Yesterday I posted a blurb and cover for Kimberly Killion’s upcoming release and today she is here to answer some questions…
Your upcoming release looks and sounds great! Can you please tell us about the book?
Her One Desire will be released as a Zebra Debut by Kensington in July 2008. The story is set in 1483 England, a time when the nobles would do anything to gain King Edward’s crown.
My blurb says it best:
Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the merciful darkness. By stealth and by cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father’s cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back—they are bound as one in his iron chains. Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night…
A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach Scotland, he will claim her for his own…forever.
What inspired the story?
I suppose I was contemplating my next story when I was watching a documentary of the lives of the executioners and how they lived. I was fascinated by their stories. I had been researching the life of Richard the Third, as he play a role in HER ONE DESIRE, and discovered he, too, had been party to several execution. My little mind went to work and it hit me…what if I wrote a book about the executioner’s daughter? It took root from there.
How did you react when you found out your book was going to be published?
I cried. Really. I received an e-mail from Hilary Sares ten minutes before I was scheduled to lecture to a class of thirty. Within that ten minutes, I called my dear friend and critique partner, Erin McClune, who calmed my emotions and redirected me to make the next step—contacting an agent.
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
As the heroine, I get to fall in love. As the hero, I get to be strong, handsome, flirtatious, witty… As the villain, I get to be sadistic and twisted. And as the author, I get to play with people’s lives, make them cry, make them laugh, make them fall in love. And if I’m lucky, I might just inspire one person—the reader.
Getting started. It is difficult for me to type those first words. As a writer you fear starting in the wrong spot or loosing your reader before they get to page 2. Otherwise, I love it!
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Dr. Krantz. He was my college mythology teacher. I was working toward a Bachelor in Fine Arts when I discovered I had to take an elective. I pulled “Mythology” out of a hat, and it was there I found Dr. Krantz. The book wasn’t Romeo and Juliet, as you might suspect, but Dante’s Inferno-a Divine Comedy indeed. Talk about an intriguing read. Sure, I bought Cliffs Notes—I was eighteen. With a three-hour block of nude figure drawing and rocks to sculpt, who has time to read? Well, I read it. Cover to cover, after which, I read Oedipus, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and a few other Greek tragedies. I walked away with a love for all things tragic, passionate, and historic. I moved on from the ancient authors of yesteryear and became engrossed in the writings of Julie Garwood, Teresa Medeiros, and Gaelen Foley—just to name a few.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Perseverance. If you want it bad enough, it will happen. You must continue to learn. Find a critique partner or group. I found it easier to learn the craft of writing from reading ‘bad writing’ vs. ‘good writing’. Join online writer’s group and take classes. Read all the How-to books and never, under any circumstances should you ever give up.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Dedicated. Determined. And if you ask anyone who knows me, they might tell you I’m a wee bit wowf.
If you could save one book from destruction, what would it be?
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
A newspaper and a handwritten letter to my great-grandchildren. As everything will be computerized, it will be a rarity to see actual handwriting. I would also put in pictures of my family and copies of my family’s genealogy. This time capsule would need to be air-tight as I would definitely want to add in chocolate. What if people in the future lost the recipe for chocolate? This would be tragic.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
Yes. What does your perfect hero look like? What does he smell like? And what is his profession?
So readers, what does your perfect hero look like? What does he smell like? What is his profession?
Tell us all about him!
And remember you can visit Kimberly’s wonderful website at http://kimberlykillion.com/
Check back tomorrow for more with Kimberly!
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