From time to time we try to check in with our favorite authors, and see what they’ve been up to lately. This time out we’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Tampa-based romantic comedy author Kathy Carmichael, whose latest efforts, Kissing Kelli and Stuck on You, have recently been released as self-published e-books. She’s been busy ever since but took time to speak with us again. We hope you enjoy this latest little conversation.
What was the inspiration for Kissing Kelli?
Kathy Carmichael: I grew up in Dallas and come from a huge blended family. I have eight whole, half and step siblings and all are girls, except for the youngest. He’s our one and only brother. My wonderful sisters gave me the inspiration for Kissing Kelli. I love our relationships. Sometimes we laugh until we cry, sometimes we squabble among ourselves, but bottom line, I count each and every one of them as a huge blessing in my life.
What kind of research did you have to do in order to write the book?
Kathy Carmichael: I mentioned I have lots of sisters, so it’s not surprising that I called on the expertise of one of them, Terri, to help with some of the animal and veterinary details in the book. I also found The Veterinary Guide to Horse Breeding by James M. Giffin, M.D. and Kjersten Darling, D.V.M. very helpful in providing a sense of realism to my horse birthing details. I’m in Dallas many times each year to visit my family members, so some of the setting details come from that, too.
Who is your favorite character in this particular book?
Kathy Carmichael: My favorite character is Abby, Kelli’s youngest, college-age sister. Just adore her. :) She’s so sweet, and fun and young. I love her potential to grow into a fabulous woman.
What’s next for you, now that Kissing Kelli is out?
Kathy Carmichael: I recently released a related book, STUCK ON YOU, which features some of the characters from KISSING KELLI. It’s a little different in that it has a paranormal element – the heroine is a SLIDer (stands for Street Light Interference Disorder). She’s electromagnetically impaired, causing street lights to go out, watches to go kerfluey and has a strong effect on anything electrical!
Sounds interesting! What’s a good writing day like for you?
Kathy Carmichael: When I’m in “writing mode,” I generally have a daily page goal of five pages. When I’m in crunch mode, that daily goal is usually 10. I’ve written as many as 40 pages in one day, but it left me brain dead afterwards, so I try not to do that!
What type of books do you like to read, for your own enjoyment?
Kathy Carmichael: I like all sorts of books. I have recently been glomming memoirs, but I also love any romance subgenre, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, and science fiction and fantasy. I’m not really into vampires or horror novels because I’m too impressionable and they scare the daylights out of me!
If you had to deal with a Bobby Gray, how would you handle him?
Kathy Carmichael: I’ve had a Bobby Gray in my life and I handled him the same way I handle my two sons: with lots of love and laughter, but I’m ready to jump in with a little discipline when needed. But usually once you let them know your expectations, they try hard to meet them!
And, finally, what can your fans expect from you in the future?
Kathy Carmichael: Right now I’m working on a new cozy mystery series and I’m hoping to release the first in the series in late fall of this year. Don’t want to say too much just yet, but the heroine has a TBR (to-be-read) pile that will rival any reader’s!
Oh dear, I know the feeling! ;) Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers today, Kathy?
Kathy Carmichael: I would like to add, if you don’t mind, that I’m pleased to announce that my publisher, Medallion Press, and I are thrilled to offer my award-winning romantic comedy, HOT FLASH, as a FREE e-book download for a limited time, beginning August 1st. If you haven’t read it, now is a great time to go snag a copy, FOR FREE. BOOKLIST named it as one of the Top 10 Romances for 2009. It is available across all distributor platforms, including for Apple IBooks, Nook, and Amazon’s Kindle (caveat on the Kindle version, it hasn’t been updated yet to reflect the freebie price, so do check before you download. ) Go forth and download!
Thank you so much, Ms. Draper, for the wonderful interview. As a talented writer yourself, you came up with some great questions. Thank you!
Thank you, Kathy! And best of luck with all you do. Keep us posted! ;) Folks, to learn more about Kathy Carmichael and her works, see her site at:http://www.kathycarmichael.com/
If you’d like to see our review of Kissing Kelli, you may find it here.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this latest conversation. Until later, then, keep reading!