Friday, August 5, 2016

My First Author Interview with Kaylie Newell!!!

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 Kaylie Newell
 I am so excited!! Just for you, I have an interview with author Kaylie Newell!!! YAY! LOL

Okay, I feel like I need to make another confession here. Back in the day I went to school with her in Southern Oregon, but I haven't seen her since I was 14. I have been wooing her pretty heavily on Facebook...adding her books to my library, liking the hunky man pictures she shares, laughing over her dog Pedro and snapchatting her best friend daily (Hi Amy!!) an effort to get her over here to chat with us. And it worked!! So for your reading enjoyment, meet my friend Kaylie...she writes books.

Me: I am so excited to do this interview with first EVER on the blog! Thank you so much. Gonna get down to the nitty gritty here, but I have so many questions for you I can't think of what the first one should be.

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself? Such a goofy and basic first question, but I promise it will lead to other more interesting ones :)

Kaylie: Hi, Christina! Thank you so much for having me! I'm honored and super excited :)

I guess I should start by saying that I write romance- specifically paranormal/romantic suspense. But I've also been known to write straight up contemporary, too. Basically, whenever a character knocks me upside the head with an idea, I have to write it down. It's a compulsion. But the fun part is that a lot of times it'll lead to a book!

I live in beautiful Oregon with my husband and two little girls. When I'm not writing, I can be found on the couch watching Lifetime movies. Doesn't matter what they're about (they don't really have to have a plot as far as I'm concerned). I'm hopelessly addicted. I'm also addicted to donuts with extra frosting , hiking, Stephen King novels, and anti-bacterial wipes. (I think that last part's adorably quirky, but my husband just thinks it's annoying).
 Lone Wolfe Protector by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila blog Hunter of her Heart by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila blog The Moonshadow's Daughter by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila Blog
Me: Ahhh, Oregon...I miss it! So, when did you first start writing? Was it something you have always wanted to do?

Kaylie: I caught the romance bug the way a lot of us writers do. I discovered my mom's Harlequin paperbacks at a very young and inappropriate age, and read them (snuck them) voraciously. It was life changing. What was this sex stuff, and did it actually happen to real people? I was hooked.

But it wasn't until much later (about 30 years to be exact) that I took a stab at writing my own book. It was absolutely terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Again, I was hooked. And completely dumbfounded when I actually finished it.

Me: Who are some of your favorite authors, besides Stephen King? OH! And what is your favorite Stephen King book? I recently shared an article supposedly listing his top 10 best novels...but I find SK fans are very passionate about THEIR favorites.

Kaylie: I adore Lolly Winston, Liane Moriarty (she's an auto-buy for me), Harper Lee, Jetta Carleton, Alice Hoffman, Alice Sebold, Lisa Gardner, and Kathryn Stockett just to name a tiny few. The books that are related to this list are some of my all-time favorites.

I have to say my favorite Stephen King book would have to be Bag of Bones. I love the protagonist, Mike Noonan, and would have his pretend babies without an ounce of hesitation if anyone ever asked. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and 11/22/63 are close seconds. But I also loved Cujo and Needful Things. Actually, I love them all! It's so hard to narrow it down ;)

Me: Of course you would love Mike Noonan! I like your Stephen King list...but I have never read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Guess I am going to have to add it to my ever growing to-read list.

So, what are you working on now? Do you have a new release coming up? And, of all your books, do you have a favorite?

Kaylie: The book I'm finishing up now feels like the "big one" for me. Or, at least I hope it is ;) It's the first story in a four book series, called The Toes Up Funeral Home Series. It's light paranormal/romantic suspense (think Ghost, My Girl and Fatal Attraction all rolled into one). It's called Dropping Deadly, and features a heroine who can see the exact moment of people's deaths. Shy and introverted, she works in a funeral parlor to avoid the living. But her plan goes to hell when she falls for the sexy funeral director and sees a vision of his grisly murder.

I'm working on the final round of revisions now, and my agent will be shopping it around to publishers late summer/early fall. I'm very excited!

As far as my favorite book so far, I think most authors would say that would be like picking a favorite child, and I've found that's pretty much true. I love them all for different reasons. Taming Johnny features my favorite cantankerous hero, but Lone Wolfe Protector has the best suspense elements, I think. Each book has a special place in my heart. They're definitely like my kids! Except they're a lot quieter. And don't leave their underwear on the floor.
 A Death That Lingers by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila Blog
Me: It's funny...after I sent that I thought you would say it was like picking a favorite child! I know I feel that way just writing a blog, I can't imagine what it would feel like with a book.

So...what does your typical writing day look like? Do you have a specific area where you do the majority of your writing? And is your dog Pedro always by your side?

Kaylie: I started out writing mostly in coffee shops. I still love the atmosphere and the background noise, but lately comfort has won out in the productivity department. And usually that means writing at home, on my bed, with my favorite blanket over my legs. And yes, Pedro is always snoring happily by my side. The only problem with that is, he's got terrible gas. It's chronic. So I have to work REALLY hard at focusing on the story, and not wanting to run out of the room. It's a process.

Me: Okay, final questions (I think!) I am sure you love writing, or you wouldn't put yourself through everything that is involved in getting a novel published. But what is your favorite part of being an author? And then...since this is Tomes and Tequila, and we have already covered the favorite book part...what is your favorite drink?

Kaylie: One of my favorite quotes is by Dorothy Parker- "I hate writing, I love having written."
This sums it up for me. It might sound strange, but I really don't enjoy the act that much. It's hard, sometimes like pulling teeth. What I love is completing something, polishing it, and then finally reading over the finished product and getting to think, "I wrote that!" It's euphoric. I write stories that I'd want to read, so creating those characters and those worlds, and putting them into a book is just really, really cool. That's my favorite part about being an author.

And my favorite drink is wine! Pinot Gris to be exact, and preferably paired with something fattening.

Me: Thank you so much Kaylie for giving us this small glimpse into your life :) Do you have any parting words for my lovely friends reading this? Any words of advice for aspiring writers?

Kaylie: I had a blast! Thank you for having me on your lovely blog. I guess if I had any parting words of writerly wisdom for anyone who's new and working on a book out there, it would be keep it up. Dig in. Ignore the crappy days and embrace the great ones. There will be both.
If you dream of telling stories, do it. And do it with gusto :)

Head on over to Kaylie's Website or her Author Facebook Page, and give her some love! I'm a big fan of her Wolfe Creek Series, so consider checking it out. It's a fun, quick supernatural mystery. And don't forget to "like" my Tomes and Tequila Facebook page!!

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