About the Author
Kitty Kendall is a bucket list achieving, junk jewelry collecting, hopeless romantic who loves great wine and a good adrenaline rush from time to time. She also collect classy shoes and expensive perfume. But her greatest thrill in life is writing romance and the steamier the better. Bring It On!
She writes under two pen names and has won numerous awards, including Romantic Book of The Year 2014, and several of her books are Amazon bestsellers.
What inspires you to write romance books?
The very definition of romance is that there is a Happy Ever After. So of course it’s extremely important for me to give my readers an emotional journey that ends with a completely beautiful love story between my two complex yet amazing characters. I’m a hopeless romantic who fell in love with my very own hero when I was 16. We are still going strong after nearly 25 years. So I love the challenge of writing a beautiful emotional love story, where the reader feels the love between the characters.
But it’s equally important to show that sex doesn’t always go to plan, so I love writing hilariously horny romps where anything can go wrong.
Tell us about how you write:
I have a huge cork board where I pin up a rough scene map of where the story is going. I also have a scrap book for every story I’ve written. Each one is full of character ideas, story ideas, pictures I’ve found and drawings I’ve done. I also make a mock front and back cover for the scrap book, complete with fake reviews from New York Times and Oprah. Haha. I love looking back over the scrap books and seeing where some of my ideas sprung from. Maybe they’ll be worth money one day.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh absolutely. My poor husband thinks I’m nuts because I talk to him about my characters as if they are real people. When I’m writing dialogue I read it out aloud in my characters voice and I’m always dreaming about them. In fact I often solve their problems while I’m sleeping.
What advice would you give other writers?
Turn off the television. If you need to watch television, watch a movie and analyze it until you work out what works and what doesn’t. Keep an eye out for the pivotal points and really study the dialogue as this will help you improve your voice. By the way, I do most of my movie watching in my home gym, that way I get to exercise and study at the same time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first six books are all traditionally published and whilst I have done very well with substantial awards and Amazon bestseller rankings, my earnings have been very poor. I’m very grateful to the two publishers who gave me a shot, however, I’ve now taken a leap of faith to travel the Self Published road. My Rise Of Memphis series is my first voyage into self publishing and so far, I love the control I have over everything from the cover, blurb, marketing strategies and pricing. It has cost me a lot of money to get to this point. My only hope is my readers love my stories as much as I do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Writing a book is about transporting a reader into another world. Fortunately for authors, people will always be looking for that kind of escape. Ebooks allow readers to have this escape at a very low cost. So I believe eBooks will continue to dominate the future of our publishing industry. It’s getting harder and harder to have a book produced in a print format and unfortunately only high ranking authors get that privilege. This means that readers are looking to eBook to find new, exciting, and unexplored authors.
What genres do you write:: Romantic Suspense, Crime and Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in: eBook