Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?
H K: Noise, noise, noise. I always have the TV or the radio on. Not that I pay attention to it, I just need some sort of background sound.
Studioenp: It’s so interesting how some people can work with noise yet others absolutely can’t. What’s your latest release?
H K: I am up to my keyboard in re-releases at the moment. The latest is entitled The Fall of Cairnnon Castle, the third instalment in the haunting Lustful Possession saga.
Studioenp: Ooh, that sounds delightful! How did the plot come about for it?
H K: This series originated from a dark, erotic, paranormal, romance submission call. It was intended to be a stand-alone short story. I wrote the first instalment, Meet Me in the Dark, and when I reached the end, I knew there was more. Much more. Seven shorts later…well, let’s just say I’m not a fan of a preset word restriction. The series is a bit of a menagerie, mixing several different sub-genres, beyond the above mentioned (contemporary, historical, time-travel) and couplings, including m/f and m/m relationships, with m/m/m, f/f and m/f/f encounters.
Studioenp: Well now, quite the mixed bag and something for everyone. Excellent! How long did it take you to write it?
H K: If I remember correctly, it took about seven months to complete the series.
Studioenp: Wowsers! What’s next on your writing list?
H K: Next on the list is a sequel to a Christmas story that came out at the end of 2017. Xmas Spouse Swap is about a set of twin sisters who decide to spice up their love lives by switching places and swapping husbands. Talk about a Merry Christmas! The sequel is sort of an aftermath story. As you can imagine, spouse swapping, especially with your twin sister, can come with some side effects.
Also, one of my goals for this year—I’m hoping to try my hand at self-publishing for the first time. I’ll be re-releasing what was my very first published work, which Emmy designed the cover for, all the way back in 2012. And when it’s time, I’ll be knocking at The Studio’s door for a brand-new cover for that story. I can hardly wait!
Studioenp: Oooh, so exciting! Can’t wait! Are you a plotter or panster?
H K: I’m a bit of both, I guess. Sometimes I begin with a vague idea and a loose outline. For me, a lot of the plot comes during the writing process itself. It’s that part of the creativity that really gets things flowing for me. I may intend to head one way, and as the words come together and the characters develop, I head in the opposite direction. I never truly know ‘the end’ until I get there. And even then, sometimes it’s not really the end, if that makes sense. Several times I’ve penned what I thought at the onset was a stand-alone, but once I reached the intended conclusion, I found there was more to the story. Often other characters emerge, who demand a say in the rest of the story.
Studioenp: You have a very active imagination, then. So when you’re not madly writing, what’s your go-to form of procrastination?
H K: Ugh, social media! Twitter and FB. And if I’m really trying to avoid writing or more so marketing—grrr—I hit the dreaded housework.
Studioenp: Ah, but housework means a wandering mind and plot bunnies, which is good. How many hours per week do you write?
H K: That depends on what’s going on in real life. Beyond that, often marketing, blog posts, or editing get in the way of writing new material. Though I try to fit in a couple of hours a day, it rarely works out that way anymore.
Studioenp: Real life can be so rude with its intrusions. What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?
H K: I would like to write a horror story. In fact, I started one, 2,700 words so far. One of my publishers has a submission call out for horror, too. My dilemma is, the guideline calls for steamy romance with an HEA or HFN, and I think this one wants to go full-on horror, so there will be no happily-ever-after for the protagonist. The way it’s shaping up in my mind, the main character will be well and truly effed.
Studioenp: Ahahaha, Em’s kind of story. What’s the best book you’ve written?
H K: Oh my, isn’t that like having a favourite kid? LOL. It’s a toss up between historical romance, The Devil Take You, set in England and Scotland. The male MC is a nasty guy, a classic anti-hero, with lots of secrets. (TDTY, will also be out later this year as a re-release with a new publisher). The other story I am most proud of is The Always Cambridge Saga, a romantic suspense series about the daughter of a mob boss who goes on her own journey to escape the life. She quickly finds it’s not that easy.
The stories are very different, but both very near and dear to my heart. Funnily enough, I wrote them around the same time, and they are my best and steadiest sellers.
Studioenp: Yay for steady sellers! Thank you so much for visiting us today, and Em is looking forward to creating a new cover for you. She’s bouncing up and down on her seat in excitement—ha!
Dear readers, please grab what’s on offer today—a cinnamon roll and a cup of tea or coffee—and relax while you read H K’s excerpt.