Kay Dee Royal
Erotic Romance Author
Welcome to the beach! We're here with Kay Dee where she's brought her own bartender and Tiki bar complete with a hunky bartender who'll keep our glasses full during the interview! So, grab a drink, not the bartender, that'll have to wait, ladies. I promise, with Kay Dee's permission, you can get to know him better later...Attention!! Get back over here...the party's here, not at the bar. That's better! Now, Kay Dee, thank you for such a beautiful setting to introduce us to your books. It's warm, gorgeous, romantic...wow! Our readers are ready for a hot, smutty read but first, let me tell them about you.
Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal and fantasy romance—maybe because it's also her favorite genre 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 blog and find the latest on her titles from her publisher, MuseItHot. Save your questions until the end where you can jot them down in a comment because she's having a giveaway. Be sure to get in on the drawing. We're picking a winner on Saturday.
Tonya: Kay Dee, Welcome! Our readers love to know more about their authors. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Kay Dee: First off, Tonya, thank you so much for having me at your place. I’m excited to be here…maybe even a little over anxious. I don't get to hang out with my friends and take time to chat about my books too often...and here I am, with your undivided attention. Wow, I’m really honored *blushes a bit* Okay…I’ll get cracking on answering the question…
I love reading and writing paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. I spent twenty years in the corporate world and realized instead of feeding me in a positive energy way, it became a vampire…an energy-draining meanie. Night after night I’d go home totally exhausted wondering when it had changed because I absolutely loved working there, loved everyone…until a new guy came on board thinking he knew more than anyone who had worked there for thirty plus years (you know the type). Anyhoo, I left on good terms chasing my dream of writing…and here I am * smile * My husband, family, and friends are a wonderful supportive network for me.
Tonya: So since you’ve quit the day job, you’re staying busy?
Kay Dee: My day job now is writing, marketing my writing, OR marketing another author’s writing, editing (I also edit for a publisher), blogging, and reading for book reviews. I love what I do…seriously love it. But, I have to say, a career in writing takes up way more time than a 9 to 5 day job, as I’m sure most authors realize.
Tonya: 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?
Kay Dee: It all has to do with what kind of mood I’m in when I first wake in the morning. I’ve been getting back into meditation before cracking open my laptop, and I have to admit it helps start me with an over-all wellness feeling – I’m smiling even when my computer works like a snail. I like a cup of Earl Grey or Green Tea with Lavender in the morning…right now Barq’s root beer in the afternoon (it’s the craziest addiction for the moment). According to this mood of mine, I’ll end up in my sub-room in a recliner, or my living room in a huge leather chair with an ottoman, OR my three-seasoned porch in my office chair (yeah, I rarely write in my office). I love Citrus & Sage candles, and I listen to wordless music…like spa-type with natural sounds of water, wind, birds, animals, whales, etc.
Tonya: Your writing areas sound very peaceful and calming for you. Where do you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?
Kay Dee: Story ideas come from everywhere…overheard dialogue, the news, magazines, someone else’s story triggers something for me, a family in crisis, television series, movies, dreams, nightmares *grins* see…everywhere. I have a notebook of first lines, which act as my story idea list.
Tonya: Tell us a bit about your publisher and how it’s going for you?
Kay Dee: I am published through a young but growing and evolving new e-publishing house, Muse It Up Publishing. It has been the best experience I’ve had to date. I’ve learned so much from our fearless leader Lea Schizas and from the other authors and editors there. The camaraderie, support, ideas and promotion flinging/sharing…no one is in competition with anyone there…they are all truly supportive and respectful of each other. You can see I hold a deep loyalty there.
Tonya: Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?
Kay Dee: My best writing is while I’m alone, although I can write with others around - it’s not my most productive use of time. AND, my most productive time is early morning…but that time is usually dedicated to promoting.
Tonya: I’m so not a morning person but then again, I’m up late at night writing. What advice would you give to new authors?
Kay Dee: You’ll need to promote your work…and may I suggest you pay-it-forward. Exchange blog post with another author, network with other authors; find places to hang out (virtually) with your like-minded genre. FB, Google, GoodReads, LinkedIn are good places to start, but there are a number of excellent Yahoo Groups to check out as well. Also, don’t be afraid to pay a little to have your book cover and buy links posted on a promotional romance author site. There are a number of sites and packages out there…it might take only a little research to figure out the best offer and another author’s testimonial always helps.
AND, when you read a book, don’t hesitate to give it a review. When you receive a few reviews for your book, you’ll understand how important those are and how grateful an author would be to receive one. Always post it where ever you can.
Tonya: Good recommendation…reviews help all books so other readers can check them out. Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?
