IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WITH WELCOME, KAY DAVID TODAY…
So without further ado, welcome Kay!!
MA&M: Please Kay give our readers some insight into your mind and your world of writing?
KD: I don’t really think you want insight into my mind! It’s a very scary place because a lot of people live there. They’re constantly talking to me, usually all of them at the same time.
Luckily, these folks are the characters in my books (usually). My writing world swings from very organized to pretty chaotic, depending upon where I am in my current book. I prefer to progress along an orderly road and follow the synopsis I’ve written for the book, but I always seems to wander off the path.
In TEXAS HOLD’EM, I made some very minor changes when I was about halfway through the book, but I believe they made a huge difference in the complexity of the story and the characters who were involved.
MBA&M: What inspired you to write “Texas Hold’ Em?
KD: I saw a piece of artwork of a man riding a motorcycle, and it triggered that ‘ah ha’ moment that all writers long for! It doesn’t take much for my brain to take off once I get the key element, which, in this case, was a motorcycle rider. I combined that image along with an encounter with a biker (all good) when I was a teenager and TEXAS HOLD’EM was born.
I always enjoy writing about law enforcement characters, too. The vast majority of officers represent what is good and noble in our society; bravery, sacrifice, love for their fellow man. I’ve never known one who would describe him or herself in that way, but who else would risk their lives, give their time, and help folks who sometimes don’t even want their help? When I think about the salary athletes make versus what cops make, I just shake my head.
MBA&M: What is the allure of Biker gangs,law enforcement,cartels and of romance,combined in one story for readers today?
KD: Two words: Bad boys! I love to write the bad boy hero, and in our culture, motorcycle gangs are perceived to be a rough bunch who do drugs and drive fast. I just turned that upside down, a technique I think always makes for an interesting story (This is something I learned from my critique partner, Amanda Stevens). The result was a motorcycle gang of undercover policemen. The cartels came into the story because I’m a Texan, and border violence is, unfortunately, a reality in my state. I know a Department of Public Safety officer who worked in that location, and he put his life on the line every day down there. The romance part was easy! My characters live dangerously so they have to love passionately. They know their lives could end tomorrow(or on the next page, at least).
MBA&M: Where did you draw your research from and how hard is it to write this genre in today’s market?
KD: The DPS officer I mentioned above gave me some insight as well as a friend who’s a double bad-ass biker! The back of his bike is a terrifying, wonderful place. You wouldn’t believe the webpages in my ‘favorites’ list. Everything from ‘Harley baffles’ to ‘Latin architecture’ is noted.
As far as the genre goes, writing romantic suspense has always been the focus of my professional life, but, as in every situation, change is the only factor that is constant. The market for romantic suspense was very strong when I first started writing, then it dipped in popularity. It’s coming back now, and I think it’ll be even stronger. We have some great writers out there like Amanda Stevens, Deb Webb and BJ Daniels who are making folks realize again how great these stories really are.
MBA&M: On the subject of characters, who was the easier to write, the hardest to write and which was your all time favorite?
KD: My heroes are always the easiest characters for me to write because they come to me with a full set of emotions and complexities. I’m not sure why that is but I see them very clearly before I start the book. In TEXAS HOLD ‘EM Timothy Santos was a pleasure to write. I knew immediately what he looked like, how he thought, even what he liked to eat before I started the book.
The hardest characters, conversely, are usually the heroines. In my mind, they arrive as complete as the heroes do, but they’re usually more conflicted. For me, it’s just more difficult to write female characters. I hope that doesn’t say something strange about me, but I’m sure it probably does. Rose Renwick was a little easier than most because she has such terrible secrets.
My all time favorite character is always the next one I want to write!
MBA&M: Which scene in “Texas Hold’Em was the hardest to write? Why?
KD: I’ll define ‘hard’ these two ways:
The action scenes always take a lot of time because I almost need to choreograph them in my head before I start to describe what happens. So they’re hard in that way.
In another way, the black moment—the defining point in the story where love seems like an impossibility for the hero/heroine—is hard to write because you’re pulling apart two characters you’ve just spend 200+ pages bringing together! Ouch.
The Smokin’ ACES series is turning out to be both difficult and enjoyable to write, just as the characters are both good and bad.
The team works separately and together, so there’s a group dynamic as well as individual motivations. I’d love to keep the series going for a very long time because the possibilities intrigue me. I hope my readers feel the same way!
Thank you Kay for the delightful insight into your mind and your writing!
STAYED TUNED !
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