Hey everyone! It's been busy busy busy around here finishing up two books, but I'm not too busy to welcome another Wonder Writer, the amazingly prolific Kim Dare! Seriously, when I say "amazingly" I'm not kidding. This woman is seriously...amazing!!!
So here's Kim's interview:
Kim, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.
I’m lucky enough to be able to devote most of my time to my writing at the moment. I write best late at night, so I try to edit during the day before diving into my current writing wip [work in progress] when the sun goes down.
Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?
I’m a complete spreadsheet geek. I have all my stories and word counts listed—each one colour coordinated and everything, lol.
I tend to glance at them every day before I settle down to write or edit. Knowing exactly where I am on my to do list, and feeling sure that I’m on track and working on the right project really helps to get my mind focused on the task at hand.
What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?
Writing wise—I get odd days where I go mad and write 5-8k, but most of the time, I’m one of the steady ones. I write a minimum of 1000 words a day of my current writing wip no matter what. Anything extra is a bonus.
In terms of editing those words up into something I’d be willing to send to an editor—rightly or wrongly, I always get the impression that other writers are far faster than me. I’m always reading how some writers type up the story, read it through once and press send. I’ve never managed to send off anything less than a fourth draft, lol.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently writing the second book in my Thrown to the Lions series—Marrick’s Promise. It’s an M/M/M, BDSM, Erotic romance featuring the two really bratty lions from Ryland’s Sacrifice—they’re both meeting their match in Marrick! I’m hoping to finish the first draft this month.
The next one on my list of writing projects is an M/M, BDSM retelling of The Ugly Duckling—really looking forward to working on that one.
Editing wise—I’m working on the last two books in my G-A-Y Lust Bite series. Hopefully they’ll both be ready to send off by the end of the month.
What’s your favourite genre to write?
Male/Male, BDSM stories tend to come most easily to me. I really enjoy writing about characters in dominant/submissive relationships.
I’m also quietly obsessed with shifter stories at the moment, not so much with the fact that the guys in the books can turn into animals, but with the idea I can create whole communities of shifters that live among us, yet who also live by different traditions and different rules. Pack and Pride dynamics have me completely fascinated.
I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?
For fantasy, comedy and satire—Terry Pratchett can’t be beaten.
For feel good romances— it has to be Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer—although I mostly listen to them on audio books now.
For poetry—Kipling or Sophie Hannah.
I also like a bit of non-fiction now and again—especially history and philosophy
Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.
I’d always toyed with writing, but I finally started to take it seriously November 2006. I’d done nanowrimo twice before, but that year, I decided to stop trying to write something I thought other people would like to read. I let my mind have free reign to go in whatever direction it wanted to. I ended up writing an M/M, BDSM, paranormal story. And, for the first time, I kept on writing it long after November ended.
I wrote like mad for the next year. Just over a million words later (believe me, people who keep spreadsheets know these kind of things, lol) I decided to see if there was anyone out there who would publish the kind of stories I’d discovered that I loved writing. Surprisingly enough, there was! I set myself the goal of submitting something before my twenty-fifth birthday, and hopefully getting something accepted while I was still twenty-five.
TEB accepted my first submission to them—Turquoise and Leather—in June 2008, one month before my twenty-fifth birthday. Since then, everything has sort of snowballed—it’s been one hell of a fun ride.
How many books have you had published and for whom?
I’ve had twenty e-books published with Total-e-bound. Five of those stories have also made their way into print anthologies.
As of yesterday, I’ve had one e-book published for Resplendence publishing.
And as of today, I also have one audio book with TEB.
I’ve got another sixteen titles either contracted for, or penciled in for, publication this year.
What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?
Ryland’s Sacrifice came out yesterday with Resplendence Publishing. It’s an M/M, BDSM, werelion book and it’s the start of a series called Thrown to the Lions.
I’m never entirely sure where the ideas come from. I think in this case, the starting point was a call for submission for a collection of were-cat stories. For one reason or another, I ended up deciding not to submit to the collection, but by then Ryland had already taken up residence inside my head, along with the lion he falls for, and all the other lions in the pride. They refused to leave me in peace until I wrote their stories. Eventually I gave in.
Here’s the blurb for Ryland’s Sacrifice:
Principles don’t pay tuition fees. When Ryland’s math scholarship disappears overnight, he has two choices. He can borrow money from fellow student Jason Burrows, who has very interesting ways of collecting debts. Or, he can volunteer to be thrown to the werelions.
One night spent playing the part of a willing human sacrifice will give him enough money to finish his PhD. It seems like a good deal—right up until the moment he finds himself naked, blindfolded, bound and surrounded by lions.
You can read an excerpt and find out a bit more about it here.
What’s your writing space like?
I’m spoilt enough to have my own writing room. You can take a peek around it here.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Good question. I’m not entirely sure I’ve done anything but write over the last year or two. That’s actually something I’m working on at the moment—trying to remember to make time to do other things.
So, what will I be making time for? I like going to the theatre, musicals in particular. I like sewing, crocheting, patchwork, black work—pretty much any sort of crafting really.
I like studying all different subjects—I was part way through two different undergraduate degrees (one BA and one BSc) when I decided to set them both to one side to concentrate on my writing. That’s something I’ll go back to one day, although not just yet.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?
You can keep up to date with me on my blog: www.kimdare.blogspot.com or on my website: www.kimdare.com. Or you can get in touch with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coke or Pepsi? Can’t tell the difference, lol.
Bronte or Austen? Austen, every time.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek—all the series.
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Who? Um—one’s a vampire and one’s a werewolf, right? I guess I’ll be team werewolf, whichever that one is. Vampires are very nice, but I’m all about shifters at the moment. That said, if you turned up in one of my books, they’d probably stop fighting over the girl by the first chapter and be living happily ever after together by the end of the book.
McDonalds or Burger King? Burger King – but only in motorway service stations.
Thank you, Kim, for being here today! I look forward to seeing more of your work!!