Monday, August 28, 2017

Interview with romance author K.T. Castle

Today’s special guest is romance author K.T. Castle. She’s chatting with me about her contemporary new romance, The Bridesmaids Checklist: Laura’s Wedding (BCL series).

During her virtual book tour, K.T. will be awarding paperback copies of The Bridesmaid's Checklist Series and a $10 Amazon gift card (US/Mexico only) to one randomly selected commenter and digital copies of The Bridesmaid's Checklist Series and a $10 Amazon gift card (international) to a second randomly selected commenter. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too.

K.T. Castle is an author/artist on a quest to find the words, forms, and colors to materialize the worlds and people of her imagination. She never saw herself as an incurable romantic, but lately, that's what she finds herself musing about. Love is found everywhere, regardless if it comes from a nice person, an ass — mundane or even vampire. When she's not busy with work, in front of a computer placing many thoughts in order, she makes her best to be creative or relax with a good book and a snack. Some of her favorite characters are Sookie, Rule and Shaw, Bella, Edward, Clary, Jace, Wrath, Hollywood, Blaire, Woods, Ethan, the Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel.

Please share a little bit about your current release.
My book is a contemporary romance that deals with the wedding of Kassandra’s friends. It is a romance at heart, but it also deals a lot with friendship. Unexpectedly, Laura gives Kassie a call, letting her know that she’ll marry. Now Kassandra will be the only single friend and she starts questioning her life.

Things only get more interesting when she discovers Laura is marrying her ex-boyfriend. How can she tell her friend about their past relationship? Specially when she’s the only one of her girlfriends dealing with all wedding preparations and only finds support on the best man, a handsome, charming, womanizer she’s been avoiding for years.

Excerpt from The Bridesmaids Checklist: Laura’s Wedding:
From Chapter 4

This can’t be happening.
The person sitting at our table was definitely someone I knew. Someone I actually had been avoiding for quite some time.
“Well, well. Good morning, babe,” the beautiful blond said to me.
I knew this guy. I’d constantly met him at bars and pubs around the city. He was always well accompanied by attractive ladies, but that didn’t stop him from hitting on me. Persistently, he’d tried for the past couple years to get my number and into my panties.
This beautiful man and I had a history…well, not really. We had a history of not having a history. He was an artfully known womanizer in the circles we frequented. Knowing exactly what I’d be getting myself into if I ever decided to tap that drop-dead gorgeous body of his, I had no choice but to reject him over and over again.
One drunken night I almost caved in.
Laura couldn't be marrying this man.
“Oh, God. Not you. You’re a man whore!”
He stood as soon as the statement escaped my lips. He didn’t look offended. I guess he was used to my rejections by now. “Nice to see you, too,” the handsome man said. “I like knowing that you miss me.”
“Miss you? You wish! I can’t believe you’re marrying my best friend.” And I really didn’t.
“No offense, babe, but I’m not the one marrying Laura. I’m Ed’s friend. Name’s Josh, remember?”
Oh, right. Josh. For a moment there, I thought I had to talk Laura into canceling the wedding.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I have several projects in mind. For starters, finishing the BCL series. Laura and Marisol had their wedding. Natalie’s Wedding will be published in early 2018. Then Denise and Kassie will get to tell their story.

I also have a paranormal romance that I will edit and publish as soon as I can. But it needs a lot of work! So, I might take a year for it to be ready for your eyes.
There’s a couple other romance stories that I’m writing, and I’ll make the time to finish them and have them publish.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve written since junior high, in a way. Comic books first, retelling the funny stories of my friends. Then some poetry. But I’ve never consider myself a writer until I decided it was time to publish… which was a year ago. So I’m a very very young writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Full time writing is a dream of mine, and I hope that one day I can do it.

Right now, I have an amazing job in education. I’m assistant principal of one of the best schools in the world. I love my work and enjoy it very much. It is also challenging and demanding, and so very worth it.

Most of my writing happens on the weekends. But, when I’m writing a book, I create a plan and follow it as much as I can. I’ve done Nanowrimo for two years in a row, and the aim is to write at least 10,000 words a week, so I know I have to write at least an hour a day on weekdays and six over the weekend. It doesn’t seem like much, but it can be hard and I’m proud to say I can handle it.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Something peculiar I do is that I write in my living room, sitting on the couch with the computer in my lap and Raven, my schnauzer baby, beside me. I have a desk, and I use it. I also write on the bed sometimes. But my favorite spot is the couch… very Sheldon-Cooper-like.

I also like writing with music, and have several playlist depending on my mood and the type of scene I’m writing. Sometimes I found it distracting, so I go to YouTube and use Japanese anime songs so I can concentrate on writing and not on singing the lyrics of my favorite songs.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When younger I wanted to be a singer and actress. Later on, an accountant like my step-father. By senior year, I wanted to be a Disney Imagineering. I’ve always had a passion for art, in many forms: drawing, painting, music, writing, …

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
A random fact about me is that I’m a bit obsessive. If I start a book I have to finish it, my pillows have to be aligned a certain way, all pens with caps, all margins aligned. I like everything in order and there’s usually a reason behind said particular order. My friends always mock me about having OCD, until my best friend decided that it wasn't that but more like aspergers. Now he calls me Annie Aspergers. I like it, I’m proud of my nickname in a way :) I like order and I am obsessive, so it doesn’t bother me.


Laura's Wedding

Marisol's Wedding

Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
Thank you, Lisa!! It was a blast to come and visit. Hope I return soon!!


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

K.T. Castle said...

Good morning!
I'm so very excited to visit today. Thank you, Lisa, good having me in your blog. I really enjoyed your questions and hope everyone else does.

I'll be checking in and out throughout the day since I have to go to work. But please, leave a comment or even more questions. Remember the giveaway!


Victoria Alexander said...

Happy Monday! Thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite literary character. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

K.T. Castle said...

Hi, Lisa
I'm glad you're visiting today :)
Best of luck on the giveaway.

K.T. Castle said...

Nice to see you, Victoria!!!
Happy Monday to you, too.
Hope you liked the excerpt and feel like reading the whole thing :)

K.T. Castle said...

Nice to meet you, Joseph

My favorite character... that's an interesting question.
As I grew up it was Laurie, from Little Women. Loved him!

Later on, Bella and Edward... 'cause who didn't love Twilight back then :)

Now there are so many!!!
Rule from Jay Crownover is definitedly on the list.

How about you??

Rita Wray said...

Great excerpt, thank you.

Bernie Wallace said...

What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

K.T. Castle said...

Thanks for visiting, Rita!

K.T. Castle said...

Hello, Joseph :)
When growing up I read a lot, but more than novels comic books (Archie and Japanese Manga were my favorites). I did read some books, mainly classic.
I loved Little Women and House of the Spirits.