Purple Hazel

Biography

Purple Hazel is... King and Caroline Medlin from Denver, Colorado. Purple is Caroline's favorite color. Hazel is the color of her eyes. We fell in love and King started writing short stories to Caroline while we were dating. Eventually the stories got better and better, so we started writing full length novels. Starting with Star Kitten in the fall of 2015, we have written five books that will be launched over the next year or so including Wild Fields (launched November 21, 2015), Morgana's Handmaid (Valentine's Day 2016), Spanish Posse (spring 2016), and Free Company (summer 2016). These are all historical romances using fictional characters in real-life situations amidst the backdrop of actual events that shaped world history. People and places may very well color our notion of history and the moral principles that people follow or ignore; yet we feel only true love truly endures all things. It's all that really matters in the grand scheme of things. Therefore LOVE is all that we write about. Love, true devotion, and the desire to find a companion to accompany us through life's many trials, tribulation, and best of all those moments of profound joy that give life real meaning; that's what it's all about.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Ideas come to King and Caroline on a regular basis - sometimes in the form of a working title; and sometimes something happens to us in our personal lives that gives us an inspiration. After that we write a synopsis in the form of an Email to each other and review it. King usually comes up with the crazy ideas; and Caroline gives it a thumbs up or a "hell no". For example, Star Kitten: King wrote most of the story and did all the scientific research on geology and volcanoes so that it was plausible that the Nausties could ignite a volcano that wipes out the invading Earthers. He googled it and found a scientist who actually described how the Krakatoa volcano exploded and its causes...then the guy went on to describe how such a thing might be caused by human effort. Meanwhile Caroline thought the working title "Galactic Penal Colony" was boring, so King decided on Star Pussy, which is the floating brothel/space station in the story. King's brother Dan suggested "Star Kitten" instead, but King hated that name 'cause it sounded like a children's novel about a space cat. Caroline overruled him though, and the title became "Star Kitten" which was a smash it with readers. We got 200 downloads in less than two months! Our friend Doug Alexander helped us with the cover art, which King purchased from Shutterstock and then we blew it up a bit to make the cat-like being on the cover seem more curvy and voluptuous....
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Sure! "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse was the first book King read as an adult that he picked out himself and read cover to cover. This book inspired him to write one just like it himself one day. It delved into the mind of the main character from an Outside Observer's point of view; but seemed like the narrator was taking us inside the MC's thoughts and experiences which made him into what he was at the point in time where the story takes place. Flashing back to King's life as a younger man, he saw a lot of his own self in the choices the MC made in life. It was the first time he'd ever seen the word peccadillo too. It means indiscretion; and we've rarely heard the word used in conversation or literature since then. By way of comparison, Caroline loves Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" and her identification with strong women who are brave enough when they have to be brave enough has influenced our female characters to be not only very human with all the flaws and foibles of human beings, but also extremely determined and even downright deadly when they have to be.
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Videos

Do That To Me One More Time Karaoke
Here's Caroline from Purple Hazel singing "Do That To Me One More Time" by Captain and Tennille Check out Purple Hazel's new book "Morgana's Handmaid" at www.purplehazelbooks.com ! Purple Hazel is: King and Caroline Medlin from Denver, Colorado and they are a husband and wife writing team who create romance novels available on Smashwords and Amazon.

Books

Morgana's Handmaid
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,770. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Growing up as a peasant, struggling to exist in the grinding poverty and dead end world of English feudal society; a bright, attractive young woman makes the best of her lowly existence. Then one day she gets the opportunity of a lifetime when her tiny village is visited by Princess Morgana, half-sister to King Arthur. She becomes handmaid to Morgana and goes to work for her at castle Camelot !
The Wild Fields
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160,070. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Tatyana and Ludmilla are both bright young teenage girls growing up in southern Russia during the Great Tatar Invasion of 1571. Captured and forced into slavery, one later becomes a lowly field hand working on a cotton plantation in northern Turkey. The other becomes a concubine working in the royal palace of the Grand Sultan....

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