Interview with Laura Kitchell

What are you working on next?
I've just published Code Name Desire, the first book in the steamy romantic suspense series, Covert Affair. Code Name Desire is FREE! and available now. Making the Mark is scheduled to release in August 2014, and Saving Madrid will release in October 2014. Watch my website at laurakitchell.com for a cover reveal and excerpt on Making the Mark. It will be available for preorder in mid-July 2014. I've finished writing my Christmas story, a novella featuring the sexy lead guitarist for Flamesmith. I'm currently working on the story for Flamesmith's lead singer, which will release early in 2015. Watch my website for a summer contest that could win you my Christmas release for free!
Who are your favorite authors?
I really enjoy Olivia Cunning, Samantha Towle, Lara Nance and Jenna Jaxon. Their books sweep me away, which is so important to me since I don't get much time to relax. Kristina Douglas also provides such a fun and fresh read. My favorite historical authors are Meredith Duran and Madeline Hunter. Cathy Maxwell has always been one of my top picks in writers, too. There are so many amazing writers out there, but these are authors I can't resist.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day, I wake with a sense of urgency. I have so much story to tell. So much adventure to experience with my characters. There's never enough time to write as much as I'd like, so I write as fast as I can before I lose ideas and momentum.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a movie fanatic. I also love to read. When I'm not hanging out with my husband and daughter, most of my non-writing time is spent helping my fellow authors fine-tune their manuscripts. I also teach self-editing workshops to writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first full-length novel the year I married...twenty-two years ago. Yikes! It was a historical set in France. My heroine was ridiculously weak and my hero achingly distant. It was awful. I consider it my Writing-101. I wrote two more, and my fourth was published. Unfortunately, I was still struggling with weak heroines. I don't know how I sold book number four!
What is your writing process?
My writing process is pretty cut and dry. I come up with a story idea, figure out who my main characters will be, decide what their goals are, then start Chapter One - line one. I write the entire book from beginning to end as though I'm reading it, with no back and forth. By the end of Chapter Three, I know my black moment and ending. Though I have a basic idea how the trip with go, I have no idea what will happen along the way. It's the most fun a girl can have!
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is so important and something I'd like to learn. I usually have a few ideas that I provide the cover artist. A few times, the artist has given me exactly what I wanted, and it was really good. Most of the time, however, the artist will come up with something completely unexpected, and these have been my favorite covers. Rock Band and The Man of My Dreams are two perfect examples.
What do you read for pleasure?
Though I've discovered I don't enjoy writing Regency period historicals, these are my favorites to read. I also can't get enough of paranormals, and rock band romance has become my most recent secret delight.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, the one promotional tool that has provided the best and most quantitative results have been book signings. Goodreads.com lets me connect directly with readers and provide them teasers and excerpts. With so many indie writers on the rise, readers are turning to book reviewers and bloggers to avoid spending money on poorly written and/or poorly edited stories. As an indie author, I depend on the Quality Novelists Coalition as my saving grace to ensure my books are first rate every time. Reviewers and bloggers have become my lifeline to readers, and I haven't met one yet that I haven't adored.
Describe your desk
Oh, dearl. My desk. Well, I actually share my desk with my husband (who likes to leave random notes from sticky pads laying here and there) and my daughter (who does her homework at the computer and never puts anything back where she found it). So, as you can imagine, my desk is not neat. That's why I write in bed on my laptop. Ha!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in a Navy family. My father was a career sailor, and we moved quite a bit. I was a painfully shy child, so I didn't make friends easily. You can imagine how I spent a great deal of time in my own head. I got to know myself very well. Three years living in Japan gave me a respect and curiosity for other cultures. As a result of my love for both historicals and Japan, I'm completing the third book in a three-book set of Japanese historical romances. They're not a series. In fact, their set in three different periods. But they've been a labor of love, and I hope my readers enjoy them.
When did you first start writing?
For true writers, it's incredibly difficult to answer the question, when did we start writing? I thought it was in 2004 when I joined Romance Writers of America, but that's not true. Going back further, I realized I had begun writing my first full-length novel my final year at university, which I finished my first year of marriage. That's still not far enough back, however. I began truly writing creatively in high school, where I kept a journal and dabbled in short stories. That was the beginning.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Rock Band is a story I wanted to co-author with an incredibly talented writer by the name of Susan. She had always wanted to write a story about a rock god who falls in love, but she didn't think she could. I approached her with the idea of us writing Rock Band, an anthology where four band members each get their own love story. Susan was to write two, and I would write two. Unfortunatly, Susan's life encroached on her writing, and she simply couldn't get the project done. So here I am alone, having written all four stories myself. I haven't given up on Susan, though. I still look forward to the day she and I will co-author another anthology.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is The End. HaHa. Just kidding. It's the journey. It's accompanying amazing characters on an adventure that changes them - makes them better. It's writing men I could fall in love with and women I'd adore to call my best friend or sister. It's being amazed by what comes out of my creative mind, and it's the emotion that comes as I experience the story with my heroine and hero. The pounding heart. The gasp. The laugh-out-loud moment that caught me off-guard even though I'm the one writing it. And the tear that escapes. It's a wild ride, and I love it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything to my writing career. The stories are important, but without anyone else to enjoy them, they're my own secret pleasure. I don't want them to be secret. I love that others find as much enjoyment in reading my books as I have in writing them. I especially adore hearing from my readers. My fans encourage me, inspire me, and keep me writing. I wouldn't still be publishing my stories if not for the most wonderful readers a writer could ask for.
Published 2014-07-01.
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Books by This Author

The Air She Breathes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,430. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Erol “Air” Finster needs a break from his heartache. Beatrice wants to escape reality, and one night with a rock star is the perfect answer. Both are in for a bit of fun, but neither is prepared for what they find in each other’s arms.
Lady of the Bridge
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,550. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Embark on an adventure of forbidden love between a warrior princess and an elite samurai. Join this couple in a race across 17th century Japan. Caught in the middle of the struggle between Shogun's rise to rule and the old regime, this warrior princess is forced to battle for her life. In the end, she must choose between family honor and her heart's desire.
Lady of the Imperial City
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,060. Language: American English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Japan’s capital city in the year 1001 is a society in resplendent silks and dedicated to beauty. In it, as a paragon among her peers, Lady Kirei faces a life of sexual servitude unless she defies convention and honor with a less than ideal gentleman. Experience the imperial city of Kyō and its elite society through the eyes of aristocrats who fall shy of the ideal.
Addicted to You
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Rock My Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,900. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Burn needs a new personal assistant before he goes on Christmas concert tour in Korea, and it better not be a woman. He's had enough woman-trouble for one lifetime. When Kendel Price knocks at the door with two suitcases and a smile, he's beyond mad. He's stuck, though. With the tour beginning in two days, he's got to have a helper. He just prays she's got a brain under all that red hair.
Saving Madrid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,270. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Julia Krenzel dreams of living up to her training and serving the agency as a covert operative while she files and types for the director. Her chance comes when her field contact, elite operative Madrid, goes silent on a mission. Madrid’s request that Julia seek him should he go missing sends her to Berlin in an attempt to find him. Does s
Making the Mark
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,220. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What happens when a covert lover can't lure her mark into bed? Can she capture the thief before he steals her heart?
Code Name Desire
Price: Free! Words: 31,120. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The agency director had ordered covert operative, Jaeda Bennett, to win the heart of London's genius financier, Teague Jameson, but what would she do it he won hers first?
Rock Band
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,130. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
4 stories at a great price! A band of rock gods mock the idea of true love until, one by one, each is swept away by that unique woman who knows his heart in this romance anthology, Rock Band.