I want to start by welcoming all my readers to the Sinful Virtual Book Tour. Today we have the wonderful Kacey Hammell, author of Sinful, and she has graciously offered to take time out to visit with me today. To learn more about Sinful, as well as all her writings click HERE.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born and currently live in Ontario, Canada. I’ve been even more fortunate to reside on the same land with my children where I was raised. It’s wonderful to share the same things with my children that I enjoyed years ago.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
My husband encouraged me to start writing. I was a reviewer for many years and he believed with that knowledge and dedication to the craft, that I’d do well as a writer. I have been writing nine years, though I had to take a four year hiatus due to the death of my father and am now getting back into it full time.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When the first book was published and I received the first piece of fan mail. I have that letter framed and on the wall of my office.
SINFUL is a contemporary erotic romance of two people finding one another when they least expect it. Passionate, compelling and romantic describe it best. I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books.
If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Fiery, complicated, no-holds barred and determined.
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Sin and Mikayla would want more family time. They are dedicated to their professions but it’s family and friends who make their lives the fullest.
What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?
Sin is a wonderful man and we had a great time together. And in the sequel too!!! *g* He’s a man’s man who knows what he wants and goes after it – which is similar to my own mindset. Sin was incredibly easy to write, my easiest characters to date.
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
At the time I wrote SINFUL, it was only these characters who spoke to me. As more ideas take form in my mind, there are various characters speaking to me but I try to stay focused on each book individually.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
SINFUL was easy to write. I found the story just flowed, the characters cooperated, the romance was just that – pure romance that didn’t need any additional “bells and whistles”.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Yes, in the past there have been a few stories where the characters are gently shaped after those I know in real life, as well as the settings.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t outline, I’m a punster for the most part. With SINFUL it was just sitting and writing, finished it inside of two weeks. Then the fun began–the self-edit–going back through to fill in any areas that needed improving, sending it off to the CP then working with an editor too. The editing process for me is usually about six weeks, give or take.
How did you come up with the title?
SINFUL was a blend of Sin’s (Sinclair) and how delicious the man is. He’s easy on the eyes, romantic and when he loves, he does it 150%.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That love comes when you least expect it. From my own personal experience, and meeting my husband when I had given up on love, I found true happiness when I never expected it. I want readers, who believe they’ve given up on love, to never close themselves off from it completely. Love is a wonderful thing and is the only true thing that matters…IMO *g*
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, SINFUL, is the first of the “Follow the Music Trilogy”. I am about ½ way through book two, DESIRED, and Desmond’s met his match that’s for sure!
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
The title was to showcase the story, character of Sin specifically. The cover was purchased from http://www.romancenovelcovers.com and features Jimmy Thomas, cover model.
Who designed the cover of your book?
I added the music note (tattoo) to the back of the female in the picture, and PJ Friel – http://www.facebook.com/ima.friel – did the wonderful, elegant font for me.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Writing, writing, writing! My kids – ages 9 through 15 – need me too much just yet, so I’m not focusing on large NY print pubs or anything just yet. I write as time allows right now, though the kids are great and I probably get to write more than most writers with active kids, so I try to focus on one story at a time (while about six more are exploding in my head LOL)
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I can’t see myself living anywhere but here. It’s home, where I grew up, and I love it.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Nora Roberts/JD Robb & Suzanne Brockmann…couldn’t choose just one. These 2 authors are the epitome of who I love to read and I’ve been reading since I was about 13. I’ve already met Jaci Burton or she’d be listed here too
What books have most influenced your writing most and why?
Anything by the above-mentioned authors, plus other romance authors who write with readers in mind, not just for the sake of writing.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
All 3. JD Robb/Brockmann books I buy in HC. And a few others that I continue to purchase in print. Ebooks are aplenty on my computer. I love those fast, quick reads that I sometimes need to just relax and rejuvenate the mind.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I am a published & self-published author. I have one book with an ebook publisher, SINFUL is self-pubbed, and I have an upcoming ebook published title in February.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I will always write contemporary romances. I’ve read them for years, but have written romantic suspense, and have a ménage/paranormal series in the works that I hope to spend 2012 delving into wholeheartedly.
How do you market/promote your books?
Book/Blog Hops/Tours. Through social media’s like Twitter, FB, review sites, interview sites, book cover/banner advertising. Plus contests with magnets, postcards, bookmarks, notebooks etc with each book cover for winners/conferences. There’s an endless array of promo avenues out there.
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller?
Great plot and characters, driven stories that pull a reader in and never let go. Excellent writing is a given.
Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
Yes, the four year hiatus was an “emotional” writer’s block for me. Losing a parent is never easy and I was very close to my dad and he was a great supporter of my writing. It was hard to sit and write when he was gone. Plus the transition from owning my own home and moving to the family homestead, in order to take care of my mom, had its ups and downs. There just wasn’t the opportunity to write or the passion to do so any longer. I simply gave myself the healing time to move past the pain and loss, and hoped that someday the determination and drive, as well as passion, to write would return. I’m thankful that it has!
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The first meeting between Sin and Mikayla was like lightning bolts firing off the pages. Their connection is magnetic and explosive. It was wonderful to share their world whenever they were together.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?
Hmm, great question. I think the toughest would have to be just the rejection process and I have had a few. When a publisher says “we don’t feel you fit with our publishing house because the story lacks what we are looking for” is hard to hear. However, it’s also become the best component as well. It drives me to be better, polish the story to be everything any publisher would want.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Watch TV with the family, take long walks and sometimes just read to rejuvenate the senses.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
All the time. I have had to purchase new copies of some books (in print) that I’ve read so many times they’re wearing out.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
No. I’ve never found a movie that could do a book justice. The closest I would have to say would be Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire. Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt (years ago) were a sight to behold and that movie was quite amazing.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
I am currently reading Lorie O’Clare’s “Play Dirty” in print. Very good story. Enjoying it a lot. Just wish I had more time!
Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?
Sandra Sookoo, Jane Kent, Liz Crowe, Jessica Subject, Diane Alberts immediately come to mind. These authors write compelling pieces of romance, some more erotic than others, but each story draws me in and makes me love their writing more and more with every book.
Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
I would spend more time with Matthew, Mikayla’s brother. But his story is coming (will be the final in the trilogy). He’s an intriguing character who I only showed a small part of in SINFUL. I’m looking forward to knowing him a lot more.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Have patience. This business is not easy, it’s forever changing, and nothing comes without hard work…and patience. Be true to yourself and your writing.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
To write because you love it and that it’s not a hobby. It is a full time job, which is sometimes hard to juggle with small kids, and should be taken seriously as one. And writing because you love it – if you don’t – then what is the point?
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes, I do. It’s a mix of my real name and my mom’s – the bestest friend in the world!
What are your pet peeves?
People who never use their signal lights! Drives me crazy, it’s dangerous and a law!
Cats or dogs?
Both – we have Lily (cat) & Peaches (Cockapoo) who are the best of friends.
White wine or red?
Neither, thank you.
Coffee or tea?
Anything Mexican or Italian. YUM !
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Cell phone, wallet, flip notebook computer, shopping list.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Usually I do it in the family room. I am a writer who doesn’t mind the kids around. Their chatter sometimes helps the writing flow, believe it or not, and it keeps me near them. Of course, when I do love scenes it’s a different thing. I have to have complete solitude for that, and usually head to the office or bedroom to write those.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Sandra Bullock – love her, fave actress hands down
Ellen Degeneres – her humour would keep me going
Matthew McConaghey – he’s just beautiful to look at – superficial of me LOL – but he’d be useful for his muscles too!
One of your favourite quotes –
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Bill Cosby
List 3 of your all time favourite books?
Pride & Prejudice, Interview With a Vampire, All JD Robb Death Books
List 3 of your all time favourite movies?
Gone with the Wind, Grease, Blindside
An actor you have a crush on –
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
Bones is my favourite TV show, along with NCIS. Recent movie – Fast Fave – love the adrenaline of those cars (and men!!) LOL
About the Author
Canadian-born author, Kacey Hammell is a self-proclaimed book-a-holic, who began reading romances at a young age and became easily addicted. As a Mom of three, Kacey has made certain that each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right.
A decade ago, while working for multiple review sites, Kacey quickly discovered that she was developing the writing bug. Thanks to the encouragement of her own beloved hero husband, she decided to try her hand at writing.
With a love of contemporary settings, modern day romances and the happily ever after, as well as the excitement of suspense, Kacey creates stories in genres she’s familiar with and that she loves most. She also loves vampires who nibble the necks of the heroines, ghosts who can’t leave a loved one, shape-shifters who are sexier than hell and the thought of her very own werewolf or were-cat to tame makes her tremble!
Some of Kacey’s favourite authors include: Suzanne Brockmann, JD Robb, Jaci Burton, Sara Brookes, Patricia A. Rasey, Rosalie Stanton, Jasmine Haynes, Cherry Adair … to name a few.
Locked in her office, at her computer, she lets her lusty and exciting characters lead her through their trials and tribulations, love and their adventures. Detectives, P.I.’s, musicians, sassy and headstrong women all come to life in her heart and on paper.
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