**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with K J MONTGOMERY
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I am a right-brain soul trapped in a left-brain body. What I mean by that is I’m very good at breaking down complex things to their component parts and understanding how they work, but my creative side (the right-brain) has been denied for far too long and is screaming to be let loose.
My day job takes me into the world of Accounting. It wasn’t my first choice in a career, I wanted to be an astrophysicist, but it has worked out.
I still like to dabble in sky-watching in the mountains of New Hampshire far from city lights. It helps me clear my mind when I gaze out at the Milky Way and wonder what or who is out there.
I like to crochet afghans, but I haven’t had the time recently. I have the yarn at the ready and once I can get my characters to type their stories I can get them started on the afghans.
1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve always had different stories playing in my head. I’d write the ideas down, but actually creating the story structure took some time for me to discover. I took a mystery writing class at Gotham Writing. Everything just clicked and the stories flowed onto the blank page.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Romantic suspense and paranormal romance. I love the mysteries wrapped in a tale of romantic suspense with a confident heroine and a strong hero. And I love the possibilities of the paranormal realm. After all, paranormal doesn’t exclude the possibility of things, it’s just outside the normal world. To paraphrase Shakespeare, “There are more things in heaven and earth than man could possibly dream about.”
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Letting the characters take control and drive the story. I love the moment when writing the story the characters come to life and become part of the creative process. It’s that magical moment when your story becomes “real.”
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Finding the time to write. I have a more than full time job that oftentimes leaves little writing time during the weekdays. I come home and often fall asleep with my laptop on my lap (oddly enough) and wake up hours later only to find that my characters may write the story but they can’t type. LOL !
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I’m really like a sponge and absorb snippets of information and juicy tidbits as I read and surf the internet. Quite often these pieces will factor into my stories in a way I never would have imagined.
6. What is your typical day like?
My weekdays are very rotish. I wake around 4:30 a.m. and get up about 5:30 a.m. then head to the office shortly after 6:00 a.m. I try to get some writing in while it is quiet and then again at lunch.
Once I’m home, I catch up on mail, email, Facebook, and then settle in to write. However, there are days when I know my writing will be something which I will have to revise later, and on those days, I don’t write. I consider it a “recharging the batteries” type of day.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I’d have to say emotions. We all know the internal feelings emotions bring to the surface, but when you say emotion, most people think of something intangible but visible. I don’t like to just write that my character is mad. I want to show you she (he) is mad – what is she saying; what are her facial expressions; and just as important, what is her body doing. I want the reader to be deep into the emotional turmoil my characters is experiencing at that moment.
Emotions are a head-to-toe internal and external experience and to get the whole sense to the reader is tricky.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I have a short story, “Rescued” which is being published on February 14, 2014. It is included in the NH Pulp Fiction anthology “Love Free or Die.”
This short story has turned into the beginning of a trilogy, the title of which is: “Search – Tempting the Fates, Book One”. I expect this to be out in the Fall of 2014.
And the sequel to “Trove” which is titled “Harbinger” and is the second book in “The Katie Walsh Mysteries” series should be out by mid-Summer 2014.
I’m also co-authoring a paranormal trilogy and book one of this series, “Distracted by Fate,” should be available late Spring 2014.
Links to K J’s website, blog, books, etc.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trove-kj-montgomery/1114587155
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about K J and her release, TROVE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
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