Author K.A. M’Lady lives a few stone throws from corn fields, chaos and congestion; all lying on the outskirts of the many burbs of Chicago. KA M'lady spends her days calculating life expectancies, mortality and the certainty of death and taxes while in her free time the dead wander freely, buy shoes, homes, the occasional odd business or two and, if you even think of charging them too much in taxes…well, let’s just say the tax man may never come back. But if he does he might just shamble a bit.
An All Romance eBooks bestselling author, K.A. M'lady's work has been described as scary, descriptive, beautiful, dark, frightening, addictive, sexy and believable. She loves to read paranormal romances, watching horror movies, westerns on Sundays with her husband, playing fetch with her pocket beagle, Chevy and buying weird shoes. Her friends call her eccentric, her family refuses to comment. She’s been lost in the world of fiction since she was a small child, and frankly, never wants to be found—at least not any time soon. “Myth and magic builds dreams and inspirations – and in an insane world, it is our dreams that spark the revolution of change. No matter which world is being conquered. Within our dreams – all things are possible.”
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Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I usually always have the idea for the beginning, the middle and how the story ends, where that beginning takes us I tend to let flow as I write. I've tried to plot my stories, do an outline, but it seems that when I get to certain points, I can almost see my characters look back at me and question me. Some, laughingly. It's never pleasant when the voices in your head mock your story line.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
It's definitely more fun to give my characters a certain amount of free reign. I think it's part of the journey as an author and for the story itself. Sometimes I'm just as excited where the story is taking us as the readers are. Even I get those 'didn't see that coming' moment from time to time.
What is your favourite food?
I'm probably the worst person to ask this question since I can't eat anything I like due to chronic migraines. If it's on the trigger list, I can't eat it or drink it. On the plus side this makes me a cheap date for my husband - lol! But, if I had to pick one food it would definitely be pizza. I could eat it every day, every meal; stuffed, or not, thin crust or thick, hand-tossed or pan, flowing over with extra cheese, and extra sauce. I want it dripping, gooey, sloppy and greasy with Italian sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms. Hungry? Yeah, me too :) Too bad eating it would require a dose of meds. and the lingering effects of a brain melt. But, my heart and health will thank me for not eating it. Some days though it's just so worth the premedicated dose.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I would say I'm an early riser; which is completely the opposite of being a morning person. If want you to speak to me before I've had at least a half pot of coffee, it might be lethal. And, because I work so much, I'm not likely to make it to the late news. I'd say I do my best thinking during the weather report; my dog curled on the floor next to me, the husband keeping me company into the wee hours of the night. The couch tends to become my comfy spot until I finally trudge off to bed.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I would love to go to Scotland and Ireland. The history and beauty of both countries has always captivated me.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Sometimes. I try not to limit myself when it comes to what I write about. Whether it's historical time-travel or sci-fi, or fantasy romance, I think we're only limited by the boundaries we give ourselves. We can go anywhere we want to in the worlds we write about - why not reach for the stars.
Do you listen to music while writing?
There is usually something always on - background noise, but I tend to tune everything out when I'm writing.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
My latest trilogy, the Vranthian Vampires is a series about three brothers who must find a cure to a disease that is plaguing their planet. Secrets, murder and ancient histories fill their culture with the whispered rumors of rebel forces seeking to destroy everything they hold dear, magical curatives in the bloodlines of races they've fought to decimate, familial lies and betrayals. And the hope that the ancient ritual of the trion can save their race and set them free before The Wasting destroys the all.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I've met some amazing people since I've started this career and I've learned more than I could probably list in a short amount of space. There is so much more to writing than just telling a story. These things take time - like the growth of a child or a seedling. But the beauty of it is in watching it grow and become something. From the opening line, to the cover reveal to the big release. The entire process is thrilling and awe-inspiring and takes a ton of work. None of it would be possible without all of the people in the background; editors, artists, reviewers, bloggers and readers that love the craft as much as I do. That's why we read and why we write.
Is there anything you would do differently?
None of it. Like anything else in life the curves and bumps along the way are there for their purpose. Sometimes it's to teach us something. Other times they're there for us to help others learn something along the way. We've all our road to travel.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
I think there is something from every author I read that influences me. A bit of life thrown in that stirs the words. We use a piece of our personality in each of our characters, an idea or a darkness that lurks somewhere within us that get spread along the page.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Learn everything you can about the genre you intend to write and then learn some more. Research your markets, your publishers and your pay. Read everything. Then throw it out the window and follow your gut. It's seldom wrong. Yes, you'll still need to do your research and your marketing, your promo and every minute detail to do this job. It's work. But you know when you need to ask questions and you know when you need more edits. Commas are a killer! It's when you stop asking those questions that you've probably lost your way.
What are three words that describe you?
I really hate questions like these. Are three words ever really enough? And how do you narrow it down? My youngest recently told me I was a hot mess. That made me laugh. I am who I am. I love my friends and family. I hate the word no - it makes me want to prove you wrong. (That's the capable and determined thing.) And I like weird shoes, off-beat clothes and snow. Lots of it! And I'm not too fond of summer. (Quirky)
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
The one book I'm anxiously awaiting the release of is the third book in the King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus. He is an amazing story teller. As far as authors, there are just too many to count. The list is long and endless and ranges from paranormal authors to historical authors, poets and horror novelists. And, with books being available at the touch of a button this is the best time to be a reader. You can finish one and instantly have another within seconds, all from the comfort of your home and every tree spared.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
This is an excerpt from Bound To You - Prince Draven confronts the Darengy warrior, Ook, knowing their futures are tied together. Are either prepared for what that future will bring?
