Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are proud to welcome Kinsey Holley to our sites today!
Kinsey is a law librarian by day, hot romance author by night. She’s also a wife and mom around the clock.
A native Texan, she loves her beloved Houston (even in the summertime), lives contently there with her big hairy hubby, smart aleck Diva, a puppy that is trying to become a horse, and a freakishly long lived beta fish [maybe it’s immortal??].
She loves rock-n-roll (and sometimes finds herself yearning for the 80’s), gossip blogs, shrimp, sewing, poker, history and vodka [wow, sounds like our kind of girl!!! J], and is hopelessly addicted to blogs, Diet Coke and Twitter [yep, DEFINITELY our kind of girl!].
She reads paranormal romance, urban fantasy, science fiction and history novels and her favorite authors are Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Kage Baker, Connie Willis, and Loretta Chase.
She also has a crush on the Duke of Wellington, but is currently crushing hard on Daniel Craig.
Kinsey is the proud creator of the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series; “Kiss and Kin”, “The Nanny Years: A Yours Mine and Howls Prequel”, “Yours, Mine and Howls” and “Ready To Run”. She also has a novella in the “Shifting Dreams” Anthology.
“Read to Run” was just released on August 9th, “The Nanny Years: A Yours Mine and Howls Prequel” was dropped on August 13th and we’re here today to help Kinsey promote and celebrate both as well as the rest of the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series!
For those of you not yet familiar with Kinsey’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopsis of the books in the series:
Do we have you all clamoring to download the books? Good!! Take a break for a minute though and join us as we learn a bit more about the author behind the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series…
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi Kinsey! We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote “Ready to Run” and ”The Nanny Years: A Yours, Mine and Howls Prequel”!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the book and series…
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
KINSEY: Hm. Well, I hang out on Twitter an awful lot, and I tend to overshare, so I have to think about this.
[Kinsey stops to stare into space for a while, until one of the dogs starts sniffing at her tortilla soup.]
Ok. Here goes.
1. Two of my great great grandmothers (my mom’s two grandmothers) survived the Galveston hurricane of 1900. One of them also survived the hurricane of 1915 which didn’t kill as many people, but still claimed a couple thousand lives.
2. My best friend is married to my ex boyfriend.
3. I can touch my tongue to my nose.
Q2): Did anyone or anything special inspire you to become an author?
KINSEY: Nope. I’ve loved to write stories since I was a child. I wrote a play in fifth grade and my class performed it for the school. I’ve always been a good writer – I don’t mean in the story-telling sense, just in the ability to put words together well. I majored in English and as a law librarian I wrote a lot of training materials. Didn’t tackle fiction seriously until I hit my forties.
To be honest, I find the writing part – the putting words together – much, much, MUCH easier than coming up with a story to tell.
Q3): What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
KINSEY: The Muppets; anything written by Terry Pratchett; puppies.
Q4): What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
KINSEY: I enjoy hanging out with my daughter (usually – she’s 9.5 now and turning into a tween, so lately hanging with her is not as much fun as it used to be.) I like to visit with friends, and if I can combine my love of friends, wine and cards into a poker game, that’s always fun. I love to read and I enjoy sewing. The sewing thing comes in spurts, tho. I won’t touch anything for a year, then I get an itch to make pillows or something.
Q5): What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
KINSEY: “There is no muse. There’s just the job.” Nora Roberts
Q6): Who are some of your favorite authors, and what’s in your TBR pile right now?
KINSEY: Terry Pratchett, Neal Gaiman, Loretta Chase, Charles Stross, Mike Carey
TBR? Oh God….the latest BDB (Lover Unleashed); a sequel to Stross’ Halting State; the latest seemed really interesting; a book about the Khomeini revolution; a book about the Siege of Malta; the first book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series; a book called Fated by an English author named S.G. Browne, who’s supposed to be hilarious; and the sequel to Martin Millar’s Lonely Werewolf Girl.
That’s not a complete list.
Q7): If they were to make a movie of your life, what do you think it’d be called?
KINSEY: If They’d Had Ceramic Flat Irons When I Was In High School, This Whole Story Might Be Different
Q8): Why did you feel like you had to tell this story?