Kay Dee: I just had someone else ask me a similar question…my hero, heroine, and villain (if I have one) are pretty much established before I begin writing their story. A suggestion was made (by Deanna Jewel) to find a picture of the main story-stars for referencing while writing – I’ve never done that, but it sounds like an excellent idea.
Tonya: What attracts you most about men?
Kay Dee: Initially, their prowess. And, what I mean by that is their confidence level, self-assuredness in who they are and what their mission in life is (to accomplish), along with the direction and drive to reach it. I married an Alpha…and I have a true appreciation for all that he is (even though sometimes I want to out and out kick his *ss). Not that I can…or actually would…LOL
Tonya: We’re dying to hear about your latest book. What can you tell us without spoiling the storyline?
Kay Dee: I’d love to share the story-stars with you:
Lacinda’s in her mid-twenties and runs an animal shelter. She lost her husband-to-be two years prior and has more or less closed herself off from everything outside her animal sanctuary. After a few glasses of wine her best friend talks Lacinda into filling out a sensually explicit survey questionnaire as a dare. It ends up the survey is a contest entry for a three-week singles cruise.
Then there’s Blade…oh, so yummy:) He’s too rich for his own good and is tired of too many possible relationships being more about his money. He’s done with women, only his female business partner and long-time friend, Mazie, has something to say about that. She pulls together a singles cruise with the idea she’s going to find Blade a mate for life.
This book was so fun to write, sparks flew between Lacinda and Blade from the get-go…love when that happens.
Tonya: Where can our readers find you and your books?
Kay Dee: here are a few places:
Tonya: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?
Kay Dee: Thanks so much for stopping in to visit – I hope you found it enjoyable – I sure did. It has been wild fun hanging out at Tonya’s place! Oh, and right now, if you find you’re interested in purchasing One Plus One or any of my books, all of them are 20% off right now at Muse It Up Publishing.
Tonya: Let’s move on to some fun questions so we can learn about what you like. What is your favorite night time snack?
Kay Dee: I’m good some nights about not snacking and others I can’t seem to get enough (LOL). My fav would be chips and cheese…the crunchier the better.
Tonya: Do you like toppings on your ice cream?
Kay Dee: I used to enjoy hot fudge and pecans, but I’ve evolved *grins* Now I like mint chocolate chip bare naked.
Tonya: ooooo - that’s my fav, too!! What’s your favorite meal - Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc?
Kay Dee: I don’t think I have a favorite…geesh. What does that say about me *shakes head*
One Plus One Blurb:
Coerced by her friend, Lacinda, a woman crushed by love, winds up on a three-week singles cruise.
Blade, a man of means, discovers Miss Right under the guise of a singles cruise set up by his business partner.
Once Blade focuses his efforts he always gets what he’s after, until Lacinda throws his arrogant reputation back in his face.
Can Blade break through Lacinda’s angry barriers? Will she ever see him as anything more than a player?
One Plus One Short Excerpt:
Lacinda stepped across the upper dock, moving ever closer to the huge cruise ship. Her stomach roiled and clenched, nerves working overtime as her best friend’s words buzzed inside her head…
“A no-tell three weeks; a stimulating respite with someone looking for the same thing; like minds liking bodies that sail. OMG, a whole three weeks of primal lust with no strings attached. Isn’t that every woman’s dream?” Avery’s excitement came through loud and clear weeks before the trip. She never stopped reiterating how much Lacinda needed to get away.
Heat burned down her neck and settled between her breasts as Lacinda recalled the ten pages of personal, detailed questions and some of her responses. The explicit descriptions of her favorite sexual positions and something new she’d never done before. Her knees turned liquid and she leaned against the rough wooden rail of the dock. A steady stream of men and women around her age passed, no one talking, but all hurrying up the boardwalk.
What has Avery gotten me into?
Kay Dee: Thank you for having me at your place for a whole week. I’ve been able to kick back, take some time, and enjoy the company ~ those moments seem so rare now a days. Hugs, Tonya! Thank you everyone! And, good luck in the drawing.
Tonya: Kay Dee, it’s been fabulous spending time with you! You’re a sweetheart. Readers, I hope you check out One Plus One and Kay Dee’s website and publisher! Be sure to get in on the RaffleCopter Contest and answer the question for Kay Dee. Thank you all for taking the time to stop in and read with us.
GIVEAWAY CONTEST: I’d like to offer a PDF copy of One Plus One, or actually any of my backlist mentioned on the Muse It Up Publishing site for a drawing that takes place on Saturday Oct 13.
All you have to do is answer a question that Tonya asked me: What attracts you most about men? *grins* Your turn! Please leave your response in a comment but also enter the RaffleCopter so we can grab your email in case you win! Good Luck!!