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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Under His Command by Kristine Cayne


Hi Kristine, it's a pleasure to have you here. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Kristine Cayne and I write romantic suspense and erotic romance. I live in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not my favorite place on earth, but the writing community here is wonderful.
How did you decided to enter the world of writing?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. But, after completing a degree in British Literature, I knew literary fiction wasn’t for me. It took me several years to find my way to genre fiction and romantic suspense in particular. But once I did, I was hooked!
What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive, for the most part. The kids grumble that I’m always writing, and my husband claims that I have a Facebook addiction. I know they’re proud of me though. My parents have been great. Believe it or not, they’ve read both my Deadly Vices books. I told my mother that she shouldn’t read my erotic romance, Under His Command, but she said: “That’s the one you don’t want me to read? You know I will.” Gotta love her.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas generally spark from some real world event or situation. As I begin to research the idea, a storyline often comes to me and I go from there.
Can you tell us a little about your book? 
My current work in progress is Under His Command. It’s the first book in my Sex Alarm Sexy firefighter erotic romance series. I’m working on edits now, and I plan to release it on December 17th. 
What is your writing process? 
I write the draft without editing it. However, I go over each scene with my critique partner and adjust things as I go based on her comments. When I’m done the first draft, I go back and put in all the edits from our scene reviews. Then, I send the second draft to the beta readers. While they are working on that, I’m working on adding more layers (emotion, body movement, setting, etc.) to the story. When I get the comments from the beta readers, I incorporate them and send everything to my critique partner (who is also an experienced editor). She makes her comments. We go through the entire book several times, looking for repetitions, improving word choice, tightening, and cutting. The final check is for typos. 
What was the hardest part for you when working on your book?
Staying focused. I love writing. My characters scream at me to put their stories on paper. But writing is difficult, and it takes a long time. It’s easy for me to become distracted by other mindless activities. As a self-published author, I also find promotion to be very time-consuming. It can be fun, and it’s definitely necessary. But it takes focus away from writing. 
Kristine I can totally relate to being distracted by the time-consuming promotion, but we have to do it. What influenced or inspired you to write? 
It’s not any specific thing other than my love of books. I’ve always read a lot. When I was a child, my father signed me up to the Double Day book club. I also regularly purchased boxes of books from the Scholastic Book Club at school. I visited the library each week. Still, I never had enough to read. I’m still like that! 
Was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work? 
Because words don’t always flow from my fingertips, I had throwing them away. As a result, I’ve become fairly good at writing only scenes that I need. That isn’t to say that I never need to pare a scene down. I do. I tend to write long and in my first draft I have scenes that don’t end where they should. But by my second draft, those have been fixed. 
Part of a scene that never made it into my second book, Deadly Addiction, is a scene that describes a particular bedroom manoeuver for which the hero has become known. After re-reading it, I decided that it sounded too much like a “how-to” manual and cut it. 
Do you have a favorite character (from you're book)? Why?
I love all my characters. They are all unique and special to me and there is something about each of them that I love. So, no favorites. 
That's exactly how I feel about all of mine. They become your babies, lol. Do you already know what to write next? Can you tell us? 
Yes, as soon as Under His Command is released, I’m starting the draft of Deadly Betrayal, the third book in the Deadly Vices series. I also plan to try to parallel-write the second book in the Six Alarm Sexy series. I’ve never written two books at the same time, so it will be fun to see how that goes. 
Where can we find more information about you and your books? 
Please visit my blog: http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com I try to keep the information there as current as possible. 
I also love chatting with readers, so please find me on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/KristineCayneAuthor or on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/KristineCayne   
Do you have any last words?
I’m thrilled to have embarqued on this amazing writing journey and to be sharing it with wonderful readers. It always makes my day to hear from someone who’s read one of my books. 
Thank you Kristine for sharing all about you and your work with the readers. I'm going to add your books on my to read list, lol. I hope you visit again. I loved learning all about you.

Fun Questions
I love weekends because? I can sleep in.
I hate? Mondays.
I want to buy? A Paperwhite Kindle.
My favorite song is? Well, it changes all the time.
I want to travel to? Why? Hawaii. It’s the setting of Under His Command.
My favorite book is? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
Deadly Addiction is available at the following retailers:
Amazon US - http://amzn.to/SLFf87
Amazon Paperback US - http://amzn.to/OnUDa7
Amazon UK - http://amzn.to/RwiNwU
Amazon Paperback UK - http://amzn.to/RfitCo
All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/SfvD3Z
Kristine Cayne’s links:

Deadly Obsession is the first book in Kristine Cayne’s Deadly Vices series. It is available in print and/or e-book format at the following retailers:
Amazon US - http://amzn.to/RETLOq
Amazon Paperback US - http://amzn.to/Q7U2e1
Amazon UK - http://amzn.to/On7LZN
Amazon Paperback UK - http://amzn.to/Qmdfq5
Apple iTunes: http://bit.ly/KUXUrB
Diesel ebooks: http://bit.ly/L48YD1
 Kristine Cayne’s links:

6 comments:

Dana Mason said...

Great interview. I haven't tried writing two books at once yet, but I have edited one while writing another. Good luck with that, Kristine.

Lorraine said...

Hi !

No, really, I'm going to say it again, but I still think, manual or not, that you shouldn't have cut THAT scene from Deadly addiction !

Oh, and that slip of the finger in "Sex Alarm Sexy" by the cover is so totally giving me ideas !

Lovely interview Kristine... Ladies, just buy her books ! You won't regret it !

Rhonda Hopkins said...

Wonderful interview. Under His Command sounds great and I can't wait to read it. I don't think I can write two books at once, but I might give it a try after I finish my current one. Best of luck with this new series, Kristine!

Kristine Cayne said...

Thank you so much, Dana! I'm considering it a Grand Adventure. LOL

Kristine Cayne said...

LMBO, Lorraine! It think that's one scene that is probably better left to the reader's imagination :) I love your enthusiasm for the Six Alarm Sexy series. I can't wait to hear how you like the first book. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

Kristine Cayne said...

Thank you so much, Rhonda! I want to try it because I've heard from some authors who do it that it actually helped increase their productivity. I think that the key is to have very different books, not books from the same series. That would be too confusing.Thank you so much for visiting and for your good wishes. I can't wait until December 17th!