Friday, 11 November 2011

Interview - Kari Gregg

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Welcome, my dear! What do you like best about writing?
Creating new worlds, exploring them and meeting the characters who live inside them rings my bell every time.
How does writing make you feel?
Writing takes me out of my own head and puts me inside my character's head so how it makes me feel is very much dependant on what the character is feeling. There have been times when I've been downright RAWR -- and times when writing even 200 words was an unbelievable struggle because where the characters were, emotionally, gutted me.
When did you start writing?
In college, I wrote short humor and magazine filler -- recipes, how-to's, that sort of thing, but I didn't really sink my teeth into book-length fiction until my late 20s, when I finished my first book. It was horrible. I proceeded to write a second book only marginally less dreadful than the first. Then -- thank God -- I got knocked up. Having babies forced me to slow down and focus on my craft. The next couple books came much more slowly, but they were much better. I didn't truly get my feet under me as an author until my fifth book, though, What Rough Beast, which sold to Loose Id.
Are you a plotter, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?
I'm a combination of both. I start with a terse outline, but at the halfway point, I revise my outline to reflect how the story has developed, evolved and grown.
Do you like edits?
Oh yes. If revision is where the magic happens (and it is!), edits is where the rough kernel of my book is polished until it's shiny. Since I enjoy the shiny, yeah, edits are wonderful. ;-p
If you had an ideal writing space, what would it be like?
Me, peace and quiet, my laptop and a place to put my coffee mug. That's all I want or need -- perfection.
Have you ever co-authored? If not, would you ever consider it?
Probably not. I'm too much of an anal-retentive control freak to be at all bearable to work with.
What's your fave genre?
M/M BDSM and kink, although it's true I love pretty much all of it. Comedy, mysteries, sci-fi and fantasy...But kink gets me every time. ;D
Are there any genres you'd love to try but haven't had a chnace to tackle?
I'd like to do more high fantasy at some point, but that's a long, looooooooooooong way down the road.
What's your fave writing accompaniment? Tea? Coffee? Large slab of chocolate cake with pretty sprinkles?
COFFEE. Whole bean Columbian, freshly ground. With triple chocolate biscotti, if I'm being decadent.
If you could go anywhere in the world, money no object, where would you go, who with, and why?
I'd go on a RMS Titanic tour with my husband and kids, tracing the ship's journey from the time the keel was laid to the sinking and beyond, visiting points of interest along the way (for instance, a hotel has some of the fittings from Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic, as part of its decor). I'd trace the Titanic's route to where survivors disembarked  the Carpathia in New York, then head to Halifax to visit the graveyard where unclaimed bodies were interred.
You wouldn't do that?
Dude, I'm throwing a Last Dinner on the Titanic dinner for the 100th anniversary of the sinking this April. :D That tragedy is a microcosm of humanity at its best and at its worst. Fascinating.
Here is the blurb from Collared, my November 28th release from Riptide Publishing:
Trans-Global IT director Connor Witt is a rare and prized anomaly: the aggression centers in his brain have been suppressed rather than stimulated by the mutated crops that so recently took over the world’s food supply. Bewildered by his physical changes and terrified of a world growing more and more predatory, Connor risks harassment and worse until Trans-Global CEO David Martin collars Connor to protect him against men like security consultant Emmett Drake. Men who stalk Connor as sweet, sexy prey. Men to whom the newly submissive Connor feels irresistibly drawn.
But David can’t be Connor’s master; David’s straight. He promises to find a worthy man, though. One willing to court and appreciate Connor as more than just some rich man’s toy.
While the world adapts to the biological disaster and new laws strip away Connor’s rights, David’s resolve to protect his boy slowly grows into something more. But can his new desires keep pace with Emmett’s determination to claim Connor?
One man offers safety; the other is a safer bet. Problem is, Connor’s never sure which is which. The one thing he does know? He wants them both.

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booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the interview; it was a great read.

I'm sold on Collared; I can't wait to read it.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

emmettmke said...

I love your idea for the Titanic dinner party!

joder said...

Collared sounds like a great book. And you'd do great writing fantasy, I'd ssssooooo be willing to read that.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Bookwyrm369 said...

LOL! Love that having kids made you a better writer :-) Can't wait to read Collared!

smaccall AT

Sarah said...

Great interview Kari

Really looking forward to collard :-D

Sarah S


Kari Gregg said...

Thanks for stopping by, guys!

The Last Dinner on the Titanic dinner is going to be awesome. Weird. But awesome. ;-p said...

I know I'm late on commenting, but I can't wait for this story!

And the last dinner on the Titanic thing is a bit obsessive for me, but whatever floats... er, sinks your boat. =) said...

I know I'm late on commenting, but I can't wait for this story!

And the last dinner on the Titanic thing is a bit obsessive for me, but whatever floats... er, sinks your boat. =)

-Maria- said...

Great interview.
I'm looking forward to reading Collared.