Her latest novel from Samhain Publishing, “Hot Ride”, is out today, so be sure to stop by your favourite bookstore or Samhain to get a copy. 😀
You also have a chance to win some fabulous prizes on the Hop, so make sure you ENTER the RAFFLECOPTER (click on the word ‘rafflecopter’) for a chance to WIN.
Now that you know the contest rules, let’s get to know Kelly…
CABR: Sera Manning, the heroine in “Hot Ride”, is a DEA agent. I love seeing powerful women portrayed in fiction, particularly romance. What/whom inspired you to write Sera?
KJ: I don’t know that I was inspired by any one person to write Sera. I wanted to write a kick-ass heroine, someone really strong and independent (to a fault!) which is quite different for me. I mean, I hope all my heroines are strong, but Sera’s the only heroine I’ve written who works in law enforcement and can take down a two hundred pound guy. 😀
CABR: Impressive. 🙂 Will “Hot Ride” be the first in a series?
KJ: I had not planned a series, but I’m already hearing suggestions about a book for one of the secondary characters! And I would really love to use all I learned in researching the book to write another story. So maybe… 😀
CABR: Looking forward to “Hot Ride” the series.
Do you have a bike or did you hitch a ride with a Harley owner perhaps to do your research?
KJ: I don’t have a bike! In fact I am really kind of anti-motorcycle, which stems from a previous day job working as a bodily injury case manager in the auto insurance business – I often saw the horrific consequences of accidents involving motorcycles. (Sera thinks of them as “murdercycles”, LOL).
I haven’t been on a bike for many years – my dad (in a classic mid-life crisis move) bought a motorcycle when I was a teenager and I HATED riding with him – he was crazy reckless, driving too fast, no helmet…he scared the crap out of me. My husband also had a bike as a teenager but we were just friends then, so I only rode with him a few times. For this story, I talked to a fellow writer who has motorcycles for some advice.
CABR: I understand cooking, or at least watching others cook, is a passion of yours. So, what’s your favourite show on the Food Network?
KJ: Food Network! I used to love to watch it and I learned a lot of cooking techniques. I hardly have time to watch TV any more but I’ve watched Giada, the Barefoot Contessa – my hubs likes grilling shows like Bobby Flay’s to improve his grilling techniques, so we watch that sometimes. I’m not so much into those crazy “competition” shows. Extreme Chef did inspire a story I wrote about a chef that I put up on my blog as a free serial.
CABR: Extreme Chef is a favourite of mine too. 🙂
What are your working on right now and when can we expect to see it/them on book shelves?
KJ: I have a couple of projects on the go. Sometimes when I get stuck on one, I start something new, and go back and forth between them as my muse dictates. 😀
So I have started another hockey story, a Remi/Jason sequel, and I’m also working on a new BDSM story that I’m really in love with. No idea when either of these will be out, but since my publishing schedule is pretty much booked for 2013 it might be a while (I’ll try to get the hockey story out sooner!)
CABR: That’s great news for us readers Kelly.
Is “Hot Ride”your 25th book? How long has it been since your first book, “Love Me”, was published and how have your personal and professional lives changes since then?
“Love Me” came out in September 2008. How has my life changed?…Wow. When I started writing, I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. My family thought I was playing around on the computer and my kids rolled their eyes at me. Then I got published. They still rolled their eyes at me. Then the royalty cheques started getting bigger…and bigger… and there’s not so much eye rolling anymore!
There’s still a sense that I’m just playing around on the computer, though, with constant interruptions and no recognition that this is actually a BUSINESS with contracts and deadlines and obligations. That’s a pretty big change – I now spend SO much time on the business part of writing – all the edits, emailing with publishers, editors, cover art requests, blurb writing, and all the promotion work, the blog posts, advertising, social networking, etc etc. it’s turned into a second full time job (I also work full time at a “day job”).
CABR: It’s amazing you get all that writing in, with all the correspondence and interruptions 🙂
OK, it’s time for the fun, quirky questions…
If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?
KJ: I would like to be Kate Middleton. No wait. Oprah Winfrey. No wait. Heidi Klum. No wait, she and Seal have split. I KNOW! Nora Roberts!
Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?
KJ: I would like to spend time with Mammy Walsh from Marian Keyes’ books. Or any of the Walsh girls. I don’t know if it’s my Irish background, but Marian’s Irish characters just crack me up, the way they talk, their sense of humour. I would love to sit in a bar and drink with them!
CABR: Sounds like fun Kelly.
Which state do you live in and what’s the best thing about living there?
KJ: I’m Canadian… no wait I AM CANADIAN! (that’s a joke, probably only other Canucks will get it!)
CABR: I get it! I was actually in Toronto in 2000 when Molson (beer company) launched “The Rant” about being Canadian and all those stereotypes people have about Canadians. It was hilarious 😀
KJ: …There are so many good things about living here. I could go on and on! But the best thing about living in Canada is HOCKEY! Yes, we have long cold winters, but there can be so much beauty and yes, fun, if you dress right, in winter!
No, we don’t live in igloos, lol! We also have incredible hot summers, which I love. I enjoy sitting in the sun, either on my deck or at a beach, reading a good book. I love living in a peaceful, polite country that’s clean and naturally beautiful and has universal health care and gun control laws and where we don’t care what sex you are when you get married as long as you both love hockey, lol.
CABR: I love how much you love living in, and being, Canadian. Thanks for visiting Caribbean Accent Book Reviews on your “Hot Ride” Blog Hop. 😀
KJ: Thank you so much for having me!
Giveaway – remember you have the chance to win fabulous prizes on the “Hot Ride” Blog Hop, so make sure you ENTER the RAFFLECOPTER (click on the word ‘rafflecopter’) for a chance to WIN.
You can find out more about Kelly’s upcoming blog appearances and her books in several ways – visit her website, tweet her @KellyJamieson, leave her a comment on Goodreads, find her on Amazon or email her at info (at) kellyjamieson.com.