I devoured it, with both hands.
Then, I read 'Body of Work', Karla's latest offering and sat mesmerized as my Ken-doll practically smoked! Amazing characters ,a fresh storyline and a plot that kept me wondering...I just had to meet the author.
So I stuck my hand out in the virtual world, asking if I could interview her and what follows is our conversation.
Or what counts for an Author interview at Casa de Hornbuckle:
J.A.: Thanks for joining me, Karla. Let me start by admitting I'm a huge fan!
K.D.: Hi, Judy! Thanks for inviting me to chat with you on your blog.
J.A.: I'm pretty new to this writing gig and fell into it serendipitously. What about you; what made you want to write?
K.D: I’ve always been a creative, make-it-yourself type of person, and a storyteller, of sorts. I love making people laugh, though I don’t care for speaking in front of groups or people I don’t know. So I was kind of destined to be a writer, I think!
As for the “thing” that made me actually sit down and become a writer—I’d have to say it was my best friend. She’d gotten me back into reading things other than Dr. Seuss books (being a mom had definitely taken over my book selections, LOL), and more specifically, into avidly reading romance. One day I said to her, “I have an idea for a story. I’m thinking about writing it.” And she told me to go for it, that I had a way with words. That if so-and-so could do it, so could I. It took off from there. (PS: That story, the first book I wrote, was 90k words and shall never see the light of day.)
J.A.: Although I blog about sex scenes being hard to write (no pun intended), I find myself struggling more with my couple's arguments/conflicts scenes than any other. When you write, are there any scenes you find harder to write?
K.D.: I guess we’re opposites on this one. The scenes I find the easiest/quickest to write are the fights and conflict parts. Honestly, they’re my favorite. The scenes I rub my hands together to get at. (Maybe I’m writing the wrong genre, LOL)Sex scenes are the most time-consuming for me. It can take me weeks (and I’m not exaggerating) to write one sex scene and get it the way I want it to be.
J.A.: I'm uncertain if it is because I'm still a newbie, but sometimes my characters seem to take over a scene, going a completely different direction than I've planned. Does that happen to you and, if so, how do you handle it?
K.D.: Good grief, yes. They do that to me as well. Even when I work from an outline, they don’t stick to it. Bratty characters!
J.A.: I'm hoping that it's only because I'm new, but anything can trigger an idea for a book. So many ideas, so little time. Where do you get the concepts/inspirations for your stories?
K.D.: Be glad you have all those ideas, because you’ll always have a story to write! I always have at least four books in the works, because the ideas keep coming. The rest of the ideas are jotted down in a book, a couple paragraphs’ worth so I won’t forget. My ideas seem to come out of nowhere, and usually while I’m out walking my dogs, enjoying the peace & quiet and beauty of the world outside my office. Whenever I’m stuck creatively, I snap on their leashes and head out.
J.A.: Your characters are so multi-dimensional and really jump off the page! Some writing guides suggest doing character studies in order for an author to discover/create them. What do you do to develop such realistic, 3D people?
K.D.: Thank you for the lovely compliment. :) I don’t have a method. I usually don’t know much about them when I start writing, and it often takes a couple of chapters for them to really present themselves to me. If I try to decide something in advance, it rarely sticks! Once the characters are alive in my head, I try to get inside theirs, especially when I’m writing from their POV. I write a sentence, but then I stop and reconsider—is this the wording they would use when thinking/speaking? I probably rewrite every sentence three times, minimum, until it’s tweaked to suit the character as much as possible.
J.A.: I've mentioned in my blog that I use a minimum for four thesauruses when I'm pounding on my keyboard. Are there any reference books or guides that you have to have on hand when you sit down to write and, if so, what are they?
K.D.: I’m a regular visitor to Dictionary.com, which also has a great thesaurus feature. I use Onelook.com to check for most-used spellings on words. I also visit Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tricks site a lot, because there are still things that trip me up on a regular basis. I keep a notebook on my desk which I use to keep track of all the things I’ve had corrected during the editorial process, in hopes I won’t repeat those mistakes. Compound adjectives continue to haunt me. LOL
J.A.: From some of the emails I've received from readers, I get the impression that they're surprised I'm just an everyday kind of person-- the same as you'd see at the supermarket (albeit with some very sexy thoughts in the fruit and veg aisle). As a writer of contemporary erotic fiction, what has surprised you the most in your reader's response?
K.D.: I love getting mail and messages from readers. (hint hint) Nothing has surprised me in reader mail, actually. Aside from people loving my books—I’m honestly surprised (and always thrilled) when I read those comments. :)
J.A.: There's a lot of buzz about the final casting for the 50 Shades movie. If your latest book, Body of Work, if it were to be made into a film, which actress and actor would you choose to play Cassie and Brian? For More Than Words with Calli and (*sigh*) Travis?
K.D.: People certainly have strong opinions about the casting, don’t they? I haven’t read any of the ‘50’ books, so I can’t weigh in, other than to say that I LOVE Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, so his presence in the film will get me to the theatre. Charlie is my visual inspiration for one of the heroes in my upcoming ménage book, actually. Which leads me back to your question. I almost hate to answer it, because I’d rather the reader decide whose face to match with the book character. I’ve had readers send me pictures of people they think looks like a character, and sometimes I’m, “ooooh, yes” but other times I all, “really? huh”. But, since you asked, I’ll answer.
When I wrote Brian Black, the ginger-haired personal trainer hero of BODY OF WORK, I had one man in mind—Seth Fornea. Go ahead and Google pics of him right now, I’ll wait. I didn’t have anybody in mind for Cassie, the heroine. I envisioned her hair and face as similar to Meg Ryan’s, back in the day, when she had the sort of short, kind of wavy/messy hairstyle. That’s as close as I got for her.
I know people will disagree with me on the characters from MORE THAN WORDS, because my husband and I have hashed this one out many times. Of course, he’s wrong and I’m right. LOL. I picture Adam Levine as the rockstar hero, Travis Graham, and Ksenia Solo as the heroine, Calli.
In my mind, the baseball-playing, veterinarian hero of GAME PLAN has to be David Williams, the Australian rugby player. (Go on, type that in your Google bar and thank me later.) I didn’t have one person in mind for Andie, the heroine. She’s really a combination of many women.
You might have noticed I don’t spend a lot of time obsessing over real-life people who match the heroines… Um, yeah. LOL.
** J.A. note -- I DID check out the pictures and, ooh boy, Karla did NOT mis-speak. So, a heartfelt THANK YOU is in order!**
J.A.: With more experience and at some point in the future I'd like to try my hand at writing a sci-fi or paranormal romance. What other genres tempt you?
K.D.: I have a couple of contemporary/paranormal hybrid stories started that I’d love to finish one day. One involves modern-day witches. The other could be classified as a ghost story, I guess. One day, I may let some of the evil characters in my head run free and try writing something dark and thriller-ish.
J.A.: I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I've 'had' virtual sex with five amazing fictional men this year (my characters). Which of your male leads would have the most chance hooking up with you and why?
K.D.: Ha, awesome question. If I weren’t married, I’d hook up with all of my heroes—anytime and anywhere they wanted!
J.A.: Thank you so much, Karla. This has been a real treat for me!
K.D.: Thanks so much for the fun interview, Judy. Good luck with your current and future books!
Ohmigod! Is she great or what?
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