only real habit is I have to read some of what I previously wrote before I can begin writing new words on a story. That re-reading gets me back into the headspace I need to be in to pick back up again, plus the minor revising I do while I re-read helps me create a pretty clean first draft, a nice side benefit. While I like to listen to music to help inspire my writing, and I do make story playlists, I can’t usually listen to music while I write because it’s too distracting.

Tonya:  Now that’s a great idea! I like the story playlist idea. *jotting that down* Are you ever at a loss for ideas? What do you do to get past those times? I don’t have them often but being out in my yard and gardens helps me get creative.

Laura:  Thankfully, I haven’t really experienced this problem. Mine is more the opposite—an overabundance of ideas. In fact, creating new, alluring plot bunnies is probably my biggest form of procrastination. If the story I’m working on stops cooperating, my brain helpfully (or unhelpfully, depending on how you look at it) offers a new story idea to think about. Usually, those moments of non-cooperation are because I’m trying to force the characters or the story to do something they don’t want to do, and if I just listen harder to my muse, I’ll realize the way to fix it. 

Tonya:  That makes total sense, Laura. Do you have a card file where you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?

Laura:  I have a running Word document of ideas. It currently has a dozen fairly well fleshed-out story ideas—and I haven’t updated it in a while. Where do they come from? I don’t know, but I rarely feel like I “thought up” a new story. Instead, I often feel they come to me. One minute the idea’s not there, the next it is, and often it comes with a good bit of specific detail. Occasionally, though, I’ll come across a phrase or hear a music lyric that sparks an idea and, similarly, it then takes on a life of its own. Giving life to new stories ideas is a way cool experience to have.

Tonya:  Tell us about a day in your life as a writer.

Laura:  There’s no typical day, not with working a full-time job and being a mom to young kids. I write whenever I can. Some days I might be able to put in eight hours, other days just one, if I’m lucky. I tend to write at night after the kids go to bed, though sometimes I can sneak in some weekend writing time or some weekday time on non-teaching days. When I can, I meet my best friend and YA paranormal author Lea Nolan at our local Panera, and we set up camp in “our” booth and write together for the day. That’s a lot of fun.

Tonya:  How nice that you have another author in your area to write with! Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?

Laura:  Oops, jumped the gun there, didn’t I? One of the reasons I enjoy nighttime writing is because I find it easier to concentrate and lose myself in the words in the still quiet of the house at night. But I don’t have to have it that way. The background noise at Panera almost never bothers me, because I tend to zone out when I’m writing.

Tonya:  Do you have critique partners or ever been in a critique group? What was the best thing you learned from a critique?

Laura:  My best friend is my go-to critique partner, and I also belong to a critique group of ten other authors formed out of my local RWA chapter. Both have been invaluable. It was through being critiqued that I learned, on the first draft, that I tend to be very strong and clean at dialogue, setting and physical action, but weaker on layering in emotional reaction. So, now I just know that a regular revision agenda has to be going back through and ensuring the emotional development is there.

Tonya:  I learned so much from my critique partners and we keep learning. I love it! Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?

Laura:  OMG, I cannot write if I don’t know my characters. In fact, the only pre-writing planning I usually do is to write out character sketches. I write character-driven stories, so they’re too central to my whole conception of a project to be able to start without knowing their names, their appearance, their goals/motivations/conflicts. I’m kinda the same way about the story title—I can’t really get into writing a story until I know what it’s called. Luckily titles tend to come to me pretty easily.

Tonya:  I’m glad I’m not the only one who writes that way! LOL Do you always include HEA and is that type of ending important to you?

Laura:  Well, I write romance, so all my stories include happy endings or happy-for-now endings. It’s the norm of the genre, and it is important to me because I hope to be taking readers on a feel-good journey that leaves that smiling and warm-hearted at the end. That doesn’t mean I won’t drag them through some angst and conflict in the middle, but, yeah, I’m an HEA kinda writer-girl. *grins*

Tonya:  Where can our readers find you and your books?

Laura:  I write for The Wild Rose Press, Decadent Publishing, Entangled Publishing, and Harlequin Nocturne. So my books are (or will be, for forthcoming titles) available at their respective sites. But, you can also find me and my books at these links, too:

Tonya:  Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Laura:  Just, as always, thank you for your support and for joining me in the great adventure that is reading and writing! And thanks for hosting me at your place, Tonya!

