Interview with Kiki Blue

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, a great place for readers and writers. It's a culture that is very accepting of introverts. The weather and long dark winters make it okay to stay inside and curl up with a book for weeks on end. Creativity and individuality are celebrated instead of condemned here: That's why we have such a hipster scene, and why Portland's motto is "Keep Portland Weird." I grew up in the grunge and riot grrl era. I think that was a time where young people were encouraged to speak out, be honest, not conform, and express themselves. Those are all good messages for writers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is like reading. I get an idea and then I sit back (at the keyboard) and type. I am "reading" the story as it comes out. Writing and reading give me the same thrill of getting attached to characters and wondering what comes next. Sometimes I have no idea where a story is going and I have to keep writing to get to the ending. Sometimes I have already dreamed up a whole story and I can't type fast enough to get it out. Both processes can be thrilling (and scary!).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure if this is the first story I ever wrote, but it was the first one that ever got me attention. In fifth grade, I wrote a story about a horse and girl who fall in love with each other. No, not romantically or erotically -- it was more about how they were the only ones who understood each other. I think I was reading "Black Beauty" and "Misty" at the time. My teacher loved it and read it out loud to the class. It was both embarrassing and thrilling to be singled out.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything -- contemporary romance, mysteries, science fiction, classics, modern literature, YA literature. My favorite authors are diverse: I am a huge Ursula LeGuin fan; I love classics like Camus and Nabokov; I re-read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell at least once a year; I love the career and writing of J.A. Jance.

I write across multiple genres, too. Sometimes an idea for a story comes to me and it just seems to fit YA better than adult, or romance better than erotica, or fantasy better than romance. I try not to think about genre until after the story is out of my system, then I edit with an eye for audience and genre.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing for years. The process of getting published always felt overwhelming and scary. Indie publishing is an opportunity to get my toe in the water. I can publish directly and quickly, get feedback as I develop my writing, and start to feel more confident as I push into other publishing routes.
How do you approach cover design?
I think cover design is so important. People do judges books by their covers, even if they don't mean to. I try to pick an image that is fun and compelling, even at a small thumbnail size since most people are viewing little images on a reader screen. I like to pick something that is sexy and relevant to the story, but not too specific, since I want readers to be able to visualize the story in their own way.
Describe your desk
I work everywhere: My dining room table (usually occupied by puzzles and board games), coffee shops, and the library. I have an actual desk in an actual office but I don't write there. Psychologically, if I try to write at a desk, it starts to feel like work instead of play! I try to keep the feeling of writing for the fun of it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet that has both Nook and Kindle apps. I use both about 50/50. I also have an old-school, first generation paper-white Nook that I love. I still think the old paper-white screens are easiest on the eyes, but it's getting harder to shop and find content with the old interface.
Published 2014-03-17.
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Books by This Author

The Minotaur and the Priestess
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,570. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Beneath this ancient city, the Minotaur demands an annual sacrifice: a maiden to satisfy his appetites. When her sister is chosen as the next victim, Severine chooses to fight back. As a prostitute and independent woman, she is not afraid of any man's appetite and she has nothing to lose. Her reward will be her own freedom and the love of the beast that she once feared.
Blue Collar Lust: The Plumber
Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
An erotic short story. Liz is trying to remodel her new old house but it's hard with a plumber like Matt in the house. He may be good with his hands, but his ripped abs, broad shoulders and perfect butt might be put to better use in the bedroom than the kitchen. Matt soon shows her that renovating can be a lot more fun than she thought.
Blue Collar Lust: The Bartender
Price: Free! Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A good girl with a broken heart walks into a bar, ready for revenge. Maddy has dumped her cheating fiancé, but she's still stuck in a new city with a broken heart. She thinks that margaritas and a one night stand will cheer her up. But the bartender knows better: Michael can see that Maddy deserves more than a hook-up with some jerk. He knows how to get her over her heartbreak and her hangover.
Room 13, an erotic short story
Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Rosy is a hard-working maid who likes to relax at the end of her shift. And her favorite way to unwind is waiting for her behind the door marked Room 13. Every time she opens that door, it’s a surprise for Rosy. Tonight, the concierge has booked some special guests into Room 13: Rosy’s own cowboy harem. Will Rosy ever get enough? Warning: Contains sex and tequila. Readers over 18 only.
The Librarian
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,690. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Small-town librarian Lisette is smart, funny, and nice - and she happens to love cheesy romance novels. When her erotic daydreams start coming to life, will she stay a well-behaved librarian, or will she indulge in some erotic adventures? Like “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, The Librarian takes a look at what happens when when a nice girl puts down her books and starts living out her fantasy.
The Dragon and the Shepherdess
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,180. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Juliette is a shepherdess who has lost her flock to a deadly predator: The dragon. She hunts him down to get her revenge, tracking him through the forest to the top of a formidable mountain. But once she enters his cave, she discovers that she may get more than revenge. Love and passion may be her reward as the dragon Akash ignites her longing for freedom and adventure.