Interview with Kay Dee Royal

Kay Dee Royal

Interview Date: 8/2/2012


Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary erotic romance—maybe because it's also her favorite genres to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and confident, intelligent heroines. She'll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun. Blogging and promoting other authors feeds her passion and muse.
She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dogs, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea)
If you’d like to find out more about Kay Dee Royal and her work:
Kay Dee Royal ~ Paranormal & Erotica Romance Musings;
Ravencraft’s Romance Realm; MuseItHot; Twitter; FB

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably powerful.)

I love this question! To heal ~ I’d love to be able to naturally heal a broken heart or a broken arm…a little bit like a good witch with a powerful wand and the wisdom of spells :)

Kev's response: I'd love this one myself, although I have a feeling that you would become bombarded by people from all over the planet wanting to be healed. More than any other power, I tend to think it would become practically a nightmare for the super. (Kind of like a person who comes into a ton of money, and "family" begins to show up out of the woodwork asking for some.)

Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?

I’m a real pushover for Wolverine – wolfman of the X-men :)

Kev's response: I'm guessing Hugh Jackman has something to do with that... :) The Wolverine in the comics is far hairier, shorter and stockier, and much rougher in personality.

Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?

Many things inspire me ~ spoken words, books, grandchildren, television, meditation, music…motivation is another thing altogether :) I’m not good with disciplining myself on what I work on for the day – always something to do with writing, but it might be blogging and marketing or blogging and editing. Once in a while it’s a totally devoted day of writing my novel.

Kev's response: So much to do, right? Sometimes, I wonder how I fit writing in amidst the other activities.

Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?

I attended a great workshop with Claudia Suzanne and picked up a great little tool called Meet In the Middle Plotting. It’s more of an event sketch and seems to keep me on track until my story-stars rip me off in all directions :)

Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?

My favorite genre is paranormal / urban fantasy and I have great appreciation for well written erotic romance in the same genre.

What do you enjoy the most about writing?

I know as a reader I love the escape reading a good book provides, but as a writer, it’s actually living vicariously through the story-stars of my books. They carry their weight totally. In fact, I’m having a difficult time with the villain in Staring Into the Eyes of Chance – in book two, Savage Smoke, he wants to be redeemed. I’ve written him off and now he’s fighting me…will he win?

Kev's response: Sometimes, the bad guys gotta win. >:)

Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?

The writing part is easy, it’s the marketing / promoting afterward that’s a tough nut to crack…at least for me.

Kev's response: Same here. It's hard to be good at everything, and it's not like there is a good "how to" book or website (that is trustworthy, I should add, considering there are plenty of such books out there looking to get us to buy into them...).

Can you tell me something odd about yourself?

I think of myself as an ‘empath’ – I can ‘feel’ negative or positive energy from people. Sometimes I find it difficult hanging out too long in crowds or at funerals:)

Kev's response: You need to hang out in dance clubs more often! (Or the naughtier side of me thinks of other places, that I'll not mention here...)

Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?

I get easily distracted by my characters and move from one story to another. It takes longer to write this way because I need to refresh scenes in my mind when I make a switch over. I read this way also – I’m in the process of reading at least twenty books. Doing it this way takes me a long time to finish a book :)

Kev's response: Wow, that's a lot of books being read at one time!

Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?

I won’t deny the want of seeing some of my books in print, but honestly, I love reading books off my kindle. I’m a true book hoarder – I have close to 500 books on it. Can you imagine all the room that many books would take on shelves in my house?

Kev's response: Once upon a time, I loved seeing shelf after shelf of novels on my bookshelves. Now, I don't care so much, and it actually annoys me to have to search for a physical book in the boxes of books I've got in the basement. I'm all for electronic media too. I actually love having a full PC next to my recliner, and being able to bring up an e-reader, upsize the font, and read while lying back (without my hands having to hold a book or device).

What are your current projects?

I’m working on the second book in the LIIA series – Savage Smoke, so close to finished :) Also under another name I have a tween fantasy adventure, a YA contemporary, and another close to completed YA fantasy romance that all need polished and submitted. Plus under that same name, I’m working on a non-fiction about being human as a spiritual being (writing this one with my daughter).

Kev's response: Interesting, I haven't seen many indies use different pen names. I doubt I would bother, myself, and I would think it would hurt in your recognition. But if it's working for you, then awesome!

Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?

Kevin – I listed my sites beneath my bio:) Thanks so much for this opportunity, it’s greatly appreciated. Kay Dee

Kev's response: Kay Dee, thank you for joining me! Good fortune on the Savage Smoke, as well as your other projects!

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