This week it is my pleasure to interview Nancy Kay. Would you please introduce yourself to my readers, Nancy and share something about your life.
Thank you, Rita, for including me in your interesting interviews. I live in the wine/grape belt on the shore of Lake Erie. My husband is a former Marine and retired Pennsylvania State Policeman and part of the inspiration in writing romantic suspense stories. I've held a variety of jobs throughout my life. Banker, Veterinary assistant, general sales, and most recently until I finally retired completely, I worked in an exclusive lingerie boutique. It was during the time at the boutique that I became serious about writing. My stories are set around the Great Lakes, or close by, and I love adding all the beauty and romance found in such settings along with spine tingling suspense.
Do you always write in the same genre or do you mix it up?
My stories always include mystery and suspense. Although the suspense isn't always provided by a human, as evidenced in my Christmas story 'Not Even A Moose.' Suspense adds to the thrill and beauty of unfolding love, and I strive to make readers cheer for as well as fall in love with my characters.
When you write, do you start with an idea and sit down and let it evolve, or do you make notes and collect ideas on paper beforehand?
It's hard to determine how my ideas evolve. Yes, I jot down ideas when they pop into my head, but I've found in the majority of my story ideas the HEA, happily ever after, ending drives my stories.
Would you like to give us a short excerpt from one of your books?
This excerpt is from the upcoming October 15th re-release of Deadly Revenge. I offer this tag line to tempt you:
A former Marine is captivated by an alluring widow until a sniper's bullet shatters the illusion his covert past is behind him.
The door creaked open. Ada returned carrying a tray. "Here." She moved forward. "I'll set our tea on the table against the wall and --"
The tray flew apart like an exploding grenade.
Scalding hot liquid stung his face, and thick cream arced like a fireworks display. Cups, saucers, and teapot crashed to the floor. In one fluid move, Rich pushed off the steps.
Frozen, Ada was staring at what remained of the tray in her hands when he slammed into her. He twisted, taking the impact as they hit the floor. Together they rolled across the porch and crashed into the wall of the cottage. Pinned beneath him, she lay motionless.
Who is your favorite character and why?
I love all my characters, so choosing one is difficult. Since I offered an excerpt from Deadly Revenge, I guess I could say Rich McConnell, the former Marine, is a front runner. He's strong, unbending, and a bit reserved, but Rich has a soft heart and is a gentleman to the core when late-in-life love comes calling.
What is the best marketing tip you have received?
Someone once told me marketing and promotion is like tossing a pebble into still water. It won't make a big splash, but the ripples extend in all directions. I recently attended a workshop on marketing and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking. Marketing isn't about shouting "Buy my book!" throughout social media and beyond, it's about slowly building readership through connections. Like those spreading ripples, this takes time. It has also made me slow down and enjoy the writing process, which is my true love, and creating stories people will love to read.
How would you describe yourself?
Hmm, that's a tough question. I like solitude and quiet time, but I also love time with friends to share life experiences and sometimes laugh outrageously...often at ourselves as we face maturity. I love animals, my husband, my family, and believe it or not snowy winter days.
What do you do when you are not writing or reading?
My husband and I both love travel and have many fond memories of trips we've taken. One that stands out is visiting our daughter when she spent her junior year of college in Bologna, Italy. I enjoy long walks in the fall and winter months, when weather permits. They keep me in shape and stimulate ideas brewing in my brain. A few years ago I took up Yoga and have found it a wonderful way to face life in many respects.
If you could holiday anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
My first choice is always home with family, but if my family could all be with me I guess I'd like to spend Christmas in a winter wonderland location. Maybe a lodge in New England like in White Christmas!
If you have owned pets, do you have a funny story you would like to share with us?
I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't have either a cat or dog, sometimes several at once. I once raised a wolf-Malamute cross named Tundra. A fond recollection is when she diligently dug up a newly planted Douglas fir tree, root ball and all, and ran around carrying is as easily as retrieving a stick until my husband caught her and saved our tree.
What is the biggest factor for you when selecting a book to read?
The characters. It's hard to determine from an excerpt how characters will unfold, but like in my writing, characters must carry the story and make me love them.
Do you have your own website?
Yes, I do. www.nancykayauthor.com Please visit and learn about the ups and downs of a writing career on my NEWS page.
Are you working on a new book at the moment?
I'm always working on a new book…but not always putting words to thoughts. I jot down ideas, characters, and plots. As you'll learn by visiting my webpage, my publisher unexpectedly closed this year. I retained my book rights and am re-releasing them, starting with the Deadly Triad. Deadly Reflection and Deadly Revenge are already available. The others will follow. I am working on adding a fourth book to the Deadly Triad and am excited about bringing fresh characters and new suspense to the sleepy Western Pennsylvania town of Pine Bluffs.
Do you have any events or book promotions coming up that you would like to tell us about?
My Christmas story - 'Not Even A Moose' will be re-released before Thanksgiving 2018. Watch for signings and pre-holiday events and learn about them on my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Nancy-Kay-140764572706374/?ref=bookmarks or sign up for my 'announce only' newsletter on my website.
Also, a recent blog gives good insight into where I've been and where I'm going!