I am suuuuuuper late getting this post up but today have a valid excuse. It’s my birthday! I needed to spend some time celebrating me, yanno? Unfortunately, I had to work, so there was no partying like it was 1999. ☹ I mean, it would’ve been one hell of a way to kickstart my Monday, but I digress.
This week’s featured author is one of the nicest ladies I have come to know since I began this author gig. I first met Laura at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference. Funny thing, I kept staring at her awkwardly (yes in a creepy way) like why do I know her face? It was bugging me that I couldn’t place her. When I finally asked someone, they kindly replied, “That’s Laura Kaye” instead of looking at me like I was an idiot for not knowing. It dawned on me I knew her from 1001 Dark Nights! I’d read one of her stories. I am so awkward sometimes when it comes to authors I’ve read. LOL, not always but once in a while.
Anyway, Laura was super friendly!!! She’s been amazing when it comes to sharing what she knows about the book world. I’m genuinely grateful to have connected with her, and you should get to know a little about this wonderful lady.
Take it away Laura!
I always find author interviews kind of boring. We only get to see one side of an author, the polite side. If you had an evil doppelganger, what detail would they enjoy revealing about you to the public that people would find surprising and possibly questionable?
LOL! Hmm… I am seriously not very evil *grins* Maybe that I have 5 tattoos and want more? Or that I’m seriously addicted to chips and salsa? Or that I like to utter creative variations on the F-word???
What do you do for fun?
I love to travel. I adore long dinners with friends. And I dig binge-watching paranormal and home improvement shows and new series - most recently I’m hooked on Zoo.
There can only be one winner! To which beverage do you swear your allegiance? Coffee or tea?
Tea forever! (I’ve never drank coffee and don’t like the taste *gasp*)
*I really did gasp! PEOPLE WHO’VE NEVER INDULGED IN COFFEE SCARE ME!*
Finish this sentence: Romance needs more _____.
Acceptance. Articles like the recent one in the New York Times prove the genre has yet to receive the same genuine consideration and treatment as every other genre.
What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you first began your writing career?
Just keep writing new books!
Did you go to your high school prom? If so, do you remember what you wore?
Yes! I wore a beautiful emerald green floor-length strapless gown to my prom LOL!
What’s your favorite TV show of all time?
*I just started watching this show on Saturday. One word: JAAAAAMMMMIIIIIEEEEEE #teamhotredheadedvirgin*
Almost every advice column I’ve read on productivity says authors should write every day. Do you follow this advice?
When I’m on deadline, I write every day. When I’m not under deadline, or when I’m writing something speculatively, I write every weekday. But I do some writing-business related work almost everyday either way, even if it’s not writing.
Describe your most memorable family vacation.
We went on vacation to the same place pretty much every year - to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware - so it’s very fond to me now.
What song holds a special place in your heart?
Proud Mary, because I can remember my father’s band playing it in the basement when I was very little and was supposed to be sleeping but was actually sitting at the top of the stairs listening to them practice. I don’t have very many other memories of my father, but that song pulls me back to that moment every time.
** Bonus Question**
Ever tried BDSM? If not, would you?
I haven’t, but I totally would! :)
New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over thirty books in romantic suspense and contemporary and erotic romance and has sold more than one million books in the U.S. alone. Among her many awards, she won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014 for Hard As You Can. A former college history professor, Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Laura also writes historical fiction under the name Laura Kamoie, also a Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today bestseller.
Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Maryland Romance Writers, the Washington Romance Writers, and she is past president of the RWA-Contemporary Romance Writers.
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