Hello Kim and thanks so much for chatting with us today. Since we're all about Ellora's Cave this week, why don't we start this interview by having you tell us how long you've been writing for Ellora's Cave, and if you have any contracts pending for future books.
Hi Carla, thanks for asking me :)
I’ve been writing for Ellora’s Cave for about two and a half years. Flesh and Shadows (http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7259-flesh-and-shadows.aspx) was contracted to be a part of the Succulent theme. I already had a submission in—Consort (http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7112-consort.aspx)—and my editor snapped that up too. Consort ended up being my first release in April 2009.
My latest contract is for Frequency, Book 5 in the Planetary Bodies series. It’s the last one. This was my first attempt at writing linked books. One glance at my backlist shows I’ve always been a standalone writer. But I wanted to explore how a single event—an energy blast that inspires all kinds of naughtiness—changed the lives of my characters. It was fun…and scary! It’s given me the confidence to try it again, though.
Do you have any say in which piece of man candy (ahem, sorry, cover models) will grace your book covers, or is that entirely up to the art department?
I can offer inspirational pics—my own current go to hottie is a shirtless…or often less, Hugh Jackman—but EC has the final say.
I love your sci-fi romances. Where does the inspiration for those come from?
I have reference books. Lots and lots of reference books. For instance, the Planetary Bodies series was inspired by Mining the Sky, by John S Lewis. In one section of his book, he suggests mining the outer planets for fuel…and the ideas rolled on from there.
I also find inspiration in places I’ve visited. A certain scene in Perfecting Naia (http://www.jasminejade.com/p-8667-perfecting-naia.aspx) came from the rows and rows of Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Or a story can come from a single word. Chosen One (http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7415-chosen-one.aspx) started life because I love the title ‘Paladin’.
Ideas will hit me from links on Twitter—yes, Twitter is evil for the plot bunnies!—or something I see on the television or chat about with friends. Science fiction romance lets you do anything and go anywhere, so inspiration seems to be all around. :)
I know you've written in multiple genres. Which one is your favorite to write in, and why?
I like fantasy romance—I’m knee-deep in writing one at the minute—but I think I have to go back to my first love and say my favourite is science fiction romance.
As I said above, SFR lets you play. For instance, I remember the first stirrings of Flesh and Shadows (http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7259-flesh-and-shadows.aspx) being inspired from thinking ‘What if you could expand the Macdonald’s model of a franchise to governments?’. I couldn’t explore that idea in any other genre.
And I love that my characters will always get their HEA. The ‘romance’ part of the genre is equally important to me as the sentient space ships and playing with time travel. I really do like writing about sex and hot men! It’s a must and completely addictive.
When you're not writing erotica stories hot enough to burn up the pages, what would we catch you doing?
You’d probably catch me running around after my children, reading, watching films—at the minute a shirtless Hugh Jackman is featuring heavily *grin*--or playing Angry Birds. Angry Birds is evil and addictive…but those pigs must die!
Do you have any advice for the aspiring authors out there?
Write. And don’t worry if it’s crappy. It can be fixed.
Also don’t measure how much you’ve written against other writers. Some lucky people can write 3k in a few hours. I am not one of them. I can manage between 500-1000 a day. I try to do this nearly every day and the words do mount up.
Where can we go to learn more about you and your books?
My author page at Ellora’s Cave is here: http://www.jasminejade.com/m-558-kim-knox.aspx
You can also find out some background facts about my books at my website: www.kim-knox.co.uk and sneak peeks at new works at my blog: www.darknessandromance.com.
Kim, thanks so much for being here with us today. You're one of my favorite Ellora's Cave sci-fi writers, and I can't wait to see what you come out with next.
Thank you! And thanks for having me, Carla :)
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