Continuing with my Harlequin Kiss celebration, today I invited one of my favorite romance authors, Kelly Hunter, to the virtual offices for a visit. Please give her a warm welcome! Don’t forget that on Friday, I will be giving away one complete set of the KISS launch titles, so make sure to stop back to enter for your chance to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Kelly Hunter] I’m a forty-something mother of boys, with an eclectic work history and a fondness for the unexpected. I travel a lot and live in Australia.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What makes Harlequin’s Kiss line unique from their other series romances?
[Kelly Hunter] The party-line is that KISS features strongly unique author voices, global settings and world views, smart characters and compelling stories. Fun is definitely allowed. The level of sensuality may vary. I adore writing for this line.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you enjoy best about writing for Harlequin?
[Kelly Hunter] The fabulous editors.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The One That Got Away?
[Kelly Hunter] In essence, it’s a second chance romance between two characters who meet again unexpectedly after many years apart.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Kelly Hunter] I can tell you how the idea for the story started… A bunch of romance writer pals and I were sitting around one day (there may have been drinks with little umbrellas involved) discussing (okay, pulling apart) the famed and oft misunderstood Presents Alpha Hero. I was writing Presents Extra at the time and wondering why these super-controlled and oh-so-dominant men didn’t really seem to dominate in the bedroom. Figured I’d attempt to write one that liked to dominate there too. The result was Logan Black. The challenge was to see if I could make me fall in love with him.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Evie?
[Kelly Hunter] Strong. Self aware.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Logan had a theme song, what would it be?
[Kelly Hunter] Natalie Merchant’s ‘My Skin’.
Some of the lyrics:
"Oh, I need the darkness
Oh, I need this."
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Evie won’t leave the house without.
[Kelly Hunter] Her handbag. She’s a practical girl.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Logan’s pockets?
[Kelly Hunter] Bus tickets, comb, junk.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Evie’s greatest regret?
[Kelly Hunter] I kinda don’t see Evie living a life of regret. Even after that first week with Logan, Evie didn’t regret her time with him. She learned from it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Kelly Hunter] Friends. Music. Stories written by other authors – especially ones that stretch genre boundaries and challenge my perspectives.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Kelly Hunter] Time, a computer and preferably a table and chair – although the last two are optional.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Kelly Hunter] Crush, by Richard Siken. Sometimes I go in search of new (to me) male author voices; more specifically male authors who write about love and relationships. I picked up Crush at the end of last year and it won my heart – probably because it was so different to what I normally read. It’s poetry. I never read poetry
My favourite line: ‘I said kiss me here and here and here and you did,’ from ‘I Had A Dream About You’.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Kelly Hunter] Something by Enid Blyton involving adventures and naughty children and minimal parental involvement (that or a Faraway Tree).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Kelly Hunter] Spend time with friends and family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Kelly Hunter] I’m on twitter, facebook, and occasionally I blog. Or you can email me privately via my website.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
You can purchase The One That Got Away from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below. Be sure to check back at the end of the week for your chance to win a set of the first four KISS titles!
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