Today’s guest is the lovely Christie Kelley!
I reviewed Christie’s debut book, Every Night I’m Yours last month on my blog. You can read that review by clicking here.
Today I have an interview with the talented author!
Please tell us about your book, Every Night I’m Yours.
I’m really awful at summarizing my own books so I thought I’d better give you the back cover blurb instead:
At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a searing fire within her, Avis realizes just how much she doesn’t know about the actual pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she devises a daring plan…
Avis chooses Emory Billingsworth, a fellow novelist-not to mention a beautiful specimen of manhood-to instruct her in carnal pleasure. But when the brash earl of Selby, Banning Talbot, a man she has known for years, unearths Avis’ true intentions, he claims she’s made a dangerously bad choice. Volunteering his services for one wicked night of reckless, abandoned passion, Banning promises he will satisfy all of her deepest longings. Yet Banning cannot begin to imagine the effect his willful, voluptuous, and very eager student will have on him-or how far an innocent lesson in desire can go…
What inspired the story?
I seem to get my inspiration from dreams. I was writing a book with both Banning and Avis as secondary characters. This book was supposed to be a stand alone book, not sequels. Never had I thought when I started the manuscript that Banning and Avis would become hero and heroine for a different book. But the minute I put these two on paper, there was so much sexual tension between them I could help but think about them as a hero and heroine.
But back to the dreams. I woke up one night while writing the “other” book to hear Avis saying to her friends, “I’ve decided to take a lover.” I sat up and thought to myself, “No, that’s not right. Regency spinsters don’t take lovers.” And darn that Avis refused to accept the idea that she couldn’t, at the age of 26, take a lover to discover what she was missing.
Who would you cast as the hero and heroine in a film adaptation of your book?
This is probably the hardest question to answer because both characters appeared so clearly to me but didn’t remind me of any specific actors. If I had to guess, I’d say that Pierce Brosnan in his Remington Steele days is about as close as I get to Banning.
Avis is a bit harder to cast. I never pictured her as drop-dead gorgeous. She is more the girl next door. I think the closest I could get to her would be Jennifer Garner, only Avis has curly hair.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
What’s not to love about being a writer? I create worlds and stories that can make people happy or make them cry. I can do my job any time day or night, in my pajamas with no makeup on. How great is that!
Least favorite? Revisions. The editor sees something that perhaps you didn’t and then only gives suggestions so you’re left guessing if what you’re changing is what he/she wants. It’s a little intimidating.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
So many writers have inspired me that I would never be able to list them all. Johanna Lindsay, Christina Dodd, Victoria Alexandra, and Julie Garwood to name a few. Also, my husband has inspired me greatly. He encouraged me to chase my dream and never give up.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Oh, I love easy questions! For all aspiring writers, keep learning your craft, keep writing, keep submitting and NEVER GIVE UP! I came close to giving up writing about two years before I received the call. That year I decided, at the last minute, to enter the RWA’s Golden Heart Contest in 2006 and became a finalist. Finaling in the GH was such a boost to my writing self-esteem that it never again entered my mind to quit writing. I sold the book about a year after the final.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Introverted, Determined, Thoughtful
If you could save one book from destruction, what would it be?
Only one book?
That’s not right! If I was smart, I’d say my book, Every Night I’m Yours. But honestly, I’d have to save Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of my all-time favorite books and everyone should have the chance to read it.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
Hmm, this is a tough question for me. Of course, I want all my books in there, plus my husband’s CDs. (he’s a musician) Pictures of my children and my family. Being a history lover, a couple of current newspapers, more books, and then some of the current technology of the day so people can see our iPods, PCs, cell phones.
What is next for you?
I’m finishing my second book in the series. I haven’t heard a definite release date on that book but rumor has it sometime around February 2009. The book doesn’t have a name yet because the first title was immediately rejected by my editor, which was fine by me. I think putting a title on the book is harder than writing the entire thing.
The story is about Banning’s sister, Jennette. She has a deep secret that one only other person knows, and he’s ready to blackmail her to keep it secret. Only blackmail turns to passion and then to love. It’s been a tougher story for me to write because it is such an emotional book.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
I want to know what plot readers love in a romance and what they hate. If you read regency set historicals, what plot device are you completely sick of? Then I’ll answer with my love/hates.
Great interview Christie! Thank you so much!
You can learn more about Christie by visiting her website: http://www.christiekelley.com/
So, as Christie asked, what plots in romances do you love? What do you hate?
If you read regency-set historicals, what plot devices are you sick of?
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