About Kitty Kendall:
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?
The story. Once I get an idea for a story in my head it won’t leave me alone. I dream about it. I think about it constantly. It’s like I’m possessed and the only way to rid it from my brain is to write about it. One story I wrote was in my brain for 22 years, so when I finally sat down to write it, it took just 3 months.
With The Rise of Memphis Monthly Chronicles, I wanted to read a book where the woman was nervous about sex, ie not a sexual diva. I couldn’t find what I wanted and I always found erotica so serious. So I created a wonderful character – Jane Nichols who becomes her own naughty twin, Memphis, in order to find sexual gratification that’d been eluding her for years. I also wanted to show that sex could be fun and that it wasn’t always perfect, consequently the stories are as hilarious as they are steamy – exactly how I like to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a huge cork board where I pin up a rough scene map of where the story is going using index cards. I color code them for each characters point of view. 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, treasure maps, related articles and anything that I think will relate to the story. 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.
For Fiction Writers: 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 which can get a little weird when they have an accent. I’m always dreaming about them too. 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, editing, 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 do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I write Romantic Suspense, Crime and Erotic Romance.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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