Today I’m turning the blog over to Kimber Vale. A sister Liquid Siver Author (they should have a name for us – the Silverettes? Silverenes?) who is offering a copy of her book for one lovely reader! Leave a comment below and a winner will be selected at random.
Hi, Livia! Thanks so much for having me today!
1. What was the hardest part for you when working on your book?
For my book “Star Catcher,” being published with Liquid Silver Books, the hardest part was crafting an entire story around a sex scene. Usually, I am a planner—I jot down copious notes, often for weeks, clarifying my plot. I write a scene-by-scene outline before I begin. I start at the beginning and write to the end. It took a few hard lessons and even harder walls of writer’s block to determine that “seat of my pants” is not my friend. With “Star Catcher,” I woke up at two a.m. with the idea for a sex scene between an alien and an earthling. That one was fun, and I wrote another one, without any idea what I would do with it. The planning started after I wrote a chunk of the middle of the story, and this was the first time I’ve written completely out of order. It was a little disconcerting.
2. Do you have only one WIP, or do you bounce around between projects?
Unfortunately, I bounce like Dolly Parton’s ta-tas. I would love to start and complete, start and complete. The reality is I’m a sucker for an exciting sub call, and the due-by date inspires me to get more done than an open-ended submission. I love writing short stories for the instant gratification they deliver, and because I can try a theme or genre that I might otherwise be intimidated by. At any given time, I will be working on a short, as well as longer projects. At the moment, I am polishing off my first in an M/M series, I have over half of the second one written, I have half a M/F paranormal done, and I’m writing to a prompt for the Goodreads Love Has No Boundaries Event (M/M). Incidentally, my M/M is published under K. Vale. Yes, I need to get something off my plate, and soon.
3. Novel you would like to see turned into a movie?
I would love to see the Kushiel’s Dart series turned into movies. Jacqueline Carey is a phenomenal world-builder, and if Hollywood is willing to turn a BDSM novel like “50 Shades of Grey” into a movie, they should consider this sweeping tale.
4. Who is, hands down, the sexiest actor of all time?
Tom Hardy J
5. Who would you go gay/straight for?
I would go gay for Charlize Theron. If she could get Tom Hardy to come along, I’d go bi. Honestly, sexuality is such a fluid thing. As a woman, it’s much easier to admit same sex attraction without fear of ridicule. Men who are bisexual are often seen as “other” from both the gay and straight communities, but is it really so hard to imagine being attracted to members of both sexes? Especially when there are so many components—physical, mental, emotional—that make up attraction? I don’t think so. I think it’s more unnatural to deny the possibility.
6. What genre would you write if you didn’t write erotic romance?
Probably horror. I actually have a few horror shorts published under my real name. I also have a ginormous YA paranormal sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to dust it off and convert their flip phones to iPhones. One of those. 😉
7. How do you feel about self-publishing?
It sounds like a lot of hard work to me! At the moment, I’m focused on traditional publishing. Even so, there is a ton of marketing and promotional work that falls on the author. With self-publishing, there is the whole cover-making, book-formatting, editing-outsourcing, ISBN-buying business that would overwhelm me at the moment. I’m already overwhelmed. JMaybe someday. It may eventually happen with that YA book I was talking about since it’s too long for traditional publishing.
8. If you could switch places with one of your characters would you?
Fun! I think I would for a short while. I’d probably pick Chance, my gay rock star in my WIP, “Hot and Heavy Metal.” For one thing, I have a serious case of penis envy. For another, he is the lead singer for a sky-rocketing metal band, and finally, he gets the ultra-sexy Alex to lick him up and down. Yeah, I’d like that.
9. Where can we find more information about you and your books?
10. What influenced or inspired you to write?
Reading, for sure. Also, my father always talked about wanting to write a book, so I did it to impress him. I’m the kid who used to eat liver to be more like my dad. Writing a book was easier than eating liver. So gross.