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12880 Thanks Iris! Thanks Blair! :D
12880 CAT! You have won North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, #1) by Laura Kaye !!


YZ THE WHYZ! You have won In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings, #1) by Laura Kaye !!

Please email me at laurakayeauthor @ gmail . com with your ebook format choice!

AND THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE GREAT CHAT! I ENJOYED BEING HERE WITH YOU ALL!
12880 And the winners are...
12880 I know we're getting ready to wrap up this chat. I just wanted to thank the mods of RRRC for inviting me to come here and hang with y'all, as well as each of you for taking the time to offer such thoughtful and thought-provoking questions! I've had a blast!

(I'll still check out any comments after this, I just wanted to be sure to say it... ;) )
12880 Iris wrote: "Not sure if this has been asked and answered previously, but do you prefer to work under contracts or speculatively?"

Hmmm...I probably prefer speculatively because it's less pressure, but under contract means the work is sold and guaranteed to be published, which of course is gold!
12880 LOL It's totally crazy right now, but part of it is the demands of writing on contracts, with set schedules, as opposed to writing speculatively (i.e., no one's bought it and you don't know if you'll ever sell it) which you can do at your own pace. I wouldn't be forcing myself to do so much so fast if most of it wasn't contracted with deadlines. However, it IS easier be this constantly busy with my writing work because I love it so much!
12880 LOL Iris! Here's my writing schedule:

--Just finished vampire book 2 about 3 weeks ago (title: Seduced by the Vampire King) which will release Summer 2012 (expecting edits soon)
--Writing South of Surrender (Anemoi #3) which releases in September
--In March, I plan to do one final edit of my erotic women's fiction, THE FANTASY LIFE OF A MIDDLE-AGED WIFE, and submit to agents
--I'm 3/4 done with a short erotic contemporary for Decadent Publishing's 1NS (1 Night Stand) series (Decadent also publishing my contemporary erotic Just Gotta Say)
--In April, I need to begin East of Ecstasy (Anemoi #4) which releases next January
--I'm working with a co-author to begin plotting a historical fiction we hope to start writing early summer

I think that's it right now! LOL :)
12880 Hi Joanne--His mate died in the battle that left it in ruins, and the threat from the enemy remained, so they retreated below ground... :)
12880 LaTasha wrote: "Laura wrote: "LaTasha wrote: "Hello Laura,

I am a new reader and have plans to start with North of Need, If you had to pick a book as your favorite that you have written which one..."


LOL LaTasha! Yes, I *always* get ideas for other books while writing - it's my #1 form of procrastination!!! I just note down whatever GREAT IDEA has come to me and force myself back to work on what I'm *supposed* to be doing! :D
12880 LaTasha wrote: "Hello Laura,

I am a new reader and have plans to start with North of Need, If you had to pick a book as your favorite that you have written which one would it be and why?"


Hi LaTasha! First, I hope you enjoy
North of Need! Second, you realizing that's like asking which of my children I love the most??? LOL! Geez, it's really hard to answer in all seriousness because I love each of my books for different reasons. But, if I *have* to answer I would probably say Hearts in Darkness because I absolutely adore the hero and I loved the challenge of writing about two characters trapped in the pitch black. :D
12880 Ashley wrote: "I would loved to know how much research u do before u begin your writing. I have been toying with the idea of writing a historical fiction. I know a good bit but I would need to research more. Just..."

Hi Ashley--the amount of research really depends a lot from book to book. Historical fiction is probably the genre that requires the most research because the people who read it are avid history enthusiasts and expect the details to be right. So you need to know about the clothes and buildings and the things people used and the appropriate language and the etiquette of the day and the historical events going on around the characters. I'm a historian, and I find that daunting! :) But, if that's what you love, you should do it, because that passion will shine through!
12880 Sandy wrote: "I love your cover art. It is so sexy. Do you get a say in what covers go on your books or is that up to the publicist? sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com"