Comment between now and midnight EST Friday 9/30 to enter to win an ebook of Just Gotta Say (releases 9/30 from Decadent Publishing). Winners will be chosen using Comments must include your email address to be counted. For an extra entry, follow Laura on Twitter and leave your Twitter handle in your comment. Contest is open to international. Good luck!  
Tonya:  Readers - Laura will be around for questions so ask away. Let's show her some love and leave a comment to be in the drawing. Don't forget to leave your email addy and follow her for an extra entry! Good Luck!

The Just Gotta Blog Tour features giveaways at every stop—check it out!


  1. Great interview. I also love friends to lovers stories so I can't wait to read Just Gotta Say :)

  2. Woot, Heather! Great to see you here! There just IS something special about friends-to-lovers stories, no? Good luck!

    Thanks for hosting me, Tonya!

  3. I love digging into how you gals work. It's great to know there is another author near you who you can share ideas and work with. It makes work more fun in my mind.

    I am curious Laura:
    Which character in Just Gotta SAy spoke to you first? And what songs were playing while you were writing it?

    I'm all anxious to read how Callie handles all three and if she can still have the one she truly wants.

    Thanks for sharing Tonya and Laura!

  4. Wonderful interview - learned new stuff about one of my favorite authors today! Quite interesting! Thank you both! And Tonya - I subscribed today - can't wait to follow you too...
    Thnaks to both of you!

  5. you rock sister! great interview....keep up the great work! best of luck with all your amazing successes.

  6. Sara and Erin--great to see you guys here!

    Sara's question:
    Which character in Just Gotta Say spoke to you first? And what songs were playing while you were writing it?

    Very unusually, Callie spoke to me first. This is unusual because it's almost always the hero who speaks to me, but I guess since this was Callie's fantasy, it was her story to tell. I actually created a playlist, and it will be up on the new JUST GOTTA SAY page on my website, hopefully today or tomorrow - but "Amber" by 311 and "Glory Box" by Portishead were two good ones from the list. If you don't know these songs, check 'em out - totally sexy!

    Great question, Sara!

  7. Great interview! This book sounds great, and talk about a hot cover! I love me anything erotica, so I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. Woot! Obscured Vixen - your comment made my day!


  9. Yay! Great interview :-)
    I didn't know you teach history. How fun!!! I'm majoring in history. College level...hmmm what age is that? Must be around 18 right? How would you react if a student came up to you and told you he/she read Just Gotta Say? I'm a teacher in training. My students have been / will be between 11 - 16 (sometimes a bit older). I have to agree. Those fantasies you have...ohhhh I'm GAME. ;-)
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!

  10. Saskia - hitting me with the tough questions, I see! Well, I teach 18+ year olds, so, while it might be a bit awkward, they ARE adults. So I'd probably thank them and try to quickly move on. LOL As awkward was my very precocious 16 year old cousin reading FOREVER FREED, which, as you know, has enough of its own erotic elements!!! Great to have you here!!!

  11. I love friends to lovers stories too but I'm stuck on the quadrangle...

    I happen to love the multiples books because they're like harem stories for women. Who says men who have an endless supply of grapes are the only ones allowed to be the center of sexual attention?

    Loved the interview! Already follow Laura on Twitter (@lolarific322)! Thank you for the giveaway!


  12. LOL Lolarific! Your comment made me chuckle! Love your characterization - yes, that's totally the fantasy, here! :)

  13. Laura, so glad you find the time to write so we can read your great books! Wonderful that you have a best friend and local group to critique your work!

    Keep it up:)

    books4me67 at

  14. Hi! I do like the idea of friends to lovers stories and this one sounds really good. Thanks!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  15. @books4me67 - it is great having writer friends, that's so true!

    @Anne--the friends-to-lovers element is what makes this really erotic experience and adds a big dose of romance and heart! Thanks Anne!

    Good luck everyone, and keep those comments coming!

  16. I love friends to lover stories, my husband is my best friend and I think a good romantic relationship needs to be based in friendship to be lasting. Would love to read this book!

  17. I love that, Tamara! Great comment! And good luck!

  18. I do love a good friends to lover story, and you throw in multiples and m/m situations and I am in LOVE! I can not wait to read this story. THanks for the great interview.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  19. Sounds like a great book!

  20. LOL June--love your enthusiasm!


    Winner to be announced soon!

  21. And the winner of a free ebook of JUST GOTTA SAY is...Amanda W.!


    Look for an email today! :)

    Thanks to everyone for commenting!

  22. Congrats to Amanda W for winning!

    I'd like to thank Laura for joining me all week and creating such a stir among our readers...we can't do these interviews without YOUR participation so a special thank you to each of you who visited, clicked a link or posted a comment! Hugs to you all!