Interview with J. Kaye Smith

What is your writing process?
Music and well written words are the most effective instruments to my imagination. I pick a song that I love and I let my story begin there. The song Requiem by the Three Graces inspired me to write my first book, With Every Breath. As I'm write the second book, which is one of two in a series; I'm moved by Adaigo in helping to create my story for 'When The Music Ends' ; which will be released in March of 2014. I write best in the morning, starting early and ending around noon; the next day, I reread and rework what I've written the previous day which helps me refresh my thoughts before I move on ahead. I do make a small outline of my project I'm not one who lists each element of the story and characters. I'm one of those who lets my stories come alive on their own; I may know how my book is going to end; but there are surprises waiting even for me the author.
What do you read for pleasure?
I devour books that are thrillers. Serial murders and crimes keep me on the edge of my seat and there are so many great authors for those genre of books. It helps me to read subjects that don't interfere with what I write. Since I write women's romantic fiction novels, the storylines for the crime novels I enjoy don't get in my way of my thought process when I'm at the computer writing. The thrillers are my escape!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle Fire. It's small and is easy to grab and take with me anywhere I go. I can't imagine being without it now.
When did you first start writing?
I've always loved writing. I started when I was in my thirties but didn't get serious about it until I was able to retire and have time to follow my dream. Now I feel as if I'm slacking if I don't write each day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When The Music Ends is about Sebastian Bellini, a man with a tragic past; successful and wealthy, he's kept his heart behind fortress walls until the day he is challenged by Mia McGuire. Trapped by her low self worth in an abusive relationship, she doesn't know what love is until she makes a devilish deal with the renowned Bellini. One that is made in order to pay off her abusive boyfriend's gambling debts that's owed to the Rossini Mafia family. The story evolves around Mia falling in love with Sebastian; a man that no longer feels he can trust women or his judgment of them. It's also a story of Enrico, Sebastian's brother who embraced his life of crime and succeeded in becoming Rossini's right hand man. Manny Travrais, a street thug and Mia's abuser will be the link that brings them all together in the climatic last chapters of 'When The Music Ends'.
Published 2013-12-23.
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