Hi Sandy--Thank you! I'm pretty in love with my cover art, too! I've had great luck! :D Authors get some say in their covers--usually we get some sort of cover art form where we tell the artist the feel of the story, details about the characters, information about special objects or places in the book (cover artists don't often read the story before making the cover, so giving them lots of details on these forms is crucial). Then, it differs from one publisher to another, but sometimes you get to give feedback on a mock-up of a cover, and sometimes you don't and you just have to accept what you get. Good question!
12880 Chani wrote: "Hi, Laura! I was wondering what made you first get into writing? "

Hi Chani--I've been a non-fiction writer most of my life (I'm a historian by profession), but I started writing fiction with the hopes of publishing about 3.5 years ago - it's a weird but true story - I had a head injury, and once I started to heal, I had all these creative urges: learned to play the guitar (not well! LOL), and wanted to write. Forever Freed came to me nearly fully formed, and just poured out of me - the initial draft was 145,000 words (about 450 pages) and I wrote it in 11 weeks. Now, i couldn't imagine NOT writing!
12880 Lexi wrote: "I love that driving gives you time to think and plan out your books. I use my driving time to relax and listen to music before I get home to my husband and three young kids...crazy house as I like ..."

Yay, Lexi! For a bit on music and ITSOTK, see today's blog post:

http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.co...
12880 Yz the Whyz wrote: "Hi Laura! Welcome to RRRC.

Did you always know that you are going to be a writer, or did you get that realization later? If the latter, what was the trigger event?"


Hi Yz! I've been a non-fiction writer most of my life (I'm a historian by profession), but I started writing fiction about 3.5 years ago - it's a weird but true story - I had a head injury, and once I started to heal, I had all these creative urges: learned to play the guitar (not well! LOL), and wanted to write. Forever Freed came to me nearly fully formed, and just poured out of me - the initial draft was 145,000 words (about 450 pages) and I wrote it in 11 weeks. Now, i couldn't imagine NOT writing!
12880 Tennille [A.K.A Blair] wrote: "Laura wrote: "Tennille [A.K.A Blair] wrote: "I love to ask quirky questions and I have a few:

What books are piled up beside your bed if any?

Do you keep a writers notebook?

What is your favorit..."


Hi Blair--you're so welcome! I appreciate your sentiment and would love to come to your blog after I get my current manuscript (book 3 in the Anemoi series, called South of Surrender) finished around the beginning of March. Let's chat! :)
12880 You guys have such great questions! Thanks!
12880 Linda wrote: "Hi Laura, welcome!
Happy Birthday Stephanie!
I have never read any of your books but they are being added to my read list.
My question is do you ever use a family member or friends base character..."


I never use a whole person to inspire a character, but I definitely use phrases or funny events or quirky traits from people I know to build my characters. I pull a lot from my own life and put into my stories, really. :)
12880 Anna wrote: "I hope this question hasn't already been asked -- what keeps you motivated and inspired? You are madly prolific. Also, do you have any secret books lurking in your heart that haven't had a chance t..."

This is a good question, Anna, thanks! What keeps me inspired:

1) my characters won't leave me alone (I'm only half kidding about this!)
2) deadlines force faster productivity than I might do on my own
3) I would like to do this as a full-time job within the next two years, and having multiple books for readers to buy is more likely to make that possible, so a-writing I go! :)

Hmm...I always have new ideas flooding into my brain, but I don't have any books I've been dying to write but haven't, with the possible exception of the sequel to Forever Freed which I haven't been able to get to with all my other writing obligations. FF was the first book I wrote and first I sold, so it has a special place in my heart and I'd really like to do that sequel someday. Great question!
12880 Gena wrote: "Hi, Laura! And Happy Birthday, Stephanie *waves*!!

I know you love history - do you have any plans for travel for research purposes?

If your children grow up with the writing bug, does that ma..."


Hi Gena! I would LOVE to go on research trips, but I don't think I'll absolutely need to for what I'm currently writing. For places I've never been, Google maps, especially using the street views provided by the Google camera cars, are very useful for giving me more of a firsthand feel for a place.

I would love for my girls to grow up doing something creative. My older daughter is my artsy, geeky girl (I mean that in the best possible way), and I could totally see her doing something creative!

:)
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