Our Author of the Week is KIRSTEN S. BLACKETER, best selling historical Romance Author of the series The Shadow Guardians. Welcome Kirsten!!!
AUTHOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. When did you first decide to become a writer? Why?
I never decided I wanted to be a writer. It was always in my blood. The drive to write has always been strong within me. I decided to dabble with creative writing when I was fifteen, but the decision to take my writing in a serious direction didn't hit me until I was twenty-five. I'd been to college, gotten married, and was living the dream as a stay at home mom of a two year old. I joined a local writer's group and my writing exploded, as did my realization that I needed to work on my craft.
2. Do you find your unique life experiences add to or hinder your writing?
There are events from my life that have influenced my writing, yes. But predominantly my writing flows from a cavern deep within. A lonely place where my dreams, fantasies, and creativity mesh together. I know what I like as a reader, so I write those types of stories. Sometimes a tidbit of reality, an event from my life, makes its way into my stories, but most times those are nods to someone who deserves to be immortalized in my story. ;)
3. What is your most frightening experience? Would you use this in a story?
I haven't really had a truly frightening experience yet. Not one that I could deem paralyzing. But if I ever had one that made a distinct mark on me, then I would probably use some of the elements in a story. It gives the story more depth if you can accurately describe the pulse pounding fear in a way that makes the reader experience it as you did. Sometimes reality makes great writing fodder.
4. What inspired your latest work?
I'm working on the third book in the Shadow Guardian's series. Angus was quite adamant he deserved to have his own story, so I oblige him.
I also wrote a short story which will turn into a series of novellas that took root after I played a Japanese dating simulation game on my iPad. A choose your own adventure romance kind of thing. The characters took shape in my mind, and I ran with them. They are darker and more dangerous than most of my previous heroes.
5. Which media sites are your favorites? Why?
I’m addicted to Tumblr. It's a micro-blogging platform that focuses on visual rather than a ton of text. There's a variety of types of blogs that cater to whatever you enjoy. I've met some great people on that site and found some wonderful writing advice/inspiration there as well.
6. How do you, as an author, handle promotion?
I'm a wallflower. I'd rather be in the background than in the spotlight. Promotion is hard for me. I don't like to brag or pimp myself. I hate to sound like I'm tooting my own horn. If someone else wants to do it because they think I'm a great writer, then that's awesome. Go for it!
7. Who are your favorite writers and why?
I love Julia Quinn, Jo Beverley, Teresa Medeiros, and Tara Janzen. They all have unique ways of writing and distinct writer's voices. I'm not firmly locked into one specific sub-genre...like I'll only read historical. I prefer to let the story speak to me through the blurb. Each of these authors has books that spoke to me, and in turn, I became a loyal reader. I'll pick up their books without reading the backs, because I love their work in general.
8. If you could visit any period of time in history which would it be and why?
Oh man, that's a tough question. I'd love to see snippets of each time period, but I'd only like the trip to be temporary. I love my modern conveniences too much to give them up permanently. I've always been drawn to medieval, renaissance, and the Victorian eras.
9. Is there a message you want readers to take from your novels?
Don't be afraid to follow your heart. While it may be the last thing you want to do, your heart sometimes knows the truth before your brain does.
10. What is your favorite holiday?
I don't really have a favorite holiday. I'm drawn more to specific seasons than a specific holiday. I've always said I'm a non-traditionalist. I eat lasagna for Christmas and prime rib for Thanksgiving. Autumn is my favorite season though, if you were curious. I love the smells and the colors of the shifting season.
Stick her in the middle of a chaotic home with two children, a hyperactive dog, and a camouflage wearing husband, and she can cook and clean with the best of them. But when the sun goes down and the children are nestled in bed fast asleep, she tucks away her pots and broom and like Cinderella she transforms.
Her characters creep forth from the dark recesses of her mind taking their places in the castles and forests built from her words. No simpering heroines linger there with forlorn gazes turned to the horizon, waiting for their Prince Charming. They straighten their spine, arming themselves with blade and bow, prepared to do their part in defense of their honor and destiny. She breathes life into the women she believes our ancestors to be, showing how they lived and loved with passion and grace.
