“All These Pieces of Me Jay-us is that some new horror flick?” Jack questioned as he read the title of the new book I was reading.
“No you dummy. It’s a contemporary romance.”
Jack rolls his eyes and groans. “Not another chick book!”
I pick up Corinne Kilgore’s novel and held it to me. “This is not a chick book, it’s so much more. I love how this author turned the genre upside down!”
“Oh yeah, how?”
“Why don’t you and the rest of the b’ys stay? The author is coming by in a few moments to tell us all about it.”
Jack thought for a few moments before answering. “Is it okay we bring by some beers?”
“Only if you promise to stay in the back and keep quiet.”
Jack flashed me his most sincere smile. “Now, haven’t we always behaved ourselves?”
Before I could fire off a retort, Jack slipped away, chuckling to himself.
Thank you for coming though I have known you for years, this yahoos are unfamiliar with you, share a little about yourself.
I’m the proud owner All These Pieces of Me could you please tell us a little about it?
It’s a Contemporary Romance, but I tried to be a little different in my approach to it than your typical romance. I’ve noticed that many romances lately are full of tiring angst and loose plots driven by characters making dumb decisions. While this can sometimes be entertaining, it wasn’t what I wanted for my series.
It’s set in my old stomping grounds – Dallas, Texas, and contains characters that are a little off the beaten path. They struggle with personal issues, ranging from physical deformities to mental health problems like autism and obsessive compulsive disorder. I also included light elements of the BDSM lifestyle. I wanted to show both that people with real issues can find love and that the BDSM lifestyle doesn’t always take place in some dark dungeon with whips and chains.
Wow, sounds intriguing, is there a particular part of the story that you really enjoyed writing?
Hmm, I’m not much of an actor buff, but I would guess that I’d like Henry Cavill to play Brandon, Zooey Deschanel to play Emma, Tom Hiddleston to play Ian, Alexander Skarsgard to play Saul… but I think I would actually look for some non-star actors, too. I suppose that’s what a casting agent is for.
A lot of dreaming and very little planning. I am a total “pantster”. I just start typing and let whatever comes out have it’s say. I don’t try to force things in a certain direction. Most of the twists and things in my books happen by surprise to me, and I often wonder where it all comes from. So, I wish I could share some sort of writing secret, but I don’t have one. I just write. Period.
I’m enjoying this conversation with Corrine and the minimal interruptions, until Terrance approaches us, tripping over the fishing net Frank carelessly left in the middle of the floor, spilling his beer all over my guest. I’m horrified. Not missing a beat he rudely states “All of this sounds fascinating but I heard writing is a hell of a lot of work, why do you do it, what do you get out of it?”
Thanks for the awkward segue, Terrance, now go over with the rest of the b’ys and let me and Corinne have our yarn. Terrance asked you why you like to write, now I want to ask you, is there anything about writing you don’t like?
When you write, what is it that you hope your readers take away from your story?
Perhaps a new way of looking at things? I try to offer unique and unexplored perspectives in my books, and I hope that the reader is able to enjoy the story, openly relate to one or more of the characters and continue thinking about the story and characters after the book has been finished. As a reader, I love books that stick with me long after I’ve moved on, and I hope my books are like that for some readers, too.
All These Pieces of Me is the first in a four book series called The Stables. Book two, Obsessive Compulsion, will be released in January of 2014. I also have a Space Opera series, The Corwint Central Agent Files, and book 4 for that series is also coming out in 2014. Book 1 for that series, Ghost in the Machine, is free. I know not many people have experience with Space Opera outside of Star Wars and Star Trek, so I hope they are willing to give a free book in the genre a try.
Thanks a million for answering all my questions…and the others, it has been a real pleasure. As I said before, I have seen All These Pieces of Me online at Amazonis there anywhere else your book is available and what formats?
Thanks for having me! All of my books are available from Amazon and Smashwords. My Space Opera series is also available for Nook, iBooks and Kobo. I’m working on getting All These Pieces of Me available at those outlets too. All these Pieces of Me is also available on All Romance / OmniLit.
For all the links to my books, you can go to http://www.cekilgore.com