Today I'd like to welcome author Kimberly Nee
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Kimberly
To start, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I write historical romance for Musa Publishing, in addition to several others. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I still live there with my family. I'm a diehard fan of the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and the New York Rangers. I've been on Bruce Springsteen kick since I was twelve and think chocolate should be one of the four major food groups. There is nothing in life so bad that it can't be helped out by a little chocolate. Especially dark chocolate.
Can you tell readers a little bit about your current release A Perfect Lady: The McKenzie Brothers Book 3
A Perfect Lady is a prequel to The Pursuit and Playing with Fire. This is James and Rebecca's story and without them, there'd be no Garrett or Drew. And of course, their story isn't without problems, either. :)
When a night of passion leads to scandal, Rebecca Alexander has but one option; marry the man responsible for her downfall, or be cast from her prominent family. Unfortunately, all she can recall from that fateful night is the man's name, and the memory of remarkable seductive skill.
American sea captain James McKenzie is no stranger to scandal, but this one comes with an angry father. One with the means to make James right his wrong. Faced with the choice between marrying Rebecca or being pressed into the Navy, James reluctantly takes a wife he neither wants nor needs.
As they journey from the West Indies to America, Rebecca and James realize there is something between them, something even stronger than their desire for one another. And if James's past doesn't come back to haunt him, he might even discover that his wife is indeed, a perfect lady for him.
What was the most challenging part of writing A Perfect Lady
? The most rewarding?
The most challenging part was actually getting it written. I'd sold it on the basis of a rough synopsis, signed the contract, and then realized I had an entire book to research, write, and rewrite in a time period of about six weeks. I panicked for about ten minutes, and then sat down to write the first draft. About 25,000 words into it, I realized the story didn't begin in the right place, so I ended up scrapping just about every word and rewriting it, then I hit a block about 2/3rds of the way in. But when that cleared, the words just poured out. The story told itself from that point.
The most rewarding part of it was not only being able to write the book, but write a story I absolutely loved, no matter how difficult parts of it were to write.
What is the most challenging things for you as an author in creating and continuing on with a series?
Keeping timelines straight is difficult, and remembering the little details can be tough at times. It's also a challenge to make sure I'm not retelling the same story, just with different characters. Each story has to be as unique as possible, but also keep that thread of continuity to tie them all together.
How long have you been writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember - my first story was a short story I wrote when I was about nine. I wish I could find it, because I'd probably laugh over how awful it was. I didn't start writing for publication until I was in my late twenties, and I was in my early thirties before I sold my first book.
What is your favorite type of genre to read?
Historical romance - It's all Johanna Lindsey's fault. :D Although, I have recently discovered urban fantasy and it's got my wheels turning.
Have you ever went back and read your own books for pleasure?
I've looked through them, but I can't read them. I find myself editing again and thinking, "Oh, I should have had him do this instead!" or "Wait a minute, why didn't I leave x-scene in, it would have made y happen."
How important is research in your writing?
Very. If I miss something or get something wrong, someone is going to let me know about it. I have to have enough knowledge of the fashion or mores of a time period to make the story believable instead of anachronistic. The last thing I want to do is pull someone out of the story because of glaring inaccuracy. Not to mention, the last thing I want to do is make my editor's head explode. :D
Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
The gym. It's amazing what goes through your mind when you're on the treadmill and still have a mile and half left to run. It's more fun to run through plot scenarios than thinking, "I'm going to drop dead any second now." Makes the run a little less painful. But only just slightly.
If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?
What kind of story would you love to see, but can't seem to find?
Could you tell us what you're currently working on?
I started a new series that's historical romance, but with hints of paranormal added as well. It's been fun to write because while it's historical, it's also set in a world of my creation so I get to make up a lot of the rules. And there's kings and long-lost princesses, and intrigue and with some very steamy love scenes thrown in. I can't wait to get it out there.
If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
I've always been fascinated by America at the time of the American Revolution, so that's the time period I'd want to visit. I'd take my camera, so I'd have a visual record for research purposes.
What is the wackiest job you can think of that you would like to do?
I think I'd like to be a professional sports team's mascot for a day. Like the Phillies Phanatic or the San Diego Chicken. It'd be fun to just let loose and not really worry about getting trouble and maybe poke a little fun at pro athletes who take themselves a little too seriously. :D
Is there anything else you would like to add today or any links where readers can find you?
I can be found on my website, or my blog (which is updated a LOT more frequently!). I'm also on Facebook (like me, won't you?) and I'm also on Twitter; @KimberlyNee. I'm not the world's best tweeter, but I'm getting better at it.
Thank you so much, Kimberly
, for spending time with us today!
Thank you! I had a blast! :D
Interviewed by: Tammy