1. Where did you grow up? Where do you live today? What are your favorite activities when not writing?
I grew up in Indiana and Illinois. For 24 years, I taught English for an American University in Europe, returning to the U.S. in 2006. Today, I live near Denver, CO with one daughter and often travel to Washington DC and Arlington, VA to visit with my other two daughters. In fact, I travel back and forth almost every month. Spending time with my family is very important to me. In my spare time, I walk to enjoy the Rocky Mountains often with my rescue dog, Luna, who is a wonderful companion.
2. Do you have a writing schedule? What genre or genres do you write?
I often wake up in the middle of the night, get a cappuccino from the kitchen and set about putting ideas on my computer. My first books are romantic suspense I named The Promise Series. They take place in the 1960's and are published by Passion in Print. My latest book is a young adult and came out in February, 2018. I'm currently working on a contemporary women's fiction located in Italy.
3. How important is research to you before starting a book?
Research is important to me in everything I write and a favorite thing to do. I've always said I would go to jail if my computer were ever confiscated by the police. I have researched everything from drugs, guns, and how to use them to deadly diseases and possible cures. That would be just touching on my researching skills.
4. How long does it take you to write a book?
I have been writing my women's fiction story for years. Times change, meaning the countries the women come from have changed, too. I'm in the process of updating at this moment. I keep writing until the story is told. It could be months or years. It's my passion and I don't mind spending time behind my computer because I'll be forever writing. I have time lines in notebooks and use my own method for those.
5. Do you incorporate some of your own life experiences into your characters?
I have put either my life's situations or those I know into the stories I write.
6. Blurb from Kay's new book.
Nineteen-year old Jason Bryant, a lost soul, has forgotten how to care anymore. The dad he loves, the friends he has grown up with, and especially his mom have abandoned him. So, he vents while he plays blood and gut computer games every waking moment. He's out for revenge until he meets Sam.
Samantha Brown calls being home schooled--home-prisoned. Because of a life threating health condition, she lives each day as it happens. Friends have deserted her. The parents she dearly loves are overly protective. Her sterile existence is lonely, so she searches online for a friend. She runs into Jason but refuses to fess up about her condition.
Although they are complete opposites, something clicks between them. Two deprived beings intertwine. Can they save each other?
7. An excerpt from Kays book #HEARTMATCH
"Let's exchange numbers," he typed.
One minute later, Samantha's phone rang. She answered the FaceTime call.
"Hey, nothing's ugly so far," Jason said.
She moved her phone around the room. "This is where I live."
"In a bedroom?" he asked.
"A hospital room."
His brows furrowed.
"What happened? You have an accident?"
"I'm dying, Jason."
Her voice trembled with emotion. "If I want to live, someone dies."
"I don't get it." His stare sharpened His gray eyes darkened. "Sam, I mean ah--" he paused. "I'm not feeling too well. I gotta go."
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