Thank you so much for having me here today, ladies! And congratulations on the launch of your lovely new blog.
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for over ten years, and I’m multi-published under two other pen names. PRIMAL LAW, book 1 of my new Alpha Pack series, marks my foray into the paranormal genre as J.D. Tyler. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this series!
Who is your favorite author(s) and why? My number one favorite author is Jim Butcher! Pleeeze, can I be Jim when I grow up? The man is a genius, and I’m totally addicted to his Dresden Files series! Harry Dresden is a master wizard who’s also a private investigator, and takes care of people’s paranormal problems. He’s sexy, humorous, and he’s always in some sort of jam. From the first sentence, Jim Butcher takes his readers on a thrill ride that never lets up. If you enjoy paranormal and haven’t tried this series, you must!
Tell us about your new book, PRIMAL LAW. Ohh, I’ll be glad to! Here’s the Blurb:
Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…
After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.
On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive…
And an Excerpt (Jaxon Law and Kira Locke):
Pushing her against the inside of the door, he set about overwhelming her senses while divesting her of the baggy clothing that hid way too much. He nuzzled her neck, kissing and flicking the vulnerable skin with his tongue, puzzled as to why he felt the nearly overwhelming need to bite her. And why denying that need seemed to make the burning itch even worse. Perhaps he would give in, but not today. He wouldn’t risk it without talking to a Pack doctor about the possible ramifications.
His hands found the edge of her shirt, and his palms slid over her flat tummy. Moved upward to her small breasts, so different from his usual busty type. Hers were barely a handful and yet they were perfect. His thumbs graze the nipples, pleased when they pouted and hardened. A little whimper escaped her throat and she arched into him, begging without words.
“You like that, angel?” he murmured.
“It’s been so long.” Her voice was breathless, husky with arousal.
“Do you want me to stop?” He plucked the peaks, pinching just enough to give a tiny jolt, make her want more.
“This isn’t a good idea.”
Scraping the tip of one fang along the spot where her neck and shoulder met, he nibbled, careful not to scratch her pretty skin. “That’s not an answer. Do you want me to stop?” he enunciated, putting more force into the question.
“Tell me what you want,” he coaxed. Moving one palm downward, he had no problem sliding his hand inside the front of the too-big jeans. Slowly, he brushed his fingers through neat curls, giving her time to protest. Instead, she widened her stance with a moan, inviting him to touch, thrilling him. But he had to hear it. “Tell me, baby.”
“Touch me,” she whispered, burying her face in his chest. “Give me everything.”
What is the appeal of writing paranormal romance? I love being able to create my own world and my own rules for how that world works. No one can tell me black panthers don’t exist or a former lab assistant can’t run a shelter for displaced paranormal beings. That’s three-fourths of the fun, writing about fantastic events, creatures, heroes… It’s all mine, and then the readers’ in turn to enjoy.
What kind of writing turns you off? In general, I’m not a big fan of flowery prose or long passages of description. I’m an action kind of gal—launch me straight into the fray, grab me by the throat, keep me excited, and don’t let me go until the ride is over!
What stops you from writing? Sometimes life gets in the way. We all have emergencies or family things that crop up. But writing for me is more difficult in the summer in particular because my teenagers are home from high school and college, and the house is always full of energetic younger people, it seems. I have to give up my cozy spot on the couch, retreat to my office with my laptop, and put on some rock. Alice in Chains, Three Days Grace, and Metallica really get me going!
How have you shocked your readers? Only if I’m doing my job right!
How do you get your ideas? What is your writing day like? Sometimes I get ideas from the news or stories I hear. Mostly, I get them from my mind wandering, reacting to things or people I observe, mentally playing “what-if” games all the time. For my writing day, I’m usually up by 7:30 a.m., and I head straight for my coffee! I don’t function without a cup or 2. Then I check email, respond to questions and requests, and do agent and editor business. And then I start writing. I open my mind and invite my characters in to act for me. Sometimes they’re quiet, and other days I can’t write fast enough to keep up with them! I’m usually done for the day by 4 p.m., give or take.
Can you share three writing tips?
1) If you want to be a writer, plant your ass in the chair and DO IT. Don’t give me all the excuses for why you don’t have time to follow your dreams. If I had time raising 2 small children after teaching all day, grading papers, and then writing until after midnight, then getting up at 6 a.m. to do it all over again for YEARS before I sold, you can do it too!
2) Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t follow your dreams and/or won’t succeed. If you do, then you weren’t meant to survive in the publishing business.
3) Join a professional writing organization like Romance Writers of America, or other group appropriate to your genre in order to learn the business and hone your craft.
Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous if I never changed one thing about myself.
What's your favorite dessert? I have to pick just one? Well, then, if I was told I only had one day left on earth and could eat any dessert I wanted, I’d eat a cheesecake with raspberry topping!
After Kalen’s novella is SAVAGE AWAKENING, which is Aric Savage’s story and will be released on April 3, 2012! Aric has been the most fun hero I’ve ever written because he’s such a snarky bastard. Of course, the prickly outside hides a heart as big as a continent. It will take a really special woman to make this sexy redhead accept his self-worth and be the hero everyone knows he is.