Interview with Kris Pearson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to know my characters. I don't start writing until I have the entire book in my head - and by this I mean the storyline. I simply can't make it work by plotting a book out scene by scene on paper or on the screen. I like to have my 'brain-outline' and then dive in to see what's really going to happen. I'm often amazed at what my characters do - without my permission... They turn the tables on me all the time. I'm sometimes very surprised how they'll set something up for me that turns out to have relevance much later in the story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made my books available in different e-book stores, so I'm able to reach more people. The iBookstores in particular have been a wonderful addition.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lisa Kleypas leads the pack. I also love Rachel Gibson's sassy stories. And let's have some downunder mentions, too. Catherine Robertson - three brilliant books, starting with 'The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid'. She can be so funny.
Tracey Alvarez, who lives here in Wellington and also sets her books in New Zealand like I (mostly) do. Our writing styles couldn't be more different, but I absolutely love the way her characters snap and snark at each other.
Serenity Woods - such a good friend, but I've never met her face to face! We do a final proof-read of each others' books and email a lot.
Penny Reid - OMG! Just so funny and unpredictable. Don't let her weird covers and titles put you off.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're lovely. They're the other half of why I write. Of course I write for me - but I keep writing because I often receive such great messages from them. When someone says they've read a book again and again (as I do with my favourite writers sometimes) then I know I've bought real pleasure to them. That's very addictive.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy gardening. Good exercise, and I can't live without pretty stuff outside the windows. And I'm a Soroptimist. Hands up if you know what that is? It's an international service club for women along the lines of Rotary. We quietly tackle projects that will benefit women and children around the world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband, who brings me a mug of hot water, goes and has his shower, then brings me a mug of coffee, then starts on the 'time we have to start work today' routine. We have a specialist decor company, and when I'm not glued to the computer or having fun in the garden I'll be up a ladder hanging beautiful curtains.
It's a great way to meet people, overhear conversations, find interesting settings for stories, ask nosy questions.... It gets me out into the real world, and I think all writers need that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth is the most powerful thing there is. I think that's how some people find mine - friends telling friends.
Online newsletters sometimes tempt me, but I think my biggest source is a gigantic authors' loop I belong to. With way over two thousand members all sharing what they're writing, there's plenty to choose from there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
First proper story was my autobiography. I was twelve. It's beside me here on the bookcase. One of our teachers told us to write something during the long summer school holidays. I took her at her word and filled most of an exercise book. I've no idea why I chose myself as the topic. Easy research maybe?
What is your writing process?
Much thinking followed by hard slog. I don't do a fast first draft. I always re-read the last few pages I've written, make any corrections that are needed, and then go forward again. By the end of the book it'll only be a few touch-ups before it's finished.
How do you approach cover design?
I have very distinctive covers and I like them to look absolutely like a family. Same fonts, same sort of feeling. I spend a lot of time on the royalty-free photo sites making my eyes very sore. You can search up to ten thousand photos at a time, and I've reached that limit several times when searching for the perfect couple. And yes, I want a couple because these are romances.
My cover designer Robin has done a huge update of all my covers and added pieces of gorgeous New Zealand scenery to the bases so I can share my beautiful country with the world. Sometimes it's right where the story is set, and sometimes not. Nowadays we also have a silver fern with New Zealand Romance as my brand. (And the sheikhs will have a palm-frond!) So it's a couple, some scenery, a catchy title that's clear to read, and my name. Big - because I'm more important than my titles. It's imperative the covers look distinctive and eye-catching when they're reduced in size because a lot of the listings can be quite small. So no strange fonts for me. Obvious all the way! Did you know if you click the covers you can generally get a beautiful big clear version?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'Jane, Stewardess of the Airlines.' See - I still remember the title. I've no idea who wrote it. Weirdly it was full of people with the names of my friends and family. There was even a Sue Hawley - and Hawley was my somewhat unusual unmarried name.
Impact on me? Well, I did actually apply to be a flight attendant with Air New Zealand once I was old enough. Wisely they decided I was far too opinionated and turned me down. I found a happy home in advertising instead.

I mostly grew up on English books - Enid Blyton's Famous Five. The Wind in the Willows. Alice in Wonderland (which we had a huge ancient illustrated version of). I became a fanatical science fiction reader in my teens and twenties. These days I read far and wide, because if you don't give something a try you might miss an absolute gem.
What are you working on next?
The third of the Scarlet Bay Romance series. This time it's wealthy Oliver Wynn's story, and the book is called HARD TO HANDLE. It's available on pre-order now. Ollie has always had a thing for Meifeng Chan - the pretty little Chinese girl at the beach takeaway shop. Mei knows nothing can come of it. There's the conflict of their very different wealth levels, and the conflict of their cultural differences for starters. And her last boyfriend beat her, so she doesn't want anything to do with any man at all right now. However, Ollie's cousin Anna has started a rescue mission, and he finds his private plane is needed to make Mei disappear to safety. But first they need to lie low for a couple of days... Having fun!
Published 2018-01-20.
