Oh, and if you like fantasy romance, her publisher, Sourcebooks, is offering a giveaway of Kathryne's latest, The Lady of the Storm, for two Star-Crossed readers. Check out how to enter the drawing below. And you'll want to check out my review of The Lady of the Storm.
In my quest to bring Star-Crossed Romance readers interesting posts from SF/F/P romance authors, I sometimes like to do interviews. It always surprises me how much we authors have in common, lol, even though we come from different backgrounds. If I didn't ask a question that really arouses your curiosity, make sure you ask it in a comment. If you do, leave your email addy with the question AND if you enter the drawing (instructions below), you'll get an extra chance to win.
LKS: I'm a HEA addict and romance is just about the only genre where you're guaranteed a Happy Ever After. What draws you to romance?
KK: They are character-driven stories. There is always a heroine I can relate to. They enable me to recapture that first rush of excitement/mystery/vulnerability when falling in love.
LKS: When I began writing, I started with pure SF or Fantasy. Have you ever written outside the romance genre?
KK: I have published several short science fiction/fantasy stories, but most of them had an element of romance to them. It’s just something that comes naturally to my writing. So although I’ll continue to write books heavy in fantasy, I doubt if I will ever write anything that lacks a romantic element.
LKS: This is a question I was asked when I visited another blog and I thought it was really interesting. So I'm asking it here: What’s your earliest childhood memory?
KK: That’s a difficult one. I think my earliest was when I was about four or five years old, and our babysitter in Okinawa put salt on a cut I had, cause she said it would clean it out and stop the bleeding. I think I remember it because it hurt so badly!
LKS: If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?
KK: Johnny Depp. For me, he’s the most beautiful man alive, and would certainly make a perfect elven lord…if he dyed his hair ivory, that is.
LKS: Johnny Depp is such a versatile actor, I can see him as one of your elven lords very easily. I think actors and writers have that versatility in common and it's probably due to the things that interest us. What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing?
KK: Honestly, I don’t have one right now. Between my writing and some health issues with me and my family, I just haven’t had the time. I still treat myself to shopping now and then. Does that count as a hobby?
LKS: LOL, yes, if you're female, shopping absolutely counts as a hobby! What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?
KK: Where they can buy my books. :) And of course, I would tell them to visit my website, www.kathrynekennedy.com!
Thank you very much for having me here today, ladies! It’s such a pleasure to answer such interesting questions! I’m looking forward to meeting your readers and responding to the comments! I’d love to know some of your own earliest memories, and how young you were when they happened. I found that question so thought provoking!
THE LADY OF THE STORM BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES AUGUST 2011
In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.
But duty soon turns to desire...
When Cecily's father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily's father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever...
“Fantastical creatures, magical spells, lengthy quests, angst, and passion will satisfy readers looking for a romance plot in a well-developed fantasy setting.”
“Kennedy’s exquisite world building and terrific plotting make this a must-read.”
—Booklist Starred Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryne Kennedy is an acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at www.kathrynekennedy.com. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in The Elven Lords series, The Lord of Illusion (February 2012).
-- Lynda Again,
I want to thank Kathryne for being with us today and I want to point out that The Lady of the Storm is the second of her fabulous series. I read the first, The Fire Lord's Lover, and reviewed it here.
Now, I did mention that Sourcebooks is offering a copy of The Lady of the Storm to two of our readers. Here's how to enter:
1) Send me an email Lynda@LyndaKScott.com with Lady in the subject line.
2) In the body, put your snail mail address.
3) Answer this question - Who does Kathryne think would make a good cover model for her Elven Lord books?
Make sure you send this by Friday, August 12 so I can put your name in the prize box and have Wookie, my alien kitten, select the winner.
WANT AN EXTRA CHANCE TO WIN? Send me the email outlined above (you have to do this if you want to be in the drawing at all). For the extra chance, leave a question or comment for Kathryne and tag it with your email addy (use the same email addy you used to send your address/answer). I'll put your name in the prize box twice to increase your chances of winning.
Good luck and have a Blessed Day!