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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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Pirates, allow me to introduce Kathryne Kennedy, author of THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER. She is as gracious as her hero Dominic is yummy, so I was thrilled when she agreed to be my very first interview!
First off, let me say how captivated I was by this book, and I rarely read fantasy. But Kathryne cleverly combined fantasy elements (elven lords) with historical ones (Georgian England era), and I found this book irresistible.
DRD: Kathryne, welcome aboard. The first thing I'd like to ask is did you have trouble convincing editors this fantasy/romance combo was a good idea? Or did they jump right on board with it?
KK: Sourcebooks Publishing jumped right on board…but I believe it was because the fabulous Dominique Raccah & Deb Werksman had read the book, DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT, from my previous historical fantasy romance series, The Relics of Merlin, so they had faith in me. My previous series combined Victorian fantasy, with shape-shifters as my heroes, and was a bit more light-hearted than my new Elven Lords series. I think at that time, ENCHANTING THE LADY was a bit of a new twist from what was currently selling, but my editor at Dorchester Publishing, Leah Hultenschmidt, is known for publishing ‘out of the box’ romances, so she took a leap of faith as well.
DRD: *scribbling furiously* Okay, looks like I've got another crate full of books to add to my hammock. . .I was tickled with the part about Georgians being so enthralled with the elven hair that they used wigs in an attempt to duplicate it. How did this great idea present itself to you?
KK: Research. I was delving into a new historical time period, so I studied like I was back in college, until I had a good feel for the era, and enough historical details to ground my reader in the time period. I always have an idea of the book I’m going to write, and research always adds many more elements to it. My elven lords had white hair, and when I read about the white wigs favored by the ‘cits’ and aristocracy, it fell naturally into place that the reason they wore the white wigs was to duplicate the elven hair. So my wigs have less curl than actual Georgian wigs, and the lords add crushed stone to simulate the silver sparkle within the elven lords’ hair.
DRD: I'm a huge fan of heroes with long hair, so you had me at "battle braids". Do you write your characters with someone (i.e., movie stars) in mind?
KK: I don’t often do that, as the characters always come from my imagination. However, in this instance, I did take a great deal of inspiration from Orlando Bloom as Legolas in Lord of the Rings—I fell crazy in love with that character, and knew I would like to one day write a series revolving around the fae. He inspired the elven lords, and I developed my characters from there.
DRD: What do you like to read for relaxation? For inspiration?
KK: I’m always inspired by other writers, by their breadth of imagination and the worlds they create, whether it’s fantasy or romance. I always wonder how on earth they create their stories, as they always surprise me. It came as a bit of a shock the first time I was asked how I manage to come up with my own. That’s the wonderful thing about writing. No two minds think alike, no two voices are the same, and every author adds something new to literature.
DRD: What's your favorite writing advice? Is it easy or hard for you to follow it?
KK: The advice I give most commonly is to trust yourself. To stick with your vision and your style of writing, and to always go with your gut. It’s easier for me to follow that now than it was several books ago.
DRD: That is great advice, and I'm glad to hear it gets easier with experience. You did a lot of blog visits for this book. How do you measure the success of your blog tours? Do you see new followers and/or readers as a result?
KK: I guess I measure the success by the new people I meet on my tour, and my current readers that follow them. I always love meeting new readers and introducing them to my worlds, and I love hearing from those that are already familiar with my work. THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER did hit a bestseller list for ebook sales during my tour, so I believe that may qualify as a measure of success to publishers.
DRD: Congrats on the bestseller list! One last question from me. I'm sure the other pirates will want a turn. What's your favorite part of writing? Your least favorite?
KK: My favorite part is falling in love with new characters. My least favorite part is saying goodbye to them. But then I start a new book, and the process begins anew, thank goodness.
Thanks, Kathryne, for joining us. I hope you can stay for a little bit to hoist a tankard of rum with us. 2nd Chance usually creates a special drink for our guests, and I have a feeling THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER will prove very inspirational.
Also, to celebrate my very first interview, I have a copy of THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER that I purchased to give away to the person who is nicest to me—er, I mean, to one lucky (random) commenter today.
THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES JULY 2010
Kathryne Kennedy's historical fantasy romances have garnered awards and a growing readership. This exciting new series, set against the lavish backdrops of Georgian and Victorian England so beloved by romance readers, is deliciously dark and exciting.
Fighting for control of a kingdom that is split into seven domains, Elven warlords use their human slaves to breed an endless supply of soldiers for their armies. Dominic Raikes, the half-blood son of the Elven Lord himself is one such warrior. Betrothed to Lady Cassandra, who has been raised in a convent to keep her pure, he little suspects that she's been secretly trained as an assassin to murder his father. Dominic and Cassandra soon discover that each one is not what they seem, but the price of trust may be their very lives, and the destruction of the magical realm each is desperately trying to save…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryne Kennedy is a multipublished, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives in Arizona with her wonderful family—which includes two very tiny Chihuahuas. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at: www.KathryneKennedy.com.
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