I am happy to welcome fellow Harlequin author, Regina Kyle to my blog today - Hi, Regina! I think this is the first time we've 'met' so I'm really looking forward to hearing more about you and your books. Let's get started...
1) What kind of music do you like?
Showtunes all the way! I’ve been a musical theater geek since I was bitten by the acting bug at 10 years old. But lately I’ve been getting into some pop music too, thanks to my teenage daughter (who’s also a theater geek, mind you). I’m particularly fond of Maroon 5 (saw them twice in concert last year) and Eminem (his lyrics speak to me).
2) Describe your dream home…
Right now I live in a tiny house on the Connecticut shoreline. I love where I live, but wish I had a bigger house (my husband is a real pack rat). Sometimes it feels like we’re on top of each other, especially when I’m trying to write. I think if I had my druthers I’d take an NYC penthouse apartment, overlooking Central Park. With a library.
3) Favorite literary hero & heroine?
I know it’s a bit predictable, but it’s gotta be Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Pride and Prejudice is the ultimate romance, and Darcy and Elizabeth the ultimate pair. The sexual tension. The witty banter. Perfection.
4) What are you reading now?
I’m a contemporary kind of gal, and I’m a sucker for a good series. I love becoming invested in a familiar setting or group of characters. Three series I’m especially fond of are Jennifer Bernard’s Bachelor Firemen, Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor and Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play books. I just finished Jaci’s latest, and I’m waiting anxiously for Jennifer and Jill’s next.
5) What did you do on your last birthday?
Nothing terribly exciting. Worked (my day job is as a senior assistant state’s attorney). Went out to dinner with my family, who gave me lots of nice jewelry. Wrote. But next year is a milestone birthday (I’m not saying which one), and I’m going to do it up big. Karaoke party all the way.
6) What comes first, plot or characters?
Definitely characters for me. The Nelson siblings (Holly, Gabe, Ivy and Noelle) in my Art of Seduction series came to me all at once. Then it was a matter of finding their mates and figuring out their various plot lines. I think it’s important that character comes first so that I’m not forcing my characters into doing things that aren’t true to their nature just for the sake of the plot.
7) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
All the time. My biggest challenge as a writer is learning to let myself write first and edit later. I’m a perfectionist, I want to get it all right the first time, which is impossible, and it slows my writing down. But I’m learning to let go, let the words fly and go back and fix them later.
8) Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?
Yes. Jill Shalvis. Or Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Or one of a dozen writers who writes faster than me, or who I think is more creative than me. But in all seriousness, I’m pretty happy with who I am and where I am in my life.
9) Tell us about your latest book?
I’m a true blue theater geek, and Triple Threat grew from my years as an amateur actress and then stage mom to my daughter, who at twelve performed in a Broadway national tour for eight months. I wanted to write a romance set in the theater world I love. Here’s the back cover copy:
The Theater of Temptation presents Sabotage…and Seduction!
The Playwright: It’s emerging playwright Holly Nelson’s big break. Broadway. Having survived her traumatic marriage and divorce, Holly is now aiming for success, not love. And any naughty dreams about Nick Damone—the gorgeously dishy star who was her crush back in high school—must remain a fantasy.
The Star: For Nick, Broadway is a chance to go from big-screen-eye-candy to serious actor, and to explore the lust blazing between him and Holly. But life-threatening accidents will force a chain of events that could bring down the curtain on the whole production…or give Nick and Holly a chance to finish the sexy something that started fifteen years ago!
10) What’s next for you?
There will be three more books in the Art of Seduction series. I’m currently working on the second, tentatively titled Triple Time. It’s Gabe and Devin’s story. They’re both introduced in Triple Threat. He’s a workaholic attorney, and she’s a free-spirited bartender/tattoo artist. They’re as different as two people could be, and when they’re together on the page, boy do the sparks fly!
Triple Threat Excerpt
“Hate you? Why would I hate you?” She shook his hand off, her stomach knotting up like a ball of yarn. “You’re freaking me out, Ethan. Who’s waiting for us in there? The pope? Jimmy Hoffa? My ex-mother-in-law?”
Before he could answer, the door fell open with a whoosh
“Here they are!” Ted opened the door wider, ushering them inside. “Our esteemed writer and director.” He brought them into a conference room where Judith and several others were seated in tapestry chairs around an enormous walnut table. One man stood apart, his back to the door, apparently engrossed in one of the framed photos of the New York skyline that dotted the walls. Black hair curled over the collar of his cream-colored dress shirt, which hugged his broad shoulders and displayed strong forearms beneath rolled-up sleeves.
No. It couldn’t be him. He was supposed to be on a movie set overseas…
“Holly Ryan, Ethan Phelps,” Ted boomed, earning him a stern look from his wife. He either ignored or missed it and continued, not lowering his voice one decibel. “Say hello to our new star, straight from the silver screen.”
The man turned and Holly knew from his slack-jawed expression that he was as shocked as she was.
He moved toward her like a tidal wave of gorgeous in an ocean of ohmigod. “It’s been a long time, Holly.” Tall, dark and to-die-for, he held out his hand. His voice, deep and rough, made her breath catch and her nipples tighten. She crossed her arms in front of her chest to hide her unfortunate and completely involuntary reaction to the man who had starred in her erotic dreams since—well, since she’d been old enough to have erotic dreams.
“Nick. I thought you were in Hong Kong.” She stood, feet planted, afraid if she got any nearer to him she’d dissolve into a pool of fiery, lust-ridden goo.
“Been keeping up with me?” He dropped his hand when she didn’t move to take it, slipping it casually into the front pocket of his jeans. “I’m flattered.”
“It’s hard not to. You’re everywhere.”
“Ethan didn’t tell you?” Ted stepped in, smile lines further crinkling his already wrinkled face, and clapped the director on the shoulder. Ethan gave him a warning glare, but the older man, either truly oblivious or deliberately ignorant, ran a hand through his salt-and-pepper hair and continued, “He insisted we see Nick for this role, that he’d be perfect as our modern-day Stanley Kowalski. Even convinced us to put off casting until he finished shooting.”
“Perfect,” Holly echoed, her blood closely approaching the boiling point.
A bead of sweat trickled down Ethan’s forehead and his Adam’s apple did a nervous dance in his throat. “Surprise.”
Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and treasurer of her local RWA chapter. Her debut novel, Triple Threat, will be released by Harlequin Blaze in print on September 16, 2014, and in e-book on October 1, 2014.