KINSEY: Honestly, I’ve never had a story that I HAD to tell. Ready to Run began life as a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood – I was going to submit it for Samhain’s Red Hot Fairytales anthology submission call. But once I got started, it began to turn into something else, until I was like, “Ok, looks like this is another Werewolves in Love story.”
Same thing with Kiss and Kin. Yours Mine and Howls (which for a long time was called Rocky Mountain Howl) was the first werewolf book I started writing. Then Samhain did a shifters anthology, and I put Rocky Mountain aside to write a novella for it. I figured I’ve already built a shifter universe so I might as well use it.
Q9): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series?
KINSEY: Not that I know of, besides the fact that I was getting bored with the various werewolf romances I’d read – no offense to any werewolf authors out there, and I certainly haven’t read them all, but it seemed like lots of books were about werewolves engaged in life or death pack power struggles, or werewolves who lived on the constant edge of some crazed killing frenzy, or stuff like that. And I thought – if werewolves had managed to live among humans for thousands of years without (much) detection, then they couldn’t all be raging beasts in human form. They had to be able to control their wolf natures. And if there weren’t any female werewolves – cuz in my world, there isn’t – then werewolves DEFINITELY learned to live among humans a long time ago. And if they’ve been out since WWII --- which, again, in my world they were – then what about normal, sane werewolves who try to lead normal, sane lives? So they run into problems that humans don’t run into, but still – they don’t spend every day locked in a struggle to survive. They have to be cops, or Alphas, or single fathers.
I would like to do a story about feral werewolves, though…
Q10): Can you give us some information about the books in the series in your own words and tell us a little bit about what can we look forward to as the series progresses?
KINSEY: Hm. Well, I’m working on Seth’s book right now – he’s a character in Yours Mine and Howls. I’ll also do books for Michael and Dec from Yours Mine and Howls. And, of course, Nick and TJ need a book.
I’m thinking of doing a novella for Wendy, from Ready to Run. Maybe even a little shorter than a novella. Something I would self-publish for .99, like I did The Nanny Years…
Q11): What’s a typical work day like for you? Do you have a writing routine or things you absolutely cannot go through your day without?
KINSEY: Oh man, I wish I had a writing routine. Maybe I’d finish more than a book a year. I work 30 hours a week and I have the Diva, so Mommy and wifey stuff take time. I can’t seem to write on the week nights – too keyed up from the day, too concerned with getting everything done before bedtime. So I blog and do marketing and admin type stuff during the week. I write on the weekends. I’ve written love scenes while Diva was in swimming lessons or at birthday parties.
I absolutely can’t go through the day without Twitter. I’m ashamed, but there it is.
Q12): How many books do you have planned for the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series?
KINSEY: I don’t have a plan actually. I am definitely doing at least 4 more – Seth, Michael, Dec and, of course, Nick and TJ. But there could be more. I’m thinking of self-publishing short stories about minor characters, or major characters who’ve already had their stories, just to see how they’re doing. They’d be .99 on Amazon – I was sort of thinking of something like Janet Evanovitch’s “Between the Numbers” books.
Q13): Can you share with us anything else that you might have in the works outside of WEREWOLVES IN LOVE?
KINSEY: Absolutely. I’m about halfway through a steampunk set in Galveston and I love it. Also noodling around with a contemporary involving a female computer genius.
Q14): Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
KINSEY: “What’s the best romance novel you ever read?” Answer: The Windflower. The best of all time.
Q15): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers (both new and old) while we have you here today?
KINSEY: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thanks for buying the books and thanks especially for writing to tell me when you like them.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Kinsey, thank you so much for being with us today! We’re very happy to help you promote your two new books and the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series in general, and want to thank you for entrusting us with the task.
KINSEY: This was fun! I’ve got to hurry up and finish something so I can do this again.
LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews have the books of the WEREWOLVES IN LOVE series in queue for Review, so stay tuned for those posts where they’re usually found—our sites, Amazon, GoodReads and LibraryThing.
Kinsey can be found on:
Her Website http://www.kinseyholley.com/
and Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/kinseyholley
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