Interview with Kelly Lucille

Published 2014-01-23.
How do you approach cover design?
With trepidation. I am not an artist but, besides the writing, the cover is the most important aspect for getting people interested in your book. I try to find a picture that is both beautiful and indicative of what the book is about.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Shanna" Kathleen E. Woodiwiss -Sweeps you into another time, and Roark is the ultimate Hero.
"Beast Behaving Badly," Shelly Laurenston -Hillarious and sexy. (anything from her I will read)
"Naked in Death" J.D. Robb-Incredible detail, world building and fantastic characters. The Ultimate bad boy gone good, and the love between them.
"Magic Bites" Ilona Andrews -Wow, can she write action. Love her characters, her world building, all of it. I wait breathless for her next installment to see what Kate and Curran are up to.
"The Gamble" Or really anything from Kristen Ashley. She started out self-publishing so she is an inspiration. Her characters are unique, sexy, real, and always manage to make me cry.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, Paranormal, contemporary. I love shapeshifters done well. stories that can make me laugh and cry are always best. Fantasy and futuristic occasionally. I have my favorite authors in most genres and then I scour for new ones in whatever genre is interesting me at the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I have the 3g one and a kindle fire HD. Love them both.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Actually publishing my book was a good start. Now I have a web site, an author page on smashbook and Amazon, Twitter and Facebook. I blog and I have a new release e-mail.
Describe your desk
It's a delicate dark wood desk with nothing on it but my lap top, and a pad of paper.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up everywhere. We moved about every six months because that was just the way we were. My father left when I was young and my mom raised me and my two brothers while working and finishing college.
Influence? I certainly needed the escape of my imagination when starting new schools all the time. Lived in any book I could get my hands on.
When did you first start writing?
I can't even remember. Wrote romance in high school I do know that. Always wrote. It remains my favorite thing to do with my time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book released was "Beatrice and Douglas". It's a contemporary Romance. They were childhood enemies who grew up together. It is a funny engaging quick read, with just a hint of mystery going on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A lovely lady at Samhain sent me the best rejection I have ever had. She said she liked my voice and writing style but that my Alpha male was too Alpha and might put people off. But that she would like for me to send her anything I wrote in the future to her personally. I was ecstatic. I figured if she liked my writing, and I liked my Alpha, I should just put it out there and see who else does. Plus, I had discovered Kristen Ashley who was also indie at the time and I loved her books, so I went for it. "Keeping Her," continues to be my most popular series, so I guess I am not the only one who likes a little too much Alpha.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The adventure of it all. I love writing. I would do it for free, so its great to make a living at it. In fact I can't imagine anything better.
What do your fans mean to you?
They still amaze me. People have embraced my characters, and I love that. Plus, there is nothing better than someone telling me they were having a rough time and my books made them smile. It's incredible.
What are you working on next?
"Web of Bones" is my next book. It's the second in the Dragon Mage series. Fantasy Romance. Shape-shifting Dragons, magic users and evil blood mages. What could be better?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a writer. I have a laptop. Technically I can stay in bed. But, if you are asking what makes me happy. My family, my faith and my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Family, Reading, playing with my dog. Long road trips to anywhere.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a frequent browser when I am in a reading mood. I have favorite authors, but after I have inhaled all they have to offer I go looking for a new one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever finished was "Love By Grace." Still have it in a binder with the rest of my writing scraps and forgotten notebooks. It was a contemporary Romance. Come to think of it he was pretty alpha male too.
What is your writing process?
I write, and the next day I read what I wrote the day before, making changes and fixing mistakes, and then I write some more.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my first Romance. I was twelve. "Shanna" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Romance, action, even pirates. Roark Beauchamp. sigh. Still have a copy of that book, and I read it every few years. In a really good story you get swept away. That was one of the best. I knew what I wanted to do from then on.
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