Fiona Blake: What made you decide to take the plunge and start writing your first novel?
KL Donn: This is a two-parter. I have been a reader longer than an author, and at one time in 2014 I couldn't find anything I wanted to read while I was waiting for the next Dixie Lynn Dwyer book to release, so I was like ok I'll write one! Let me tell you that was not easy! After a while I gave up. I was like, meh I'll just keep reading. Fast forward to a year later and my friend Jamie Sexton (Also an author) found out I was writing, and asked why I hadn't published? It was simple and complicated really – I didn't have the confidence in myself to finish. So she demanded I send her what I had and if it wasn't for her encouragement I'm not sure I would have finished and published.
Fiona: What writers inspire you?
KL: Ohhhhh so many! But a couple are Jenika Snow (one of the first indie authors I started following) Jordan Marie (She is one of the most helpful people I've met in my life, she helped me through the entire publishing process) Annelise Reynolds (So encouraging and sweet) Maya Banks (Because I just fricking love her!) and my PA Kaci Stewart, now she may not be an author BUT she is my biggest inspiration. Her faith in me is my biggest drive. Without fail, she asks me everyday what's my word count, what's happening, how can she help. When I feel like everything I write is crap, she tells me to shut the french toast up and send it to her. There are no words to describe how much she means to me.
Fiona: How do you incorporate your life into your books?
KL: In each of my books I always put something of myself in it, or something from my life.... Sometimes it's my own personality (Jet) sometimes it's my own emotions (Kennedy) or maybe even someone I know (Jax) each of the men in my stories has a little bit of my husbands personality in them too. He both loves and hates that LOL
Fiona: What is your writing process?
KL: Hmmm... When I start a book, I bounce idea's off my PA for the direction I want the book to go in. Things I'd like to see happen and how far in. Now those ideas don't always make it into the story, or only half of it does. Sometimes things change up so quickly that my own head spins (Just happened in my WIP) I like to just go with the flow for the most part and smooth things out at the end. I don't think I have a schedule, with 4 kids that's difficult. Thankfully 3 have just gone back to school so more writing time there. Listening to music is a huge part of writing, there's so much emotion in songs that it helps me get in the mood I need for certain scenes.
Fiona: What is the best sentence you’ve ever published?
KL: I couldn't choose just one line, but he's one of my favourite things written to date. This is from Kennedy's Redemption...
She did look at peace. Sitting on the beach just at the water’s edge, she was gliding her hands over the water, creating a slight ripple before she smoothed it out. She reminded him of a graceful water nymph rising from the sea, her copper-red hair hanging down her back in loose waves, gently blown by the light breeze. Her ripped shorts and tank hugged her lithe body like a second skin. He’d never seen anything so beautiful… Or broken.
Fiona: What exciting projects do you have in the works?
KL: Just announced on my author page! Ashley Powers (Sister to Landon from bullied) is getting her story! That will be released this year. I also have 2 anthologies I'm in to be released in Nov and Dec with Tattooed & Alone for Christmas parts 1 & 2. My current WIP is One Dance for Case and that's releasing Oct 4. I also have a new menage book coming in early 2017 called Lost & Found and my h in that book is loosely based off my PA. In Jan I will be doing a huge cover/blurb reveal for my next series which will be 3 books about 3 brothers.