Today I am so excited to have the wonderful Kimberly Kincaid joining me today who is seriously one of the sweetest human beings on this planet.
For those who don’t know you, Kimberly, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you write because I adore your stories.
I am an author, a giant foodie, and a total shoe addict J I write sexy small town contemporary and very sexy, edgy romantic suspense about firefighters and cops. Think Chicago Fire/PD with the heat cranked way up!
And who doesn't love a man or woman in uniform? Let’s get straight into it … FOOD! Between the books you write and all the yummy food pictures you post on your social media pages, you are obviously a foodie. Why do you think food and romance go together?
I do love to write food into my books, regardless of whether my characters work in the culinary industry (in my contemporaries, they usually do—chefs, farmers who grow everything from apples to zucchini, restaurant owners) I just think food is so wonderfully evocative! My characters have to eat, anyway. I might as well use that as an opportunity to make the stories more complex. It’s a great way to utilize the five senses to bring the reader on the journey with me. Plus, it’s really fun to work my favorite dishes into my books!
It's so true. Some of my favorite scenes I've written involve characters preparing and eating food. What is your go-to comfort food?
This actually changes based on my mood. But I think grilled cheese and tomato soup are always a good go-to for bad days!
Mmm... I could eat that right now. Now our tummies are full, let’s talk a little about your writing process? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you have a set schedule each day, or do you sit down when the urge strikes and bang out all the words?
I’m definitely a plotter. I get too distracted when I try to pants! I write 5-7 days a week, depending on deadlines, but I’m pretty disciplined about it during the week. Writing is my job, so no matter how tempting it is to do other things while I’m at home during the week, I have to focus on the words. I usually do the non-writing things (marketing, social media, etc.) in the afternoons after my girls get home. But when it’s quiet—words!
I'm a plotter too, but sometimes I wish I could pants it just a little bit. What do you enjoy most about being a published author?
It is very rewarding to have readers tell me how much they loved a book, whether it be online, in a review, or face to face. It makes all the harder parts (like deadlines!) easier.
Just the word deadline made me shiver! Assuming you get all the words done and you have time to read for pleasure, I know you read romance. What is your all-time favorite romance novel?
I have a list in my head of so many books that fit this description! But I have to say, honestly, that one book that influenced me greatly in the very beginning of my writing career was Dark Lover, by JR Ward. I didn’t just read that book—I consumed it. It’s such a testament to voice and deep point of view driving a story. I also love Luck Be A Lady, by Meredith Duran, and Seduction Game, by Pamela Clare.
I think JR Ward's book has had that effect on a lot of us. For me it was truly about the characters. Which of your characters would you most like to spend an afternoon with, and what would you do? (And for the record, I'd pick Noah Blackwell from your book, LOVE ON THE LINE.)
I’d hang out with whoever I’m writing at the time so I could figure them both out better! I don’t really get to know my H/h—like really, truly GET them—until I’ve written their first sex scene. But my favorite is always whoever I’m writing at any given moment.
What are you writing right now?
I’m writing Station Seventeen book three, IN TOO DEEP. I just started last week, so it’s still got that “new book smell”, hehe!
Everybody loves a hero in uniform. What made you write a series about firefighters?
I have always loved first responders—there’s something so compelling about men and women who run toward danger when everyone else is running away. I visited a fire house in Atlanta a few years ago on an RWA tour and the second I walked in, I said, “Oh, this is happening!”
I love your Station Seventeen series, and can’t wait to read Deep Burn which came out this week. Why don’t you tell us a little about it?
I love that you love it! Deep Burn is the story of female firefighter, Shae McCullough, and the police unit’s tech expert/ex-hacker, James Capelli. They have to put some pretty major differences in personality aside as they work together to catch an arsonist. But they’re not as opposite as they first seem. It was fun to let them figure that out!
Thanks so much for swinging by on your super busy release week. Kimberly has a ton of giveaways and activities happening over on her Facebook page this week, so head on over there to enter. https://www.facebook.com/authorkimberlykincaid
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet and hot and edgy romantic suspense. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-selling author and a 2016 and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist and 2014 Bookseller’s Best nominee who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her social media.
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