A special thanks for the Divas for letting me come by to celebrate my new release, WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S TREASURE!!
So I wanted this post to be original and exciting. Something new. So I turned to my fans and asked for original interview questions. Hmmm….this may have been a mistake.
I should have learned my lesson when a year or so ago I was writing and was trying to come up with a scent. An intoxicating smell of a women. (Picture Al Paccino saying “HoooYa!”) So I asked. Men. On my Facebook page. “What is your favorite scent on a woman?”
I was shocked. Do you have any idea what the number one answer was? Come on think… Men. Women. Scent.
Would you believe BACON?!?
You read that right…bacon! I mean, come on! Bacon? Want to know what the number two answer was? Gun oil…. I have no words… I’m wondering if the perfume people know about this!? Say we come up with a new cologne… Call it “Bazooka Bacon?” “Rifle Rasher?” We’d be millionaires!
It’s fitting I guess that the release of my latest book, To Master & Defend, coincides with the month we tend to remember all the military men and women who have fought and died defending our country. I have always been intrigued by military men, by soldiers who embody ideologies of loyalty, honor, and courage in defense of their country and way of life.
It was in high school that I first became fascinated with soldiers. I had always been intrigued by them, but it was a Civil War history class that tipped the scales and opened the door for me to study the multitude of wars both in the United States and abroad. I studied just about every war in the western world from antiquity up through modern age. As a history buff and historian, war is a large part of our history as a species, which I’m still not entirely sure what that says about us. But it was also what drove invention, and helped shape the world we live in today.
Where did you get the inspiration for your series/book?
The original inspiration began with an article I read about the first woman to have a shot at winning the Kentucky Derby. That article led me to write RACING HEARTS, the first book in the series, and the series grew from there.
Who is the celebrity who inspired the characters in your latest book?
In my head, Nick, the hero in SILENT HEARTS, looks a lot like Ryan Gosling with glasses. Becca, my heroine, reminds me a lot of Evangeline Lilly.
When I began writing Broken Resolutions, the first book in my Lovestruck Librarians series, I had no idea how I’d tackle the love scenes. Would my hero and heroine seal their newfound love with a chaste kiss? Would I let them have sex but fade to black during the climactic (ha!) scene, closing the bedroom door and rejoining my satisfied couple the next morning? Would I open that door but describe their sexual congress only via tasteful euphemisms involving fireworks and waves?
Who doesn’t want the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to find her Prince Charming? Really, who doesn’t want their own Prince Charming? Now, how fun would it be to blend the romance with a great suspense? This is why I wrote Sin on the Run and why I chose to write romantic suspense.
Scottish men. Sigh. What red-blooded woman could resist a muscled man swathed in plaid with his muscled chest bare? I have always had a thing for Scottish men. Show me a man in a kilt, and I am likely swooning at their impressively sized feet. There’s just something about their fierceness of heart, their ability to turn a phrase with their Scottish burr that makes my toes curl. Those traits along with their propensity to celebrate their storied family names that make them so swoon worthy to me.
Writing romance and watching sports are two of my favorite things. Football is my game, but in general, any sport will do. I can’t help myself. Is there anything sexier than a well-toned athlete?. It’s not just their bodies. Seriously, I mean it. Not that those bulging muscles and hardened frames can be overlooked, but it takes a special kind of drive and perseverance to subject oneself to the rigorous schedules and grueling workouts required if one is going to make it to the top of pro sports.
To this point, most of my novels have been contemporary romances, but historical fiction has long been a love of mine. I like reading fiction, and romances in particular, that feature rich historical detail. So it was really only a matter of time before I tackled historical romance myself.
Also, being a New Yorker, I wanted to set my historical novels in New York City. Ten Days in August is set in 1896, during New York’s Gilded Age, a time period that is actually uncannily similar to the British Regency. Like the ton of the Regency, New York had the 400, so named because it was said social arbiter Mrs. Astor could fit 400 people in her ballroom.
Every book I’ve ever written contains a love story, some romantic, some tragic. My other writer self, Katharine Kerr, has had to keep these love stories secondary, however, because she writes science fiction and historical fantasies, genres where the action and the magic takes center stage. As Kathryn Jordan writing FLICKERS, I finally could put the romance at the heart of the novel.
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