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Books by This Author

Summer Spice
Series: Scarlet Bay Romance, Book 3. Pre-release—available October 31, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Meifeng Chan is fleeing from her abusive lover and needs the help of wealthy Oliver Wynn. She was too realistic to ever accept a date with him when they were teenagers. The trust-fund hunk and the Chinese girl from the takeaway shop? Never going to happen, no matter how much she might have secretly imagined it. But after 15 long years he’s back in her life, agreeing to hide her and keep her safe.
All for Love - 3 Series Starters
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 175,460. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
(4.00 from 1 review)
Read the first full-length standalone New Zealand romances from Kris Pearson’s Wellington, Heartlands and Sheikhs Series. Once you’ve finished these heart-and-soul filled novels you’ll find plenty more to enjoy by this superb storyteller. The Boat Builder's Bed... Melting His Heart... Taken by the Sheikh - all sexy standalones that lead on to more of the same.
Summer Secrets
Series: Scarlet Bay Romance, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,670. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Lawyer Josslyn Wynn secretly yearns for a husband and family, but both are unlikely. When Cameron Mackay ran out on Jossy’s pregnant housemate, Jossy fought for a Protection Order to prevent him from seeing his son. She should have nothing to do with him, but when they meet at a dinner party, his knowing grin and sexy suggestions scrape over her soul like sandpaper, and he's impossible to ignore.
Wellington Series 2
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 162,940. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Four sizzling love affairs in New Zealand's top party city. Spend tender, sexy time with a brother and sister-in-law. Enjoy the erotic offer an airline owner makes to her chief pilot. Attend an A-list masked party where misbehavior's on the menu. And share the property that's been mysteriously left to unknown cousins.
Santa Claws
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,660. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
From dark start to delicious ending, this unusual Christmas novella is romantic and uplifting. Nothing will ever be the same again after Jeff is accused of threatening to murder his wife. Or Evie is bruised one time too many by her abusive boyfriend. Or Santa Claws the cat starts howling under the house. You'll also meet re-meet Christian and Fiona from Kris's novel THE WRONG SISTER.
Summer Sparks
Series: Scarlet Bay Romance, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,140. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Anna arrives at the idyllic beach cottage to prepare for her wealthy family’s Christmas vacation. Big tough Jason Jones is right in the way – even in the bed she intends claiming as her own. She vows not to let this infuriating tower of testosterone upset her careful plans, but his rippling body and huge tattoo are hard to ignore. Soon her closed-off heart is under siege. Sexy and heart-warming.
Short and Sweet - 19 New Zealand Romances
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,650. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Romance novelist Kris Pearson has gathered together her three current collections of short stories, added four new tales, and republished them as this bumper collection of nineteen. They’re all clean and tender uplifting stories guaranteed to make your heart beat a little faster and show that romance can flourish in the most unlikely situations. An enjoyable evening's reading, and a happy escape.
Desired by the Sheikh
Series: Sheikhs of Al Sounam. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,750. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
'Everything in me demands her. I want those long limbs locked around me, and those big eyes in shock as I show her how a billionaire Sheikh treats his woman. She’ll be my final foreigner because danger’s close and duty calls. But until then, she’s mine.'
Raptada por el Jeque
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,250. Language: Spanish. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Secuestrada. Seducida. Satisfecha. Laurel de Courcey es capturada por una banda de terroristas, encadenada en un bunker asqueroso y filmada para divulgar una petición de rescate en todo el mundo. Pero, ¡uy, se equivocaron de rehén! ¿A quién se le ocurre que alguien vaya a pagar un rescate por una tímida niñera neozelandesa? ATENCIÓN: Contiene un ardiente jeque con una lengua maliciosa.
The Complete Heartlands Series - 3 Novels
Series: Heartlands. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 187,280. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Three linked love affairs set in the wild beauty of New Zealand. Melting His Heart – misplaced trust in the alpine resort of Queenstown. Is Kate spying for her famous father? Christmas Holiday Hearts – Ellie’s dream job for a handsome wealthy widower becomes her worst nightmare. Cowboy Wants Her Heart – Ellie’s shy friend Alfie is expected to marry brash cowboy Rory to save Glenleighton Estate.
Hot For You, Games For Two
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,000. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Cody, you’re the ultimate toy. I’d play games with you for days and nights, holding nothing back to get what I want. I hope you’ll give it willingly. Fly high with me. Then I’ll make you the master of so much more than you expect. WARNING: Hot pilot, willing widow, very high stakes.
Resistiendo a Nick
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,010. Language: Spanish. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Nick Sharpe posee una cadena de gimnasios. Tiene dinero, ambición y un cuerpo perfecto, pero acaba de descubrir que es adoptado y nunca se lo habían dicho. Para empeorar las cosas, su asistente personal le ha dejado casi sin preaviso. De repente, tanto su vida profesional como personal están patas arriba... y entonces el destino le envía a Sammie.