Never bored by the tales still left to tell, she battles the ever sarcastic muse in her quest for romance.
Blurb for An Irresistible Shadow:
Trust is more valuable than gold in a world where traitors conspire, and Lady Evelyn realizes that even shadows demand payment.
Lady Evelyn Montgomery, only daughter of the Baron of Rayne, detests the thought of marriage. She will never allow a man to control her. Crushed by the constraints of propriety, she steals away from the safety of the keep and stumbles onto a plot designed to stir up trouble between England and Scotland. When a mysterious hooded man saves her, she fights her attraction to him as they join forces to hunt down a traitor and save her father. But can she save her heart?
Gabriel is a Shadow Guardian. Hiding beneath his black cowl and blending into the night, he is sworn to protect the Baron's daughter. The spirited Lady Evelyn is far from the delicate flower he anticipated. She makes herself crystal clear, no man will possess her. Can he prove to her that love can be more than just possession? Or will the traitor they seek tear them apart forever?
Excerpt for An Irresistible Shadow:
Fear infused her body, Evelyn had been captured. The fear melted into anger. She thrashed in her captor's arms, twisting and kicking. His gloved hand tightened over her mouth and the other pinned her securely against his chest.
"I mean you no harm," a velvet voice whispered in her ear. "I don't want to bind you, but I will." Evelyn's heel connected with the man's shin. He cursed. "Although you evidently mean to harm me." His voice was calm, suffused with amusement. He carried her to where their horses were tethered.
Evelyn struggled to free herself, but he was much stronger. She was close enough to the keep to call for help, if he would only remove his hand from her mouth. He was all warm muscle against her back, a living, breathing stone wall. His breath caressed the fine hairs on her neck. When he stopped moving, she wedged her mouth open enough to fit her teeth around one of his fingers and bit down. Hard.
"God's blood, woman! I'm trying to help you," he swore in his velvet whisper, then readjusted his hand over her mouth.
So much for that idea. If she had to play along with the rogue, so be it. He held no weapon to her throat. Though his hold on her was firm, he did not cause her pain. His muscles flexed as he shifted her in his grasp. She was keenly aware of every part of him that touched her. Okay, so he had a weapon against her. Though she had yet to see his face, her body betrayed her with its reaction. Evelyn inhaled in an effort to regain her composure and breathed in his scent. It was fresh, earthy, and dangerously sinful. She groaned, embarrassed by her wicked thoughts.
Her captor stilled, his breath quickening. "I will let you go," he murmured. "If you promise to behave." She nodded, relieved when he kept his word.
Evelyn broke from his embrace and spun on him. "Who are you?" she hissed. "What do you want?" She scrutinized the shadowed man before her. He wore all black: boots, leggings, tunic, and cloak. The hood covering his head was positioned low purposefully to hide his face from scrutiny.
The man proffered a sardonic bow, waving his arm with a flourish. "I am your humble servant, my lady."
The humor in his voice made her wary of his intent. "How did you know I was here?"
"I followed you," he answered.
She swallowed the lump in her throat. Following her? The words of Sir Alexander echoed in her mind. She should have taken a guard. "Why did you not make your presence known?"
"That would not have served my purpose, my lady," he replied as he leaned against a tree, melding into the shadows. Since he seemed more amused than disturbed by her questions, she asked another.
"Why did you grab me?" she demanded, licking her dry lips. Formidable and mysterious, this man of the shadows aroused her curiosity.
"Ensuring your safety. You're not as quiet as you think you are."
Evelyn bristled. She was proud, unwilling to admit he was right. "Who do you think you are?" Her voice rose in pitch and fervor. "First, you follow me, then accost me, and finally insult me. You, sir, are playing a dangerous game. I should turn you over to the night watch." She poked him in the chest. "I don't need your help. I can take care of myself." Evelyn turned looking for her horse.
"I can see that."
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