Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Guest - Jessica Kong

Good morning! Today, author Jessica Kong tells us about her story idea process for A LOST KITTEN, her latest novel. Enjoy!

Dreams of Beaches and What If Decisions

How did you come up with the idea for “A Lost Kitten”?

If you are an author, I am sure you have been asked this question multiple times.  Well, not about “A Lost Kitten”, but about your own story.  If you are a reader, you must have thought ‘where do authors come up with this stuff?’ 

Well, for me it all started with a scene from a black and white romance movie that I once saw.  It was a couple laying on the beach in an intimate embrace as the incoming waves washed over them.  That scene sparked a dream so real that it kept me in its clutches for months.  Normally, I read horrors and paranormals as well as watch them on TV.  At the time I had this dream, I had become a new mother of triplets.  It goes without being said that I needed time to relax and regain my sanity.  I did this by replaying in my mind my favorite books and movies.  Even though these stories were great, there was always something I wished the characters had done differently.   

This led me to ask the ‘what if’ question.  What if the man on the beach was a secret agent and the woman he held in his arms was an alien from another world that he was protecting from his government?  What if this alien humanoid evolved from felines?  My mind began showing me a storyline heading in a different direction than the movie’s.  I found it interesting and fun, so I started to write it down.  My new ‘escape from a chaotic world’ was created. 

As I wrote about this blossoming romance, the couple became more real to me.  Their story continued to unravel in my head.  It began to include family members, best friends, traveling into space, even a timeline.  I wrote storyline after storyline from that one beach scene, eventually writing “A Lost Kitten”, a paranormal romance with science fiction elements entailing the firstborn son of that spy and alien feline.  And as we all know, felines can have litters of multiple kittens. 

So to sum it up, storylines are a writer’s daydreams and fantasies written on paper.  At least, when it comes to me it is.

About Jessica
Jessica A. Kong lives in Somerset, New Jersey with her loving husband of 21 yrs. and teenage triplets. She is an avid reader of fantasy, futuristic and paranormals. When she is not reading she enjoys puzzles, crocheting, and playing video games.

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A Lost Kitten

Seacat John McCall labels the attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare. He escapes the enemy’s invasion, only to find himself stranded on a distant planet called Surreal. Tormented by thoughts of his family being massacred or captured by the enemy, he focuses on returning to aid them until he experiences a mind-boggling kiss that can only come from the one he is meant to share his life with. To ease the terror he feels for his family, John seeks the identity of his secret admirer. He quickly learns the true meaning of nightmare when he discovers his soul mate is of “the mist.”

Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully built outlander sitting at the king’s table. Unable to resist the need to see him again, she enters the warrior’s room while he sleeps. John’s rugged good looks and chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.

John was drifting off to sleep when he felt someone press their lips to his.  His heart leapt in his chest, waking him.  He did not wait to respond.  He instantly showed his talented Jasira how a McCall kissed. 

He had longed for this kiss since the last time.  Her kiss was how he remembered.  Warm.  Hungry.  Arousing.  John growled.  He lured her tongue into his mouth where he could savor it.  Her taste made his trip to Surreal worth it.  
John felt Jasira’s fingers travel down his chest, abdomen, to his throbbing root.  His head fell back, over the tub on a loud groan.  “Jasira.”  He adjusted his hips, giving her better access to his enflamed body.

His racing heart banged harder against his ribs.  Jasira gripped him firmly.  John felt the world tilt on its axis.  He clung to the sides of the iron tub.  He closed his eyes tighter and enjoyed her touch. 
“I want you, Jasira,” John huskily admitted. His eyes opened.  Through glowing eyes, he saw the ceiling.  He glanced around.  The kitchen was empty. 

-- Lynda Again
    Very interesting post, isn't it? I hope you all enjoyed it.

     Have a Blessed Day!


Lynda K. Scott said...

Welcome Jessica! Thanks for sharing your story idea process with us today. A LOST KITTEN sounds like a great read. I enjoyed the excerpt a lot (but wish it was a tad longer, lol).

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Jessica and Lynda,

Very interesting! What's the old saying? The media is the message. If we see a vivid scene, it can start a whole process for those of us who write.

The scene described reminds me of the famous love scene in the film version of the war movie "From Here to Eternity." It was talked about for many years.