Cowboy Wants Her Heart
Series: Heartlands, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,260. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Shy Kiwi heiress Alfrieda Hamlin is shocked into silence when her hateful grandfather demands she marries within a month – to a man she has never met. Hard-living cowboy Rory Morrissey is invited to quit Texas and convince Alfie to take him as her husband. He has nothing to lose. The girl could be bearable. Perhaps they can outwit the old man together? Or maybe hell will freeze over first...
Ya traducido: Zona prohibida
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,740. Language: Spanish. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Jetta Rivers ha heredado la mitad de una casa, pero tiene un gran problema: tiene que compartirla con el otro copropietario, Anton Haviland, pero los hombres la aterrorizan por culpa de su pasado. Anton es un arquitecto sexy y seguro de sí mismo, y podría ser exactamente el hombre que necesita Jetta para superar el miedo que la paraliza. Pero, ¿podrá permitir que se le acerque lo suficiente?
Ya traducido: La cama del constructor de barcos
Price: Free! Words: 70,470. Language: Spanish. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Un día de viento, un letrero que sale volando, un golpe. Sophie Calhoun no sabe cómo va a pagar los daños causados a un coche tan lujoso. Está luchando para lanzar su nuevo negocio y poder traerse a su hija a vivir con ella. Del Jaguar negro se baja el magnate de los superyates Rafe Severino, furioso y... guapísimo, y está buscando un decorador para su espectacular casa nueva junto al puerto.
First 3 Novels - The Wellington Series
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 176,890. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Three sizzling love affairs! Three feisty Kiwi heroines, three gorgeous heroes, one great harborside setting. Come and holiday in Wellington New Zealand with decorator Sophie and her billionaire boat-builder, Rafe. With gambler Kerri and her handsome Frenchman, Alexandre. And gym owner Nick and his childhood friend Sammie – who’s all grown up now and ready to play. Three books for one great price.
Christmas Holiday Hearts
Series: Heartlands, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,040. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A heart-wrenching holiday romance. Ellie takes a short term Christmas contract tutoring twin daughters on a huge coastal farm in New Zealand. It sounds ideal – until, too late, she meets the billionaire owner - her long-ago holiday fling. He gave her the hottest memories of her life, and a son he knows nothing about. Now she's trapped - torn away from her boy and trying to resist his father.
Melting His Heart
Series: Heartlands, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 61,490. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A passionate story of misplaced trust, set in the beautiful New Zealand alpine resort of Queenstown. Kate really wants the job Matthew is interviewing her for. Matthew simply wants Kate. Can her persuade her to stay long enough to fan the smouldering sparks into white-hot flames?
Ravishing Rose
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,540. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Shy Francesca Ellison is swept off to an A-list party in a concealing mask, a decadent costume, and sex-shop panties. There she meets the pirate, Captain Cool. For once, Frankie intends behaving badly, but the Captain outdoes her at every turn. As sky-rockets scream skyward, and guests start to demolish the party venue, Frankie loses her panties and her inhibitions. 'Rose' is thoroughly ravished.
The Wrong Sister
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,380. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A brother-in-law romance where Christian's finally available and Fiona's definitely willing, but their mutual love for his dead wife is holding them apart. Then they're forced together and everything gets so much harder. This is a tender, sexy 'second chances' story of family relationships and long-time unrequited love. WARNING: Contains one hot man who always knows how to get what he wants.
Seduction on the Cards
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,800. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
An outrageous flirt and a buttoned-up Frenchman. When journalist Kerrigan Lush is assigned to interview a seriously rich anti-gambling crusader, she imagines a grandfatherly bore with a comb-over. But Alex Beaufort from Paris has plenty of hair – and enough of everything else to make her mouth water. Warning: Contains sexy Frenchman, tropical heat, and enthusiastic outdoor fun and games.
Taken by the Sheikh
Series: Sheikhs of Al Sounam. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,330. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
'I want this girl. I want her willing. I’d kill the others to stop them sharing her and then discarding her in the desert. I’ll teach this little blonde foreigner everything about obedience and the rewards that follow. Keep her safe for me. Until it’s time to send her home.'
Resisting Nick
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,230. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Fit. Fierce. Furious. Nick has the body and money he’s always aimed for, but while his fitness empire rages ahead, his soul is secretly shattered. His past is now a lie. He knows he should have seen it coming. The signs were all so obvious, looking back. Shy. Sweet. Serious. New-in-town Sammie is sure she can cope with her angry new boss for the next few weeks. A short-term job is all she needs.
Out of Bounds
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,720. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Half of the house Jetta has inherited is claimed by an unsuspected cousin. She has restoration and residence in mind, but architect Anton has demolition and dollars on his. Neither wants the other as a housemate. Let battle begin!
The Boat Builder's Bed
Series: The Wellington Series. Price: Free! Words: 61,530. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.84 from 19 reviews)
Superyacht tycoon Rafe Severino wants a woman. Desperately. Someone who can decorate his lonely new mansion with its million-dollar views over Wellington harbor and return his life to normality. Rafe yearns to marry again and start a better family than the one he came from. He gets more than he bargains for with Sophie Calhoun. A heart-warming story of family, love, loss, and dangerous currents.