Kathryn Lively (Author Interview)
November 23, 2015
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
I write a bit of everything, but mainly mystery and romance. I’ve worked in publishing in some form or another for about 20 years. My latest story, GEEK MEETS GIRL, is part of a contemporary romance set called FALLING IN LOVE.
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
In short, I like books that end happily. I’ve read romance off and on since my teens, but lately I read more. Romance offers a variety of settings and conflicts, it’s a versatile genre and I enjoy creating new ideas within it.
Tell us about your favorite hero from one of your stories. What do you love about him?
It’s hard to pick favorites, but Lerxst from my two Rock and Roll mysteries is close to me. He just wants to enjoy life and play his music, but the world seems to interfere. I like that he can keep his cool, even when somebody is trying to kill him.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
Writing “The End”? Seriously, I love outlining a new story. It excites me to come up with a new idea and plot its course.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
I am currently shopping a contemporary romance set in LA, about a former child actor trying to make a comeback. As for writing, I’m finishing up a serial I’m writing for the SEXY TO GO box set series, and writing another contemporary with a tattooed football player. It’s never dull around here.
Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor, Slytherin, Whovian, and Rush (the band) fan. She loves chocolate and British crisps and is still searching for a good US dealer of Japanese Kit Kat bars.
A Time Lord, a Trekker, and a Ghostbuster walk into a science fiction convention. One finds love, one finds trouble, one finds both.
Grace is excited to attend her first event, while con veteran Mick enjoys tweaking her in a debate over whether or not Quantum Leap is superior to Doctor Who. Meanwhile, Mick’s roommate has designs on Grace to win a bet which has nothing to do fandoms.
Mick trades in his redshirt for shining armor, but can he win Grace’s heart first?
Mick Wray savored her withering reaction. He’d attended enough sci-fi cons to know how to push a fangirl’s buttons. The first time he attended Liberty BellCon—a pimply thirteen, helping his older brother cart a boxful of Poul Anderson novels for the author to sign—he saw maybe a handful of women. Yes, there’d been a few die-hard, legitimate fans of the genre, but others had merely come along with their significant others, sighing and glancing at their watches. The surge of female attendance in recent years brought on by a collective fondness for handsome British actors and sparkling vampires annoyed him to no end. Mick felt their presence cheapened the spirit of an event he loved, though he knew the organizers greatly appreciated the money these giggling young girls spent.
He studied this woman, and the scarf obviously purchased from some geek paraphernalia website, and wondered if she’d actually seen a Doctor Who episode from the era represented by that particular article of clothing. He supposed he could quiz her with some the questions he hoped would come up at the panel—of course he had intended to go. The Quantum Leap remark served entirely to irritate her.
Hey, if he was going to be stuck in this elevator for a while, he might as well have some fun.
“What’s wrong with Quantum Leap?” he demanded. He thought to look menacing, but he refused to frighten the young woman. Indeed, he found her naturally disarming. She wore no makeup, and her soft blue eyes glared daggers at him. He sensed the temperature rising already.
“Nothing, I like the show fine,” she said. “I wouldn’t rank it above Doctor Who on a list of top sci-fi shows, specifically where time travel is the focus.”
Mick folded his arms and settled in for a plausible explanation. The most sparkling of the vampire fangirls probably knew enough to bluff through such a discussion, and he couldn’t wait to hear the lady Doctor expound on her viewing preferences.
“Fine, I’ll give you that the show only lasted a few seasons, but compared to Doctor Who every friggin’ television series is short-lived. Judging on what’s available for Quantum Leap, you can’t deny the high quality of acting, or writing…”
“The narrow scope,” she added. “Exactly what is the science behind the accelerator device that allowed Sam Beckett to leap physically into other people’s bodies at different points in time? Wouldn’t it make more sense if he traveled through time as himself, without the confines of another identity to memorize?”
“That’s the thing: each episode is a challenge. It’s not so much he has to solve a puzzle as a fish out of water, he is part of the puzzle and has to figure out that piece before finding the rest. He discovers the self he is in that time, acclimates to his environment, then he solves the mission. Sometimes he doesn’t get the chance and has to do everything at once. That makes for an interesting drama. What science is found in a flying blue box manned by some goofball with weird fashion sense?” Mick posed.