Monday, 22 July 2013
Author Interview & Giveaway: Julia Kent Insatiable Reads Blog Tour
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent turned to writing romance novels after learning that she could not work as a fighter pilot because her fear of flying disqualified her. Turning to her second love, she became a dog groomer, but had to abandon that job after adopting too many strays. Writing about very real, very flawed people is a natural extension of her life and, well, her. She lives on the east coast with her partner, two small children, seventeen dogs that weigh less than fifteen pounds each, and a monthly consumption of Nutella, brie and french bread that makes cardiologists cringe.
She is originally from Ohio.
She loves to hear from her readers by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @jkentauthor, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/julia.kent.100 . Visit my blog at http://jkentauthor.blogspot.com
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I call myself a “plotser” – a mix of a plotter and a pantser. In the romance writing world, people either plot everything out or write by the seat of their pants. My books always start with an outline, and then about three chapters in they careen sharply in a new direction.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
OH YES THEY DO! It's like they think they own my mind and fingers! Jeremy, in Suspiciously Obedient, has morphed tremendously. He has his own sort of affable, fun-loving outside but a sharp, calculating mind on the inside. Originally he was just a slacker dude but over time he insisted his intelligence be noted.
What is your favourite food?
Nutella, brie, and strawberries. Together.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I have become a morning person because my children forced it into me. Not by choice.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Greece. I want to rent one of those white-stone villas on the ocean and live a quiet little food-filled life, with dancing under the stars in a group of people, drinking and enjoying life.
Do distant places feature in your books?
YES! Lydia goes to Iceland in Suspiciously Obedient, a place I've been.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Classic rock. Yes, Led Zeppelin, Heart, etc.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Suspiciously Obedient is the second in a trilogy. In the first book, Maliciously Obedient, Lydia met and fell in love with a man she thought was Matt Jones, a man who took the job she wanted, but he turned out to be Michael Bournham, the hotshot playboy CEO of the company, involved in a reality television stunt where he went undercover to learn about his company. They fell for each other and made love in his office – but he forgot about the cameras. Book 1 ends in a horrible cliffhanger (my error – I truly didn't realize how upset readers would be after a 246-page book ended like that, and I won't do it again!). Book 2 picks right up at that moment. Jeremy is Mike's best friend, and in Suspiciously Obedient Mike gives Lydia a huge raise and promotion – to live in Iceland, at the corporation's European operations base. Mike sends Jeremy to go and make sure Lydia's safe.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
Not to do major cliffhangers!
Is there anything you would do differently?
I'd have done more to reach out to readers and engage them more, though I've gotten far better in recent months.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
I can't point to any one author, but I decided I wanted to write worlds where ultimately people are accepting and loving, and not judgmental. Where being negative and constantly judging makes you the weird one. So far, I think I've succeeded. And couldn't we all use less judgment and more love?
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Write your first book, Get it edited, publish it – and write the next one. Don't work on marketing until you have three or more books.
What are three words that describe you?
Curvy, curious and goofy.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
In romance, I adore Alice Clayton and Emma Chase's books. For historicals I like Courtney Milan. In general fiction I'm a big fan of John Barth and A.M. Homes.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
From USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent comes the second book in her "Obedient" trilogy:
AFTER A BILLION PEOPLE WATCH YOU MAKE LOVE, WHERE DO YOU HIDE?
A fake persona with very real emotions...
As "Matt Jones," CEO playboy Michael Bournham has just stumbled into his wildest dream and worst nightmare while playing a middle-management employee role for a reality television stunt. Getting caught making love with his administrative assistant, Lydia Charles, on camera let unscrupulous Hollywood producers blackmail him before launching the video on YouTube. Fired from his job and ridiculed on social media, Mike needs to hit "reboot" on his life. Hiding Lydia away in Iceland with a made-up job, he sends his best friend Jeremy to watch over her. Meanwhile, he disguises himself once more and booked a cabin at Lydia's family's campground in Maine, to immerse himself in her world.
A best friend with deeper intentions...
After more than a decade of world travel and hedonistic fun, dot-com millionaire Jeremy wants more out of his friendship with Mike, but more than that - he wants Lydia. Struck by her beauty and essence, he follows Mike's order and obeys, courting her with a friendship that quickly becomes a deeper bond, charged by Lydia's fantasies about him - and Mike. Unable to resist, he becomes her confidante and bedmate, helping her to come to grips with her impulsive decisions and to find her way back home to Maine.
A woman torn by desire...
Lydia accepts the move to Iceland to become the Director of Communications for European Operations not realizing it's a sham position Michael Bournham created to help hide her from the firestorm of the viral sex tape. Living in a new country should be fun, but side glances and whispers from her new Icelandic employees dig at her. Ignored by her new boss at Bournham Industries, Lydia's disenchantment with her bold move is softened only by Jeremy's appearance. Wild and loose, he fills a void in her life - and soon fills her bed.
When she decides there's no place like home, the new couple embarks for her family's campground - and Jeremy's suspicious obedience will be revealed.
List of previous books if any
Her First Billionaire – FREE
Her Second Billionaires
Her Two Billionaires
Her Two Billionaires and a Baby
Random Acts of Crazy
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