Good afternoon Book Monsters and Literal Addicts, Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome award-winning author Laura Kaye to our sites today.
Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America (PRO), Maryland Romance Writers, and the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter of the RWA.
Laura's latest releases include her contemporary romance novella Hearts in Darkness, and paranormal romance novel Forever Freed, which we will be discussing and promoting today. Forever Freed has been called "a great read...packed with memorable characters. Full of twist and turns. You have more than just a paranormal story, you get exceptional entertainment!". It was also deemed "Not just another vampire love story, it's a journey of hope between a man who stopped living and a woman who taught him to love” and “both believable and fresh....Ms. Kaye is phenomenal at writing characters."
Here is a brief synopsis of Forever Freed to tease you guys. J
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Laura! We’re happy to have you with us today! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!
Laura: Thanks so much for having me here, to both of your blogs, today!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We’d like to start out getting to know you a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Laura: Let’s see…how about these three: I have two tattoos (wrist and shoulder), I work all day with men in uniforms, and I’ve made several stained glass windows, several quite large.
2) What do you love to do when you're not writing? Any special hobbies or interests?
Laura: Honestly, I used to have more hobbies before I dedicated so much time to my writing career! Now, I devote most of my non-family, non-job time to writing-related pursuits. However, I love to read and have been an avid reader my whole life. I’m also quite addicted to a few computer games. When the mood strikes me, I also like to plant flowers in the gardens in front of my house.
3) How long have you been writing, and what genre did you start out writing in?
Laura: I’ve been a writer my entire life. By education and occupation, I work as a historian, and writing is the language of professional history. However, I became interested in fiction writing about three years ago. My main reading and writing interest is in paranormal romance, so that’s where I began, with the novel that ultimately became Forever Freed—the first I wrote, and first I sold.
4) What made you decide to start writing Paranormal Romance?
5) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Laura: I grew up with Anne Rice and Stephen King. They were the staples of my reading life as a teenage and young adult. I also love Dean Koontz, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs, and J.K. Rowling. In romance, J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon are my absolute faves, and they’ve been great teachers for me in male point of view, too.
8) Was there any specific inspiration that led to the writing of "Forever Freed"?
Laura: I was 20 pages into a ghost story novel when the idea for Forever Freed slammed into my head, pretty much fully formed. In fact, I wrote a 22-page single-spaced outline before I ever started writing the novel, just to get the story out of my head and down on paper! I’ve always been intrigued by the idea that children have the ability to perceive the supernatural more than adults, so that was one inspiration. And then there was a lot of musical inspiration behind the book, too, which is why the playlist I have on the book’s page on my website is so big!
9) What's next for Laura Kaye? What do you have planned in the upcoming months?
10) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Laura: Thank you, thank you, thank you! To me, books are a partnership between authors and readers, so I couldn’t do what I love without readers! Also, please know how much it means to an author when you review their books!
Thank you so much Laura for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us. We hope to have you on Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION again in the future.
Laura: I would love that! Thanks so much for hosting me today!
If you would like to find out more about Laura and her books, you can visit her at any of the sites below.
Laura's Website: http://www.laurakayeauthor.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/laurakayeauthor
Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/laurakayeauthor
CONTEST: Laura is giving away a $10 Digibooks Café gift certificate with a 20% off code (enough to buy BOTH of Laura’s ebooks!) to a lucky Book Monster Follower.
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