Bound To You by K.A. M'Lady
"If you wish to regain her, you must return to whence she came from." The voice startled Draven with its dulcet tones and soft rumble in the wake of the chaos that roared through his mind. He turned.
Ook, the Darengy grave-warrior, slowly approached from the entry of the bay. His gate was slow but steady, his large, muscled frame healed from the injuries he'd sustained protecting Leah. There was something in his eyes that told Draven he knew far more than appeared. That he saw more of life and death and the realms between than most could ever comprehend.
"Are you to be my guide, Ook?" Draven asked, knowing the power as well as the ramifications his question held for both he and the Darengy. He'd thought of his and Kuthar's plan, but that, thanks to Kantella, had been shot to hell.
The sight and nearness of the Darengy stirred him, called to him. He was out of options. He knew that to knowingly request a grave-warrior to walk with you in life was to be tied to them in death. One soul protecting the other. A bond stronger than brothers. Eternally a binding of blood and soul. He knew and didn't care.
Like Leah, something called to him. Or maybe it was because of Leah. But no, that couldn't be. The connection was there before. Sizzling along his flesh. Tempting him to remember. But remember what, he wasn't sure. All that he was certain of was that if he wanted to find Leah he needed the Darengy to help him. Needed him at his side; a part of him.
Ook stood still, his back ramrod straight, his odd, tri-colored eyes boring into Draven's as if he could see the ever after. By accepting the Prince's request, he would be forever beholden to him. His personal guard in life and death. It was a great honor Prince Draven was set to bestow upon him. And yet, it would mean great difficulty for the Prince.
Everyone knew their history. The Darengy had been driven to near extinction at the hands of the Elders. Fear had driven them to all but decimate their people. If Ook accepted the Prince's offer, he would be blood bound to him as long as Prince Draven lived. Where Prince Draven walked, Ook would follow. If The Wasting claimed him, it would spread to Ook as well. For as long as Draven lived, so too would Ook. As the Prince thrived, Ook would thrive as well. But for now, he would never want again.
The temptation was great, but Ook's loneliness greater. "Why?" Ook questioned, needing the confirmation he could not find in the Prince's dark eyes.
Draven sighed and stepped towards the grave-warrior, side-stepping Grange's dead body. "My father once told me that the worth of a man lay not in his words, but in his actions. In the span of time that I've known you I have seen you protect the weak, the suffering and maligned at the cost of your own life. Even Death needs such an ally at his side," Draven stated with a twist to his smile, his dark eyes calculating.
The Darengy considered his words. It was true that Draven's reputation as a cold and malicious warrior was whispered in the shadows of the night. His victories over his enemies were told like fairytales to younglings at bedtime. Great men feared him, and foolish men died at his hands.
To be bound to such a warrior would be a great honor, indeed, but Ook was not a glory hound. He had followed no man and no Liege before or since the great wars between the Elders and the Shadow Dwellers. Yet, he knew as certain as he breathed that this Prince and his Over-lord would bring great change to their peoples. He had seen the visions. Felt the coming changes in his blood. Had foreseen the outcome in the dust of death and the winds of time.
"Is that the only reason?" Ook questioned, needing to be certain.
"There is this." Draven held his hand just inches above the flesh of Ook's chest.
Fire danced in his veins. Lightning tripped along his Ook's skin. Reason and knowing filled him. Yes, this Ook would do. For his people, and for himself.
"So be it," Ook calmly agreed.
List of previous books if any
Song of the Wolf
Realm Book One: To Tell of Darkness
Realm Book Two: Shadow Slave
Realm Book Three: Illuminated Death
Faith Savage, Demon Huntress Series
Ramshackle Castle: Bent Poetry and Other Altered Verse
A Walk in the Black Forest
Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal, Vampire Erotica
Publisher: Mojocastle Press
Date of Publication: August 25, 2013
Number of pages: 93
Word Count: 22,968
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Allromance | Amazon | Mojocastle | BN
Under the dark skies of Vranthia The Wasting has spread, claiming victims by the thousands. Disease, madness and death shroud this fierce warrior race.
With the recent death of their mother, Queen Srionna Balacjek, and the imminent demise of their grieving father, King Kamet; three brothers must now find their own path. Will The Wasting’s dark madness claim them all as deceit and lies turn brother against brother. Or, is the key to saving their people in the legend of the trion. And will they find it in time?
Draven Balacjek -- warrior, Prince, immortal. Fierce in battle, sure and deadly as a dark a storm or the shadows he walks among, must choose between the ties of brotherhood or the possibility of a life without the parts of his soul he has bound in blood and magic.
The Vranthians have taken everything from Ook. Desecrated the Darengy people as a whole. But the visions of a grave-warrior tell no lies and the spirit of the human along with the fierce strength of his Prince, Draven Balacjek call to him as nothing before. Can their love together heal the wounds that time has wrought and free him of his darkness?
For singer, Leah Allen, the choice was never hers to make. But life, like the music her heart clings to, has a way of playing itself out. Will this strange new world and the fierce warriors she meets within it bring her shattered past the healing she has always needed or will the strangers she finds herself bound to be her hearts undoing? Can she make a choice between dark, intense Draven and exotic, muscular Ook?
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